Did you know that today is Purple Day? Did you know that #PurpleDay is World #Epilepsy Day?
The concept of Purple Day was initiated by a 9-year-old named Cassidy Megan, and was motivated by her own struggle with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia helped to develop Cassidy’s idea, and the first Purple Day event was held on March 26, 2008, and is now known as the Purple Day for Epilepsy campaign. Why…Read More
The odd encounter that pulled Dad out of his Alzheimer’s fog
A few years ago, at a medical laboratory clinic in Waterloo, Ont., a tiny elderly Vietnamese lady sat poker straight on the edge of a waiting room chair belting out the tune, My Heart Will Go On. Other than a slight rhythmic rocking of her torso to the famous Titanic theme song, she was essentially motionless, with her eyes…Read More
The beauty of sitting around and doing nothing
Jenny Morber is a science writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Slate and elsewhere Like most of us in 2019, I am busy. Days can feel like a race to complete an always-accumulating list of now, soon and must-do-sometime tasks for my business, my kids, my animals, my home, my relationships, my community,…Read More
Can I endure the worst and hope for the best? I’m working on it
If you’re a friend I haven’t seen for a while, as happens in our busy lives, you may ask how I’ve been. If you’re a casual acquaintance, I may say fine and leave it at that. If you’re a trusted friend, I may give you a very different response. As my friend, you remember I’m…Read More
How do I deal with a co-worker stealing my meals from the office fridge?
THE QUESTION Our office has a food thief. While this was humorous at first, it’s gotten serious and out of control. Yesterday my breakfast was taken brazenly from our cafe after I stepped away for five minutes! Several others have complained about their food going missing from the fridge. We have raised the issue with…Read More
Tuesday April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day
World #AutismAwarenessDay designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution “62/139, is an internationally recognized day every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world. World Autism Awareness Day is an effort to not only speak out against the discrimination…Read More
Pharmaceutical residues reach ‘potentially damaging’ levels in freshwater: study
A new study out of the Netherlands suggests increased levels of #pharmaceutical residue found in the world’s lakes and rivers have become “potentially damaging” to the #environment and could have an impact on antibiotic resistance. http://bit.ly/2BPf2SURead More
World Cancer Day
Today is WorldCancerDay – an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to…Read More