Health

Holding A Mirror Up To My White Privilege

Tucked away in the township of Gugulethu, on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, is a popular butchery and open-air shack restaurant called Mzoli’s Meat. A successful Black-owned business, Mzoli’s is famous for its grilled meats, good music, and huge crowds. It’s also known for bringing people together, attracting both locals and foreign tourists, [...]

Resilience In Times Of Crisis

Most of us go through our day with a sense of invincibility. We don’t believe bad things will happen to us. So, we’re often blindsided when they do. In the early days after the lockdown started, I was shocked at the scale of the pandemic and how quickly our lives turned upside down. I’m sure [...]

More Than A Body

Exercise more and lose weight are among the most common New Year’s resolutions each year. For some of us, these decisions can make a huge difference to our health. Often, though, we fall for unrealistic expectations from society that pushes vanity and thinness more than anything. We have become both the creators and consumers of [...]

When Sex Hurts

I recently published study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine which surveyed more than 1,500 women ages 18 and older in the United States about their experiences of painful sex. Most women identified as heterosexual (87 per cent) and were either married or living with their partner (70 per cent). About one in four women reported [...]

Body Image: The Art of Not Giving A F**k

I’ve struggled with body confidence at different points in my life, especially in my twenties. But my thirties were a sweet spot for a shift in thinking about body image. In 2015, shortly after my thirtieth birthday, I started by PhD and began studying many of aspects of sexuality that had been a mystery to me, [...]

Christmas Is The Perfect Time To Disconnect

When I was a child, the only screen I switched on during Christmas was the television and usually, that was to watch a holiday classic with my family. I was born in the 80s and I still remember the things we did when the Internet didn’t exist. We played outside, visited friends to talk, and [...]

A Parent’s Guide To HPV Vaccination

If you're like most parents, all you want for your kid is for them to be healthy. That includes getting them the recommended vaccines to help prevent disease. In fact, nearly 90 per cent of children in Canada are immunized against a range of ailments before their second birthday. But when it comes to the [...]

A Pill To Boost Female Libido? Don’t Expect A Quick Fix

Twenty years ago, the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra hit the market and delighted men who had difficulties in the bedroom. Then, in 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drug for boosting female libido called Addyi (flibanserin) in the United States. The approval, which came after two previous rejections over lackluster [...]

The 10 Latest Discoveries In HIV Science

HIV science is advancing at incredible speeds. In the four decades since the virus was discovered, we have gone from death sentence to chronic condition, and fear of easy contagion to new hope through treatment that can make people with human immunodeficiency virus uninfectious. The scientific community gathered in Paris this past week at the [...]

Does Over-Education Lead To Decreased Life Satisfaction?

Canada is one of the most highly-educated countries in the world. Fifty one per cent of 25- to 64-year-olds have a tertiary (university or college) qualification, up from 41 per cent in 2001 -- the highest proportion among developed countries. That translates to almost 4 million people with a college diploma and five million with [...]