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    • Nov 28, 2018

    Helping Patients Plan for the Future – Don’t be Lax on Lung Cancer Latency

    Every November is Radon Action Month in Canada. This year’s theme is ‘being here’ – emphasizing the long latency period of lung cancer and the need for Canadians to act now on the potential dangers of radon gas in their homes to prevent health complications in the future. The adverse health effects of radon are not immediately noticeable, but there are reasons to be concerned. In Canadian non...
    • Aug 22, 2018

    Sharing a Solution – Overcoming Opioid Use Disorder

    You’ve heard the news – Canada is in the midst a public health crisis. A recent report from the Public Health Agency of Canada found that 3,987 Canadians lost their lives due to a suspected opioid overdose in 2017 alone 1 . That same report found that 726 Ontarians accidentally lost their lives in apparent opioid overdose in 2016, which increased to 1,125 in 2017 - an increase of almost 55% . These statistics...
    • Mar 19, 2018

    Bringing Clarity to Dementia with iGericare

    We are excited to give you the first look at our latest e-learning initiative, iGericare . We appreciate that a dementia diagnosis can be a stressful experience for your patients and their families; an overwhelming amount of information needs to be taken in during an already difficult time. Our goal is to provide easy access to simple lessons and helpful resources that allow individuals to learn about all aspects of dementia...
    • Mar 1, 2018

    Expecting the unexpected – building asthma action plans

    Spring is just around the corner and that means that many of us can soon hang up our cold weather gear. The return of warmer weather here in Canada also means increased exposure to many outdoor allergens, as well as more opportunities for physical activity outside. Factors such as these can put individuals with asthma at increased risk for exacerbation; making now a great time to prepare your patients for unexpected asthma...
    • Jan 17, 2018

    Encourage your littlest patients to play and learn

    Research shows that parents and caregivers have an important role in supporting early child development, and this can happen through play. That’s why, together with the Infant and Child Health Lab at the University of Toronto, we’ve launc...
    • Dec 21, 2017

    Looking back at 2017

    It’s been another busy year for us here at the Division of e-Learning Innovation . In 2017, we were excited to share great new e-learning content for both health professionals and the public. Before we take a break for the holidays, we wanted to highlight some of our projects and say thank you to all our partners who made this work possible. MentalHealth+ This free online premium literature service...
    • Nov 21, 2017

    Keeping families safe from the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer

    Radon gas can be found in hazardous quantities in homes across 95% of Canada’s health regions. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, it’s important to talk to your patients about having their homes tested for radon - and to be able ...
    • Oct 16, 2017

    What’s new in mental health research best evidence?

    With mental illness affecting 1 in 2 Canadians by the time they reach 40¹, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest in mental health clinical research and best evidence. MentalHealth+ is a pre-appraised premium literature service th...
    • Aug 30, 2017

    Fractures due to osteoporosis more common than incidences of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined

    According to Osteoporosis Canada, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience an osteoporotic related fracture during their lifetime. This is a troubling statistic, but the fact of the matter is that osteoporotic fractures are more common than incidences of heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer combined . A high incidence rate such as this places a substantial burden on Canada’s national health care budget; in...
    • May 18, 2017

    Too busy to stay on top of the latest in mental health research? Let MentalHealth⁺ do the work for you.

    We are proud to announce the public launch of our latest project, MentalHealth + . This pre-appraised premium literature service directs the latest information from the world of mental health research straight into your inbox. MentalHealth + was designed to act as your own personalized filter to the most relevant mental health research. MentalHealth + is a service of the Health Information Research Unit, McMaster...
    • Nov 28, 2016

    Keeping Parents in the Developmental Health Loop

    We are proud to announce that we have officially launched a parent-friendly discussion aid to complement the enhanced 18-Month well-baby visit . We would like to introduce you to our new web app, known as the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner . Developed in collaboration with the Government of Ontario, the Planner invites parents to explore key topics related to their child’s developmental health and personalize...
    • Oct 27, 2016

    The Developmental Pathway to Success – Think of the children!

    Parents know what it means to want the best for their children. But while parents do their utmost to support their young children it can be unclear just what healthy childhood development looks like. The Ontario Government recognizes this unique problem and recommends that parents and caregivers take children to visit a health care provider for what is known as the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit. Health care professionals...
    • Sep 29, 2016

    Comprehending Our Cardiovascular Constitution

    Today is World Heart Day 2016 ! A day that is meant to bring a healthier awareness to one of the most important organs in our bodies. Take some time to appreciate what your heart does for you, and remind your patients to do the same. But what happens...
    • Sep 12, 2016

    Being clear about diagnostic imaging

    Summer is winding down and September has come, which means that it is the perfect time of year to be putting our thinking caps back on. Whether you are a new med student, resident or other health professions trainee there is always something new to...
    • Aug 15, 2016

    Helpful Hints of Hydration

    Summertime in Canada is for many an opportunity to enjoy plenty of fun and relaxation. As Canadians, we frequently enjoy our time off during the summer months playing sports, exercising, or spending time at the cottage with family and friends. We l...
    • Aug 2, 2016

    Mental health, homelessness and exposure

    Patients with mental illness are particularly vulnerable during extreme heat events this summer for a number of biopsychosocial reasons. Social conditions, medications and other health conditions can all contribute to the increased risk for heat-rela...
    • Jul 25, 2016

    Seniors and summer safety

    As we age, keeping our bodies cool can get a little bit harder. Older adults are at an increased risk for developing heat-related illness , in part, because of reduced sweating ability and reduced cardiac capacity. Other risk factors, such as various ...
    • Jul 18, 2016

    Cool Kids

    Building sand castles at the beach, swimming in your neighbour’s pool, playing soccer behind the school; these are the things that make childhood summers great. But summer fun isn’t without some cautions. Children and infants are one of ...
    • Jul 11, 2016

    Are your patients active this summer?

    On a hot, humid day we all appreciate the cool blast of air conditioning. And while some of us can hardly imagine leaving these temperature-controlled comforts, others embrace the heat in pursuit of loftier goals: being physically active. Whether exe...
    • Jul 4, 2016

    Which of your patients are at risk this summer?

    When we think about summer safety, it’s easy to recall warnings against leaving pets in cars on hot days; sunscreen and skin cancer have made their way into popular discourse; and everyone knows it’s important to stay hydrated. But helpin...
    • Jun 27, 2016

    Getting ready for extreme heat

    Summer is here and as temperatures rise, it’s time to begin preparing for extreme heat events. Extreme heat poses a risk for our patients, and their families, as high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses, exacerbate pre-existing condit...
    • Jun 2, 2016

    New credit system coming summer 2016

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is launching a new credit reporting platform on June 27, 2016 and with it, some significant changes. Based on member feedback, CFPC has updated their reporting system – Mainpro+ - and we wanted to make sure you know how this will affect your learning on machealth. Is the reporting cycle changing? How does this affect me? The current reporting cycle runs the calendar...
    • Dec 22, 2015

    The year in review

    Looking back on 2015, it has been a very busy year. The holidays are a great time for us to slow down and take stock of just how much our team was able to achieve over the past twelve months. We were fortunate enough to work with some fantastic partn...
    • Dec 16, 2015

    Make sure your youngest patients are on the right track

    Recent advances have improved our understanding of brain development in early childhood. The younger years of development are shaped by a complex mix of factors - both genes and environment. The question of nature versus nurture has now been simplifi...
    • Nov 9, 2015

    What is your patient's fracture risk?

    Osteoporosis has devastating potential. It’s a major cause of fragility fractures, and strongly linked to hip fractures. In 2007 alone, approximately 27,000 Canadians suffered hip fractures. It is estimated that 50% of women that sustain a hip fracture lose the ability to live independently and 20% of them will require long-term nursing home care. More alarming, of those women that fracture their hip, 1-in-4 will...