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Toe nail fungal infections are persistent and rarely resolve on their own.

Guide Health: Toe nail fungus is not a pretty thing

Eliminating toe nail fungus takes patience and persistence, but it rarely clears up on its own

Reading Time: 2 minutes Toe nail fungal infections are difficult to treat and for some people can result in discomfort, pain and even disfigurement. But that doesn’t mean you have no options. More scientifically called onychomycosis, the condition affects about seven per cent of Canadians at any one time, although the number may be higher because people may not […] 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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.!

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

emergency for an accident

Guide Health: Vital first aid for your first aid kit

Pre-packed first aid kits are convenient, but you should tailor them to your activities

Reading Time: 3 minutes Because most of us never really plan on needing them, it’s very easy not to think about that dusty box behind your workbench or the one tucked away in the trunk of your car. Giving your first aid kits just a bit of attention, however, can help make sure your kit does its job if […] Read more


Guide Health: Antibiotic stewardship – it’s everyone’s job

As many as half of the 25 million prescriptions written for antibiotics in Canada each year are unnecessary

Reading Time: 2 minutes Antibiotic stewardship refers to a bundle of strategies to reduce antibiotic resistance. The aim of this stewardship effort is, yes, to treat infections effectively resulting in better health, but also to use the right antibiotic at the right time for the right infection, since this is a key measure for curbing future resistance. You may […] Read more

As much as 15 per cent of Canadians experience insomnia.

Guide Health: The pitfalls of sleep medication

Reading Time: 2 minutes Getting a good night’s sleep may be something you take for granted, or alternatively it may something with which you struggle. From time to time everyone experiences some degree of sleep problems with about 10 to 15 per cent of Canadians experiencing insomnia. Of those about half have chronic difficulty with sleep. Insomnia is simply […] Read more