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Forest fires can significantly impact air quality, posing potential health risks to communities across Canada. As these fires continue to blanket large areas with smoke, staying informed about the air quality in your local area becomes crucial. Fortunately, Environment Canada provides a valuable tool—the Air Quality Health Index—to help individuals monitor air pollution levels and […]
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful and often debilitating condition affecting many individuals each year. The disease is caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. As we age, our immune system weakens, making us more susceptible to shingles According to the Public Health Agency of […]
For a patient, the ease of going to a pharmacy in a store where you do other shopping can’t be beaten for convenience. That’s where regular retail pharmacies can shine, but sometimes they do not have all the medication answers.  Here at Dispensaries Ltd, as a compounding pharmacy, we partner with physicians, specialists and sometimes […]
In today's world, where most of us lead busy, stressful lives, finding time outdoors can be challenging. However, research has shown that outdoors can significantly benefit physical and mental health. One such practice gaining popularity is called "tree bathing.”What is Tree Bathing?Tree bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku, is a practice that originated in Japan in […]
PPIs are a group of medications commonly used to treat acid-related digestive disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Although they effectively reduce stomach acid production, they can also cause significant side effects when misused.One of the main concerns with the misuse of PPIs is the risk of overuse. […]
If you’re a snowbird you might want to pay close attention attention to the article below. Thousands of Canadians head south during winter months and are susceptible to traveller’s diarrhea (TD). Below are guidelines on managing TD.Updated Canadian guidelines on managing of traveller’s diarrhea | Canadian Healthcare NetworkCATMAT outlines recommendations for prevention and treatment.From the […]
1 in 5 young children given cold remedies despite warning against their use: studyHealth Canada-mandated warning against use of products in young children in place since 2009. From the Canadian Healthcare NetworkPublished on March 16, 2016 for The Canadian PressTORONTO | About one in five kids under age six continued to be given over-the-counter cough […]
From www.dougrawlickdc.comPublished on August 24, 2016 by Doug Rawlick, D.C.We spend far too much time sitting and as a result many of us suffer from work-related back pain. Many jobs demand 8 hours or more of constant sitting at desks or workstations, and many of us spend a significant amount of time sitting in cars driving home during […]
From, Published by Amanda MacMillan and July 5, 2017A fight with your significant other can do more than just spoil your mood. A new study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology suggests it can also raise inflammation levels throughout your body—especially if you skimped on sleep the night before. Researchers say the combo of sleep loss and spousal spats could, in […]
Published by Dr. Sarah Kirk for canadianhealthcarenetwork.caNew data on almost 13 million people, from 200 countries around the world, points to a tenfold increase in rates of obesity among children and adolescents over the last four decades. This is the largest study of its kind and it paints a startling and depressing picture of a world […]
WRITTEN BY PAUL BENNETT ON JANUARY 29, 2018 FOR CANADIANHEALTHCARENETWORK.CAOne of the enduring myths about marijuana is that it is “harmless” and can be safely used by teens.Many high school teachers would beg to disagree, and consider the legalization of marijuana to be the biggest upcoming challenge in and around schools. And the evidence is […]
WRITTEN BY SCOTT LEAR ON FEBRUARY 20, 2018Still nibbling Valentine’s Day goodies? Munching packaged cereals, pancakes or muffins for breakfast? Enjoying a lunch of processed meats and bread, sweetened pasta sauce, or even a salad drenched in dressing?Sugar makes all of these foods delicious. It is also an important energy source for our bodies. It’s […]
With cannabis legalization around the corner, here's a summary of the research that you can reference when your patients askWRITTEN BY DR. GAIL BECK ON MAY 22, 2018 FOR CANADIANHEALTHCARENETWORK.CA It is only a matter of time until one of my patients asked this question:“Dr. Beck, how much marijuana will I be able to use and […]
By the time they turn one, half of Australian babies have had a course of antibiotics which may have damaging downstream effects on their healthWRITTEN BY PENELOPE BRYANT, CHERYL ANNE JONES, DAVID BURGNER AND NIGEL CURTIS ON JULY 4, 2018 FOR THE CONVERSATIONHalf of Australian infants have received at least one course of antibiotics by their […]
Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective intervention to counteract the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancerWRITTEN BY SCOTT LEAR ON DECEMBER 10, 2018 FOR THE CONVERSATIONThere is a movement afoot (pun intended) to get more people exercising by involving their family doctors.In the United Kingdom, the government recently released Moving Medicine — an […]
Written By: Susanne Medeiros for American Academy of Ophthalmology Apr. 22, 2020Study after study has shown that people fear vision loss more than they fear cancer, stroke, heart disease and other serious ailments.  But while most adults assume they're well versed in vision facts, few actually are. And that lack of knowledge only increases their risk. You might be […]
These are stressful times but handling it well can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.Dr. Norbert Schmitz Researcher and professor at McGill UniversityIt’s no secret that stress can damage your heart health. Sudden stress increases your short-term risk of heart attack; when it’s prolonged it can raise your blood pressure and cholesterol levels — […]
If you’re a woman heading into menopause – or perhaps already there – and you know you have an underactive thyroid, you may be wondering how your low thyroid function might impact this transition. Or, maybe your thyroid function is normal, and you’re simply wondering whether menopause will change this.Well, your hunches are right-on that […]
Doctors and pharmacists often hear their patients complain of night sweats.Night sweats refer to excess sweating during the night. But if your bedroom is unusually hot or you are wearing too many bedclothes, you may sweat during sleep,  and this is normal. True night sweats are severe hot flashes occurring at night that can drench your clothes and […]
Ways to keep your kids safe this summerThe sun is shining, the swimmers are splashing and the kids may be hitting the parks, trails and playgrounds.Don't let injuries and illnesses ruin the summer fun.Heat-Related IllnessesIt's summer time, and that means sun and heat. If you aren't careful, the summer heat can lead to heat-related illnesses.Infants and children […]
Sunburn and sunscreen safety tips to keep your family safe and having funBefore you hit the lake, the beach, the boat this summer, follow these easy tips to keep yourself and your family sun-safe.Although the symptoms of a sunburn are not permanent, sunburns can damage skin cells permanently. Sunburns can lead to premature aging of your […]
There are a lot of out there for effective birth control and it can be confusing and create confusion when hearing anecdotal stories of others.
Sometimes, 30 minutes of exercise feels like too much for one day, but what if you did a few five- to 10-minute movement sessions throughout the day?
Getting better sleep is probably the most underrated strategy we can adopt for better health.
Kids are spending way more time in front of screens than ever before.
What does gut health have to do with immunity?