The Best Bug Sprays and After-Bite Itch Remedies for Summer

by Ainsley Smith  -  June 26th, 2017

The Best Bug Sprays and After-Bite Itch Remedies for Summer preview

Now that summer is finally here, chances are mosquitos and other pesky summer insects will be on the hunt. As Canadians, we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by some of the world’s most scenic forests, lakes, and beaches, which unfortunately happen to be breeding grounds for certain insects in the warmer months.

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Marijuana to Be Legal in Canada: Does that Mean It’s Risk-Free?

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 30th, 2017

Marijuana to Be Legal in Canada preview

Many people are wondering what the mental health impacts of marijuana are. The mental health effects of pot are critical to consider particularly while Canada is on the precipice of weed legalization.

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Technology and Insomnia – Cure or Curse?

by   -  October 3rd, 2016

by Mactrunk
by Mactrunk

Our world has become an all-tech, all the time kinda place. People of all ages are spending more time with technology, and they’re losing sleep over it. Recently, there’s been a lot of information out there about technology and device usage in bed and its link to insomnia. This can become a huge problem because chronic insomnia has big negative health impacts over time. However, it’s important to note, tech use of any kind can trigger insomnia under the right conditions.

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Is Your Morning Coffee Killing Your Probiotics?

by   -  August 15th, 2016

by DesignPicsInc
by DesignPicsInc

Today I had to ask myself this question: does drinking coffee kill probiotics? This question came to me in particular due to an experiment I’m trying with a well-known nutrition supplement program and shake system. The woman I spoke to about the system was adamant that my daily 2 cups of coffee were the reason I wasn’t seeing the addictionesque results from using their products.

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Where the US Presidential Candidates Stand on Health Care

by CANPharmacyKing  -  July 5th, 2016

After a rough primary season, the American voters have finally whittled down the contenders for the Presidency to the final two candidates. The Democrats are supporting long time favorite Hillary Clinton, and the Republicans are supporting brash political outsider Donald Trump. While this is a historical and important election for a number of reasons, whoever lives in the White House starting in 2017 will unquestionably affect the future of American health care.

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Will Robot Replace Pharmacist?

by Liubov Edwards   -  June 8th, 2016

Pharmacy robot preview

Robotic surgery is becoming reality after for the first time a robot has successfully operated on live soft tissue without human assistance. The creators of the machine believe that in 2-3 years time robots will be ready to perform routine operations, like appendix or blocked gall bladder removal.

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How Big Pharma Uses Charity Programs to Cover for Drug Price Hikes

by Benjamin Elgin and Robert Langreth  -  May 26th, 2016

Original post from Bloomberg BusinessWeek:

The real reason big pharma wants to help pay for your prescription

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Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern

by   -  April 4th, 2016

Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern preview
Syrian refugees face many challenges, but one that may be underestimated is the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some Syrian refugees. Considering the atrocities many Syrian refugees have experienced, PTSD, a serious mental illness, is a major concern.

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How to Eliminate Zika?

by Liubov Edwards  -  February 17th, 2016

How to Eliminate Zika preview

According to the World Health Organisation, The Zika virus is "spreading explosively", particularly in Central and South America. It seems there is not much has been done to stop the spreading of the virus.

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Are you SAD?

by Liubov Edwards   -  February 10th, 2016

Are you SAD preview

SAD, or Seasonal affective disorder has been accepted by medical professionals as a type of mental disorder. But today SAD is not considered as a stand-alone condition, it can be a symptom of major depression or a psychiatric disorder.

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What Happens to a Child’s Brain When Exposed to Lead?

by   -  February 8th, 2016

by Kasza
by Kasza
Over the past few months, news has been trickling in about the Flint, Michigan water disaster. For 18 months, citizens of Flint have been slowly poisoned by the lead contaminated water the city had been claiming was perfectly safe.

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Zika Virus 5 Things Pregnant Travelers Need to Know

by   -  February 1st, 2016

by auntspray
by auntspray

As we head into February, it’s not uncommon for people to travel from a colder climate to one with sandy beaches and a warmer disposition. Unfortunately, for pregnant women or women who want to become pregnant in the near future, traveling to Latin America and Caribbean countries is ill advised – for the foreseeable future.

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Canadian Pharmacy King’s Top Posts for 2015 – You Don’t Want to Miss These!

by   -  January 25th, 2016

Diabetes and Mental Illness preview

Last year we had some pretty amazing posts, infographs, and cartoons crafted especially for you, our Canadian Pharmacy King audience. It was no small feat, but we’ve gone through all of them to find the posts viewed most in 2015, so if you missed any of them – have no fear, here they are!

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Could Dating Apps Be Responsible for HIV

by Liubov Edwards   -  December 16th, 2015

Could Dating Apps Be Responsible for HIV preview

The new research provided by the Union nations shows that dating apps can be dangerous as they cause the increase of HIV cases, especially amongst Asian teenagers. The use of dating apps has amplified the opportunity for spontaneous sex. They create networks of men in which infections rapidly spread among users.

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CPK Launches 2015 Halloween Photo Contest with $100 Prize Giveaway

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  October 16th, 2015

Ready for fun this Halloween! Submit a photo of your decorations, or happy Halloween time, including yourself, your family, or your pets in costume or any pumpkin carvings (via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) for a chance to win. One lucky winner will receive a $100 in-store credit.

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Dangerous Business: Death by Selfies

by   -  October 13th, 2015

by colourstudio.it
by colourstudio.it
In a world so overcome with their hidden desperation to be loved and accepted, it’s no wonder that bubbling to the surface is the need to please via selfies. As it turns out, the one-upmanship has escalated in recent years to the point of people doing the stupidest things for the sake of likes on their social media sites. So many people are enthralled with them, in fact, the word “selfie" was officially accepted by Merriam Webster for entrance into the dictionary last year. This is in and of itself a bit of a crazy feat, when you think of it. Last month Yahoo presented an article stating 2015 marks the first time when taking a photo of yourself has become deadlier than being attacked by a shark. Let that sink in for a moment. I mean, wow.

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A Pill or A Gas Mask?

by Liubov Edwards   -  October 2nd, 2015

A Pill or A Gas Mask preview

Any radiation exposure can have terrible and often lethal affect on human’s body. Not many people keep gas masks at home in case a nuclear incident happens. Luckily a new breakthrough has been reported, which means that soon we can have a single pill or injection that can protect human’s body from potential lethal effects of radiation.

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8 Months of New Drugs Approved in 2015

by   -  September 21st, 2015

New Drugs Approved preview
2015 has seen the approval of over fifty new drugs thus far. Some of them are pretty breakthrough for their class, too. For a full list, be sure to check out the FDA’s website. However, here’s a quick overview with eight – or one per month – to take note of. Some of them are drugs we’ve explored further, so be sure to check out the links to the articles we’ve already written.

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Breakfast Against Obesity

by Liubov Edwards   -  September 16th, 2015

Breakfast Against Obesity preview

Skipping breakfast is not a good idea at all. If you do it regularly it will eventually affect your health. Why breakfast it so important? Firstly your body and mind needs energy re-fuel after hours of night fasting. Secondary it increases your chance of becoming obese and also developing diabetes and wrist of a heart attack. Having a breakfast makes people less likely to be hungry during the rest of the day, so they do not overeat.

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Game Changer: First 3D Printed Drug Approved by the FDA

by   -  September 14th, 2015

First 3D Printed Drug preview
There’s a new game changer on the horizon and for those of you who are fans of Star Trek, it may sound an awful lot like a replicator. 3D printing has been around in some form since the 1980’s, but in recent years, the technology has been breaking ground with advancements in all things from medicine to art – and everything in between. It’s now poised to revolutionize a number of markets, including the pharmaceutical industry.

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals’ new 3D printed drug, Spritam, has been FDA approved to treat seizures and is expected to hit the market sometime in early 2016. According to Aprecia, the 3D printing process they used was originally developed at MIT and allows them to get an incredible amount of accuracy in the delivery system of up to 1,000 mg per tablet.

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What You Need To Know About LISTERIA

by   -  July 6th, 2015

by ftlaudgirl
by ftlaudgirl

Every year, approximately 1,600 people get sick from Listeria (a form of food poisoning) each year in the United States. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating contaminated food. It can be found in soil, water, and some animals; including poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk, and foods made from raw milk. Not to mention, it can also live in food processing plants, where it can contaminate a variety of processed meats.

In some ways, Listeria is unlike many other germs because it can grow even a cold refrigerator. The only way Listeria is killed is by cooking and pasteurization.

Always make sure the food you eat is safe.

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Genes for Depression and Bipolar in Women May Have Been Found

by   -  June 29th, 2015

Genes for Depression and Bipolar preview

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy.

According to researchers out of the University of California, specific genes for bipolar disorder and depression in women may have been found. While the genes themselves are not newly-located, their role in mental illness in a general population of women was not previously known. However, due to study of 144 samples, researchers are now saying that these genes may be the basis on which a blood test could be made to test for major affective disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) in women.

Basis for Study of These Genes and Major Affective Disorders in Women

It is known that an extra X chromosome frequently causes psychiatric symptoms in people with rare genetic diseases Klinefelter syndrome and Triple X syndrome.

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What Does Your Skin Have To Do With Your Gut?

by   -  June 1st, 2015

by jillchen

Ever heard of the saying, “beauty starts on the inside"? Well, they aren’t just talking about your inner state. Turns out, the way to beautiful, healthy looking skin could have more to do with your stomach flora than your inner om.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years, you’ve probably at least heard the term probiotics mentioned in passing. Found in all sorts of things from supplements, to yogurt, to even skincare these days – these bacteria have more to do with your skin than you might think. When your insides are in an upheaval, the first place they start showing their true colors may not be with frequent trips to the bathroom. Instead, you may notice things like dry skin, more blemishes, rosacea, and eczema. Consider it an alarm bell of sorts.

If you’re living with some of these skin issues, you may need to ask yourself if it’s time to consider your inner workings as a possible source of the problem.

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Canadian Pharmacy King’s Top Posts for 2015

by CANPharmacyKing  -  January 25th, 2015

Last year we had some pretty amazing posts, infographs, and cartoons crafted especially for you, our Canadian Pharmacy King audience. It was no small feat, but we’ve gone through all of them to find the posts viewed most in 2015, so if you missed any of them – have no fear, here they are!

2015 seemed to be a good year for people interested in mental health and overcoming erectile dysfunction; with a little bit of trending topics thrown in for fun. But you don’t have to take our word for it – the titles speak for themselves. Continue on to reread some of your favorite posts from 2015, or catch up on some you may have missed.

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Let's Join the Ebola Fight

by Liubov Edwards  -  September 19th, 2014

Let's Join the Ebola Fight preview

The resent Ebola outbreak has already claimed over 2,000 lives. But it could have been stopped, if a vaccine had been developed and stockpiled sooner. Unfortunately big pharmaceutical companies, which dominate the market, were not interested in investing in vaccine, as the poorest countries in the world can't afford to pay for a new vaccine.

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Tips on Helping Your Child Stay Healthy and Enterovirus FREE

by   -  September 15th, 2014

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When news of the recent outbreak scare of enterovirus 68 hit the news this past weekend, as a parent, I was obviously concerned. Ten states so far have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus -- Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Living in Minnesota, having two neighboring states with outbreaks is a bit unnerving. According to the latest reports - I'm not the only one unnerved.

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A Talking Pill Bottle

by Liubov Edwards   -  September 11th, 2014

A Talking Pill Bottle preview

One of the biggest problems in medicine is that people don't consistently take the drugs they're prescribed. A new pill bottle cap connected to wireless network is going to be a solution. The system called "Vitality" will blink and make sound signals to remind a patient to take his medicine and can be set to alert if someone isn't taking medicine.

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Is Shopaholic A Hobby or Disorder

by   -  August 18th, 2014

For people all across the world, shopping is not only an occasional outing, but a daily necessity. From groceries, to clothing, to our daily needs, you probably can't go a week without shopping. But for some, shopping is more than just a way to keep their bellies full. It can become a serious disorder that can leave a person in personal and financial ruins.

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What Does the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Cover?

by   -  July 16th, 2014

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past week, you’ve surely heard something about Hobby Lobby. Whether it’s cropped up as a news article, or an outraged post on your Facebook feed, everyone everywhere has an opinion. Evidently, I’m no different.

I’ll be honest, when I first heard the news, as an American woman, I was outraged. How can we repeal women’s rights, not to mention breaking through the corporate veil, to allow a corporation to impose the religious propensity of their owners? It’s preposterous.

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The Global Problem

by Liubov Edwards   -  June 18th, 2014

The global problem preview

According to the latest U.N Global warming report if greenhouse gases ( including carbon dioxide) continue to rise, the world is looking at another about 6 or 7 degrees Fahrenheit (3.5 or 4 degrees Celsius) of warming by 2100 and it may have a catastrophic effect on people's health.

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Five New Rx Drugs to Keep Your Eye On

by   -  June 16th, 2014

Prescription drugs are forever evolving and new therapies are being added to the mix every year to make people's lives just a little bit better. Since August of last year, the FDA has approved five new drug therapies and we think you should know about them. Each offers a unique solution to various diseases or disorders ranging from helping alleviate rosacea to treating epilepsy.

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Multilingualism against Dementia

by Liubov Edwards  -  June 12th, 2014

Multilingualism against Dementia Preview

The latest study shows that bilingualism, even when acquired in adulthood, may benefit the ageing brain and delay the onset of dementia by several years. So, as the proverb says: Never too old to learn!

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The Top 10 Most Expensive Prescription Medications

by   -  May 7th, 2014

In a sense, we hope you haven't heard of the drugs on this list before now. They make the top 10 most expensive list because they are all combatting rare disorders. Patients utilizing these drugs often have no choice but to rely on these six-figure medications because there are few, if any other, options for treatment.

1. SOLIRIS - $409,500 per patient, per year (You could buy a condo outright in Huntington Beach, California for this price.)

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What Country Pays Most for Prescription Drugs?

by   -  April 28th, 2014

On average, Americans pay fifty percent higher prices than other industrialized nations for prescription drugs. Yes, you read that right: fifty percent more. I'm sure this comes as no surprise to most of you. It certainly doesn't to me.

My husband is originally from the U.K., where most prescription costs are a good 49% cheaper than they are here.

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Cellphones and Seniors: A Guide to Buying New Technology

by   -  April 7th, 2014

According to recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, as few as 18% of seniors are using smartphones, despite growing popularity and trends. Only 39% of adults age 55-64 have them.

As a daughter of two Baby Boomers, I understand how hard it is for even the most willing older adults to latch on to the latest technology.

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Spring Is Here: Time to Replenish Your Medicine Cabinet

by   -  March 24th, 2014

Most people generally think of spring as the time for cleaning out those overrun closets, or donating unwanted items to goodwill. But let me ask you this; do you clean out your medicine cabinet, too? If you're like most of us, the answer is probably no.

Out With the Old

Throwing out anything expired, discontinued/recalled, or partially used (including any over the counter medicines) is critical to a healthy medicine cabinet. Medicines lose potency when they have gone past their expiration dates and it is recommended you check your medicine cabinet at least twice a year, getting rid of medications past their prime.

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Use Your Phone to Track Your Pills

by Krasna  -  March 19th, 2014

"There's an app for that" became a funny tagline a few years ago, when the world of smartphones was new. Now it's just a commonplace assumption. Have something you need help with? Go see if there's an app" and there probably is.

The other day, I was checking the app that keeps track of my blood pressure, and looking to see how many steps I walked this week, and I got to wondering if there were apps to keep track of your prescriptions and supplements. I don't know about you, but I find it hard to remember what I've taken. Maybe I'm just lucky that none of the things I take are for life-or-death reasons.

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10 Tips for Traveling with Prescription Drugs

by   -  March 11th, 2014

Whether you're planning a short trip or a long one, even the most solid of prescription medication regimens can be thrown into chaos and even to the point of danger by traveling without proper planning. There's a lot to consider and with summer around the corner, we have some insights to mull over before you take off for your next vacation. Depending upon the level of your regimen, you can take advantage of some or all of these tips. Let us know what works for you, or if you have some suggestions of your own to add to the list.

1. Talk to your doctor before your trip. This is a no-brainer. Tell them where you plan to go, how long you will be gone. They can help you plan out how changes in environment and time zones could or will affect your prescription regimen.

2. Keep all drugs and medical equipment, including syringes, needles, catheters, etc., in their original containers. We know it's tempting to schedule your medication in a pill holder before you leave, but according to the Travel and Safety Administration (TSA) you must avoid making your medication hard to identify.

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