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Vaginal atrophy affects more than 2 million Canadian women but intimacy does not need to be sacrificed.

Vaginal atrophy (VA) is a common, but treatable condition, affecting post-menopausal women. VA is where the vaginal walls become thin, fragile and inflamed due to the reduction of estrogen that naturally occurs during menopause. Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include: burning, itching, dryness, irritation and painful intercourse. According to a recent study, not only is VA causing […]

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VIVIEN BROWN, MD Vice President Medical Affairs Medisys Health Group

A lifetime of prevention: Dr. Vivien Brown on women’s health, and why you should never be too busy for yourself.

Dr. Vivien Brown has been a family physician in Toronto for more than 35 years, and is the Vice President for Medical Affairs of Medisys Corporate Health, a national network of medical clinics dedicated to preventive health care. “No matter who I see, no matter what age group, when we’re talking about preventive health, women […]

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Calcium Supplements May Damage the Heart

We all know how important it is to eat a balanced diet full of nutrient-rich foods, but in this fast-paced world many of us find it hard to do. That’s where supplements come into play. Canadians are huge buyers of supplements, spending an estimated $374 million a year. Supplements, in moderation, can certainly play an […]

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8 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Brain

The prevalence of dementia and cognitive failure is rising at alarming rates around the globe. In 2016, 564,000 Canadians were living with dementia according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada; this number is projected to grow to 937,000 within 15 years. Modern research has demonstrated that brain function can continue to be strengthened throughout our lifespan […]

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What you need to know this flu season

Why you and everyone around you needs to be protected.  The flu vaccine does not prevent every episode of influenza BUT, it can help reduce the severity of the symptoms and prevent flu-related complications.  Influenza and its complications such as pneumonia is the 6th leading cause of death in Canada and often a life-ending episode […]

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Being active is a predictor of healthy aging

We don’t just want to live longer; we want to live as healthy, active adults. No one is anxious to be that person, lost in a long-term-care facility, with little independence. So how do you achieve both a long life and a healthy one? You’ve read a bit about the importance of exercise. Indeed, exercise […]

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Healthy Aging: Why genes from our mothers are not enough

It’s that time of year when we think of our mothers and reflect upon the gift of life we’ve been given. Indeed, it is the very reason we are on this earth. What makes us unique and one of a kind is in our genes or genetic make up. It is why family members look alike.  It […]

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Dr. Vivien Brown, Vice-President Medical Affairs

Dr. Vivien Brown, Vice-President Medical Affairs, explains Medisys’ position on three health topics

However you define your relationship with us, we want to be open, supportive and have clear communication with you.  With this in mind, we thought it was important to address some of the current medical controversies that have been making the news recently: PSA tests barely reduce the rates of prostate cancer mortality (March 1, […]

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Valentine’s Day: Straight From The Heart

Valentine’s Day as we know is a time to acknowledge your loved ones, showing your appreciation and yes, love. But I would suggest the most important thing you can do for those you care the most about, is take care of yourself and your loved ones. For taking care of yourself means you will be there, healthy and strong to […]

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Pneumonia and pneumonia deaths are increasing in Canada. How can you protect you and your family.

Since it’s the season to talk about immunization and flu shots, I thought I would also write about adult pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Common signs of pneumonia can include cough, fever, and trouble breathing. […]

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Help Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Canada

PAP TESTS HELP SAVE LIVES Every year there are 400,000 Canadian women who receive news that their Pap test results are not normal. The voice of women physicians, The Federation of Medical Women of Canada wants to change that. This month they are launching an awareness campaign aimed at physicians to urge their female patients […]

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Antibiotics aren’t always the answer. Let a viral cold run it’s course.

It’s that time of year again—when colds, flu, bronchitis, sore throats and many sinus and ear infections start to surface at home, school and our workplaces. The tendency when someone gets sick these days is to presume they will need an antibiotic to get better. The facts are that taking antibiotics for colds and other […]

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Adult pneumococcal immunization – white paper

Only 16.7% of Canadian adults (18 to 64 years of age) with chronic medical conditions are immunized against Streptococcus pneumoniae. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recently updated its guidelines about adults who qualify for immunization. The burden of disease in Canada from pneumococcal disease is increasing dramatically. Approximately 1500 Canadian adults die each year […]

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Why sitting is the new smoking. Too much sitting can kill you!

Most of us sit too much. If you find you’re sitting too much try a standing desk –many are adjustable. EVEN IF YOU EXERCISE. How many hours a day do you sit? How many hours a day on average do you think most people sit? Would it surprise you to learn that most people sit […]

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More Choices Available for Long Acting Birth Control – New Intrauterine System – IUS – Advances the IUD concept

Perhaps you may remember the IUD or the Copper T that was first introduced in the 1980’s.  Now there’s a new birth control device called IUS or Intrauterine System.  Like the IUD (Intrauterine Device) it’s placed in the uterus and made of soft flexible plastic in the shape of a T, only its smaller than […]

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Skin Cancer In Canada Is On The Rise

How to protect yourself from the most common cancer in Canada While the rate of new cancer cases and death rates for many types of cancers are going down, Melanoma or –skin cancer- is on the rise.   It is the most common cancer in Canada affecting one in five people today. A tan especially […]

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Making A Wellness Plan Part of Your Foundation For Healthy Living & Aging

Writing down your goals will help you get there! Are you someone who plans your next career move?  Or does your company require a work plan from you or your team? Planning is an essential part of our everyday lives and yet, its likely that many of us are better at planning our work and […]

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Life Lessons from Smart Women: 8 Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Brain

I recently had the honour of speaking about Healthy Aging and Women’s Brain Health at an event sponsored by the Women’s Brain Health Initiative in Toronto. The panelists were successful professional women who face both the challenges of demanding careers and managing life on the home front, busy with children, partners or aging parents. The […]

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Why A Company Health and Wellness Plan is Good for Employees and Your Bottom Line

  In today’s times, it’s astonishing to learn that a whopping 5 million Canadians do not have a family physician. It’s even more alarming when you learn that nine out of ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. (smoking, high alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, high […]

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Staying Healthy and Vital over 65

Research shows that people are living longer. Today a man who is currently 65 can expect to live another 17.4 years, a woman, 20.8 years*. Whether you are edging towards sixty-five or beyond or have parents that are aging, modifying risks will increase your chances of staying healthy and vital as you age. We know […]

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Top 5 Reasons Companies Need a Wellness Program

A summary of Dr. Vivien Brown’s webinar for Canadian HR Reporter magazine. Employee wellness programs simply make good business sense. According to Corporate Wellness Magazine, every $1 invested in employee wellness programs yields roughly $4. Download the PDF version

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How To Get Your Groove Back

Menopause Does Not Have to Put the Kibosh on a Fulfilling, Exciting Sex Life by Dr. Vivien Brown, Medisys Vice-President Medical Affairs – An Article Published in Canadian Health and Life Style Magazine Read the full article

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Preventing Shingles with Vaccination: Decrease Your Risk by 70% with Dr. Vivien Brown, Medisys Vice-President Medical Affairs

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective”.

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New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening with Dr. Vivien Brown, Medisys Vice-President Medical Affairs

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective” on April 27 2013.

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Skin Cancer Prevention with Dr. Vivien Brown

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective”.

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Heart Disease – How to Reduce the Risks

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective”.

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Pneumococcal Prevention for Adults – Prevnar

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective” on May 18 2013.

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Newest Issues on Menopause and Hormonal Therapy with Dr. Vivien Brown, Medisys Vice-President Medical Affairs

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective” on April 27 2013.

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Cancer Causing Impact of the Human Papillomavirus with Dr. Vivien Brown, Medisys Vice-President Medical Affairs

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective” on Mai 11 2013.

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An Article on Importance of Immunization for Companies

Published in the 2013 Edition of HR Professional Magazine Download the PDF version

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Dr. Vivien Brown, Medisys Vice-President Medical Affairs, Talks About Healthy Aging

Listen to a segment from Dr. Vivien Brown’s participation on radio show “From a Women’s Perspective” on September 29 2012. Listen here »

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