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Patients stay awake during surgery, minimizing pain

Mary McIlvenna thought “spinals” were just for Caesarean sections, so when an anesthetist asked her if she would like one instead of general anesthesia...

Health promotion: Practice what you preach

A healthier lifestyle was introduced at Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) over ten years ago when Lunch Bunch Fitness classes were offered to employees, giving...

Neonatal follow-up clinic promotes health in high-risk babies

Behind a door in the basement of Humber River Regional Hospital’s (HRRH) Finch site, there is a clinic buzzing with ringing phones, busy staff...

Taking a proactive approach to pain management decreases costs and enhances care

Patients come to hospitals looking for care, comfort and pain relief. This is why Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) has made pain management a...

Migraine pain more likely to strike women

At times, Mary-Anne McDermott’s crippling migraine pain gets so bad that it invades almost all her senses. “I used to mostly suffer from light...

Promoting health by helping patients get a good nights sleep

Norman Roseman may be the one finally getting treatment for his sleep apnea, but the benefits are being shared with his wife, Arline. For...

Midwives support mothers in managing labour pain

When Marina Dempster gave birth, she knew ahead of time that she didn’t want drugs, and she worked with her midwife to find several...

The role of the nurse in health promotion

Health promotion is a popular phrase. What does it mean, really? How does someone promote health? I’m going to address the concept of health...

Arthritis sufferers benefit from the healing powers of yoga

As an increasing amount of research points to the health benefits of physical activity for those with rheumatic conditions, one type of exercise in...

Reflexology enhances patient care

“I’ve always been interested in alternative medicine,” says Mary Buchanan, a nurse at Misericordia Health Centre who recently decided to pursue certification in reflexology....

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