The “Pros” Of Probiotics For Your Health

Written for Mediaplanet’s Women’s Health campaign published in Maclean’s magazine in March 2016. In the age of hand sanitizer and antibiotics, many avoid bacteria in order to stay healthy, but research indicates that not all bacteria are bad. “A probiotic is actually a substance made by a microorganism including bacteria and even fungi,” says Dr. Marla Shapiro, an […]

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The Little Known STI That Can Have Big Consequences

Written for Mediaplanet’s Women’s Health campaign published in Maclean’s magazine in March 2016. The parasitic infection, caused by an organism called Trichomonas vaginalis, is more common than chlamydia and gonorrhea combined. In the U.S., an estimated 3.7 million people have trichomoniasis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but only 30 percent of patients will show signs of […]

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HPV: What You Need To Know

Written for Mediaplanet‘s Women’s Health campaign. Published online and in print inside the Toronto Star on September 10, 2015.  The majority of sexually active Canadians have at some point been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), though many may not know it. “The human papillomavirus is really common,” explains Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of the Society of Obstetricians and […]

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