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Lupus: Top 10 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn't Know

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 4th, 2019

10 Surprising Facts about Lupus
Unless you have lupus yourself, there’s a good chance your understanding of this autoimmune disorder is limited. Coupled with plenty of misinformation and the lack of clear advice, living with this condition can be frustrating, as well as painful. Raising the awareness of this disease by sharing the facts is one step toward more understanding and support for those who live with it on a daily basis.

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19 Most Prescribed Pediatric Medications and What They Do

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 17th, 2018

Most Prescribed Pediatric Medications and What They Do preview

Drugs used in pediatric care can have a long delay from the time the medication is originally approved—to the time trials are completed for use with children. An audit done by Boston’s Children’s Hospital found only one-third of mandatory trials on children’s efficacy and usage were completed in a seven-year timespan after a new drug hits the market. This can often leave a gaping hole in treatment areas—or worse yet, leave a doctor or pharmacist left to guess at whether or not it can safely treat kids.

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Sidestep Arthritis with a Better Gut Biome

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 30th, 2018

Photo Credit: by Messi Lewi, Flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Messi Lewi, Flickr.com

Arthritis, in all its various forms, affects 54.5 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and of those, 43.5% have limitations on their daily lives because of it. It’s estimated by 2040, 78.4 million adults over the age of 18 will have been diagnosed by a doctor with arthritis. An astonishing two-thirds of those will be women.

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

by Ainsley Smith  -  June 26th, 2017

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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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What Colors Are On Your Child’s Plate? A Rainbow Can Prevent Cancer

by   -  September 19th, 2016

by amarosy
by amarosy

Unfortunately, no one is immune to being diagnosed with cancer. It can strike anyone, at any time in their lives, and for myriad reasons. From genetics, to environmental factors, to even the foods that we eat (or don’t eat!). When it comes to taking control of our health, and reducing our personal risks of cancer, diet and lifestyle changes are essential. As we have children, this awareness extends beyond our own health to the health of the entire family unit.

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Beware the Dangers of Vaping

by   -  August 2nd, 2016

by 72soul
by 72soul
For many struggling with the desire to quit smoking, e-cigs (electronic cigarettes) offer a convenient, no-smoke alternative. However, vaping, as it’s called, has been inciting many poison control calls as the trend grows. Part of this has to do with the unfamiliarity of the nicotine potency e-cigarettes can relay in relation to a traditional cigarette.

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Great Tips for Seniors Staying Sun Safe This Summer

by   -  July 2nd, 2015

Photo by Tiffany
Photo by Tiffany

Everyone enjoys being able to spend more time outdoors when summer rolls around, and we are quite sure seniors no different. The interesting thing is, many seniors get to a point where they no longer believe taking preventative measures to safeguard their skin is important. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Did you know, as we age, our skin’s natural ability to protect itself slowly diminishes, leaving it more vulnerable to skin damage and cancer?

UVB and UVA rays are hazardous to your health. UVB rays will cause sunburns as well as tanning your skin, not to mention they are the main culprits responsible for skin cancer. While UVA rays won't cause sunburn; they do penetrate your skin more deeply, leading to signs of aging including wrinkles, saggy, leathery looking skin, and sun spots.

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Keeping Sex Hot in Your Senior Years

by   -  April 13th, 2015

In modern society, we’ve lost our way when it comes to not only accepting the wisdom and benefit that comes with age and experience – but we’ve also tried to shut out essential elements of what it means to be a senior. Gone are the days of revering and respecting the elders in our communities (which, by the way, is something this Minnesotan woman feels should really be reintroduced), and in are the days when only the virility of the young is admired most.

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8 Winter Holiday Travel Tips for Seniors

by   -  November 17th, 2014

by imagepointfr, Despositphoto.com
by imagepointfr, Despositphoto.com
Winter is one of the most magical times of the year, regardless of your age. The snow glistening in the early morning sunlight, the arrival of Christmas and family gatherings, the squeals of children delighting in the simple pleasures like sledding, snowman building, and snowball fights. If you're like most seniors, enjoying in these events will often mean at least some travel time involved. However, if you live in a climate like Minnesota or Canada, traveling during this time can also be nerve-wracking and dangerous. With icy roads, white-out conditions, and temps dropping into the negatives, we know being prepared is the key to any winter travel.

1. Check the weather reports before you travel. In the age of the Internet and smart televisions, it shouldn’t be hard for even the most technology-disinclined seniors to do a quick weather check before heading out. Staying abreast of the weather conditions not only empowers you, but can save your life if it spurs you to make smarter travel choices like waiting a day to travel, or carpooling with someone you trust.

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Keep Your Mind Sharp with 6 Tips

by   -  June 9th, 2014

As we get older, we’ve been told it is normal for our brains to shrink in size and our memory to be compromised. However, Alzheimer’s and Dementia are not inevitable to our future. In fact, brain mass loss can be slowed down or halted all together with a little bit of knowledge.

Here are 6 tips provided by CanadianPharmacyKing.com to keeping your mind healthy as you age:

1. Move that body.

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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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“Senior Moments” May Just Be…Moments

by Krasna  -  February 18th, 2014

Most of the people we know who are past a certain age make more or less frequent reference, often with a shrug and a rueful laugh, to having "senior moments." The term 'senior moment' itself is so common that we tend to apply it to every memory lapse, even tiny, ordinary ones. It's become a reflex, like saying 'please' or 'bless you' even when we're alone. Anyone ever bump into a chair at home and say 'excuse me?' Bernard Carey joked in the New York Times, "The story is familiar...for anyone who is over 50 and, having finally learned to live fully in the moment, discovers it's a senior moment."

In a Texas A&M study, researchers asked a group that averaged 75 years old how old they felt, both before and after administering brief memory tests. Subjective age declined nearly five years, from 58.6 to 63.1.

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Home Safety Tips with a Twist

by Jane R. LeBlanc  -  February 6th, 2014

These safety tips are great for seniors and younger folk, alike. You can never be too safe around the house. Now, a night on the town? That’s a different story.

• Make sure all rugs in the house have a non-slip backing. Have a rug a dear friend gave you that you secretly hate? Now you have a reason to stow it away!

• Install grab bars in the bathroom by the toilet and tub. They’ll provide stability in these often-slippery areas (and serve as a great place to drape wet pantyhose).

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Disclaimer:

The purpose of the above content is to raise awareness only and does not advocate treatment or diagnosis. This information should not be substituted for your physician's consultation and it should not indicate that use of the drug is safe and suitable for you or your (pet). Seek professional medical advice and treatment if you have any questions or concerns.
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