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Muhammad Ashraf

Asthma

Asthma can affect you at any age and is the third most common chronic disease in Canada. Breathe easy, when properly managed, asthma is a mere nuisance for most, but if not managed it can be very severe. Asthma attacks can kill.    Symptoms of asthma can vary and may change over time.  Symptoms may

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Gurpreet Sidhu on contact allergies

Contact Allergy

Contact dermatitis is when you touch something that causes redness or rash to appear on your skin. It can be itchy, irritating, tender or blister, but isn’t contagious nor a serious condition. It is caused by contact with something (an allergen or irritant) that your body thinks is bad. Common allergens include perfume, plants, jewelry,

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IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

No – don’t eat there!  Are there places you know to avoid, certain cooks, restaurants or food?  Ever wonder why it only bothers you and not others? Do you have a sensitive gut and need to run to the loo?  Perhaps your sensitivity has a label, irritable bowel syndrome.   Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects

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Kevin Melnyk

Prepare for Combat – Vaccinate

Are you prepared for combat?  Immunization is the way to fortify your personal defenses.  As with any battle, knowing your enemy is your best defense.  It is no different when it comes to our bodies. It is as natural as breastfeeding when a mother passes important antibodies to the baby.  After infancy, we can produce

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Karim Atta

Pharmacy Awareness

Pharmacy has come a long way.  From the practice of providing herbs and compounding remedies, to assessing medication use and providing injections.  The focus from medicine in pharmacy now has expanded to work with other health practitioners, to ensure efficient access for you to pursue wellness, health care, and services.   The education of pharmacists

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Jean Brisson

Eye Health

Our eyes are generally pretty good at taking care of themselves.  However, eye care should be part of your regular routine. Vision will decline with age, but we can prevent damage and slow the decline.  Take time to perform daily care for your eyes, and continue to take in the wonders that sight can bring.

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Rob Heaton

Heart Health in Winter

Demands on your heart may be greater in winter, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.       Winter living takes physical effort, walking through snowdrifts, wearing heavy clothing.  Add the exertion of snow clearing to the mix and you have the perfect scenario for a heart attack.  Sick with the flu? That’s the cherry on

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Chris Johnson

Cold – When to See a Doctor

Feeling miserable with a cold?  Has someone in your family struck down with the cold?  You can’t cure the common cold, but when should you seek professional advice?   Symptoms of a cold generally improve after 3 days, but some symptoms such as congestion and coughing may persist much longer.  Generally, a cold will resolve

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Eugene Patel

Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression.  With winter it’s not uncommon to feel a bit down. However, winter blues should be taken seriously if it affects your daily activities, or you feel depressed beyond a few days.  Mood changes that are causing problems at home or work, feeling unusually tired, having depressive

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Syed Zubair Ahmad

Muscle Soreness

Blanket of snow, it’s off to work we go.  At some time during the season, you will have more snow than you can shovel in a mere few minutes.  You know it all too well, it’s going to be a hurting day.   Sore muscles may be perceived as a badge earned through hard work,

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