Tylenol 3 is the most commonly used medication for acute pain and is often used after minor surgical or dental procedures. Some patients complain that Tylenol 3 does not work for them, while others experience extreme nausea, dizziness and other symptoms of delirium. These side effects can be so serve that individuals may prefer to…

The acceptance that women can be depressed during pregnancy is relatively new. Previously it was believed that pregnant women are exposed to hormones that make them happy and so they cannot be depressed. Today we recognize that depression during pregnancy can be a devastating problem with serious consequences on the health of the mother and…

How To Find The Right Treatment For Depression

Finding the right treatment for depression is not easy. Physicians have many medications to choose from, however, they know that only a fraction of patients will respond to any given medication. Thus, they employ a “trial and error” approach where they test a specific medication for a few weeks before moving on to another one….

Chronic pain is poorly understood and chronic pain management is one of the most challenging issues facing our medical system. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadian adults suffer from chronic pain, which is the number one reason for seeking healthcare, costing our economy roughly $50-$60 billion. This emphasizes the need for research into…

In vitro fertilization (IVF), the process of fertilizing an egg with sperm outside of the body, is a technique that has enabled couples with fertility problems to conceive. However, like most medical procedures, it is not without its risks and even though the first IVF procedure was performed in 1978, we are still far from…

Mickey Renaud – Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy In the winter of 2008, Mickey Renaud, a young hockey star that was drafted by the Calgary Flames, collapsed and died in his family home. The loss of such a promising talent left many people devastated but also puzzled: how could a 19 year old athletic die so suddenly from…

What is Colon Cancer? Colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer (CRC), bowel cancer, or rectal cancer) is a type of cancer that affects the stomach and bowels and is the third most diagnosed cancer in both men and women alike. Colon cancer is primarily caused by lifestyle, being more common in developed countries, and…

Does a Father’s Age Determine a Child’s Risk of Autism? The causes of autism are quite complicated, as it is determined on a case-by-case basis. Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that is most commonly associated with problems with communication, social interactions, as well as with repetitive interests and activities. The signs of autism usually…

Fertility problems in women is unfortunately too common of an issue that many people struggle with. However, it may not always be clear whether your experience is just a natural part of the process, or whether it is time to seek treatment from a fertility specialist. How to know when to seek treatment from a…

Personalized medicine utilizes an individual’s genetic information to establish individualized treatments. Thus, it is where cutting-edge genetic technologies are applied to diverse areas of healthcare including naturopathic medicine. While genetic testing and naturopathic medicine may seem like unlikely partners at first glance, they are in fact based on some of the same principles. Similarity #1:…

Bacteria is linked to metabolic diseases Obesity and diabetes are common heritable diseases, but the risk of disease lies in complex interactions between our genes, our environment, and our gut bacteria. Our relationship to microorganisms can be simply put as complicated. While some microorganisms can cause deadly infections, others play essential roles in human health. Gut…

What causes Down syndrome? Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a condition characterized by a delay in growth, a distinct set of facial characteristics, and intellectual disability[1]. This is caused by imbalances in gene expression resulting from having three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the normal two copies (Figure 1). Figure 1. Down…

Antibiotic Resistance: The Clues Are in Our Genes Doctors are often faced with the challenge of treating children that have a fever without an apparent cause because fevers are a symptom of both bacterial and viral infections. As a precaution, many of these children are given antibiotics even though antibiotics are completely ineffective against viral infections….

Last month the United Kingdom became the first country to back three-person in vitro fertilization (IVF), a technique that creates babies using DNA from 3 individuals. This technique is especially controversial because the subsequent genetic alteration to the embryo affects the germline (i.e. germ cells that have genetic information), that will be passed on to…

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