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This Saturday, May 30th is World MS Day!

This Saturday, May 30th, marks the 19th annual World MS day! MS (multiple sclerosis) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. This disease attacks the protective covering of the nerves, damaging the myelin and causing inflammation. Worldwide, more than 2.3 million people have a diagnosis of MS. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated 77,000 Canadians living with this disease. Symptoms may include extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, impaired sensation, vision and bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Its effects can be physical, emotional and financial, with no cure currently available. World MS day brings the gl

May 28th is International Day of Action for Women’s Health

Over 33 years ago, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health was launched to advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. Today on May 28th, advocates, activists and international agencies come together to continue to fight for women’s access to universal healthcare, safe contraceptives and safe and legal abortions. This day of action has also focused on many other topics including the feminisation of poverty, women and HIV/AIDS, and violence against women as a global health emergency. The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the urgency and importance of ensuring equitable access to essential sexual and reproductive health and services. Women

Mental Health, Addiction and COVID-19

​In 2018, the US experienced the first drop in the amount of mental health and addiction related deaths in over two decades, with similar trends occurring in Canada. While this is a fact to be celebrated by the countless organizations who continue to push for increased mental health and addiction support, experts warn that the mortality of the coronavirus may be felt mentally just as strong as it is being felt physically. With unemployment rates skyrocketing and loneliness on the rise, psychological health is expected to drop significantly, with as many as 75,000 premature deaths due to suicide or overdose (Well Being Trust Foundation, 2020). While these ideas may be grim, these deaths remai

World’s Largest Cancer Conference Goes Virtual Next Week

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest cancer research conference. It was originally planned as a live meeting in Chicago and organizers made the decision to switch to a virtual meeting for the safety of all attendees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting is set to run from May 29-31. The majority of the abstracts were released last week, with over 3,400 abstracts accepted for online publication. Also, keep your eye out for the late-breaking abstract which will be released next Thursday May 28th. As one of the first major international conference to move virtual, surely organizers of other major conferences will have their eyes on ASCO next

Cheer Up - Promoting Posture for a Happier Mood

With the current pandemic protocols in place, our reality includes socializing from afar, which often means via phone or computer. When doing so, we often hunch over our keyboard or strain our neck to see our screens. Not only does this have negative effects on posture, studies show it can also have poor effects on mood! When we are sad or scared, we often contract by slouching, and just like posture reflects our mood, it can also cause it. Despite this, we rely on our mobile devices far too much to give them up, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Here are a few ways to fight the hunch: Keep your head up and shoulders back when looking at your phone and computer screen. Stretch and

An Unwavering Connection to Our Clients, Our Work and Each Other

MEDUCOM is maintaining an unwavering connection to our clients, our work and each other. We’re connecting “face-to-face” more than ever before. We’re adapting our proven methods and leveraging technology to provide exemplary service that doesn’t skip a beat. And outside of the “office”, we still enjoy spending time together with virtual professional development sessions, team building activities, and family game nights. While we look forward to getting back to comradery in person, it’s business as usual for now. We're happy to discuss and support your healthcare agency needs in this dynamic environment.

It's World Asthma Day!

It’s World Asthma Day! Organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) since 1998 to improve asthma awareness and care around the world, this year’s theme is “Hold your Breath” in recognition of those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost 3 million Canadians suffer with asthma – that’s almost 10% of the total population! Regrettably, they are so familiar with the dreadful sensation of not breathing freely as some COVID-19 patients experience. There is also no cure for asthma, and while effective treatments exist and some people are able to control their symptoms, others aren’t and they often have to restrict their daily activities to avoid triggers like pollen, pets and exercis

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