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Canadian Health Information Podcast

Canadian Institute for Health Information

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The Canadian Health Information Podcast (CHIP), brought to you by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, offers in-depth conversations about Canada’s health systems featuring people and data you can trust. We speak to the people behind the health policy and data, as well as to those working hard on the front lines, and discuss the work being done to keep Canadians healthy. Check out our website at www.cihi.ca/podcast Vous préférez les balados français? Voyez le Balado d’information s ...
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Welcome to What The Health – your premier guide for everything health and wellness. With an unwavering commitment to unbiased, transformative information, our platform is committed to putting you on a pathway toward happiness and health. Your host, John Salak, an award-winning journalist and editor, will break down today’s complex health issues and narratives to deliver clear, actionable insights and compelling interviews that explore traditional and avant-garde health paradigms. What The He ...
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MindSet: Mental Health News & Information

MindSet: Mental Health News & Information

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A blend of TED Talks & penetrating news reporting, MindSet not only brings together the latest research combined with personal stories about how our minds respond to all manner of stressors but provides practical, real-life coping strategies directly from leading experts.
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This is the official iHT² podcast channel. The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and eff ...
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According to the latest CIHI data, almost all (93%) patients experiencing homelessness were admitted to hospital via the emergency department — a high proportion that suggests inadequate access to primary care. In this episode of the CHIP, we’ll hear about the complex health needs of the growing number of people who are unhoused and turning to hosp…
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This episode of What the Health podcast focuses on strokes, their causes, types and advancements in treatment and prevention. Strokes, largely influenced by diet, lifestyle and stress, pose a significant risk, leading to paralysis, speech and movement impairment or even death. Featuring Dr. William “B.J.” Hicks, Vice President of Neurosciences at O…
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From staffing shortages and physician burnout to department closures and lengthy wait times, there is little question that Canada’s emergency departments are overwhelmed. Some EDs are so busy that hallways are packed with gurneys of patients waiting days to be admitted or, in some cases, choosing to walk away without receiving the emergency care th…
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This episode of What The Health focuses on epilepsy, a disease that, despite affecting tens of millions worldwide, remains under-researched and stigmatized. The guest, Stephen Austin, a board member of Cure Epilepsy, shares his personal experience with epilepsy and discusses the organization's mission to advance research. The conversation covers th…
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In this episode of What The Health, John discusses the widespread issues of dental and oral health in the United States, highlighting the high prevalence of cavities and gum disease among Americans of all ages. An interview featuring Dr. Erinne Kennedy of The American Dental Association delves into the complexities of dental care, including challen…
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This episode of the What the Health podcast features an in-depth conversation with Dr. Nell Smircina, a licensed acupuncturist and advocate for the ancient medical practice of acupuncture. The discussion highlights acupuncture’s growing popularity in the U.S., touching on its reported benefits for conditions like pain management, allergies and stre…
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In today's turbulent world, where societal, political, and environmental challenges seem to abound, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and distressed. In this episode, host John Salak sits down with Dr. Ahona Guha to explore the impact of a broken world on mental health and strategies for coping and thriving amidst adversity. 00:32 Introduction: The Bro…
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In today’s episode of What the Health, John discusses the severity of cardiovascular disease with Dr. Harmony Reynolds, a volunteer for the American Heart Association focused on women's issues in cardiovascular health. They discuss the increasing prevalence of heart disease, particularly among women. Dr. Reynolds emphasizes the importance of recogn…
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As Canada’s population ages, it is expected that an increasing number of people will become frail. Individuals living with frailty have an increased risk of the following: hospitalizations, longer hospital stays, hospital readmissions, emergency department visits and in-hospital death. New data shows that more than one-third of all hospitalized old…
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In today’s episode of What the Health, Professor Angel Algarin from Arizona State University discusses the current status of the HIV epidemic. He highlights the urgency of the situation, emphasizing that despite significant advancements in treatments, HIV remains a consequential national and global issue. The virus continues to impact particular se…
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In this What the Health episode, our guest, Dr. Kotwal, discusses the complexities of thyroid conditions and autoimmune diseases. Delving into personalized treatment approaches, long-term management, and common misconceptions, the episode provides valuable insights for listeners. Dr. Kotwal dispels myths, emphasizes individualized care, and shares …
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Welcome to another episode of What the Health. Join our host, John Salak, for an in-depth exploration of sleep apnea—an often-overlooked sleep disorder. In conversation with Dr. Andrew Michael Namen, an American Academy of Sleep Medicine expert, they dissect the neurological impact, testing, diagnosis and treatment options for sleep apnea. Take adv…
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Episode Summary: Welcome to our insightful discussion on "The Causes and Treatments for Swollen Gums". In this episode, we delve deep into a common yet often overlooked dental issue - swollen gums. Whether it’s a minor inconvenience or a sign of a more severe condition, understanding the causes and treatments is crucial for maintaining oral health.…
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Join hosts John Salak and wellness expert Angie Miller as they unravel the complexities of New Year's resolutions and personal growth. Delving into the allure and challenges of setting resolutions, the conversation emphasizes the need for realistic goal-setting, strategic planning and the role of accountability in achieving sustainable change. Angi…
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Dr. Gregory Scott Brown joins John Salak to unravel the complexities of seasonal depression in this episode of What the Health. They explore how seasonal changes affect mood, energy and behavior, shedding light on the prevalence, risks and remedies for this often underestimated mental health concern. Dr. Brown emphasizes early recognition, self-car…
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Join Dr. Jason Fung as he unveils the hidden dangers of diabetes, shedding light on its prevalence, misconceptions, and actionable insights for prevention and treatment. Discover the reversibility of Type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes in this informative episode of What The Health. Take advantage of other health and wellness insights by join…
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In this episode of "What the Health," host John Salak engages in a meaningful conversation with former NFL player Julius Thomas. The interview delves into the topics of concussions and mental health challenges in sports, shedding light on the importance of awareness and education in these areas. Julius Thomas shares his insights and experiences as …
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Hospital harm — medical conditions that patients experience in hospital that they did not have when they were admitted — is on the rise. A new CIHI analysis shows that 1 in 17 patients admitted to hospital was unintentionally harmed during their stay. Meanwhile, nurses and other health care workers charged with caring for patients in Canada are str…
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Prepare to explore the hypnotic allure of horror films with special guest Lynne Lugosi-Sparks, the granddaughter of horror film legend Béla Lugosi. Immerse yourself in the captivating narrative of Béla Lugosi's unexpected rise to stardom, his enduring influence and the history of horror films from their genesis in the 1920s to their current stature…
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In this engaging episode of What the Health, we are joined by certified dog trainer Heather Mishefske, owner of Embark, a dog training school. Heather shares her expertise and passion in dog training and pet ownership, shedding light on the emotional, financial, and personal benefits of owning a dog. Whether you are a prospective pet owner, a dog l…
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In this episode of the What the Health podcast, we discuss the rise in food allergies and their impact on individuals. We explore the reasons behind the increase, highlight the seriousness of allergies and address misconceptions. Our expert guest, Dr. Vincent Ho, shares insights on allergies in children and emphasizes the importance of awareness an…
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In this episode, we discuss everything you need to know about tooth erosion. We will start by explaining what is tooth erosion, what are the signs and symptoms of tooth erosion, how tooth erosion can be prevented, how it can be treated, how to get your smile back after tooth erosion, and conclude with prevention tips again. Click here to read about…
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Clips from the following sources were used in this recording: CTV News (Drivers dodge flames and smoke from Nova Scotia wildfire | DRAMATIC VIDEO) CBC News (As unprecedented fire year rages on, experts warn of longer, more destructive seasons) Reuters (Nova Scotia floods cause 'unimaginable' damage) CTV News (State of emergency in Quebec | Mass flo…
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In this What the Health podcast episode, we discuss mobility safety in America with Amy Artuso from the National Safety Council. We highlight the need for car seat education and enforcement, seatbelt usage, and avoiding impaired driving and distractions. We emphasize the importance of prioritizing vulnerable road users' safety and supporting safe d…
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In this eye-opening episode, join host John Salak as he delves into the pervasive issue of bullying in various forms, from classic bullies in history to the rise of modern-day bullying. From schools to workplaces, bullying is a distressing experience that affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. While awareness is growing, so is the se…
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In this episode, we provide an insightful guide for students transitioning to college life. Our guest, Alissa Cappelleri from New Frontiers in Learning, discusses the various academic, social and personal challenges that students often encounter during this critical phase. We delve into the anxiety levels students face, the stigma associated with s…
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In this engaging episode, we delve deep into the pervasive influence of diet culture and the importance of holistic nutrition. Join us as we discuss with holistic nutritionist Casey Weiss the damaging cycle of insecurity that diet culture can perpetuate, the problematic focus on size, and the significance of personal health goals. We also explore w…
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The federal government reached a funding agreement recently with Canada’s provinces and territories that will add roughly $46.2 billion in new money over 10 years to be directed at 4 priority areas: family health services, health workers and backlogs, mental health and substance use, and a modernized health system. In this episode of the CHIP, we s…
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In this enlightening episode, we explore intermittent fasting's benefits for women's health with special guest Megan Ramos, co-founder of "The Fasting Method." Discover the power of intermittent fasting beyond weight loss as Megan debunks misconceptions and shares insights. Learn about different fasting approaches, optimal meal timing, and hormonal…
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In this episode of What The Health, we explore the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method with special guest Suzanne Ausnit. She is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner with extensive experience in helping people improve their physical and mental well-being through this innovative approach. Join us as we delve into the world of the Feldenkrais Method w…
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Discover invaluable insights on addressing mental health challenges in mature adults with our special guest, Marianne Sciucco, a nurse, caregiver, and founder of AlzAuthors. Together, we'll shed light on the potential causes of anxiety, depression, and dementia-related issues and share crucial strategies for supporting those affected and their care…
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Welcome to another episode of What the Health! In this episode, we delve into the pandemic's academic, social, and mental health impacts on young people. Our guest, Dr. Liz, a licensed psychologist, provides valuable insights and guidance for parents in identifying and addressing these challenges. From the effects of virtual learning to the importa…
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Welcome to another episode of What the Health! In this episode, we explore the highly debated topic of the impact of gaming on young people. While critics warn of harmful mental and physical health issues, advocates argue it can ease anxiety, provide social connections, and support cognitive development. Over 90% of American kids and teens play vid…
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More people in Canada are receiving palliative care near the end of their lives than ever — but a lot of work remains. A new CIHI analysis shows there are still many who are not getting the care they need. In this episode of the CHIP, host Avis Favaro speaks with Dr. Naheed Dosani — a palliative care physician at St. Michael’s Hospital at Unity Hea…
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Curious about how to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine? In this episode of What the Health, we discuss the importance of physical fitness for mental health, injury recovery, pain management, and reducing the risk of health issues. Physical fitness is an ongoing journey that should change with a person's age, condition, and …
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Virtual health care in Canada has boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering Canadians unprecedented online access to medical professionals. Now, as the day-to-day effects of the pandemic are lessening in much of the country, the question on many minds is “will I still have this convenient option going forward?” In this episode of the CHIP, host…
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Looking to lead a healthier life? In this episode, we discuss how a gym membership can help you achieve your fitness goals. We share tips for selecting the right gym, overcoming gym intimidation, and avoiding common gym dangers like overtraining and gym germs. We also provide health hacks for making the most of your gym visits, including setting up…
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In this episode of What the Health, we explore the world of caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant found in various beverages and foods. While it's a popular ingredient in the diet of many, caffeine's effects on the body can be both positive and negative, depending on individual factors. Caffeine can be a double-edged sword, with both advanta…
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Canada’s health care systems were already facing numerous challenges with wait times for surgeries before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now those problems are far worse. On this episode of the CHIP, host Avis Favaro speaks with Dr. David Urbach, head of the department of surgery at Women’s College Hospital and professor at the University of Toronto, a…
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Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, accounting for 24% of annual deaths and costing $230 billion each year? Yikes! And here's another shocker: a study from the University of Texas found that the US also has one of the highest mortality rates among high-income countries regarding heart attacks. But wait, it's not…
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Are you struggling to get enough sleep? You're not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation and insomnia, which can seriously affect our health and well-being. Women are at a higher risk than men, and losing just one hour of sleep due to daylight savings time can compound the issue. Poor sleep patterns can even be linked to 8% of …
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Welcome to What the Health, your reliable health and wellness information source. In this introductory episode, host John Salak explains the podcast's mission to bridge the information gap in the health and wellness industry. Each episode will focus on a different topic, providing accessible and sourced information on pressing issues. The podcast i…
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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed some clear gaps in Canada’s health care systems, including the need to better understand the roots of health inequalities and disparities based on race. On this episode of the CHIP, host Avis Favaro speaks with Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa, poet, author, advocate and the only Black woman ever selected as sole valedictorian a…
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Join John Salak, host of What The Health, for biweekly discussions on the latest in traditional and alternative health and wellness information. Each episode features journalists from WellWell who will provide pathways to living a healthier and happier life, covering topics such as fitness, nutrition, mental health, lifestyle guidance, body care, m…
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Overuse of medical procedures and tests is a serious concern that costs Canada’s health care systems a lot of time and money and can even be harmful to patients. Host Avis Favaro is joined by Dr. Janet Reynolds and Dr. Wendy Levinson of Choosing Wisely Canada to discuss the roots of this issue, the progress made since a previous report on the topic…
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Canada is facing an unprecedented shortage of health care professionals. COVID-19 is partly to blame, with some doctors and nurses simply burned out by the huge demands the pandemic has put on them. But there are several other key factors, including severe workplace stresses and a large cohort entering retirement age. On this episode of the CHIP, h…
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My name is Austin Hayes and I'm a plastic surgeon with offices in Portland and Seattle and I want to talk to you today about tummy tuck procedures. I get a lot of questions about people asking about what tummy tucks are how they know if they're a good candidate and what the recovery is like. A tummy tuck basically uses an incision low on the tummy …
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Michael S. Fozo, M.D., F.A.C.S., the director of Lakeshore Facial Plastic Surgery in Macomb, Michigan, is a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Michael Fozo specializes in Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) in Michigan, as well as Revision Rhinoplasty, Nasal Contouring, Eye Lifts (Blepharoplasty), Facelift Surgery, Facial Reconst…
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One of the first and most obvious places to exhibit aging symptoms is the area around the eyes. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can treat "bags" and drooping behind the eyes in addition to heaviness and drooping of the upper eyelids. An overall more rested and young appearance can be achieved by upper and lower eyelid surgery. Many of the indivi…
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