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Stay Hydrated with Water

Water is essential to life. Getting enough water every day is important for your health and is the best way to quench your thirst. Why do I need water? Our bodies lose water by sweating, breathing and getting rid of waste. If you lose more fluid than you take in,…

6 Types of Animals Used for Therapy

While the most common therapy animal is dogs, the use of other animals in therapy is on the rise. We know how our pets help us get through life. Whether trained or not, owning and caring for pets provides a certain amount of therapy and proven health benefits. Most therapy…

Health Canada Moves to Ban Non-Prescription Codeine Sales

In Niagara Falls, N.Y., it is legally impossible to buy codeine painkillers without a doctor’s approval. In Canada, however, codeine is widely available without a prescription. In 2013, Canadian pharmacies stocked their shelves with more than $16 million worth of non-prescription codeine, according to estimates by health data company IMS…

What are RAAM Clinics?

Substance use is very common among Canadians. Most of us use at least one substance, such as: alcohol, opioids, cannabis, cocaine or benzodiazepines; it can be an important part of social life. However, when substance use leads to a hospital visit, it may be a sign that substance use is…

Sun Safety Basics

Most of us like to work, play, and relax outside on a sunny day. But too much sun and heat can be harmful, so be careful! Protect against UV rays all year round It is important to protect against UV rays all year round, not just in the summer. Reflections…

What’s So Bad About Sugar?

You’ve probably heard this a million times before… but it’s worth repeating. Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. For this reason, they are called “empty” calories. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar……

Managing Everyday Stress

Spring is a great time to assess the sources of stress in your life, learn about effective coping skills and work on ways to reduce the stress you experience on a daily basis. Statistics show that 1/3 of Canadians feel that they are constantly under stress trying to accomplish more…

What is an Allergic Reaction?

Key Points You can treat allergic reactions with antihistamines, decongestants, and hydrocortisone creams. Allergic reactions can vary from person to person and depend on the type of allergy. Go to the emergency room if you’re experiencing anaphylaxis, even if the symptoms get better. Your immune system creates antibodies to fight…

What Are Pain Pills?

Pain pills are medicine used to relieve pain. Certain pain medications help with milder types of pain such as headaches, menstrual cramps and sore muscles. These include acetaminophen and ibuprofen. There are other pain medications that contain opioids, a family of drugs that have powerful effects. They can be very…

Be Safe this Victoria Weekend by Following these Five Tips

1. Don’t Drink and Drive The same rules which govern drinking and driving also apply to driving and boating. So, although having a beer during a shore lunch might be refreshing, that six-pack cannot be accessible to the driver of a boat during the trip. As well, there are strict rules…