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Stand Ahead for Women’s Brain Health

On December 2nd, in support of Women’s Brain Health Day, join thousands of others and take part in the Stand AheadTM Challenge to stand up against research bias and stand ahead for women’s brain health. Did you know…. Almost 70%...

Take a Stand

Headstand (also known as “sirsasana”) is often referred to as the “king” of yoga poses because of its many health benefits. It can be an energizing inversion that strengthens the entire body, particularly the upper...

Best Brain Boosts

We all want our cognitive health span to match our lifespan. Fortunately, there is increasing evidence that dementia is not inevitable and exceptional health into old age is possible. The following are some of the...

Multiple Sclerosis – Why are Women More at Risk?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks myelin, the “insulation” that surrounds and protects nerves in the brain and the spinal cord (i.e. the central nervous system...

Sex Differences in Stroke

Stroke is a significant public health concern, and is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. According to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2016 (GBD 2016), there were 13.7...

Brain Drain

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, depression (also known as clinical or major depression) is a mood disorder that will affect one in eight Canadians at some point in their lives. On a global...

Every Bit Counts

It is widely understood that physical activity is important for both physical and cognitive health. But, just how much physical activity, and at what intensity level, is enough to reap the benefits? The Canadian Physical...

Thanks to the ongoing support of Brain Canada,  WBHI’s newest edition of MIND OVER MATTER has just been published. Loaded with interesting science-based articles, MIND OVER MATTER brings you the latest research findings and highlights the best ways...

CIBC Presents ‘From Her Lips To Our Ears’

Join us for conversation and cocktails with Kim Campbell, wife of Country Music Legend Glen Campbell in discussion with Fashion Entrepreneur and Media Personality Jeanne Beker. Kim shares her story about the challenges faced by...

RBC Presents Engaging Millennial Minds – Move & Meditate to Mellow Out

On Wednesday September 25th, join us for the final event in Series 3 of Engaging Millennial Minds // Move & Meditate to Mellow Out. Your brain benefits from exercise that goes beyond...

Sharon Stone Speaks Out About the Importance of Women’s Brain Health

Sharon Stone, Rumer Willis, Andie MacDowell and Jane Seymour all gathered at the Eric Buterbaugh Gallery on Wednesday night for an event to discuss Women’s Brain Health Initiative, a charitable organization dedicated to...

Taboo topics hit centre stage at women’s health event

Some taboo topics will be front and centre next week during a health event for women. Kim Vopni, a.k.a. “The Vagina Coach,” who teaches women how to strengthen their pelvic floor through her online programs and Port...

My Cup of Tea

Green tea has been widely consumed and appreciated throughout Asia for centuries, and its popularity has been increasing rapidly in the West in recent decades as more and more people discover its potential for boosting...

Brain health is a lifelong endeavour, honorary doctorate recipient Lynn Posluns tells graduands

Students graduating from the Faculty of Health, Faculty of Environmental Studies and Lassonde School of Engineering were recognized during York University’s third spring convocation ceremony on June 14. The cohort of newest graduates was given the opportunity...

Out of Season

Seasonal rhythms are known to affect several aspects of human behaviour and physiology. For example, moods fluctuate throughout the year in individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and seasonality seems to impact timing of onset...

When Push Comes to Shove

Dementia is commonly associated with cognitive impairment, particularly memory decline. However, dementia not only affects an individual’s ability to think and remember, it also causes changes in personality, emotions, and behaviour. These non-cognitive changes are...

On Target – New Focuses for a Potential Alzheimer’s Cure

Over the last three decades, scientists have focused primarily on two targets to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – amyloid and tau. “Alzheimer’s is characterized by deposits of amyloid – essentially the grouping of abnormal proteins...

Mind the Gap

Approximately two-thirds of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are women. However, research into sex and gender differences in AD is astonishingly limited. Because the greatest risk factor for dementia is age, the discrepancy between...

Dazed & Confused

It is common for women to experience cognitive difficulties, sometimes referred to as “brain fog,” as they go through the menopause transition. They might be forgetful, or have trouble concentrating or thinking clearly. In one...

Past the Call of Duty

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression have been associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, either each on its own or in combination with one another. This is of particular...

The Germ of an Idea

The idea that infectious agents (such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi) may play a role in dementia is not new. Alois Alzheimer – the man who first described a “peculiar disease” in 1906 that would later become known as Alzheimer’s disease – first proposed that infection might be involved in the disease process. Over the years, various researchers have uncovered findings that support potential links between different infectious agents and neurological disorders.

Half Full

Are you a glass half-empty or glass half-full kind of person? Your answer to this question – which reflects your tendency to be either an optimist (half full) or a pessimist (half empty) – not...

In the Palm of Your Hand

risk genes and deterministic genes. Risk genes increase the likelihood of developing the disease, but do not guarantee that...

Under Pressure; Millennials – The Most Stressed Demographic

It was a delicious antidote to a brutally cold winter night in downtown Toronto. A roomful of millennials (those born between the years 1984 and 2000) gathered to hear about fine food and healthy eating...

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