Pauline Anderson

Be sure, be safe, get tested regularly

All men should get a baseline PSA test every five years starting at age 40, and an annual PSA test along with a digital rectal exam (DRE) beginning at age 50, according to Rebecca von Goetz, executive vice-president of Prostate Cancer Canada.The tests should begin earlier if there’s a family...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 2:05 AM

Prostate news you can use

Prostate cancer can be detected early with a PSA test (a blood test that measures levels of prostate-specific antigen) and a digital rectal exam (DRE).Researchers are making headway in improving prostate cancer detection tools and in perfecting treatment approaches. Here are some areas they’re...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 1:44 AM

The Mo(re) you know, the better

The statistics are disturbing. According to one survey, fewer than half of Canadian men see their doctor on a regular basis.The study also found that almost one in four men haven’t had a medical check up in at least five years.All indications are that men wait until their symptoms are severe before...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 1:24 AM

Fly-in nursing stint offers life-changing opportunity

If you’re looking for adventure and a chance to make a difference, Gods Lake Narrows in northern Manitoba could be the place for you.Just ask the dynamic nursing duo of Cheryl and Mike Dove. Shortly after finishing their education at McMaster University in Hamilton and getting married, they spent...

Monday, May 9, 2011, 9:12 PM

Parlez-vous Français?

Your kids are learning French, so why don’t you? French immersion programs introduced into Canadian schools in the 1970s have been deemed a huge success. If you’re keen to become fluent in Canada’s other official language, there are a number of routes to choose from. One option is to combine...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:52 PM

Could I make money teaching my native language?

If you’re a newcomer to this country, chances are you’ve got a built-in skill to pass on to Canadians – your mother tongue.But making an extra buck teaching your native language may not be as easy as you think. “Just because you can speak a language doesn’t mean you can teach it,” says Raffaele...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 9:17 PM

'Kids really just want to be with mom and dad'

To have a fun March break with your kids, include them in the planning. Send your older daughter to the library or your son to the Internet to find out what’s on in your community. While it’s important to put some structure into the week’s activities, it’s not a good idea to “hyper plan,” says...

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 9:19 PM

Ask the expert

Whether you’re with a long-time partner or have a brand new lover, this is a great time of year to take stock of your relationship. We posed a few common questions of the heart to an expert in the field – Dr. Laurie Betito, a Montreal psychologist with a specialty in sex therapy. Why are so many...

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 5:30 AM

Quiz: How to determine your career path

If you don’t know exactly where to go when you leave high school, you’re not alone. “Career development is a journey and some move along that journey more quickly than others. But for everyone it involves developing yourself personally, socially and academically in the area of work which you...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 9:35 PM

Change is coming to Corktown

Corktown is a neighborhood of contrasts: Quaint Victorian cottages beside huge renovated factories; a methadone clinic up the street from an upscale restaurant; an auto body shop around the corner from a Porsche dealership.Cynthia Wilkey has lived for over two decades in one of the renovated...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:30 AM

Little Italy's warmth doesn't suffer for its action

For students Maddie Taurins and Mara Da Costa Reis, living in Little Italy puts them in the heart of one of the city’s most vibrant downtown scenes. “There’s always something going on,” says Maddie, who grew up in the area and now lives with Mara and another roommate in an apartment just south of...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 1:12 AM

Settling into Toronto’s centre

For avid cyclists, the St. Lawrence Market district is an ideal place to put down roots. And that’s exactly what freelance copy editor Eva Hecht and photographer Rudi Christl did 23 years ago. From their apartment on the Esplanade, they can hop on their bikes and be at Lake Ontario in minutes. From...

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 5:30 AM

Rosedale: Independent all the way

Kathryn Botsford’s home, including her bathroom, used to be stuffed with refurbished furniture and collectables. “My passion had gone crazy,” she jokes. It was time to fulfil a dream and go into business.Along with her now husband, Andrew Dymecki, Botsford chose a location on Yonge Street — near...

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 6:28 AM

Leaside ‘right out of a movie’

When Heather Buchan moved with hubbie Michael Blatchford into a compact Leaside home almost three years ago, she thought she had found a perfect little haven in the big city. The community is close to downtown — only a 15-minute drive on the nearby Bayview Extension or Don Valley Parkway — yet...

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:30 AM