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The Maternal Child Nurses Interest Group Webinar "Pelvic Health During Childbearing Years"

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

The Maternal Child Nurses Interest Group is delighted to offer members an educational webinar "Pelvic Health During the Childbearing years"

Led by Larissa Tutert, a physiotherapist with additional training in pelvic health, this webinar will:        
  • Update your knowledge on how pelvic health varies throughout childbearing years
  • Discuss nursing care affecting pelvic health including labour/birth support and exercise instruction "To Kegel or not to Kegel"
  • Explain the role of the physiotherapist in optimizing pelvic health  

Although common, pelvic health concerns do not have to be suffered in silence. Pelvic floor muscle function can be related to low back and tailbone pain, leaking when sneezing and jumping, and painful sexual intercourse. This virtual workshop will review how pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period can impact the pelvic floor. 

Larissa Tutert, Physiotherapist, works at the Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic, a multidisciplinary centre inside Mount Sinai Hospital. She completed her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and has undergone additional training in the areas of male and female pelvic floor health, orthopaedic manual therapy, and Neurofunctional Medical Acupuncture. Larissa has provided physiotherapy care to the dancers of Canada’s National Ballet School, and currently instructs the Pelvic Health Workshops for the Prenatal Education Department at Mount Sinai Hospital.

 November 25, 2020 7:00 PM   through   8:30 PM

Zoom Event
Landline: 1-800-268-7199

Rheumatoid arthritis: How chronic inflammation affects the brain

Posted on Mar 15, 2020

A recent study demonstrates how the chronic inflammation that characterizes rheumatoid arthritis affects the brain. The results may explain the cognitive symptoms described as "brain fog."
More than 1.3 million people in the United States live with rheumatoid arthritis.

This is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system does not recognize the synovial fluid in the joints and attacks it, causing chronic inflammation.

But does this chronic inflammation also affect the brain? And if so, how?

Why does depression make you feel tired?

Posted on Feb 15, 2020

Depression can cause debilitating fatigue and make the simplest activities, such as getting out of bed, too difficult to manage.

According to a 2018 report, fatigue affects over 90 percent of people with major depressive disorder.

In this article, learn about the link between depression and fatigue, as well as how to cope.

The Disability and Pregnancy Study

Posted on Jan 30, 2020

Postdoctoral research by Hilary Brown (Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough) and Yona Lunsky (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health). 

Does a higher BMI protect against breast cancer?

Posted on Jan 10, 2020

A new study explores the surprising interaction between body mass index and breast cancer. The researchers hope that the results will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms and risk factors involved.

In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

Also, compared with other cancers, this affects younger women more often.

Understanding why it happens in some people and not others is, of course, a priority.

The Little Things in Life

Posted on Dec 27, 2019

The first thing you see upon entering the main door to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KGH - one that only opens to non-staff via a call-in - isn't an incubator. You don't see babies lying serenely within enclosed cribs, nor cables leading to bewildering monitors and machines.

The first thing you see is a larg power on a narrow wall naming the attributes of the unit's premature babies in a multi-coloured text. "Our preemies are courageous."

New 'potential target' for cancer therapy found

Posted on Dec 6, 2019

A discovery about how cancer cells prepare the way for tumor growth and spread may lead to new treatments that stop it.
Cancer cells are known to release tiny fluid-filled bags, or vesicles, called exosomes.

These are packed with powerful proteins and other molecules that make tissue conditions more favorable for tumor progression in numerous ways.

The molecules can remodel the environment of the cancer cells, for instance, and they can insert cancer genes into other cells and signal the immune system not to mount attacks.

These changes make it easier for tumors to grow and for the cancer to invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer invasion and spread is a complex process called metastasis and is the main reason for it being such a serious disease.

Now, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have discovered a protein that controls the release of exosomes from cancer cells to promote tumor progression and metastasis.

Study reveals new cause of depression

Posted on Nov 29, 2019

Researchers believe that uncovering the role of a protein that is present in our bodies may revolutionize depression treatments.
According to the ​World Health Organization​ (WHO), depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide.

In the most severe cases, it can lead to suicide.

Can dehydration affect pregnancy?

Posted on Nov 22, 2019

Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at other times. Most cases of dehydration in pregnancy are mild, but severe dehydration can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby.
The fetus places intense demands on the body, and women who are pregnant need to consume extra nutrients. Morning sickness, as well as conditions that cause excessive vomiting, may also play a role in dehydration.

This article looks at how to identify dehydration, the effects of maternal dehydration on the baby, and how to prevent it from happening.

Benefits of using a humidifier

Posted on Nov 15, 2019

Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which can benefit people with respiratory symptoms or dry skin.

There are several ways to use humidifiers in the home or office, but there are also some risks.

In this article, learn about the benefits of humidifiers, how to use them correctly, and precautions to take.