The Cardiovascular Impact of Cannabis

By Jonathan RZ Lim Cannabis is the most widely produced and consumed illicit substance in the world, with the number of users approaching 182.5 million globally.1 The upward trend shows no signs of stopping, with Canada legalizing cannabis on October 17th, 2018. Cannabis is known for both its therapeutic and recreational use - many users [...]

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Debunking the Runner’s High

By Lily Yang, Many long-distance runners are driven by their pursuit of the “runner’s high,” which is described to be a feeling of euphoria and invincibility reached after covering lengthy distances. Exercise in general is known to stimulate the release of a cocktail of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin (1). The [...]

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Donating Blood in Canada: A civil duty?

By Aleks Borisov, A year ago, the National Blood Agency called upon Canadians to donate due to a critically low supply.  Twelve thousand units remained, when 20,000-25,000 units are necessary at all times to adequately serve hospitals across Canada.1 Donors rallied and helped restore the blood banks; however, two months later, supplies were low once [...]

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Understanding Anti-Inflammatory Diets

By Emma Gerrard, When a foreign substance enters your body, your immune system is activated and triggers a process called inflammation, which attempts to protect the area from further harm.1 Short term inflammation is considered to be a healthy and necessary component of the healing process. However, chronic inflammation, can be harmful for your health.1 [...]

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SCBC Research – MASS

Our newest article titled "Assessment of cardiovascular risk and preparticipation screening protocols in master athletes: the Master Athlete Screening Study (MASS): a cross-sectional study" has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine!   https://bmjopensem.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000370

By |August 15th, 2018|Article, News|0 Comments

The Proven Benefits of Yoga

By Emma Gerrard, Yoga is a spiritual discipline, practiced with the goal of bringing harmony between the mind and the body.1 Its creation can be traced back to India over 5,000 years ago.2 Since its establishment, yoga has become increasingly mainstream in Western culture. In the United States, 9.5% of adults (21 million people) practice [...]

By |July 5th, 2018|Article|0 Comments

Flaxseed: The true superfood?

By Swati Shetty, Every morning my parents make a hearty bowl of oatmeal and mix in their one and only miracle ingredient: flaxseed powder. According to nutrition experts, this seed is supposed to help lower cholesterol levels in the blood and promote a healthy cardiovascular system. However, does recent research support these claims and how [...]

By |June 7th, 2018|Article|0 Comments

Understanding Heart Attacks

By Emma Gerard, In Canada, 2.4 million adults over the age of 20 live with diagnosed heart disease.1 Among these adults, as well as the general population, there is a high incidence of heart attack, with men being two times more likely to suffer a heart attack than women.1 According to the Heart and Stroke [...]

By |May 24th, 2018|Article|0 Comments

The Mediterranean diet and your cardiovascular health

By Aleksandar Borisov, Canadian healthcare in the 21st century is at an important crossroads. Over the past 50 years, Canadians’ needs have changed, however, our healthcare system has remained almost unchanged. What was once an effective healthcare system equipped well to deal with acute disease is today struggling in certain aspects and ranked 9th out [...]

By |May 8th, 2018|Article|0 Comments

Human Adaptations to Endurance Running and Present Day Dysevolution

By Aleksandar Borisov,   When my exercise physiology professor walked into our lecture one day wearing an absurdly large belt buckle with ‘100’ on it, my classmates and I couldn’t hold back a quiet chuckle. None of us suspected that this was a reward for finishing a 100-miles-in-a-day ultramarathon. That remains one of my most [...]

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