Toronto Star_patient handbookFrom Patients Who Know: A Hospital Handbook acts much like a travel guide, offering practical advice on the language, cuisine, people and customs of what is for many people a foreign land: the hospital. Twenty-five Canadian seniors collaborated with OpenLab, a design and innovation centre based out of Toronto’s University Health Network, to write a common-sense guide to help patients navigate their stays. Read more here.








Middle-age Canadians not using condomsKids, it’s time to sit Mom and Dad down for “the talk.”

You know the one. Hint: it involves a banana.

New research shows middle-aged single, divorced and widowed Canadians are often skipping condoms, with only about a third of men aged 40 to 59 and a quarter of women of the same age range reporting they practised safe sex during their last sexual encounter.

“It would be pretty nice if kids came home from university and left a bowl of condoms on the counter, as might have happened for them in the past,” said Robin Milhausen, an associate professor in Family Relations and Human Sexuality at the University of Guelph and one of the authors of the study, published this week in The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality.

The research suggests it doesn’t matter whether you’re 15 or 56: talking about using condoms doesn’t seem to get any easier with age. Read more here.