Sitting, crawling, walking, talking — they’re all major milestones parents eagerly anticipate from their bundle of joy. But when Junior hits his sixth birthday and he’s still asking for a “nana” instead of a banana, he may have a speech delay or disorder. Most kids learn to speak just fine; others are simply late talkers and will eventually catch up. If, however, you find his speech is lagging well behind what is considered normal, it may be beneficial to seek the help of a therapist. To read more about it in my latest piece for Yahoo!, click here or on the icon above.
Runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, fever, cough, aches and pains. We know these dreaded descriptors better as the common cold. And it’s called the common cold for good reason: according to the Canadian Centre For Occupational Health and Safety, the average adult will be hit with up to five infections every year; the average child fares worse, catching up to eight. On top of all that misery, it’s the main reason adults miss work and kids miss school, resulting in millions of dollars in lost productivity. But still a cure eludes. To find out why, click here or on the icon above to read my latest story for Yahoo!
The recent terror attacks in Paris and around the world are hard enough for the average adult to comprehend. Imagine how confusing they must be for a child. But unless you live in a place with no TV, no newspapers and no social media, your kids are bound to hear at least something about it. What they hear — and how they hear it — can shape how they cope with adversity now and later in life. There will always be another tragedy around the corner that they’ll face, either directly or indirectly, so equipping them with the knowledge and information they need to deal with it is crucial, say experts. Read more about it in my recent piece for Yahoo! by clicking here or on the icon above.
Robin Williams tickled our collective funny bone for more than four decades with his manic, subversive humour. But nobody was laughing when the actor took his own life in August 2014, at the age of 63. His family, friends and fans around the world struggled to understand how a talented, rich, successful family man could find life so unbearable that he had to end it all. At first, rumour circulated that he had lost his long battle with alcohol and drug abuse. That was soon supplanted with reports the funny man suffered from severe depression. Then surfaced news that he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Last week his widow, Susan Schneider Williams, opened up about the real reason her husband committed suicide: A little-known disease called Lewy Body Dementia. I speak to a neurologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the University of Toronto who specializes in this devastating disease who breaks it down, in my latest piece for Yahoo! Click here or on the icon above to read all about it.
Inverted nipples affect up to 30 percent of women. They’re usually not a problem — other than some women find innies embarrassing — until pregnancy, when most mothers discover nursing can be very difficult. I spoke with plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Tong for insight on what exactly inverted nipples are, what causes them, how to fix them and how to feed with them in my latest piece for Yahoo! To read all about it, click here or on the icon above.
Trying to decipher the dizzying array of painkillers at your local pharmacy is enough to give you a headache. But what you don’t know could do more than hurt you; it could kill you. Conservative estimates put the Canadian population’s use of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, called analgesics, at up to 30 per cent. And most of us don’t give them a second thought: Arthritis flaring up? Pop a pill. Neck ache? Pop a pill. Menstrual cramps? Pop a pill. Fever? Pop a pill. All the same, right? Not at all, and that assumption could cause serious harm. To find out how, click here or on the icon above to read all about it in my latest piece for Yahoo! Health.
At just 29, Michele Romanow has already launched four successful tech companies – including Buytopia, the site that saves you up to 90% off a product’s retail price – and, on October 7, she officially joins the investors on the panel of CBC’s Dragons’ Den. This fall, when Romanow moves from online-based Next Gen Den to breathe new fire into the 10th season of the Den, she will hold the distinction of being the show’s youngest dragon ever. I asked her to share her top tech essentials for staying plugged in for my latest piece for Connected For Business. Click here or on the icon above to read all about it.