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Issue 42 November 2018

Suffering in silence: measuring the impact of voice disorders on workplace productivity

Jonathan dela Cruz relies on his voice around the clock. By day, dela Cruz works the phones as a customer support representative for a marketing firm. By night, he is a singer. But last year, the 38-year old father from Burnaby tore his vocal chords and was unsure if he’d ever be able to sing again. 

I say yes  

to participating in research because the more data researchers have the more they can help patients.
– Jonathan dela Cruz, Burnaby

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can we predict those who will respond to insoles as treatment for knee osteoarthritis? 

This study aims to predict who will and will not respond to shoe-worn insoles for knee osteoarthritis treatment.

Can we better understand the course of advanced prostate cancer in Canadians?

The study aims to document the disease progression, real-world treatment and patient management of advanced prostate cancer in Canada.

Do small regulatory molecules have a role in causing sudden hearing loss?

This study aims to determine the role of unique small regulatory molecules (microRNAs) found in individuals with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). 

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Helpful tips for protecting your voice

by Megan Morrison, Speech-Language Pathologist
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It's all about hydration and vibration. Vocal cords need moisture to vibrate efficiently, especially if they are working overtime. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Take a deep(er) breath. Abdominal breathing is the foundation for a healthy, flexible voice. Let your core muscles support your voice, so your throat and shoulders can stay relaxed.  It’s not “just in your head”. Our voices are hardwired to our emotions. Stress, even if unrecognized, can contribute to voice problems. Take time for self-care and emotional processing.  

Upcoming Events

Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control: Consultation

Have you or someone you know fought cancer? Share your experience and perspectives to help shape Canada’s cancer plan. Learn more.

Date November 14, 2018
Location Robert Lee YMCA
955 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Young Stroke Survivors: BC Focus Group

Join a community of people who are living life after stroke to discuss the kind of resources and support you’d like to see from the Young Stroke Survivors of BC program. Learn more.

Date November 22, 2018
Location Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia Office
301-1212 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver
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