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Guide Health: The new opioid therapy

In some cases, opioid treatment provides little benefit while risking dependency and overdose

In May 2017, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published new opioid therapy recommendations for chronic non-cancer pain. (The recommendations do not apply to acute pain, such as a broken bone or after surgery, and they do not apply to pain associated with cancer.) It is estimated that 15 to 19 per cent of Canadians live […] Read more

Guide Health: Restless leg syndrome

Why is this condition under-recognized?

Restless leg syndrome is just what its name suggests, an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, especially at night or late in the day. Restless leg syndrome can also create unpleasant sensations in the legs, sometimes even deep within the legs. These symptoms are most noticeable at rest, such as when you are in bed, […] Read more

Guide Health: Blood clotting — new alternatives to warfarin

Advances in anticoagulants offer people more treatment options

You probably take your blood’s ability to clot for granted. You cut your finger, and somehow the bleeding stops on its own! However, if you have a disease or condition for which you need to prevent clotting, you may take an oral or injectable anticoagulant. Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heart beat that […] Read more

Naloxone is a drug to prevent drug overdose and is now sold in pharmacies over the counter

Guide Health: The scoop about naloxone

Even if you think no one you know could ever overdose on opioids, it can still make sense to have naloxone on hand

With the increased incidence of overdoses of opioids like fentanyl, you may have heard about naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan. Your first thought was probably that this issue doesn’t concern you at all. But before you dismiss it completely, take a minute to learn a little bit more. You’ll be glad you did. […] Read more

Prescription for medical Marijuana

Guide Health: Medical marijuana. Could it be the right choice for you?

Research into the medical benefits of marijuana is limited. It’s said to help many conditions, but we often don’t really know

Medical marijuana has been in the news a lot recently, as has legalizing its recreational use. There is a difference, though. With a medical document from a physician or nurse practitioner, you can now obtain marijuana for medical purposes from a licensed producer, and you can have it delivered directly to your home. In this […] Read more

Mother using a comb to look for head lice. Selective focus

Guide Health: Head lice is more common than you think

It’s an important point worth repeating: head lice don’t mean that a home is unclean, they mean that this is a home where children play together

From time to time, head lice infestations become news stories, especially when treatment “failures” occur. You probably feel itchy right now just thinking about them! Head lice, scientifically known as Pediculus humanus capitis, have been around as long human beings have existed. After all, lice need human blood to live. Head lice also exist worldwide, […] Read more

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Guide Health: The embarrassment of hemorrhoids

It’s easy to understand why no one likes to talk about hemorrhoids, but at the very least you need to know when to get checked

Hemorrhoids are common, with anywhere from 50 to 80 per cent of Canadians having experienced them. It is difficult to determine the number more accurately, however, because many people do not report having hemorrhoids or, alternatively, they successfully self treat. Hemorrhoids are anal cushions which become inflamed and swollen. Internal ones remain within the anal […] Read more

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Guide Health: Yes, your eyes are getting old

As you get older, you’ll be bothered more by the glare of headlights, and you’ll find it harder to read small print too. But don’t hesitate to get checked out, especially if you notice any pain

As with any part of your body, your eyes change as they age. Often, in fact, eye conditions are attributed to old age. It is estimated that 500,000 Canadians are affected by macular degeneration, plus 2.5 million by cataracts and 250,000 by glaucoma. These conditions seem to occur in older people more often. They are […] Read more

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Guide Health: Oh, my head hurts

Don’t just shake off a head injury. Get it checked out. Brain injuries can lead to serious consequences that may not appear for decades

Hitting your head may just give you a headache, but you should never dismiss the hit as a minor injury. About 2.5 per cent of the Canadian population injure their heads each year, so it’s not an uncommon problem. But it can be serious. The type of head injuries that you hear most about in […] Read more

Child with bleeding knee wound

Guide Health: Don’t let your minor cuts and scrapes get major

Know the difference between an at-home bandage and a trip to the doctor

Your skin protects your body from the outside world while also regulating your temperature, so any damage to your skin can result in damage to underlying structures. Everyone has had a cut or a scrape at one time or other. These usually only need to be covered with a self-adhesive bandage. For larger or more […] Read more