At the 2018 Chronic Disease at Work conference in Toronto on June 19, plan sponsors got a primer on the workplace impact of some of the conditions their employees are suffering from. What are some of the treatments available to support employees dealing with chronic conditions and what’s the role of benefits plans in helping to mitigate the impact? From rheumatoid arthritis to migraines, the conference covered the issues from a range of angles.

Here are some of the highlights of the sessions.

The workplace effects of cancer as a chronic illness
Rising survival rates are making cancer one of Canada’s fastest-growing chronic diseases.
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How one patient thrives despite four decades with rheumatoid arthritis
A positive attitude is the key to a long and fulfilling life with chronic disease, according to a man who has spent almost four decades dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.
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Medical cannabis touted as displacement for ‘patently more dangerous’ drugs
Employers and insurers could reduce their pharmaceutical spending by embracing medical cannabis, according to the chief medical officer for a licensed producer of the drug.
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The role of diabetes coaching as a ‘care translator’
Tiny habits have a huge role to play in the management of Type 2 diabetes, according to a researcher in the field.
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How employers can better support workers suffering from migraines
Workplace accommodations and new targeted medications promise to transform the experience of migraine sufferers after decades of neglect, a speaker told participants at a recent event.
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Copyright © 2018 Transcontinental Media G.P. Originally published on benefitscanada.com

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