Orthorexia Nervosa: Classification

By Johanna Fee, Orthorexia nervosa is an eating behavior. It is an obsession of eating only foods deemed ‘biologically pure’ or ‘healthy’. It includes severe limitation of diet, coupled with obsessive thoughts about food consumption, and can lead to social isolation. [1] This issue may be augmented by current trends in health and diet such [...]

By |July 6th, 2017|Article, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preparticipation Physicals: How Much Is Saving a Life Worth? (Medscape)

A Better Way to Screen Athletes? For years, sports-medicine specialists have debated the best way to screen athletes for participation in sports. In recent years, much of the debate has focused on the use of electrocardiograms (ECG). Researchers disagree on how much information they should add to a medical history and a physical exam, and [...]

By |November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Get Stronger, Live Longer

By Susannah Reid, What do you picture when you imagine good health and fitness in old age? Is it the 90 year-old marathon runner shuffling across the finish line; is it the retired 70 year-old man who can still out-squat most 20 year olds; or do you picture a group of seniors doing seated exercises [...]

By |February 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Athlete’s Heart: Cardiac Remodeling with Vigorous Exercise

Athlete’s heart is a condition consisting of an assemblage of structural and functional changes and adaptations. Firstly, the sort of training that will bring about this condition is at least one hour of exercise every day, although Athlete’s heart is commonly seen in endurance or aerobic athletes like marathon runners, but it can also be [...]

By |August 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stretching: The Hidden Benefits to Health and Fitness

If you ask the layperson what a well-rounded exercise regimen consists of many may respond with a combination of aerobic, anaerobic and flexibility training. Though many people understand they need to stretch, they may not know why they need to stretch. As previously mentioned, the three main types of exercise are aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise, [...]

By |August 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Effects of Hydration on Athletic Performance

Despite the commonly known importance of water in our bodies, many athletes do not seriously consider the effects of hydration during and after athletic performance. Water maintains blood volume, regulates body temperature and is involved in muscle contractions (1). Perspiring is regulated by the autonomic nervous system and is controlled unconsciously by the hypothalamus; the [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reducing the Effects of Sedentary Activity on Cardiovascular Disease

The average person spends between 55-57 percent of their life engaging in sedentary behaviours (4). Sedentary behaviours are defined as any sitting or lying behaviours involving low levels of movement or energy expenditure (5).  Therefore, everyday activities such as working at a desk, driving a car, watching television or using a computer are all contributors [...]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Stress Affects Your Heart

According to the Heart and Stroke foundation, every 7 minutes someone dies from heart disease in Canada, and 30% of deaths in Canada are caused by heart disease (1). Although, cardiovascular disease can be attributed to genetic factors, lifestyle and environmental risk factors such as smoking, over-eating and lack of exercise have been found to [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Direct Cell Lineage Conversion: A Potential Approach for Replacing Damaged Heart Muscles

The underlying pathology of ischaemic heart disease in adults is typically damage to and the loss of cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells) that leads to heart failure (1). After embryonic development, cardiomyocytes have little to no capacity to regenerate (1). This is a fundamental issue in treating heart disease. Because much of heart disease is the [...]

By |March 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nutrition and Cardiac Health

When seeking to improve one’s cardiac health and well being, a primary avenue that many individuals initially consider undertaking is an increase in adherence to exercise programs focused on aerobic and/or circuit training. It has been shown that as little as thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (ie. running, skipping, etc.) at least five days [...]

By |March 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments