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David Bodunde

Hypertension – Know Your Number

Going to your doctor always starts with a blood pressure check. Blood brings needed nutrition and air to all the cells in our bodies, but blasting blood like a high pressure washer can cause damage. Even a bit of high pressure over time causes damage that can not be reversed – no different than blowing

Toyin Banjoko

Ticks & Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is carried by the black-legged tick which transfers Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium through its bite. Not every black-legged tick carries the bacteria which causes Lyme disease, but some areas of Canada are considered higher risk. Ticks migrate by attaching to wildlife and birds, so they can end up anywhere.   Ticks are active as


Sleep Apnea

Did you know that one in five adults after the age of 40 are at high risk of sleep apnea? The incidence of sleep apnea increases with age and is more prevalent in males. However, anyone can be affected by sleep apnea.   Sleep apnea is serious because it disrupts your breathing, can lead to

Syed Zubair Ahmad


Asthma is a chronic condition, usually characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Some people only notice symptoms with certain triggers while others experience persistent symptoms. Asthma symptoms may be quite mild and easily ignored.   However, if left untreated, it can cause damage to the lungs long-term. It’s easy to overlook

Gurpreet Sidhu


Have you experienced bladder leaks? If you have, you are not alone. The involuntary release of urine from the bladder is called incontinence. This occurs more commonly in women than in men but it can happen to anyone.   Did you know over 50% of women have experienced incontinence, and about one-third of men?  There

Michael Stan

Spring and Changes to Your Healthcare Needs

Looking forward to the warm spring weather? The downside of warmer seasons is often not thought about until we get hit by symptoms of allergies, insect bites, or sunburns.   Make sure you are prepared by getting advice from your pharmacist so you can fully enjoy the season. Don’t allow preventable conditions to ruin your

Kevin Melnyk


Considering a multivitamin? If you are on a restricted diet, have a chronic medical condition, are pregnant or elderly, a multivitamin supplement may be advisable. Sometimes it is difficult to meet all our nutritional needs from diet alone.   Selecting the right balance of vitamins for your condition is important. Talk to the healthcare provider

Denise Doucette

Travel Kit

The pandemic has complicated travel. Navigating new rules may be frustrating, but so is trying to manage unexpected events. Isolation requirements suggest you may need to bring some select hygiene products with you and strategically pack your carry-on.   Heading to the local store if your luggage doesn’t make the trip is not as easy

pharmachoice pharmacist with customer

Pharmacy Appreciation Month

Every year in March, Pharmacy Appreciation Month (PAM) is a time where we acknowledge and celebrate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and the entire pharmacy team. Pharmacy teams are recognized and appreciated for their endless contributions to positively impact their community’s health and improving patients’ lives.   Although pharmacy practice is focused heavily on medication management, counseling,

Rob Heaton

Family Planning

What are the benefits of family planning? A healthy pregnancy for mom and baby. Getting your body ready for pregnancy can take a few months. Preconception care also involves having conversations with your healthcare team, who can anticipate health risks during and after pregnancy.   Some supplements, such as folic acid,  should be started at