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Regardless of what lice treatment you choose, wet combing the hair is always recommended.

Guide Health: The itchiness of head lice

Cures are available, but even with the best products, you’ll need to be persistent

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your fingers probably just want to scratch your scalp when you hear the words “head lice,” but don’t scratch yet. On any given day, only about one per cent of the population are affected with pediculosis, as it is known in scientific circles, and they are mainly school children three to 11 years of age. […] Read more

How to help a grieving friend

No, you can’t take a friend’s grief away. But you can help

Reading Time: 5 minutes When a friend has suffered the death of a loved one, we want to help but often we are unsure what to say or do. Even worse, we worry that what we think we should do could be exactly the opposite of what we actually should say, and could cause damage to our friend or […] Read more


The quality and quantity of the data collected saw clear patterns in the behaviour of the most successful farmers.

Seven strategies of successful farmers

Here’s new evidence that business skills increase farm income, no matter what size the farm

Reading Time: 5 minutes With the harvest finally in the bin, farmers across the country are evaluating their farm management practices and they are making management decisions for the future. Business management skills are more important than ever as farmers face huge challenges, including unpredictable weather, volatile markets, labour shortages, succession, and much more. In this environment, a great […] Read more

A homemade rehydration solution can be an alternative to store bought sports drinks.

Guide Health: Charging up your electrolytes

Try either of these homemade recipes for a healthier sports drink

Reading Time: 2 minutes You may have heard the term electrolytes. It’s often used in advertisements for sports drinks that are supposed to help you run faster, jump higher, and be a much better athlete! It’s true, too. Electrolytes are very important to your body. It’s just that a sports drink probably won’t improve your athletic performance. Electrolytes are […] Read more


The ‘winter blues’ are a real thing that can lead to depression with a variety of debilitating symptoms.

Coping with the winter months

“It’s okay not to be okay,” says therapist Deborah Vanberkel. All of us are subject to the winter blahs and cabin fever

Reading Time: 6 minutes As if farming wasn’t already stressful enough, Canadian winters bring additional challenges. Frozen water lines, icy driveways and tractors that won’t start are just a few of the many physical challenges that farmers must contend with during our harsh winters. On top of that, when the short days of winter arrive, some of us will […] Read more

Before meeting with an employee to discuss areas of improvement, it’s a good idea to create a plan for the conversation.

How to deliver constructive criticism

Focus on end results to eliminate the emotional sting and to improve performance

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’re like a lot of people, you’d rather do anything than give negative feedback. Even when it is well-intentioned, criticism isn’t easy to deliver. It’s anxiety-producing both for the giver of the negative feedback and for the receiver. As a result, most of us avoid giving negative feedback, which, of course, fixes nothing. Failing […] Read more


Regardless of the type of allergy, the mechanism is the same. A foreign substance enters your body and puts your immune system into overdrive to manufacture antibodies.

Guide Health: Be prepared for allergies

Depending on your destination, winter travel can mean allergy season lasts all year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Whether you suffer from hay fever or have “bug” bites, you will certainly know the symptoms of an allergy. Allergies are caused when a foreign substance — think plant pollen or insect venom — enters your body and your body’s immune system reacts to that substance or allergen. With today’s travel, such allergies aren’t confined […] Read more

Younger children and babies without a fully developed immune system can be more at risk for tuberculosis.

Guide Health: Tuberculosis — not just an old disease!

There are two categories of tuberculosis, latent and active

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tuberculosis has been infecting people for thousands of years. Peruvian remains that are 6,000 years old have shown evidence of this illness, and it has even been found in Egyptian mummies. The prevalence of the infection peaked during the 18th and 19th centuries, but recently we have seen a resurgence. Tuberculosis is caused by an […] Read more


Industry estimates indicate that three-quarters of small businesses will experience a cybersecurity incident.

How you can stay safe online

Is your phone tracking your kids’ every move, and selling that information to the highest bidder?

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you haven’t turned off the location tracking setting on your smartphone apps, your phone may be recording — and sharing — your every movement. It’s the same for your microphone and camera functions. They may be recording your conversations or taking pictures without your knowledge. And no, this isn’t science fiction. This is a […] Read more

Sixty per cent of men say that work affects their ability to get a proper night’s sleep.

Putting a spotlight on men’s health

Hey, Men! These small changes will boost your health, energy and fitness. Adopt them for yourself, and for your family too

Reading Time: 5 minutes For many men, looking after their own health is far down on their list of priorities. Health care practitioners speculate as to why men don’t look after themselves. Men may not feel they have the time, they may think it’s a sign of weakness to seek medical attention, they may not understand the risks of […] Read more