Monthly Archives: July 2010

Antidepressants

July 15, 2010

About 30% of patients stop taking their antidepressants within one month. It’s important to continue this type of drug for at least a couple of months for the positive effects to occur. Stopping early may …

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Diabetes: Staying on Track with Technology

It’s getting easier for diabetics to manage their disease. There are new blood glucose monitors on the market that allow storage of up to 2000 glucose readings. You can also plug the machines into your …

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Arthritis Month in Canada

September is Arthritis Month in Canada. There are many myths surrounding this debilitating disease. Arthritis is not an “old person’s disease”. In fact, 60% of the 4.5 million Canadians with arthritis are under the age …

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition in which a nerve passing through the spaces in the bones in the wrist gets pinched due to inflammation in the area. See your doctor if you have …

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Vaccinations

If all vaccinations were stopped, many diseases would once again become common. These diseases include polio, measles, mumps, meningitis, whooping cough (pertussis), pneumonia, Hepatitis B and chickenpox. Vaccinations against these diseases have saved much parental …

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Smoking: The Triple Threat

Tobacco smokers are exposed to first-hand smoke through inhalation and to second-hand smoke by breathing in again what they’ve exhaled. They also have third-hand exposure from the smoke embedding in their clothes, car upholstery and …

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Colorectal Cancer: Signs and Symptoms

Colorectal cancer is curable if caught early. Be aware of the symptoms: a persistent change in bowel habits; blood in the stools; severe abdominal pain; unexplained weight or appetite loss; fatigue; a sense of fullness …

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Increased Risk of Falls with Some Drugs

“Psychoactive” drugs are used to help people sleep, lower anxiety, treat depression, reduce pain and relax the muscles. These medications can increase the risk of falls in the elderly. If you or someone you know …

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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar) can occur when you skip meals. It is often associated with diabetes and can be a serious problem. Symptoms include shakiness, a feeling of weakness, confusion, fatigue, increased pulse rate, …

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The Common Cold

The common cold is an amazingly democratic infection. It will infect even the healthiest and most fit of people– even those with the strongest immune system. The entry point of the virus is through the …

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Health Tips

Asthma Inhaler Technique

Asthma-sufferers note: about one-third of asthma patients do not use their inhalers correctly. This means they are not getting the proper dose of medication to help the condition. This applies to both the spray-type and …

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