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Bed bugs are most active at night, and are found in dark crevices and in fabric folds.

Guide Life: Bed bugs – yuck!

Bed bugs are very resilient and can go without feeding for up to 11 months

Bed bugs of the species Cimex lectularius are certainly unpleasant. However, they are not harmful. Bed bugs are parasites, and different types of bed bugs are specific to different species of animals. They feed on blood, and when they do, they inject some of their saliva into the bite. It is this saliva that causes […] Read more

While some mitts, toques, and boots may not be fashionable, wearing them keeps you warm.

Guide Health: The cold, hard truth

If you do experience a cold injury, warm the area gently – no rubbing!

In cold weather, you will obviously want to be dressed warmly to avoid frostbite, frost nip, or even more serious injury. But it may not be as simple as you think. Cold damage is caused by ice crystals forming in your skin and tissues. It is this direct damage that leads to tissue death. About […] Read more


Guide Health: The bother of warts

Most warts may be harmless, but it’s still important to know what to do and expect

Yes, warts are usually considered harmless, but they certainly can be a bother. Warts are caused by a group of viruses known as the human papillomaviruses. About 12 per cent of the population is affected at any one time, with children and young adults experiencing warts more often. The spread is via direct skin-to-skin contact, […] Read more

The black-legged, or deer tick, is known to carry Lyme disease.

Guide Health: Exposed to Lyme disease

The number of diagnosed cases in Canada is climbing, and so is the geographic area at risk

One of the hazards of outdoor activity is exposure to insects, and one of the insect-like species out there is the black-legged or deer tick (ixodid tick), which can carry Lyme disease. The name originates from Old Lyme, Connecticut, the place where the disease was first identified in the late 1980s. Recently, the incidence of […] Read more


If you measure your blood pressure at home, compare your readings with what your medical professional measures at the clinic to gauge the accuracy your home blood pressure monitor.

Guide Health: What you need to know about home testing

With any home test, check to make sure you know what it actually tests for, and that you are aware of its limitations

Home tests give you information about your health or medical condition while enabling you to maintain your privacy. Some home tests are commonly used. Think about the blood glucose or sugar tests you use if you have diabetes, or the pregnancy and fertility tests that help you with family planning. The idea is to help […] Read more

Though often seen as the plight of the young, about 12 per cent of people have acne flare-ups later in life.

Guide Health: The science of acne and how to control it

Washing your skin and keeping it clean is ideal, but don't overdo it

Acne, scientifically known as acne vulgaris, affects about 80 per cent of people between 11 and 30 years of age, so it is indeed a common skin condition. Even if you are older, you may still experience acne because 12 per cent of people continue to have flare-ups late into their lives. While it is […] Read more


Insulins today range from short-acting to long-acting and are meant to mimic your body’s natural production of insulin as closely as possible.

Guide Health: Sorting through the alphabet on diabetes drugs

Diabetes treatment is more complex, but the principles are easy to understand

Insulin, at one time, was the only drug available to treat diabetes. Today there are many different classes of drugs which are often used together, although sorting through the different classes can be confusing. Diabetes occurs when your pancreas doesn’t manufacture enough insulin or none at all. In your body, insulin is used to metabolize […] Read more

A cough that lasts for more than three weeks is considered chronic, which includes about half of all cases.

Guide Health: That dry, hacking cough

No wonder they hurt… coughs can eject air from your lungs at 500 m.p.h.!

A cough is your body’s attempt to rid itself of something that is irritating your airways. You will be familiar with coughs associated with the common cold and the flu, but there are many other reasons for coughs. Other infections including pneumonia, tuberculosis and whooping cough can certainly cause coughs. But so can allergies, gastro-intestinal […] Read more


Biologicals are too large to be absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, and as such need to be injected or infused.

Guide Health: The cutting edge of biologicals

These newest types of drugs are manufactured by living organisms

Drugs are usually chemical molecules that block or enhance some activity within the body, and most drugs can easily be absorbed through your gastrointestinal tract in order to have their effect within the intended system. However, the newest types of drugs are termed biologicals because they are manufactured by living organisms such as bacteria using […] Read more

Repeated chemical treatments, poor grooming habits, and exposure to harsh environments can cause hair texture to change.

Guide Health: For healthier hair, focus on overall health

Hair loss, or even a change in the “healthiness” of your hair should be checked by your doctor

You are born with all your hair follicles, about 100,000 on your scalp, and you are not able to gain any more. There are actually two types of hair on your body. Vellous hair is the fine soft hair that covers the majority of your body, including the longer courser terminal hair that grows on […] Read more