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Did You Know?

Provided by: Dr. Jason Profetto, Secretary, The Hamilton Academy of Medicine

Osteoarthritis – The Aches and Pains of Joints

Osteoarthritis, also known as OA, is a common problem that affects many people in Canada and can involve many different joints.  It is a degenerative condition of the joint itself in which the cartilage (smooth articulating surface) of the bones that create the joint start to degrade.  As a result, instead of having as smooth functioning joint that flexes and extends without issue, there is crepitus (a crunching or cracking sensation), stiffness and potentially pain.

OA generally affects the larger, weight bearing joints in the body – namely the hips and knees.  It can however affect smaller joints as well – fingers, knuckles, wrists, shoulders, ankles, etc.  As stated previously…. read more

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Listed are some informative websites.  The materials and other information provided by these sites are for educational, communication and information purposes only and are not intended to replace or constitute the giving of medical advice or treatments by your physician.

About Kids Health – The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto

Canadian Cancer Association

Canadian Diabetes Association

Eat Right Ontario

FightFlu.ca

Heart and Stoke Foundation

Mental Health – Canadian Mental Health Association

Travel Information – Travel Health Notices

Women’s Health – Women’s College Hospital

For more links and materials please visit our Internet Resources Page.

Congratulations to Dr. Carys Massarella for receiving the YMCA Women of Distinction Award – Health Category  

Dr. Carys Massarella is an emergency physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and is the lead physician for the Transgender Care Program at Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catharines.  Dr. Massarella sees and treats transgender identified clients and is a leading expert in transgender care.  She is an assistant clinical professor at the DeGroote School of Medicine and also lectures widely on transgender health care.  Recent appearances include TEDx: The Depathologization of Trans Identity, TEDx Hamilton: The false Narrative of Deception, and the CBC Doc Zone documentary Transforming Gender.  She was the first transgendered person to be a president of a hospital medical staff anywhere in the world and was named one of the World’s 50 Transgender Icons by Huffington Post.