Health

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 ....

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 ....

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