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Karim Atta

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks are small, parasitic arachnids that feed on the blood of animals, including humans. While not all tick bites result in illness, some species of ticks can transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick-borne encephalitis.   As the weather warms up, it’s important to take steps to prevent tick

David Bodunde

Epilepsy Essentials

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain, causing abnormal activity that results in seizures. Seizures can look different depending on the person and type of epilepsy they have. For some, a seizure may cause them to stop and stare blankly, while for others, they may experience twitching, falling, stiffness or even loss of consciousness.

Roses Stewart

Seasonal Allergies

Not at your best until summer arrives? Does springtime tend to bring on a runny nose, or a cough? Seasonal allergies can worsen over time and with repetitive exposure to the trigger. Allergies can be short, lasting only a week or extend for the entire season. Allergy symptoms include itchy or stuffy nose, irritated eyes,


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 patient’s lives. Although pharmacy practice is focused heavily on medication management, counseling, and

Patricia Lambie

Dry Skin

Why treat dry skin? Healthy, hydrated skin will prevent skin damage and infections. Cuts and scratches heal faster, reduce blemishes, and decrease severity or flare ups of other skin conditions like acne and eczema. There are benefits beyond just the appearance of strong and supple skin.   Dry skin worsens with time. Starting off with

Aditi Patel

Heart Health

Demands on your heart may be greater in winter, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.  In cold weather, blood vessels will constrict so that blood to your brain and major organs is ensured, but it is harder work for your heart. Winter living takes a physical toll, walking through snow drifts, wearing heavy

Sutinder Sandhar

Mental Health

Accessing mental health support and recognizing the need for it are the largest blocks to mental self-care. Awareness is increasing, but why do we still hesitate to seek help? Feeling mentally unwell affects all of us at some time, and it does not mean we are weak-minded.     We all manage and will experience challenges

Sandeep Sodhi

Asthma in Winter

Is your asthma worse in winter? We live differently during our cold season and asthma may trigger for many reasons. Dry and cold air can dry out the air passage to your lungs, causing irritation. Indoor air quality may be more of a concern as you stay at home more with your furnace running. Humidity

Joseph Dirk


Exercise tends to drop with outdoor temperature. Putting on extra weight and feeling down? Staying fit during the winter season can’t be just outdoors. So what are the best indoor exercises?   For all ages and lifestyles, it takes regular effort to maintain fitness. Aim for staying limber, building strength and stamina. Maintaining moderate exercise

Daryl Kress

Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Feeling the pinch of holiday time? Think back to your previous holiday season, did you feel rushed? Disappointed? Worn down? Sick? Regret? Have you ever thought about health choices that could make this year the best year ever? Make steps to enjoy your holiday this year, with just a few easy tips.   Schedule time