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Managing Your Heart Health – Todd’s Story

Managing Your Heart Health – Todd’s Story

At 38 years old, Todd was a relatively fit and healthy man. His job as a Call Service Agent in Edmonton meant that he was sitting for hours at a time, so he made it his priority to exercise for at least thirty minutes most days after work. He had a generally healthy diet, and while he felt that there was always more that he could be doing, he was satisfied with the way that he took care of his body.  When Todd started to experience frequent heartburn, he initially did not understand the pain that he was feeling in his chest and throat. He had never suffered from this...
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Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Symptoms

Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Sympt...

When we think of heart attacks, we often find ourselves picturing scenes from the movies. We remember that moment in Something’s Gotta Give where Harry (Jack Nicholson) collapses in pain after fooling around with his girlfriend, Marin (Amanda Pete). He flails about, wincing in pain, trying to deter Erica (Diane Keaton) from performing CPR. We think of the moment in The Godfather when Don Vito Corleone collapses suddenly while playing with his grandson in the tomato garden, dying almost instantly. We may even think of the silliness from Monty Python And The Holy Grail...
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How to Find the Right Mental Health Specialist

How to Find the Right Mental Health Specialist

Mental health often manifests without any physical symptoms. This can make it difficult to diagnose, which in turn can make it even more difficult to get a long-term disability claim recognized. Unlike a broken arm or a torn ACL, there’s simply no way to make an irrefutable mental health diagnosis based on an x-ray or an MRI. That’s why getting the support of a medical professional is absolutely essential when filing a long-term disability claim related to your mental health. A trained therapist will be able to corroborate your experience and verify that you have a...
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Cystic Fibrosis Resources

Cystic Fibrosis Resources

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that can be fatal affecting the digestive system and the lungs. At present there is no cure. There is an estimated one in every 3,600 children born in Canada with CF and more than 4,100 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend CF clinics. CF occurs when a child inherits two defective copies of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis- one from each parent. Approximately 1 in 25 Canadians carry a one of these defective gene copies and do not have CF or any of the related symptoms. What Are Its...
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Ask A Lawyer: Cystic Fibrosis

Ask A Lawyer: Cystic Fibrosis

At Share Lawyers, we know that when your long-term disability insurance is denied, it can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. For those with Cystic Fibrosis, it may have been possible for you to work for quite some time, but as your disease progresses symptoms tend to worsen and you need the support of long-term disability benefits to help you take the time to focus on your health. We have compiled a list of relevant questions with answers when it comes to disability insurance claims and Cystic Fibrosis that may help clarify some confusion for you.   I’ve had...
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Emerging Treatments for Crohn’s and Colitis

Emerging Treatments for Crohn’s and Colitis

Medical records Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis date back to the late 1800s. The exact cause of these conditions are still unknown, however, they have been linked to a combination of environmental factors, immune function and bacterial factors, as well as a patient’s genetic susceptibility to developing the disease. There are approximately 233,000 Canadians living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Nearly half of them, 104,000, live with ulcerative colitis and 129,000 live with Crohn’s disease. Treatments and drug therapies do not follow a “one size fits all” model...