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Jeff Fost

Back to School and Acne

Did you know that acne affects 90% of adolescents, and 25% of those affected will still have it in their 20’s? Acne can be hormone-related, worsening as you progress through adolescence to young adult years. Untreated, it can cause permanent scarring and is emotionally damaging. Don’t wait for acne to “just go away”, because on

Christine Zagoruy

Opioid Overdose

Opioids include prescribed and illicit drugs such as morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydromorphone. They are an important category of medications to manage pain for cancer patients, chronic pain sufferers, post-operative pain, and pain associated with many chronic conditions. It is also prescribed for withdrawal from opioid dependence. However, it can be misused for its ability

Janet Rastin


Summer is when that cold beer or pop calls out to you. But both are dehydrating. Just make sure you drink moderately and compensate for having extra water. Hydration should be continual, and slow. The best way to keep hydrated is to drink water throughout the day, eat foods that have higher water content (fruits,

Phil Hudson

Oral Care

A healthy mouth is part of leading a healthy life. Oral care affects your smile, diet, and how you speak. Did you know that the most important part of your mouth to keep clean is the gumline? It is also the most difficult, especially between teeth. Effective oral care includes using proper brushing technique and

Deborah Ellis West End Family and Village Family Pharmachoice

Summer Skin Care

If there is something that all Canadians need more of, it would be summer.  Summer is just a blink of the year, so enjoy every moment of this brief season. But…, don’t forget to get your skin protection on.   It does mean you have to do some preparation.  Sunscreen should be worn 30 minutes

scott lane

Fall Risk

All ages are at risk to fall or injury, including young children learning to walk, or the elderly. Did you know that falls are one of the major causes of injuries to the elderly, and the chance of head injury is high?   Avoiding falls and injury cannot always be done, so wearing an approved,

John Bajc

Lyme Disease

There are a few tick varieties in Canada, but 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

Troy Clark

Food Allergies

Most people don’t worry about what they eat. However, food allergies are serious and potentially life-threatening. Allergic reactions to food can occur without warning, are alarming and uncomfortable. Allergic reactions can range from mild reactions to anaphylactic shock which can lead to death. Even trace exposure to these food allergens may be fatal.    Food

Toyin Banjoko


Hypertension contributes to the leading cause of death in the world. This silent killer is directly linked to heart disease, stroke, and organ damage. You win if you can catch this stalker before harm is done.   Almost 25% of Canadians over the age of 20 have hypertension, and many are not aware they have

Muhammad Ashraf


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