Health

Five fascinating facts about the flu shot

(NC) -- Many of us still have issues surrounding the flu shot even though it's been around for years. Questions include what it is, how it works, and whether or not it is necessary. “Getting this vaccine is one of the most important things you can do to prevent the flu,” says Bowen Chen, a pharmacist. “It can prevent illness in 70 to 90 per cent of healthy children and adults – that's a h ....

Metastatic Breast Cancer in Canada: The Facts

(NC) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; an important time to acknowledge the approximately 24,600 Canadians who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. ¹Metastatic breast cancer (referred to as stage IV breast cancer) is the most serious form of the disease and occurs when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, most commonly the bones, liver, lungs and brain.² Approxim ....

Patients Benefit From Medical Care in the Digital Age

(NC) -- Did you know that through a new website offered by Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), doctors and health care professionals in the city are now able to provide their patients with details about a number of local community resources and health care supports? The website, www.TorontoCentralHealthline.ca, is unique in that it allows visitors to search criteria by entering r ....

Diabetes is teaching us about Alzheimer's treatment

(NC) -- Recently discovered links between diabetes and dementia are giving Alzheimer's researchers fresh clues in their search for a cure. Dr. Gordon Glazner is working on one of the more promising clues. He's a neurobiologist at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre in Winnipeg and an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. In type 2 diabetes, he explains, our body's insulin ....

A Women's Health Checklist for the Summer

(NC) – Summer is finally here! Warm weather means countless beach days, family barbecues, weekends at the cottage, bike rides, road trips, and so on. Of course, humid and hot temperatures are a good indication of a fantastic summer season but it can also mean more problems for your 'down there' department. Why does this happen? The vagina contains “good” bacteria, called lactobacilli, ....

Prescription Drug Abuse: It can happen to anyone

(NC) -- It may be surprising to learn that between 2011 and 2012, almost 250,000 Canadians aged 15 years and older, reported abusing prescription opioids (like OxyContin). This was the finding of the Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey. These numbers are especially shocking when you factor in that Canada recently surpassed the U.S. as the number one consumer of opioids worldwide. ....

Feed your eyes with the healthiest foods

(NC) – Making smart and healthy food choices can lead to better vision and, in some cases, prevent the onset or further progression of certain eye conditions and diseases. This is the guidance offered by BC Doctors of Optometry. Eating well can even help avert age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in North America in adults over the age of 55. “Healthy f ....

Food Allergies: Advisories are critical

(NC) — If you, or someone in your family has allergies, you know that eating the wrong food can lead to symptoms such as hives or cramps. Those with severe allergies could even experience a life-threatening reaction. There are strict federal regulations requiring allergen labelling for all food sold in Canada, whether it's produced domestically or imported. Pre-packaged foods that contain ....

Sunscreen is more valuable if it hydrates the skin

(NC) -- Canadians, it seems, are not vigilant enough about preventing sun damage, aging, and skin cancer. These are the findings from a recent survey of adult Canadians conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Neutrogena and Aveeno skincare brands of Johnson & Johnson. Did you know, for example, that 54 percent of respondents think it is fine to tan as long as you don't burn? And, 69 percen ....

Are you forgetting to prevent sun damage?

(NC) -- As we toss off heavy clothes for much lighter next-to-nothings this summer, it would appear that getting a suntan is still a popular thing to do, despite the constant warnings of damage, aging, and skin cancer. Take a look at these survey results of adult Canadians, conducted recently by Ipsos Reid for the skincare brands Neutrogena and Aveeno of Johnson & Johnson: • 33 percen ....

Breathe freely and enjoy your summer vacation

(NC) -- Blue skies and sunny days are upon us and Canadians will undoubtedly be spending more time in the great outdoors. Whether you plan on heading to a cottage, a weekend of camping or hiking for the afternoon, there are important things to keep in mind, especially if you are one of the three million Canadians that have asthma. Pollution, summer heat, and environmental elements like mold ....

When it comes to your health, avoid risk

(NC) -- Enjoyment of a healthy life into old age is no accident. Everywhere we turn we are confronted with an endless amount of information- advertising, self-help books, articles and guided programs. Trying to find the right regimen and plan for you may be disheartening and some choices may even pose serious risk to your health. Consulting with a regulated health professional who is account ....

Alberta Health Minister questions U.S. company over drug prices

The health minister of Alberta has apparently claimed to have some hard question for a U.S. company. The questions that he wishes to ask are about the reasons as to why Canadians are expected to pay more for a lifesaving treat that is known  to treat a rare form of cystic fibrosis. However, the company that makes the drugs claims that it has offered a price that is nearly as good, or maybe ev ....

Canada exposed to MERS by doctor suggest reports

According to reports citing U.S. health officials, a doctor may have exposed Canada to the MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome after he was supposedly exposed to the virus from a patient in Florida. The location of the doctor has not been revealed as of yet, and as per reports, the doctor isn’t currently showing symptoms of MERS. Hospital officials have claimed that the doctor flew to Ca ....

5 Foods that boost your metabolism

With a rapid increase in junk food, people are becoming overweight and for them the warm days of spring season come as a blessing to lose some pounds. Well there are few foods that can help you achieve the target and give an extra boost to your metabolism:

Citrus Fruits

Vitamin C is known for helping metabolize fat faster and according to Scripps clinic all those fruits that c ....

Raw food helps man overcome sugar and lose weight

Oregon resident Clent Manich was continually surrounded by a variety of food at his workplace. He routinely ate pizza, hot dogs and soda. Because of his unhealthy dietary habits, his weight went up to a full 450 pounds – he couldn’t walk, was dependent on insulin and had to visit the hospital regularly in 2006 for pancreatitis. But now, he trains for marathons, is free from his diabetes, and d ....

Anti-Aging: You can heal without medical intervention

Want to learn about the greatest health related conspiracy of all times? Let’s give you a hint - it was revealed on the latest episode of ‘Awakenings’. For those who don’t know, this conspiracy is all about making people believe that they just cannot heal without medical intervention! It is an institutionalized effort that prevents the masses from knowing that they are born with every sing ....

Younger Canadians can expect to live longer

Statistics made available by the World Health Organization have pointed to longer life span for Canadians as well as people elsewhere in the world. According to the report, those born in 2012 can expect to see an additional six summers compared to those born in 1990. The study further says that females may live up to 73 years of age on an average while it could be about 68 years for the male. Th ....

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