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Active Living
Full Listing with story descriptions
A Healthy Balance
Ankle Sprains
Active Kids, Healthy Kids
Active Kids in Winter
Athletic Skin Infections
Children, Nutrition & Exercise
Beat the Heat!
Cold Weather Workouts
Concussions
Core Stability
Cross Country Skiing
Exercise and Disabilities
Exercise and Menstrual Irregularities
Exercise in the Cold
Exercise in the Heat
Exercise is Medicine
Exercise Options
Exercising in Pregnancy
Female Athletes
FITT Prescription
Footwear for Running
From Surviving to Thriving
Flexibility
Gadgets & Gizmos
Get Moving!
Get Motivated
Golf Exercises
Golf Injury Prevention
Head Injuries
Hockey Injuries
Home Gyms
Immunization
Jump Start Weight Loss
Knee Cap Pain
Knee Ligament Injuries
Live Actively
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis & Exercise
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Plantar Fasciitis
Prehistoric Workout
Prevention of Sports Injury
Proprioception
Recreational Safety Equipment
Running
Safe Snow Shovelling
Shin Splints
Ski Conditioning
Shoes & Fit
Sore Elbow
Sore Shoulder
Spinal Cord Injuries
Staying Active
Staying Fit in the Cold
Sports Nutrition & Supplements
Strength Training
Swimming Injuries
Teen Sports Injuries
Walking
Water and Exercise
Weight Training
7 Wonders of Walking
Adolescent Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
Acne
Adolescent Behaviour Problems
Adolescent Growth & Development
Body Image
Body Piercing
Bullying
Chronic Diseases in Teens
Communications Skills
Concussion in Sport
Cosmetics & Skincare
Dangers of Artificial Tanning
Depression
Depression - Causes
Drug Use
Female Physical Exam
First Period
Internet Safety
Junior High
Mentoring to Quit Smoking
Mononucleosis
Parent-Teen Communication
Parent -Teen Interaction Patterns
Personal Care
Psychological Assessment
School Problems
Self Esteem
Self Esteem & Body Image
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Talking About Sex
Taking Chances
Tattoos
Teaching Respect
Teens & Smoking
Teenage Blues
Teen Bedwetting
Teen Drivers
Teen Girls
Teen Health
Teen Immunization
Teen Independence
Teen Rebellion
Teens & Divorce
Teenagers and Sexual Issues
Teens & Exercise
A Woman's Physical
Your First Job
Youth Violence
Childbirth
Full Listing with story descriptions
Advice from the Maternity Clinic
Advice from the Maternity Clinic (Part 2)
Alcohol in Pregnancy
Building a Better Baby
Birthing Etiquette
Birth Plans
Birthing Procedure Trends
Bleeding in Pregnancy
Breastfeeding Benefits
Caesarean Section by Request
Care for the New Mother
Cord Blood Banking
Delaying Motherhood
Blue after Baby or Postpartum Depression
Diabetes in Pregnancy
Eating Well for Pregnancy
Evolving Ideas about Pregnancy and Birth
Exercise in Pregnancy
Flying During Pregnancy
Folic Acid in Pregnancy
High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
Getting a latch on breastfeeding
Group B Streptococcus
Induction of Labour
Infections During Pregnancy
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
In-Vitro Fertilization
Low Birth Weight Babies
Medication & Pregnancy
Miscarriage
Managing Your Own Labour
Monitoring Your Labour
Nausea & Vomiting in Pregnancy
Pain Relief in Labour
Prenatal Classes
Preterm Labour
Planning a Pregnancy
Pregnancy Weight
Prenatal Care Providers
Postpartum Repetitive Strain Injuries
RH Disease
Rupture of Membranes Before Labour
Sex During Pregnancy
Skin Changes in Pregnancy
Smoking and Pregnancy
Support During Labour
Travelling While Pregnant
Ultrasound for Fun & Photos
Natural Remedies in Pregnancy
Vaccinations During Pregnancy
Vacuum & Forceps for Delivery
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
When Baby Comes Home
Childhood
Full Listing with story descriptions
Asthma in Children
Attention Deficit Disorder
Babysitter
Bed Wetting
Chickenpox
Childcare Options
Children's Headaches
Childhood Obesity
Choosing A Babysitter
Circumcision
Colds & Flu
Common Childhood Skin Infections
Croup
Developmental Milestones
Diaper Rash
Daytime Wetting
Introducing Solid Foods
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
Diarrhea
Discipline
Earache
Eczema
Feeding Your Baby
Feeding Your Toddler
Fever
Head Lice
Hearing
How Children Grow
Hearing Loss
Hearing Issues in Newborns
Heart Murmers
Hip Clicks
Influenza
Iron
Is it an Emergency?
Children and Sports Injuries
Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
Learning Disabilities
Leg Problems
Not Just Baby Fat
Orthodontics
Preparing for Lab Tests
Recognizing Learning Disabilities
Red Rashes
RSV-Childhood Respiratory Virus
Safe Summer Fun
School
Scoliosis
Sick Toddler
Sleep Struggles
Sniffles, Fevers, Rashes & Coughs
Sore Throats
Speech Problems
Strep Throat
Toddler Safety
Thumbsucking
Tooth Injuries
Tummyache
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaccinations
Vaccination and Autism
When to go to the Doctor
Whooping Cough
Worried Sick
Yeast Infections in Children
Chronic Pain
Full Listing with story descriptions
Introduction
Managing Your Pain
Movement Matters
Moving Forward
Nutrition
Opioids
Pacing
Pain Medications
Prevention
Returning to Work
Understanding and Goal Setting
When Pain Doesn't End
Dental Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
Antibiotics and Dental Surgery
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Teeth
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Children's Dental Injuries
Choosing a Dentist
Cosmetic Dentistry
Mouth Guards
Dental Exam
Dental Care Devices
Dental Caries
Dental Care Offshore
Dental Implants
Dental X-Rays
Dentures and Healthy Jaw
Esthetic Dentistry
Fluoride
Fluoride Findings
First Dental Visit
Headaches
A Healthy Mouth
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Jaw Joint and Muscle Problems
Keeping it Clean
Laser Use in Dentistry
Mouth Protection Equipment
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Healthcare
Oral health and long term care
Oral Health Care Products
Orthodontics
Orthodontist First Visit
Painless Dentistry
Periodontal Disease
Removable Dentures
Root Canal
Seniors Oral Care
Sensitive Teeth
The Smile You Want
Sore Mouth, Aching Jaw
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Smiling through the Senior Years
Teeth for Life
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Tobacco Risks to Oral Health
Tongue Piercing
Tooth Whitening
Travel Dentistry
Water Fluoridation
Wisdom Teeth
Your Healthy Smile
DIABETES
Full Listing with story descriptions
10,000 Steps
A1C Test
Accurate Blood Glucose Testing
Alchohol and Diabetes
A Diabetes Success Story
ABCs of Diabetes Management
Alternate Site Testing
Artery Health
ASA Therapy
Benefits of Insulin
Benefits of Breakfast
Blood Glucose Medications
Blood Glucose Myths
Blood Glucose Testing
Blood Glucose Testing Tips
Blood Sugar Lows
Blood Glucose Monitors
C-Peptide Testing
Canada Food Guide Revisited
Carbohydrate Counting
Catastrophic Drug Plan
CDA Guidelines for Diabetes
Celiac Disease and Diabetes
Childhood Diagnosis of Diabetes
Children and Type 2 Diabetes
Cholesterol-lowering Medications
Colds and Diabetes
Constipation
Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring
Cutting Edge
Debunking Diabetes Myths
Driving and Diabetes
Diabetes and Menopause
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Diabetes Care Team
Diabetes and Celiac
Diabetes and Depression
Diabetes Diet
Diabetes Eating on a Shoestring Budget
Diabetes Etiquette
Diabetes and Oral Health
Diabetes and Thyroid Disease
Diabetes and Your Mouth
Diabetes and Your Eyes
Diabetes in Cats
Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes Management ABCs
Diabetes Meter Technicians
Diabetes Myths
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Diabetic Retinopathy
Diet Tips for South Asians
Dining Out
Drinking and Diabetes
The Discovery of Insulin
Eating Disorders
Easing the Strain of Stress
Eating to Protect Your Kidneys
Eggs in a Diabetic Diet
Emotional Eating
Emotions of Diabetes Diagnosis
Erectile Dysfunction
Exercise Excuses
Why Fad Diets Fail
Fats
Fibre
Fill Your Day with Energy
Financial Support for Diabetes
Food Temptation
Foot Care
Footwear and Foot Health
Fruits and Veggies
Gastroparesis
Gestational Diabetes
Get Active
Get Physical
Gift Ideas
Glycemic Index and Glycemic Loads
The Glycemic Index
Going Green in the Kitchen
Grocery Shopping Tips
Guidelines for Diabetes Management
Holiday Party Survival Guide
Health Information on the 'Net
Healthy Happy Holidays
Healthy Beverage Choices
Health Benefits of Soy
Healthy Restaurant Meals
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
HbA1c Test
Healthy Eating for Active People
High Blood Lipids
Home from the Hospital
Home Alone and Sick
Hypoglycemic Unawareness
Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Immunization & Diabetes
Incretins-a Hormone Treatment
Injecting Insulin
Insulin Discovery-The Story
Insulin
Insulin Handling
Insulin - the Key to Energy Management
Insulin Pumps
Insulin Pen Needles
Insulin Pump Infusion Sets
Insulin Pump Therapy
Immunization and Diabetes
Internet Health Sites
Islet Cell Transplantation
Insurance
Ketones
Kidney Disease - Reducing the Risk
Living with Diagnosis of Diabetes
Living Powerfully with Diabetes
Low Blood Glucose
Managing Diabetes
Managing Blood Glucose
Metformin
Nutrition Food Labels
Meal Planning
Your Medication Expert
Medication Research Studies
Metabolic Syndrome
Microalbuminuria
New Diabetes Technologies
Natural Medicines and Diabetes
No Need for Insulin?
Not Snoozing
Over-the-Counter Medications
Oral Health and Diabetes
Osteoporosis and Diabetes
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Pedicure Precautions
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Pet Diabetes
Planning for Pregnancy
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Preparing for Activity
Putting off Insulin
Reducing Stress of Surgery
Safe and Successful Travel
Schizophrenia and Diabetes
Sensible Snacking
Setting Health Goals
Setting Goals for Physical Activity
Sharps Disposal
Shorter Insulin Needles
Sleep - a Missing Link
Smart Snacking
Smart Summer Nutrition
Snack Bars
Snacking with Diabetes
Sodium
Social Media & Diabetes
Solving the Insurance Puzzle
Stress and Diabetes
Success in School
Supplements
Supporting Spouse with Diabetes
Sweeteners
Sugar, Carbs and Blood Glucose Control
Think Positive with Diabetes
Tiny Bites Equal Big Calories
Traveling with Diabetes
Tips for a Better You
Tobacco Use and Diabetes
Top 10 Reasons to Exercise
Treating Low Blood Glucose
Treating Hypoglycemia - Role of Glucagon
Tune up Your Diet
Type 1.5 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes Medications
Understanding Ketones
Used Sharps
Urinary Incontinence
Vacationing with Diabetes
Vegetarian Eating for Diabetes
Vitamin D
Walking
Wise Choices About Natural Medicines
Wonderful Water
Natural Medicines & Diabetes
World Diabetes Day
Your Medicine Cupboard
Zimbabwe Hand Jive
Family Medicine
Full Listing with story descriptions
ADHD in Children
Allergic Rhinitis
Allergies
Antibiotic Use
Arthritis
Aspirin Every Day?
Asthma
Back Pain
Back Pain Myths
Back Pain - Lower
Birth Control
Bladder Problems
Blood Transfusions
Breaast and Prostate Cancer Screening
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Check-Up
Colon Cancer Screening
Contact Lenses
Contraception
COPD
Cost of Doctor's Visit
Diabetes Management
Diarrhea
Diagnostic Tests
Do I Need a Bone Density Test?
Doctor Visit
Driving Vision
Dizziness
Dealing with Dry Eyes
Does My Sore Knee Require an MRI?
Do I Need an Annual Physical?
Eczema
Electronic Medical Records
Epilepsy
Eye Exam
Family Doctor
Fibromyalgia
Floaters and Flashes
Food Poisoning
5 Ways to Stay Healthy
Gallbladder
Get Active!
Glare
Headaches
Healthcare Teams
Heart Health
Hemorrhoids
Hepatitis C
Human Papilloma Virus
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure Risks
How to Talk to Your Doctor
Hypothyroidism
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Joint Replacement Surgery
Kidney Disease
Lazy Eye Blindness (Amblyopia)
Medical Digital Technology
Migraine
Meningitis
Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Myeloma
Obesity
Opioid Myths
Primary Healthcare Reform
Prostate Problems
Quitting Smoking
Red Eyes
Respiratory Tract Infections
Restore Your Core
Rosacea
Screening Tests
Shingles
Sinusitis
Special Diagnostic Tests
Stopping Stroke
Stroke
Superbugs
Thyroid
Ulcers
Urine Tests
Vaccination Controversies (ask the doctor)
Win by Losing
Urinary Tract Infections
Vision Flickers
First Aid
Full Listing with story descriptions
Bites and Stings
Burns
Choking
Cuts and Scrapes
Eye Injuries
Fainting and Convulsions
First Aid Travel Kit
Hypothermia and Frostbite
Nosebleeds
Poisoning - Household
Emergency Care Guidelines
Sunburn
Growing Older
Full Listing with story descriptions
Advance Care Plans
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Alzheimer Disease
Avoiding Memory Loss
Building Strength
Dementia and Agitation
Cataracts
Can I see Well Enough to Drive?
Cholesterol
Congestive Heart Failure
Coping with Dementia
Constipation
Controlling Medications
C.O.P.D.
Delirium
Dizziness (Vertigo)
Eating Well
Elder Abuse
Exercise Benefits
Erectile Dysfunction
Eye Care
Eyesight and Driving
Feet
Frailty
Fungal Nail Infections
Get Active!
Glaucoma
Grief
Have Health, Will Travel
Health Tips for Seniors
Hearing
Incontinence
Joint Replacement
Lab Tests
Living Longer With Diabetes
Macular Degeneration
Male Menopause (Andropause)
Maintaining Quality of Life as You Age
Memory Loss
New Corneal Treatments
Nutrition for Seniors
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Parkinson Disease
Problem Gambling
Prostate Health
Retirement
Seniors and Medications
Senior Sexuality
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Screening Tests
Seniors and Driving
Sleeplessness
Skin Structure
Skin Protection
Skin Over 50
Solving Sleep Issues
Staying Healthy
Stroke Prevention
Travel Tips for Snowbirds
Wills and Personal Directives
Modern Living
Full Listing with story descriptions
Abuse
Acupuncture
Adult ADHD
Aging and Memory
Alcohol and Your Health
Anger Management
Antidepressants
Barbecue Basics
Bathtub Safety
Binge Drinking
Bisphenol A
Canada's New Blood System
Caring for a Loved One Dying at Home
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Computer Stress
Coping With Change
Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Pesticides
Depression
Diabetes Epidemic
Discipline
Diseases from Pets
Downsizing
Dying at Home
Erectile Dysfunction New Treatments
Exotic Travel
Fertility Issues
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
Grief
Harassment
Healing Through Music
Healthy Computing
Humidex
Hypnotherapy
Ice Safety
Indoor Air Quality
Lymphedema
Mature Student
Melamine in Food
Middle Age Health
Mind-Body Connection
Mom Time
Money Matters
Outdoor Workers and Sun Safety
Patient Safety in the Hospital
Pets and Health Benefits
Pet Therapy
Physiotherapy Visit
Planning for End of LIfe
Reproductive Freedom
Safe Drinking Water
Schizophrenia
Smokeless Tobacco
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Soy
Stigma of Mental Illness
Street Drugs
Stressed or Depressed?
Stress in the Workplace
Stress Leave
Swim to Survive
Sunburn
Time Management
Travel Health Protection
Travel Comfort Tips
Travel Immunization
Understanding Change
Unplugging
Whiplash
Wind Chill Index
Workplace Drug Testing
Workplace Health
Nutrition
Full Listing with story descriptions
5 Tips to Manage Weight
10 Ways to Cut Down on Fat
Battle the Bulge
Boost Your Bone Strength
Body Image
Breakfast is Important
Bowel Health
Building Your Bones
Celiac Disease
Challenging the Milk Myth
Diet Reality Check
Drink Up!
Eating Smarter & Cheaper
Energy Drinks
Food Allergies
Food for Active Kids
Fast Food
Food Labels
Giving Up Gluten
Healthy Diet, Healthy Smile
Healthy Eating for Boomers and Zoomers
Healthy Eating for Seniors
Healthy Eating on Business Travel
Healthy Ethnic Meals
Fad Diets
Fruits & Veggies - 5-10 a Day
Fats
Fat Phobias
Fats & Cholesterol
Feeding Your Kids
Fibre
Food Chemistry 101
Food and Mood
Getting Kids to MOVE
Healthy Eating for Teens
Healthy Habits
Herbal Medicine and Nutrition
New Ingredients for Your Shopping Cart
Iron
Kid's Food
Liquid Candy
Meal Planning with Planned Overs
Mercury Levels in Fish
Night Snacking
Night Shift Eating
Nutrition on the Net
Nutrition Myths Busted
Nutrition Questions Top 5
Nutrition for Menopause
Essential Omega-3
Preventing Cancer Through Nutrition
Picky Eaters
Power of Fruits & Veggies
Portion Control
Power Lunch
PMS and Nutrition
Preparing for Surgery
Probiotics
Reducing High Blood Pressure
Replacement Meals
Sensible Snacking
Sodium
Sodium and Blood Pressure
Sports-Minded Nutrition
Sugar Substitutes
Survive and Thrive
Teen Nutrition
Tips for a SuperDiet
Understanding Food Biotechnology
Vacation Eating
Vitamins D
Vitamins and Minerals
Vegetarian Diet
Weight Loss
Weight Wise Tips
Pharmacy Care
Full Listing with story descriptions
After a Heart Attack
Adverse Drug Reactions
Adult Vaccinations
Allergy Attack
Antibiotic Overuse
New Anticoagulant Medications
Inhaled Asthma medications
Arthritis Medications
Biologics
Biological Response Modifiers
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood Thinners
Calcium and Iron Supplements
Changing Role of the Pharmacist
Children's Cold Remedies
Child's Fever
Choosing Sunscreens
Cold Relief
Cold Sores
Constipation and Haemorrhoids
Diuretics and Potassium Supplements
Drug Recalls and Withdrawals
Drug Interactions
Emergency Contraception
Erectile Dysfunction
Expanding Role of Pharmacies
Eye Protection - Sunglasses
Feminine Hygiene
Generic or Name Brand?
Heartburn
Heart Health
Insomnia
Kids and Cold Medications
Medication Questions?
Metabolic Syndrome
Natural Medicines
New Blood Thinners
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Obesity Medication
Over-the-Counter Drugs
Over-the-Counter Drugs and Pregnancy
OTC Pain Relief
Packing Medications for Travel
Pharmaceutical Studies
Preventing Summer Hazards
Research Studies
Quit Smoking
Skin and Cosmeceuticals
Sports & Nutrition Supplements
Sunscreen
Taking Medication
Take as Directed
Using Antibiotics Wisely
Viagra
Vitamin D
Yeast Infections
Your Best Shot
Your Medicine Cupboard
Prevention
Full Listing with story descriptions
Accident Prevention
Alcohol
Antibiotic Resistance
Backpack Pain
Bacteria Fight Back
Bedbugs
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Caffeine
Cell Phones and Driving
Childhood Obesity
Cancer Prevention Tips
Chronic Disease Prevention
Cold and Flu Season
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Distracted Driving
Farm Safety for City Kids
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
The Flu and You
Heading Home for a Visit
Health Tips for Snowbirds
Hearing Loss and Music Players
H1N1 Virus - Plan Ahead
Household Mould
Infection Control
Injury Prevention
Live Actively!
Insect Repellant
Keys to Preventing Cancer
Kids' Mental Health
Live Actively!
Low Birth Weight
Meningitis
Norovirus
Are Pesticides Safe?
Preventing Burns and Scalds
Preventing Cancer through Nutrition
Quit Smoking 101
Respiratory Infections
Seniors and STIs
Should You Immunize?
Sun Safety
Surviving Disaster
Sushi Preparation
Teens, Drugs and Driving
Travel Health Considerations
Travel Medicine 101
Travel Tips
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Water Smarts
Vision Damage
Water Wisdom
West Nile Disease
Whooping Cough
Workplace Alcohol Abuse
Women's Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
15 Great Reasons to Breastfeed
Anemia
Approaching Menopause
Birth Control
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer - Genetic Risks
Breast Cancer Self-Exam
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Changes
Breast Health
Breastfeeding Myths
Cervical Cancer Screening
Contraception
Contraception for Mature Women
Cosmetic Procedures
Cystitis
Endometriosis
Estrogen's Effect on the Brain
Fear of Fracture
Fibroids
Heart Attack
Hirsutism - Unwanted Hair
Hormone Replacement Therapy
The IUD
Menopause - What Men Should Know
Menstrual Bleeding - Abnormal
Menstrual Bleeding - Heavy
Menopause
Menstruation Myths
Menstrual Pain
Third Generation Birth Control Pills
Osteoporosis
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cysts
Oral Contraction (The Pill)
Pap Test
Premenstrual Syndrome
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Sexually Transmitted Infections
Urinary Incontinence
Vaginitis
Varicose Veins
Viagra for Women
Yeast Infections
Your Pelvic Floor
Family Health Online / Pharmacy at Safeway
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Modern Living Articles

Abuse - what to do if it's happening to someone you love
The abuse of women is not new. Throughout history it has happened in every country in the world. However, the extent of the problem in our society has only recently been recognized and discussed openly. As many as one in eight Canadian women suffer abuse on a regular basis at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends.

A Caring Conversation - planning for the end of life
This process allows those who are ill to reflect on their wishes for future health and personal care. It should include conversations with others. Advance care planning also involves choosing a Substitute Decision Maker. If you become unable to speak for yourself, this friend or family member would speak and make decisions on your behalf.

Acupuncture - an ancient art
Acupuncture has been practised in China since 2000 BC, but has always been shrouded in Oriental mystique. However, since endorphins (hormones found in brain and nerve tissue) have been discovered, some of the mist has cleared away.

Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - could it be your problem?
Inattention, overactivity and impulsiveness are all signs of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Symptoms can be so severe that it is difficult to carry out normal daily activities.

Aging and Memory
Is there a way to preserve your past? Most of us have momentary lapses of memory as we age. Often this begins in our thirties. We forget the name of a friend or a movie, why we walked into a room, or where we put our glasses. The answer is always on the tip of our tongues.

Alcohol and Your Health - dealing with alcoholism
Alcohol has deep roots in our society. For thousands of years people have celebrated everything from birth to victory with a drink. Alcohol is used in some religious ceremonies. We often have a drink when we meet for visits, meals or parties. Drinking is an accepted part of life for many Canadians.

Anger - how to manage it constructively
Anger is an emotion that has gained a bad reputation because of its association with difficult and hurtful situations. Mention anger and people are likely to think of tantrums, verbal abuse, emotional pain, insensitivity and violence.

Antidepressants - How they Work and When to Use Them
Almost everyone experiences feelings of stress and depression at some point. Such feelings are often appropriate to a situation. Clinical depression, on the other hand, is a medical condition. Clinical depression and anxiety disorders are treated in many ways including antidepressant medications and counselling. Counselling and medications go hand-in-hand, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Antidepressants, one of the most widely prescribed classes of medications can help or harm. They are not a substitute for developing a good counselling relationship.

Barbecue Basics - safe ways to enjoy the grilling season
Ah, summer … the perfect time to cook for friends and family out in the open air. However, barbeque lovers should keep in mind that food-borne illness (food poisoning) strikes Canadians over 11 million times each year. Such illnesses are more common during summer months. In hot weather, the bacteria that cause food-borne illness grows more quickly. What’s more, we do not always have easy access to refrigeration and handwashing when cooking outdoors. Although it is important to handle foods safely year-round, these tips on summer cooking can help defend your family and friends against food poisoning.

Bathtub Safety - Not just for kids
Most people do not consider bathing to be dangerous, but pleasant and relaxing. However, according to the most recent data collected in Alberta (in 2008), 27 per cent of all drowning deaths occur in the bathtub.

Binge Drinking
Whether you are trying to get drunk or just having a night out with friends, binge drinking means drinking a lot of alcohol quickly. For men, that means having more than four drinks on a single occasion, and for women, more than three.

Bisphenol A - baby bottles, water bottles and more
We have heard a lot about bisphenol A (BPA) in the past few months from news stories about baby bottle safety and water bottle recalls. The information is confusing. What is bisphenol A? Should we be worried about it? Can we reduce our exposure? It is hard to know what to do. By learning more about BPA, you will be better able to make decisions.

Canada's Blood System - depend on it
Many of my patients, and Canadians in general, are wary of our blood supply. We have all heard of the tragic accidents where people received tainted blood. What we do not often hear about is how safe it is to donate blood and how badly those donations are needed by Canadians.

Caring for a Loved One Dying at Home - Deciding if it’s the right choice for you
When you learn that a loved one is dying, you feel many emotions. Your thoughts may be blurred and it can be difficult to plan ahead. One practical decision may be whether or not you want to care for your loved one at home. Understanding what is involved may help you decide if it is something you want to do. Remember, too, that it is okay to change your mind at a later date about your decision to be a caregiver.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Numb hands and tingling fingers
Do you ever wake with a numb hand or tingling fingers? If so, you could be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), a commonly diagnosed, workplace related condition.

Computer Stress - causes and cures
In some ways, stress is good for us. It can motivate and encourage us to achieve our goals. However, when we become stressed beyond our comfort levels, it can affect our health. Many of us regularly interact with computers at work and home. We expect a certain amount of associated stress which usually reveals itself in two ways. Physical stress taxes your body, and psychological stress troubles your mind.

Coping with change - Tools for adjusting to new life circumstances
When life circumstances change, we must adjust. Change is stressful, and stress can cause physical and emotional symptoms as we learn to cope with a new reality.

Choosing Your Babysitter
Babysitting is as common an occupation as any, and most of us have experienced it, in one way or another - as a child, a babysitter or as a parent.

Cosmetic Surgery - When and why is it necessary?
No one would question the benefit of otoplasty (ear pinning) in an elementary school child who desires this change in appearance. We all realize what a big difference it can make to a child who has been teased with names like "dumbo." But why are we so quick to criticize others who submit to surgery to improve their appearance?

Cosmetic Pesticides - A threat to our children's health
Cosmetic pesticides are chemicals used to improve the appearance of lawns of private homes, grass in parks and playgrounds. They reduce weeds such as dandelions and clover. Their sales in Canada have risen dramatically over the last 20 years. Unfortunately, so have the dangers associated with exposure to them.

Depression - a treatable physical illness
Depression - the word conjures up many images. Everyone has periods of feeling sad or unhappy when things go wrong. This is normal and passes when the situation improves. It is also normal to grieve at the death of a loved one but again, the grieving becomes less severe as time passes. Clinical depression, however, is different.

Diabetes - The exploding epidemic
Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly use the sugar (glucose) that is broken down from food. Insulin, made by the pancreas, is required to help the body move the glucose from the blood stream into the cells. With diabetes, either too little insulin is being made or the body is resistant to the insulin. Blood glucose levels become elevated when the glucose stays in the bloodstream. Many health problems can result.

Discipline: The art of child rearing
Discipline is the process by which parents help children to grow up. The child begins as a baby who is unable to take care of him or herself. The child develops into an adult who is a productive and functional member of society. This process can take 18 or more years of patience, dedication and love.

Time to Downsize - Ways to take the stress out of moving
Have you outgrown your home? Perhaps you find yourself living in a house that is too big, with mounting utilities and repairs that are more of a hassle than they once were. If so, it may be time to downsize.

Dying at Home - choosing to care for a loved one with a terminal disease
When you learn that a loved one is dying, you feel many emotions. Your thoughts may be blurred and it may be difficult to plan ahead. One practical decision you may consider is whether or not you want to care for your loved one at home. Understanding what is involved may help you decide if this is the appropriate choice for you. Remember, too, that changing your mind at a later date about your decision to be a caregiver is okay..

Erectile Dysfunction - new drugs and treatment options
The release of Viagra™ (sildenafil) has dramatically changed the options available for men experiencing sexual problems. Huge publicity surrounding this safe and effective therapy has encouraged many men to talk to a doctor about treatment. Two new therapies have recently been approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Exotic Travel - is it for you?
The past 20 years have seen a great increase in travel to "exotic" destinations. People of all ages are going to places where formerly only the most adventurous dared to go. Even families with young children are traveling to almost every part of the world.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder - early diagnosis makes all the difference
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, describes the many ways an unborn baby can be affected by alcohol. If a mother has a high amount of alcohol in her blood related to her unborn baby’s stage of development, FASD can result. Such damage usually happens early in pregnancy. FASD can affect body, mind and behaviour. Learning disabilities are also possible. Such problems impact the child, the mother, the family and the community. Sadly they last a lifetime, despite being totally preventable.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy in Middle Age
People under 30 do not spend a lot of time thinking about staying healthy. However, as we move into middle age and take on more family and job responsibilities, we realize that we must make special efforts to stay well.

First Physiotherapy Visit - What to expect from this health professional
Injury and disability can happen to anyone. You could be injured playing sports, working, or in a motor vehicle collision. Many issues can make movement difficult. Accidents, injuries, inactivity, aging, disease, conditions you are born with, and psychological or social stress can all suggest a visit with a physiotherapist.

Will there be another great Flu Pandemic? - simple precautions should protect you
Recently, much attention has been focused on the likelihood of another great flu pandemic. The avian influenza AH5N1 virus, or bird flu, is thought most likely to cause one. Currently, this virus is not particularly infectious to humans. If a pandemic does occur, you can take action to reduce the risk of infection and to avoid spreading disease.

Foodborne Illness
Foodborne illness (food poisoning) strikes about two million Canadians and costs society over $1 billion each year. Accurate numbers are difficult to determine because only about one in 25 cases is reported. Many people pass the symptoms off as "stomach flu." All of us, at one time or other, have probably had a foodborne illness.

Grief - adjusting to life after the death of a loved one
Grief after the death of a loved one is a universal human emotion. The period of deep sorrow that follows is part of a healing process that helps a person let go of the past and adjust to life without the loved one. Although the pain of loss may never go away, it lessens over time.

Harassment - It's against the law
Is someone at work making your life difficult, or making you feel uncomfortable? It does not matter if that person is your supervisor or a customer. You can stop the action. Harassment is illegal.

Healthy Computing - Ergonomics can help ease the strain
Ergonomics involve designing the ways we work to reduce strain and injury to the body. Quite simply, this is about keeping you comfortable yet efficient as you work. As most of us spend hours each day at our computer, ergonomics is important both in work and home environments.

Healing Through Music - How music therapy can improve your health
Music is such a large part of our lives that we do not usually stop to think about it. It is all around us, so much so that we sometimes take it for granted — at grocery stores, on TV shows, during sad soap opera segments, and on iPods as we go about the day. Think about your favourite movie. Chances are that the film would be missing a lot without music.

Hypnotherapy - An effective tool for the modern medicine cabinet
Hypnotherapy has become a trusted part of modern health care. You may have been reluctant to try this complementary therapy as part of a treatment plan. However, as hypnotherapy can effectively treat a wide variety of ailments, it is a tool worth considering.

Too Hot Outside? - Understanding the humidex
Canada is a country of extreme temperatures. Since weather that is too hot or cold threatens your health, you need to know when either extreme hits. Environment Canada has two useful tools that explain the link between weather and health. The humidex and the wind chill index both help protect you and your family from the weather.

Immunization for Travellers - a vital part of planning your trip
Travel to faraway places is becoming more inviting, affordable, and easy to manage. You can travel to anywhere in the world within 36 hours -and so can disease. Parasites, viruses and bacteria can travel along with you in your bloodstream. While travel is an adventure, be aware of the risk of acquiring exotic diseases. Without precautions, you can become ill while you are away or after returning home. In many cases, you can protect your own health and that of others by getting immunized against disease.

Indoor Air Quality - what's lurking in the air of your home?
It is well known that exposure to air pollution can negatively affect a person’s health. However, the topic of air pollution usually does not bring our homes to mind. We think of motor vehicles, power plants and other industries. Many people do not realize that indoor air quality (IAQ) may affect their health more than the air outside.

ASK THE DOCTOR: "Is it unhealthy to be connected to my device so often?"
Technology plays an important role in our lives these days. Rare is the person who does not own a cell phone, a laptop, or a portable device of some kind. These devices allow people to function and communicate in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago.

Keep Your Heart Healthy - Reduce fats & cholesterol in your bloodstream
Taking care of your heart is a major part of staying healthy. The fats and cholesterol in your bloodstream can harm your heart. Simple day-to-day choices about diet and physical activity can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Many healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians, can coach you on how to make healthy choices.

Managing Lymphedema - A practical approach to a chronic condition
Lymphedema is a condition where your body cannot properly drain lymph fluid. Most often, it is an arm or leg that swells with collecting liquid. This happens because your lymphatic system is not working the way that it should.

Melamine in Food - are Canadians at risk?
Thanks to stories in the news media over the last few years, most Canadians are now aware of health risks linked with melamine. Many still have questions about its potential risks to our health.

Fighting a Hidden Battle - Overcoming the stigma of mental illness
Growing up, many of us knew someone who had a parent or child that was ‘ill.’ With this kind of illness, people whispered, shook their heads, or just didn’t talk about it at all. Those with mental illnesses have always been feared. Historically, they were considered witches or possessed. Some were burned at the stake. In some cultures, those who could function in society were revered as shamans. In either case, the mentally ill were set apart. This is still true, even in an era when much more is understood about these illnesses.

The Mind-Body Connection - Can your thoughts and emotions make you sick?
Ann, a 27-year-old working mother of two, has been experiencing abdominal pain, headaches and fatigue for three years. She made many trips to her doctor, but her medical tests came back normal. She has tried herbal medications and over-the-counter sleeping aids. She is drinking more wine during the evening, thinking this will help her relax and improve her sleep. Ann finds her manager at work too demanding and unappreciative of her efforts. Her family expects her to manage the household without complaint. Ann often feels she is not in control of her life. She remembers feeling this way during a past abusive relationship. She asks herself, “What’s wrong? Why do I feel so sick?”

Mom Time - she's got to take care of herself too
Today’s hectic lifestyle can be hard on a family. Creating balance usually starts with Mom, since the family often revolves around her. Her outlook and attitude can affect everyone else. As well as looking after the rest of the family, Mom mustn’t forget to look after herself too.

Money Matters - Your guide to financial health
Money worries can be both emotionally and financially draining. Good money management skills are an important part of regaining control. By learning to manage money, you can prevent and deal with financial stress that may take a physical toll.

Outdoor Workers & Sun Safety - reduce the risk of skin cancer
Even though skin cancer is highly preventable, it is still the most common kind of cancer diagnosed in many western countries. The amount of time outdoor workers spend in the sun puts them at particular risk. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) light is the major risk factor for both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

Patient Safety in the Hospital - a team approach to avoiding errors
In a hospital, a group of individuals work together for the safety and best interests of everyone. Like anyone else, workers can make a mistake. Unfortunately, errors that go uncorrected may eventually cause harm. Accidents happen, so the system has to be designed to catch them before they can harm patients.

Pets and Health Benefits - is man's best friend protecting your health?
The secret to a healthier life may be on the other side of a cold, wet nose. Puppy love may even help to keep people out of the doctor's office.

Pet Therapy
Whether we share space with cats, dogs, horses or fish, we all enjoy the companionship and love of our animal friends. Studies show that our pets benefit us both emotionally and physically. I adopted my first puppy over 30 years ago, hoping to help teach my children responsibility and respect. I did not count on what my dogs would teach me. Of course, many animals have their own jobs to perform. Dogs are used for avalanche rescue, illegal drug detection and to sense certain health conditions. The abilities of seeing and hearing dogs have been recognized for many years. Now pets are taking on another role – that of therapist.

Diseases from Pets - prevent the transmission of serious disease
Animals can be great companions for many people. However, pet owners should be aware of the diseases pets may carry and pass to humans. Diseases that can pass from animals to humans are called zoonoses or zoonotic diseases.

Playing on Nature’s Rinks - Be sure you’re on solid ground
As cold weather approaches, families look forward to spending time outdoors on natural ice. The hours you spend skating, playing hockey, fishing or snowmobiling on ice can be a favourite part of winter. However, unlike in an arena, the ice you find outdoors is not always trustworthy. Outdoor ice can be dangerous. Every year, Canadians fall through it, and some do not make it out. By using safety rules and common sense, you can keep your memories pleasant ones.

Reproductive Freedom - Finding the best birth control option for you
As medical science makes progress, pregnancy prevention is becoming simpler, more reliable and with less side effects. While no method of birth control is perfect, having control over our fertility has never been more accessible. More than 20 different options for contraceptive methods now exist. Numerous reliable sources of information about contraception are available on the Internet. Whether a woman is in her teens or approaching menopause, she should have a conversation with her family doctor about ways to prevent pregnancy. Even in this day and age, close to half of all pregnancies are not intended. Up to 40 per cent of unexpected pregnancies end in abortion. Different women explore different options for very different reasons.

Schizophrenia - coping with a broken brain
What would you do if your teen or adult child started hearing voices, acting differently and saying very strange things? You might immediately suspect drug use, and get medical help. Once the doctor told you that your child had schizophrenia, your world might begin to spin.

Is Seafood Safe? Questions and answers about mercury in fish
Concerns about mercury levels are making many Canadians reluctant to eat fish. Canada’s Food Guide recommends that anyone aged two and older eat at least two servings of a variety of fish each week. However, we tend to eat just over three fish meals in a month. Are possible toxins a good reason to bypass the benefits of fish?

Seniors & Driving - When is it time to gear down?
If you are an older driver, you can take steps to ensure you are driving safely and that your knowledge is up to date. It is important that you assess your current abilities. If you are considering not driving, planning ahead can put the transition in your control. Many seniors are going through this process, so know that you are not alone.

Smokeless Tobacco - is it safe to chew or spit?
Is smokeless tobacco a harmless substitute for inhaled tobacco? Is chewing tobacco "cool" to use? The answer to these questions is a definite no. Statements of less risk with use of smokeless tobacco are "smoke and mirrors." Smokeless tobacco, just like cigarette tobacco, contains nicotine that is an addictive drug.

Stressed or Depressed? How to tell the difference
Almost everyone experiences feelings of stress or depression at some point. Such feelings are often appropriate to a situation. Clinical depression, on the other hand, is a medical condition. What is the difference between stress and depression? What can you do to stay mentally healthy and avoid overwhelming stress or clinical depression?

Stress in the Workplace - a problem worth solving
Almost everyone experiences feelings of stress or depression at some point. Such feelings are often appropriate to a situation. Clinical depression, on the other hand, is a medical condition. What is the difference between stress and depression? What can you do to stay mentally healthy and avoid overwhelming stress or clinical depression?

Stress Leave - Understanding the process
The number of workers affected by stress is rising. Although leave may be possible, it can be challenging to claim insurance. A fifth of the North American workforce, and close to half of workers with depression, are thought to experience short-term disability in any given year. Employees, companies, and disability carriers all have different views on whether a stress leave is necessary. Let’s examine how each might look at a common scenario... and how events could unfold for the best.

Swim to Survive - A life skill for everyone
Most people who drown had no intention of going into the water. For swimmers and non-swimmers alike, immersion is sudden, unexpected, and often silent. Lifesaving Society research shows that most drowning occurs within two to 15 metres of safety. For this reason, everybody must have basic swim survival skills and training.

Time Management - another strategy for safeguarding your health
In today's society, we never seem to have enough time for all the things we need or want to do. We have big plans and get frustrated when we do not accomplish everything. Frustration can lead to chronic stress that affects our physical and mental health. Developing ways to manage time well is an important part of staying healthy.

Travel Comfort Tips - good posture and stretching make the journey bearable
Whether you choose to travel by car, plane or train, sitting in a confined space for long periods of time can stress your muscles and joints. As a result, travellers often feel stiff, cramped, tired and sore at the end of a trip. On long journeys and with air travel in particular, lack of movement can affect blood circulation. For some, poor circulation can lead to blood clots (deep vein thrombus) – a serious and sometimes fatal condition if the clot blocks a major blood vessel.

It’s a Small World... for Both You and Disease - Protect yourself before travelling
Travel to faraway places is becoming more inviting, affordable, and easy to manage. You can travel to anywhere in the world within 36 hours. Unfortunately, so can disease. Parasites, viruses and bacteria can hitch a ride in your bloodstream. While travel is an adventure, be aware of the risk of acquiring exotic diseases. Without precautions, you can become ill while away or after returning home. In many cases, you can protect your own health and that of others by getting immunized.

Travel Comfort Tips - good posture and stretching make the journey bearable
Whether you choose to travel by car, plane or train, sitting in a confined space for long periods of time can stress your muscles and joints. As a result, travellers often feel stiff, cramped, tired and sore at the end of a trip. On long journeys and with air travel in particular, lack of movement can affect blood circulation. For some, poor circulation can lead to blood clots (deep vein thrombus) – a serious and sometimes fatal condition if the clot blocks a major blood vessel.

The Trouble with Making a Baby - An overview of common issues with fertility
Many couples assume that they will one day have a family. However, many factors go into whether or not a pregnancy occurs. Some, such as family obligations, tradition, expressing of love, passing on genes, desire to nurture, career, finances and lifestyle, may simply be influences. Others, including chronic illness or infertility, can be true challenges.

Understanding Street Drugs - why they attract, why they addict
The use of illegal drugs affects all of us. Newspaper articles, radio shows, debates in parliament and our own experience repeatedly tell us that street drugs are a serious problem. Still, we might try drugs out of curiosity, because of peer pressure, to combat boredom, or because it seems ‘cool.’ These drugs alter perception, often in a pleasant way. However, depending on the drug and the person, it can be easy to lose control and become addicted.

Understanding the Process of Change - six steps to success
How many New Year’s resolutions have you broken? Have you ever fallen off the wagon? Do you think, “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have any willpower?” Changing any habit or behaviour can be difficult and frustrating. Many of us want to change our behavior associated with weight control and physical activity.

Whiplash - save your neck - raise your head restraint
You are driving down the road. All of a sudden you are hit from behind. Your head snaps forward and then snaps back. Whiplash. We have all had it or know someone who has. Most likely a car accident was involved. Also likely is the fact that the head rest or more accurately, head restraint, was not in proper position. Poorly designed and improperly positioned head restraints are major reasons for whiplash injuries.

Is it Too Cold Outside? - Using the wind chill index
Canada is a country of extreme temperatures. Since very hot or cold weather can endanger health, we must be able to tell when conditions outside are too extreme. Environment Canada uses two tools to connect the link between weather and health – the humidex and the wind chill index. Canadians can refer to the wind chill number when deciding how to brave the coldest weather of the year.

Workplace Drug Testing - the pros and cons
For the last 30 years, particularly in the United States, testing employees for drug use has been common. In fact, it has been required there by law for workers in the transportation and nuclear power industries. Many companies in Canada have also explored the use of drug testing their employees.

Workplace Health - Staying well on and off the job
Does the work you do influence how well you feel - both mentally and physically? Do you know for sure that your job is not going to cause you future health problems? These are questions you should ask yourself and your family doctor.
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