Pharmacogenomics: Determining the most effective drug for your genetic makeup.

Genetic Testing & Drugs Each person is unique and so is his or her response to certain medications.  Since the mapping of the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, a new area of study and research has opened up called, Pharmacogenomics, the technology that analyses how genetic makeup affects an individual’s response to drugs—will…

Probiotics –Healthy or Hype?

There’s a growing body of research that shows bacteria in our gut is related to many health problems, from common diarrhea and obesity to urinary infections and stress. There is also growing evidence that taking some probiotics- live microorganisms that have health benefits is not a fad and has real health benefits.  Several years ago,…

Understanding cholestrol-the good, the bad, and the guidelines

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Canada, which makes prevention of heart disease so important. Some risk factors for heart disease unfortunately cannot be changed, including your genes, gender and ethnicity. There are many other factors, however, that you can control. These are called modifiable risk factors, and include high blood…

HPV- Not just for girls & women. HPV can also cause cancer in boys & men

The Human Papillomavirus  (HPV) is among the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the world with some strains leading to various cancers as well as external genital warts.  What this  really means is that we now understand what is causing cancer in these regions.   It’s very exciting, because if we understand what causes a cancer,…

Vaginal atrophy affects more than 2 million post-menopausal Canadian women

But intimacy does not need to be sacrificed Vaginal atrophy (VA) is a common but treatable condition affecting post -menopausal women.  VA is where the vaginal walls become thin, fragile and inflamed due to the reduction of estrogen that naturally occurs during menopause***. Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include: burning, itching, dryness, irritation and painful intercourse.…