The hidden power of bilingualism

how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Among the many benefits of being bilingual, her research shows that the everyday use of a second language appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. According to Bialystok, the more proficient you become in a second language the better, and every little bit helps. Just because you may not be profoundly bilingual, that doesn’t mean the learning is wasted. Read more

The Pursuit of Happiness

Perfect happiness may be an elusive state, but there are surprisingly simple things we can do to work towards it. Practising small acts of kindness is a start, suggests clinical psychologist and York Professor Myriam Mongrain, whose paper, “Practicing compassion increases happiness and self-esteem,” was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies in 2011. Read more

Three great ideas that could change your life

There’s nothing worse than receiving advice of the unwanted or unasked-for kind. But don’t worry; the three York researchers we feature here are neither offering it nor suggesting people adopt their ideas in the name of self improvement. Rather, they are presenting solid research based on rigorous academic inquiry that just might have a positive spillover effect on everyday life. Read more

New study first to examine quality of cardiac rehabilitation programs in Canada

The quality of cardiac rehabilitation programs across Canada is strong, with specific criteria areas now identified as requiring further enhancement to improve patient outcomes, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, York University and the University Health Network (UHN).

York Health Professor Sherry Grace

Sherry Grace

“We are the first to comprehensively assess cardiac rehabilitation quality – what we are doing well and where we should do better – to this degree across the country,” says York University kinesiology and health science Professor Sherry Grace, who is the study’s author and the director of research at the GoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit at UHN.

“Being able to rigorously evaluate and compare across cardiac rehabilitation programs nationally means gaps can be addressed and changes made to ultimately benefit patients who have heart disease,” she says.

Set to be published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, the study measured 14 key quality indicators in 10 cardiac rehabilitation programs across Canada, assessing more than 5,500 cardiac patients. The criteria examined included: accessibility, wait times, referrals, secondary prevention, behaviour changes and psychosocial measures.

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