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Warning Signs of Early Heart Failure & SmHeart Card

he earliest symptoms of heart failure are often very subtle, but it's dangerous to ignore them.

Is Your Pill Box Overflowing? We Can Help

More than 1 out of 4 Canadians (27%) over 65 take at least ten prescription medications.

Vitamin D, What’s the Hype?

We always seem to hear more about it in the winter months. Well there is a lot to share, year round actually.Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make. Yes, it’s now understood to be and behave as a hormone.Few foods naturally contain vitamin D, though some foods are fortified, such […]

What Can Pharmacists Do For Minor Ailments?

First, let's ask, what are minor ailments?Also known as common ailments, they are conditions that do not require lab work and some may consider it recurrent, inconvenient or too minor for medical clinics to handle.Typically a minor ailment means:It can be self-diagnosed.No lab or blood tests are required.Treatments should not be hiding any underlying conditions. Your follow-ups […]

What Can I Do With My Old and Expired Medications?

Disposing of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, appropriately is essential. Expired medicines can change and may not work as expected, or their effects may have been affected by time, temperature, or exposure to light. A few drugs may even be harmful if taken past the expiry date.What are some options for medication disposal? Bring your expired medications […]

The Cold, The Flu, and The Gut

There is growing evidence that a healthy gut microbiome may be your best immune defence.What is a “gut microbiome”? The gut microbiome is the collection of microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, viruses, and fungi found within the gut and their overall genetic information. It plays a vital role in maintaining health and preventing developing disease.Within the last decade, […]

12 myths about the birth control pill

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.

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 […]

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. […]