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Exercise is medicine, and doctors are starting to prescribe it

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 […]

Antibiotics before birth and in early life can affect long-term health

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 […]

How high is too high to drive?

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 […]

Just how bad is all that sugar for the heart?

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 […]

Marijuana at school: Loss of concentration, risk of psychosis

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 […]

This is why child obesity rates have soared

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 […]

How Lack of Sleep Can Ruin Your Marriage

From time.com, 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 […]

How To Keep Your Back Healthy At Work

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 […]

Young Children Given Cold Remedies Despite Warning Labels

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 […]

Managing Traveller’s Diarrhea

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 […]

Can One Take Too Much of Stomach Medications?

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. […]

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Forest Bathing? Really?

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 […]

What is a “Compounding Pharmacy”?

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 […]

Can One Take Too Much Stomach Medications?

I Already Had My Shingles Series. Do I Need A Booster?

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 […]

There Is Smoke In The Air: Be Cautious

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 […]