GFM Network News


Inhaled medication has long been used to treat a variety of lung conditions.

Guide Health: All inhalers are not equal

Inhalers are great tools for delivering your medication just where it’s needed, but they must be used correctly, which too few people do

Reading Time: 2 minutes It makes sense that inhalers are used to control the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and emphysema because inhalers deliver their medication right into the lungs where the breathing problems occur. Inhaled medication has long been used to alleviate various lung conditions, but the first actual inhaler was introduced in 1982. It was the familiar blue […] Read more

A newer class of diabetes medications have been shown to improve outcomes for heart failure.

Guide Health: Diabetes drugs aren’t just for diabetes any more

This new class of diabetes drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors may boost your heart health as well

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the newer classes of diabetes drugs seem to be advertised for not just diabetes, but cardiovascular health as well, and indeed research has shown this to be valid. The class is the SGLT-2 inhibitors, that is Sodium GLucose coTransporter-2 inhibitors. They act by inhibiting this transport protein in order to prevent glucose re-absorption […] Read more


Creams and ointments are an ideal way to deliver medication to skin conditions.

Guide Health: A little dab will do you

A little can go a long way when it comes to topical medications

Reading Time: 3 minutes The saying “a little dab will do you” really is true when it comes to applying creams and ointments to your skin. These creams are termed topical agents because they are applied directly to your skin where they act. At any one time, it is estimated that 75 per cent of Canadians are using a […] Read more

Guide Health: Coping with dry skin

Guide Health: Coping with dry skin

Good skin care habits and a moisturizer will help, but keep these tips in mind

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dry skin, or xeroderma as it is medically known, is estimated to affect 70 per cent of Canadians in the winter months. Probably, the real number is even higher, especially when winters are as cold and dry as this winter has been in so much of Canada. Xeroderma is rough scaly skin that is flaky […] Read more


Nausea, vomiting, pallor and perspiration can accompany vertigo.

Guide Health: Vertigo — a moving experience of dizziness

Nearly 1.5 million Canadians have been diagnosed with vertigo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Balance depends upon co-ordination between the nervous system and the senses. It’s a complex interaction. Eyesight provides input about the surroundings. Skin, muscles and joints tell us about the body’s position and our orientation in space, and the inner ear’s vestibular system tells us about equilibrium, spatial position and rotation or linear movement. When the […] Read more

Hot flashes occur in approximately 75 to 80 per cent of women.

Guide Health: Menopause and hot flashes

Keeping fit and watching your weight can curb menopause symptoms, but three-quarters of women will still get hot flashes

Reading Time: 2 minutes While menopause affects all women, its symptoms and timing vary greatly. With age there is a cessation of ovarian function, but it is not a sudden stop. Rather it is a waning over an average of two to 10 years. Menopause occurs anywhere from age 40 to 60 with the average age of 51. (Obviously […] Read more


Guide Health: Benzodiazepines and your health

Guide Health: Benzodiazepines and your health

These medications can be helpful, but they should only be used for a short period of time

Reading Time: 2 minutes Discovered in the 1930s and with the first agent, chlordiazepoxide, marketed in the 1950s, benzodiazepines have been part of drug therapy for decades. Until benzodiazepines were introduced, barbiturates were the drugs used to treat anxiety and sleeplessness. But barbiturates were a worry with their narrow therapeutic margin (that is, their small or narrow difference between […] Read more

Glaucoma develops slowly over time, and you may not notice it until you lose some of your peripheral vision.

Guide Health: Guarding your eyesight against glaucoma

An estimated half of patients with eye drops don’t remember to use them, or don’t use them correctly

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re young, glaucoma may not even make it on to the list of health conditions that you’re at all concerned about. As you age, however, your thinking will change, especially if you experience the eyesight loss associated with glaucoma! Worldwide, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness, and according to CNIB about 250,000 Canadians […] Read more


It’s a good idea to periodically check expiration dates on the medications in your home and safely dispose of them if they’ve expired.

Guide Health: Prescription drugs and expiration dates

Hmmm… you’ve got a headache, but your only bottle of acetaminophen is expired

Reading Time: 2 minutes An expiry date is the date after which you should no longer use a product, whether that product is a drug, a grocery store item or anything else. The product can no longer be guaranteed as fresh, stable, safe or, very importantly, 100 per cent potent.  Drug expiry dates are carefully calculated by drug manufacturers […] Read more

Hydrocortisone and betamethasone creams and ointments are two common examples of topical corticosteroids.

Guide Health: Steroids – essential for life

We’ve all heard about anabolic steroids and sports, but what are corticosteroids?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Steroids are a group of organic compounds that we produce in our bodies, just like many other species. As molecules, steroids are similar in their structure. Specifically, each steroid consists of a group of four chemical rings with various side chains. In the body, steroids have a variety of functions. They help to regulate your […] Read more