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Extra Security Can Go a Long Way

Monday, September 18, 2017 12:14 PM

Nobody likes having to remember passwords, even those of us who work in information security. The good news is there are ways to add extra secur... More

We Heal Together

Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:35 PM

You can’t always prevent mental illness but you can build resilience, coping strategies and a variety of opportunities that can reduce crisis and... More

No One is Immune to Overdose

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:40 PM

Through my advocacy I have learned many things about the opioid crisis that I wish I was aware of seven years ago.... More

#YESThisIsNursing: AHS celebrates unique nursing roles

Friday, May 5, 2017 9:39 AM

The theme for this year’s Nursing Week is #YESThisIsNursing... More

Helping Kids to Smile Healthy

Monday, April 3, 2017 12:31 PM

My passion for oral health really started when I was eleven years old.... More

On the folly of planning and a happy ending anyways

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 2:52 PM

Helena was not supposed to be born on a Sunday morning in September. She was supposed to be born on a Monday in October but her sister Natalia, i... More

When Fatigue is More Than Just Being Tired

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:37 PM

It’s been three years since my husband and I learned fatigue can be more than being tired.... More

Look After You During the Holidays

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 4:00 PM

So Christmas isn’t always that easy for me, as it’s not for many others. And this year, after the wildfire, we’re all up against a lot more than... More

Take Influenza Seriously

Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:32 PM

Before I had influenza, I thought it was a serious cold that was only dangerous to older people and young people with compromised immune systems.... More

It Can Be Scary When Your Child Is Sick

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:01 PM

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Partnering for Better Health

Monday, October 17, 2016 10:10 AM

I am always up front and I tell people that I am not an expert on losing or managing weight. I have come to accept however, that I have become an... More

What Does Partnership in Health Care Mean to You?

Monday, October 3, 2016 4:06 PM

Partnerships are central to achieving AHS’ vision of Healthy People. Healthy Communities. Together. ... More

Talking to Kids About Drugs

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:48 PM

Back to school is an exciting and challenging time for both parents and children. Studying. Exams. Friendship issues. Projects. Teams. Concerts. ... More

Overdose Awareness Day: From Awareness to Action

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:46 PM

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day... More

Understanding Grief and Loss

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:09 PM

Grief is our response to the loss of anything we value.... More

Back from the brink: an EMS story of courage

Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:19 PM

All I ever wanted to do was work for Emergency Medical Services (EMS); as an emergency responder I felt important, I felt needed, more importantl... More

Are you prepared? The importance of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:10 AM

In all my experience, I’ve learned that emergencies can come up anywhere, at any time and in several different forms. That’s why being prepared i... More

Get Loud About Your Mental Health

Friday, April 29, 2016 2:52 PM

Have you ever wondered whether someone’s opinion of you will change if they get to know the real you? Have you ever kept some piece of informatio... More

Mackenzy’s Gift of Life

Friday, April 15, 2016 1:48 PM

In May of 2012, at the age of 22 months, our daughter, Mackenzy Jane Woolfsmith, gave the gift of life. ... More

From Heart Failure to Heart Transplant

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 10:16 AM

My son Dave just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his heart transplant. He was diagnosed with Heart Failure at the age of 20 and within months,... More

Supporting the Cancer Journey

Thursday, February 4, 2016 10:09 AM

Throughout my personal and professional journey I have been left with many powerful imprints about people’s resiliency, generosity, the ability t... More

Overdose Prevention

Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:31 AM

Naloxone saves lives. You’ve heard it in the news. You’ve heard parents, professionals and politicians saying it. But how does naloxone really sa... More

Alzheimer’s Awareness: Supporting Patient and Caregiver

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 1:09 PM

My own experience watching my mother as a caregiver of a spouse with Alzheimer’s has really opened my eyes to some of the day to day struggles ca... More

Ending Stigma: It's okay not to be okay

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:02 AM

My name is Kristine. I am a 24 year old student at the University of Alberta. When I was 22 my life was strongly impacted by being told that I ha... More

A Perspective on Immunization in Tanzania

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 11:12 AM

Four of the five major causes of death among children under the age of five years are infectious diseases, at least two of which are vaccine prev... More

ADHD Awareness

Friday, November 27, 2015 3:45 PM

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental, likely genetic, condition that is found across all socio-economic and ethnic groups, slightly more common in boys t... More

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Healthy Eating for Diabetes

Thursday, November 26, 2015 2:40 PM

I live with Type 1 diabetes, and work with young adults with diabetes as well. No matter your type of diabetes, good nutrition plays an integral ... More

Help Prevent Drug Use in Kids

Monday, November 16, 2015 9:50 AM

Twenty-six years ago, when I first started working in the field of youth addiction, we experienced the emergence of a new drug called Ecstasy, as... More

Learning More to Improve Mental Health

Thursday, October 8, 2015 8:43 AM

1 in 5 people are directly affected by mental illness. No family is left untouched.... More

Natasha's Story of Childhood Cancer

Monday, September 28, 2015 2:48 PM

On Friday May 1st 2015 my mom had to take me to the hospital. I had been feeling weakness in my left arm and leg and seeing double vision. ... More

Cancer Living Library

Friday, September 25, 2015 1:52 PM

Cancer is a scary thing, but the journey through treatment doesn’t have to be. ... More

Campus Lunches

Thursday, August 27, 2015 3:16 PM

By the end of my degree, I was much better at packing healthy, balanced lunches while addressing the challenges of bringing them to campus. Here ... More

Lifestyle refreshed with Better Choices, Better Health®

Thursday, August 20, 2015 3:49 PM

For all the Albertans out there who have to work hard every day to manage an ongoing health condition, this post is for you. There’s great suppor... More

One Bad Pill

Monday, August 10, 2015 9:38 AM

I recently became a member of an exclusive club. I do not know anyone who wants to be a member of this club. The club chooses you. There is only ... More

811: Help is Just a Call Away

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:11 PM

Health Link is a 24/7 telephone service provided to all Albertans by Alberta Health Services. It offers callers easy access to health information... More

Do You Know What Consent Looks Like?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:52 PM

When we are talking about consent the issue sometimes gets confused. Did they say no? Were they drunk? They accepted the ride home so surely that... More

A Hard lesson Learned

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:36 AM

If I had only known about the symptoms of stroke – that strokes happen at all ages- I could have gotten to the hospital sooner. Life might be ver... More

Talking to Kids About Drugs

Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:47 AM

As an emergency room doctor and medical toxicologist, I come across the effects of drug and alcohol use every day at my workplace…the hospital... More

Social Determinants of Health

Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:44 AM

What makes and keeps us healthy? It’s not a simple answer. For instance, healthy eating is important, yet not everyone can afford healthy food i... More

Doctors Can Help Keep Your Heart Healthy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:13 PM

People are often surprised when they hear that someone who maintains a healthy diet and exercises regularly has had a heart attack - but your ris... More

Learn to Lighten the Load

Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:40 AM

Know that you are not alone in pulling a wagon along behind you and take action to reduce its weight.... More

Making Space for Yoga

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:11 AM

As part of my recovery from child birth and postpartum depression, I hesitantly decided to push past my fear, let go of my assumptions and make s... More

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Monday, May 4, 2015 8:52 AM

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 3 – 9, 2015, and is a time to check our emergency kits and ensure we know what to do when disaster strikes. ... More

What helps you stay mentally healthy?

Friday, May 1, 2015 10:53 AM

Looking after our mental and physical health needs to be a priority if we are going to stay well and enjoy life.... More

Autism in the Community

Monday, April 27, 2015 9:47 AM

Autism Awareness Month is a time to celebrate the many contributions that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) make in our community. ... More

How a Liver Transplant Gave One Woman Her Life Back

Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:42 PM

In honour of National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week, this is one woman’s story of how her life was saved after receiving a liver transplant thr... More

Walk like a Penguin

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:34 AM

When it comes to winter, we have two choices, one healthy and one not so much: head outdoors or hibernate.... More

Join us for Apple Talks

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:18 AM

Research tells us that what we experience in the first few years of life builds our brains. ... More

Getting to the heart of it – tips to combat stress

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 4:36 PM

Stress can lead to conditions such as raised blood pressure, higher heart rates, suppressed immunity levels, and an increased risk of heart attac... More

Influenza Vaccine: About Effectiveness

Monday, February 2, 2015 3:17 PM

The influenza vaccine is still effective at preventing the other two strains of influenza circulating in Alberta: Influenza A H1N1 and Influenza ... More

Heart to Vital Heart

Friday, January 23, 2015 11:52 AM

As a young graduate paramedic fresh out of school, working night shifts in Edmonton made me feel like the king of the night-time world. ... More

January is Postpartum Mood Disorders Awareness Month

Friday, January 16, 2015 9:21 AM

January is Postpartum Mood Disorders Awareness month, and it was during this time last year my mental health hit rock bottom.... More

Protecting those who are most precious to us

Monday, December 8, 2014 10:41 AM

This year influenza vaccination is especially important to me – I have a grandson!... More

Delayed parenthood

Friday, December 5, 2014 1:57 PM

We’re living longer, working longer and waiting longer to find a partner and have babies.... More