Health

Don't let Psoriasis have a negative impact on your life

(NC) -- Brooks Harvey knows first-hand the impact psoriasis has on the lives of the 1 million Canadians with the skin disorder that causes disfiguring red, scaly and itchy rashes.1 “I was only eight years old. On top of all the challenges a young child faces growing up, I was also saddled with this incurable condition,” he says. “I struggled for many years with my confidence and disengaging ....

Flu shot 101: How to avoid the flu this year

(NC) Let's face it: being sick with the flu can be awful. And if you or a family member have other health issues, it can be a serious threat. The smartest thing you can do this flu season is avoid getting sick. According to Ontario's Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robin Williams, the following tips will help make sure your family stays as healthy as possible this season. ....

Give your injury more than a frozen bag of peas

(NC) We all know by now that it is very important to ice an injury as soon as possible, but in many circumstances, doing just that is cumbersome or inconvenient. The R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) is an age-old prescription for anyone dealing with life's little bumps, bruises, aches and sprains. Two important parts of this formula combine ice with compression, but if you f ....

Guide your kids to brush their teeth independently

(NC) -- Parenting challenges include patience as our children learn to care properly for themselves. There is a significant gap, for example, between kids who would really like to do various tasks independently, and the number of parents willing to let them do so, according to the newest research by Philips Sonicare. Their company research shows that 49 per cent of children (aged three to 12) are ....

Does the daily diet affect eczema flare-ups?

(NC) -- A common belief is that what you eat influences all aspects of your health and wellness – but for eczema sufferers, the relationship is much more complex. November is Eczema Awareness Month, and the Eczema Society of Canada (ESC) is working with Dr. Miriam Weinstein, a paediatric dermatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Dr. Weinstein will be discussing this ....

Your Health Treatment Journey: Have Your Say

(NC) -- Alex is a 54-year old electrician. Five years ago his doctor told him he had high cholesterol. Despite initial efforts to get his health back on track through diet and exercise, Alex's doctor eventually prescribed him a brand-name medicine that aimed to lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol in his blood. Like many other Canadians, Alex also takes a few other prescripti ....

Will your own smile change your life?

(NC) -- Smiling happens without much thought. We tend to think of it as a natural response to a positive event that shares our happiness with others. Nicole McCance, a registered psychologist in Toronto, believes that most people don't understand the full benefits of smiling. While it is easy to see that it can make us look happier and more attractive, it's harder to understand that smiling is al ....

Clearing up the confusion around eczema

(NC) – For some of us, itchy skin conditions such as eczema can define our entire life. November is Eczema Awareness Month and in an effort to raise awareness the Eczema Society of Canada (ESC) is giving us a list of myths and facts to help clear up the confusion: Myth: Eczema is contagious. Fact: No it's not. It can be caused by a number of factors, ....

Tips for choosing age-related supplements

(NC) -- To maintain good health over 50, it is helpful to understand how nutritional needs change with age, and how they differ among men and women. Did you know that a woman over 50 who is somewhat physically active needs about 1800 calories a day, whereas a man at the same activity level needs 2,200-2,400 calories per day?* The woman may be concerned about getting enough calcium to support stron ....

Give your medicine cabinet a makeover

(NC) -- Have you checked your medicine cabinet lately? If you find expired products, it's time for a medicine cabinet makeover. Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist Victor Wong has a few tips. Check expiry dates At least once a year, check for expired medications and vitamins. Dispose of any expired products (including over-the-counter medications) and prescription medication that is 12 months ....

Doctor gives answers to food safety questions

(NC) -- No one wants their holidays ruined by an uninvited guest called Salmonella, a bacteria commonly associated with foodborne illness. Each year, thousands of Ontarians suffer from foodborne illness due to improper food handling. To prevent this from happening at your house, Dr. Robin Williams, acting Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-T ....

Is Gluten sensitivity a part of the hypothyroidism puzzle?

(NC) -- She gained more than 30 pounds in two months. She found the weight gain strange, because she was not eating more than usual, but she had noticed that she was often fatigued and depressed, and that her sleep was interrupted. “New symptoms emerged gradually,” recalls Frances Salvaggio, a lawyer in Toronto. “I became slow-thinking, lethargic and could not concentrate.” Her doctor or ....

Back to School Basics: Keeping your kids clear of head lice

(NC) -- Each year more than 37 per cent of Canadian kids will have head lice. Contracting the critters can come in many forms, from sharing hats and scarves to headphones and combs, so it's important to remind kids that although it's nice to share, there are some items they should keep to themselves. Parents have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to head lice. Rumored to only affect children ....

How To Make The Most Of Your Local Pharmacist

(NC) -- There was a time when the family doctor's office was the only place Canadians could go for health care and advice. With the ever-growing demands on our health care system, there has been a move to increase the capacity of all health care professionals to increase accessibility to primary care. Pharmacists have emerged as part of the solution. In fact, a recent poll of family physicians f ....

Cancer: Cascade Dish Detergent linked to Health Problems

“For clean, shiny dishes, trust Cascade powder dishwater detergent” - You must have come across this claim many a times. The Cascade Dishwasher Detergent is very popular with people and is known to be effective in washing dishes. However, this particular product is known to contain very harmful chemicals which can lead to a range of health problems. These health problems could even be d ....

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 ....

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