What’s New — Enabling the Disabled

enablingMore than a billion people around the world live with some form of disability, and more than half of them are unemployed. Life can be challenging and downright frustrating, but thankfully innovative new tech solutions can ease the strain for those with vision, audio, speech and mobility issues. To find out some of the more intriguing ways, click here or on the icon above to read my latest story for Connected Rogers Magazine.

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What’s New — Lucky Iron Fish

FishFour years ago, Gavin Armstrong was studying commerce at the University of Guelph, eyeing a career in banking. Two things happened, however, that would change the course of the budding financier. First, field study in rural Africa, his first time outside Canada, exposed him to abject poverty; and second, he heard about a fellow student’s efforts in Cambodia to stem anemia, a chronic problem in developing nations. His eyes and mind wide open, Armstrong shifted from cash and capital to social entrepreneurship and, in the process, became enriched in ways he’d never imagined. To find out more about this iron man and the simple way he’s helped reduce anemia around the world, click here or on the icon above to read my latest story for Rogers Connected For Business.

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What’s New — Lots in Translation

TranslationIt’s hard not to get lost in the narrow, winding streets of a city like Venice, but it’s even harder to ask directions when everyone in Italy speaks Italian – and you don’t. But with a nifty translation program, you’ll never be at a loss for (foreign) words. While we wait for Skype Translator to add more platforms – and for the wearable Pilot earpiece next year, which allows for two-language conversation in real time – I tracked down some top translators that talk the talk. Read all about them by clicking here or on the icon above in my latest piece for Connected Rogers.

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What’s New — Tech For Cyber Seniors

Senior TechIt used to be that if you weren’t born clutching a smartphone in one hand and a tablet in the other, you were considered a technological dinosaur. No longer. Studies show more than 60% of Canadian seniors own cell phones, and their use of tablets, laptops and e-readers is on the rise. Good thing, because new tech helps elders stay entertained, healthy, sharp and independent. To find out what sites, software and apps the silver tsunami is using to assist and amuse, click here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Rogers’ Connected Magazine.

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What’s New — Effective Collaboration

CollaborationThere may be no “i” in team, but there is in win. Winning – whether it’s new business, new customers or just an amazing idea – keeps your company in the game, but you can only score that success when everyone on the team works together toward a common goal. Check out some secrets and strategies to improve how your team collaborates by clicking here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Rogers’ Connected For Business Magazine.

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What’s New — Lyme Aid

LymeBecause they’re not always familiar with the disease, many health professionals are stumped by the symptoms of Lyme disease, which, depending on where the bacteria have migrated, can mirror such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ALS and lupus. Misdiagnosis, or non-diagnosis, can delay treatment, allowing the disease to progress to much more chronic and persistent symptoms and debilitation. To find out why it’s so hard to diagnose, click here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Yahoo!

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What’s New — The Sickening “July Effect”

JULYWhile there are no hard numbers to support what’s known as The July Effect — when critical incidents spike because newly graduated medical students are entering the hospital to complete their hands-on training — it’s recognized anecdotally as a fact. But some medical professionals refuse to pin the blame totally on these newbies, citing rises in critical incidents during weekends and evenings, when senior staff are not readily available. Nevertheless, studies show some 35,000 Canadians die due to medical error every year, making it the third leading cause of death in this country. To read more about this sickening phenomenon, click here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Yahoo!

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