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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

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

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

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

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


Guide Health: Are probiotics as good as they claim?

While probiotics are mostly considered safe, some people may need to avoid them

Probiotics seem to be everywhere these days. You find them as capsules on store shelves and as ingredients in food products, and they’re even available through internet shopping. Probiotics are promoted for a wide variety of conditions, but the main use is “good intestinal health.” Your intestines contain more than 100 trillion (yes, trillion!) micro-organisms […] Read more

Guide Health: Hormones for menopause. Yes or no?

Women need to balance the risks versus the benefits of treatment

Menopause symptoms like “hot flashes” and “night sweats” are a big problem for every woman who experiences them. Yes, the symptoms will pass, but in the meantime you’re just miserable. Hormones like estrogen are involved in keeping your body temperature within a normal range, and when their levels decline in menopause, body temperature regulation is […] Read more


Guide Health: Proton pump inhibitors. Too much of a good thing?

Proton pump inhibitors excel at stopping heartburn, but there can be problems

If you have ever experienced heartburn or indigestion and have taken a proton pump inhibitor drug, you know they work great. Sites in your gastro-intestinal tract known as proton pumps, “pump-out” stomach acid in order to digest food. But if they overproduce acid and it is refluxed upward, they contribute to your stomach complaints. Gastrointestinal […] Read more

It is estimated that 15 to 19 per cent of Canadians live with chronic pain.

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