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A living will just makes things easier

Let me begin with a story. Elaine was a resident at a nursing home in Toronto. She was 91 and lived with severe dementia. It was doubtful she recognized her two daughters, Heather and Susan. The family had authorized DNR (do not resuscitate) orders.

Health spending a hard pill to swallow

What is the scoop on Ontario’s new budget as it relates to health care? Home and community-care services will receive a funding increase of five per cent annually over the next three years.

Understanding frailty as population continues to age

Octogenarians are the fastest-growing age group in North America. The number 80 does not always reflect true age as elderly people have a range of mental and physical abilities that varies from robust to frail.

Quality health care comes at a price - Dr. Peter Zalan

How does the Canadian public view our health care system? The Environics Institute recently addressed this question. The institute conducts public opinion surveys on important issues of public policy.

Longer life is within your grasp - Dr. Peter Zalan

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, took his young cousin Margaret on a trip to South America in 1914. She died of typhoid fever. His sister-in-law died of diphtheria at home at the age of 28.

Tough health care questions need answers - Dr. Peter Zalan

On Dec. 10, Health Sciences North will be introducing to the community its new Research Institute. Its mandate: to focus on finding advancements in the treatment of geriatric care, chronic and infectious diseases, and cancer.

Get beyond finger-pointing to help patients - Dr. Peter Zalan

In July 2012, the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) requested a Peer Review of Health Sciences North (HSN).

Get beyond finger-pointing to help patients

In July 2012, the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) requested a Peer Review of Health Sciences North (HSN).

Are our health care dollars spent wisely?

Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, voted to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors in 2011. Debt had soared, burdening the city with annual interest costs that eventually exceeded its budget.

Modern diseases unknown among hunter-gatherers - Dr. Peter Zalan

Until the end of the last Ice Age, all peoples, on all continents were still hunter-gatherers. Our ancestors have hunted and gathered for more than a million years.