Category: *Pharmasave

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Look Out for a Pair of Parasites

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Look Out for a Pair of Parasites

    Two of the most common childhood parasites in Canadian schools are head lice and pinworms. When kids are clustered together in classrooms, it’s a prime time for parasites to go body-hopping. These infestations can be more than mildly uncomfortable, and can sometimes pose risks for additional problems like skin infections. Do you know how to […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Detecting Back-to-school Stress

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Detecting Back-to-school Stress

    Children don’t always take change in stride, and heading back to the books can take some getting used to. There are many sources of back-to-school stress, including adjustment to new teachers and classmates, an increase in homework, or just the transition to a different daily routine. Sometimes stress has a more serious cause, such as bullying […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Start a Walking School Bus

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Start a Walking School Bus

    Parents who feel time pressured may be unwilling to trade in the quick car ride to school for a slow morning stroll. The solution may be to start a walking school bus. More than half of Canadian children aren’t as active as they need to be for healthy development. Walking to school instead of driving not […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Packing Healthy Lunches

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Packing Healthy Lunches

    Want to pack a school lunch that’s nourishing for your kids? Want to make sure your child actually eats it, instead of trading or trashing it? Use these guidelines to come up with winning fare: Avoid heavily processed snacks like cereal bars and chips. Sure, it may be convenient to pluck a package from the pantry, […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Motion Sickness

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Motion Sickness

    Carsickness, airsickness, or seasickness – they’re all just different names for the same miserable problem: motion sickness.  It can happen when there’s a mismatch between what your eyes see and what your inner ear – the body’s balance centre – senses when you’re in a moving vehicle. The result? The familiar symptoms of nausea, paleness, […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: How to Protect Yourself Against West Nile Virus

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: How to Protect Yourself Against West Nile Virus

    Are you heading to the cottage this summer or planning on camping? Worried about being exposed to the West Nile virus? The risk of becoming infected with the West Nile virus is greatest during mosquito season. In Canada, this can start as early as mid-April and last until late September or October. Here are suggestions […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Medication on Vacation

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Medication on Vacation

    First of all, to make sure you stay healthy when you take a trip, don’t leave your medications at home! Keep these tips in mind for managing your medications on the road: Before your trip, review your dosage schedules with your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you’ll be crossing time zones – you may have […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: It’s in the Water

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: It’s in the Water

    When you’re camping, it’s tempting to drink water straight from pristine-looking lakes and streams – but don’t do it! Microscopic single-celled parasites can cause illnesses in humans if ingested. Here are 2 common waterborne diseases that could ruin your week: Cryptosporidiosis (crip-toh-spore-id-ee-oh-sis) is caused by Cryptosporidium (crip-toh-spore-id-ee-um). The symptoms include diarrhea, headache, nausea, and stomach cramps. It can […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Tick Trouble

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Tick Trouble

    Are ticks just a harmless nuisance? Tick bites can present a temporarily annoying experience in the summertime. However, the additional possibility of catching Lyme disease is one more reason to take action against these bugs. Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is spread by the bite of ticks of the genus Ixodes, commonly […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Food Smarts

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Food Smarts

    Friends, family, and food play a large role in summer fun. Barbecues, picnics, and family get-togethers can provide us with some great memories. But summer heat can play havoc with some of our food – a delicious steak or burger (or even a cool salad) can be a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s important to […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Fun in the Sun

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Fun in the Sun

    It’s important to know your skin and the signs of skin cancer. If you notice any unusual moles or marks on your skin, watch them closely. The most common skin cancers (basal and squamous cell) can look like a small, skin-coloured or red knob. The more dangerous melanoma usually begins as a mole that seems […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Touring and Travelling Tips

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Touring and Travelling Tips

    One of the best parts of summer is having the time to do some of the things you really enjoy. This can mean long bike rides, playing football, golfing, camping, hiking, and all kinds of fun activities. Whichever ones you and your family are involved in, you’ll have more fun and be safer if you […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Water Fun

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Water Fun

    Spending a week at the cottage, going fishing or sailing, or just having fun in your backyard pool can make for a great summer. But water needs to be treated with respect or accidents can happen. By paying attention to certain safety rules and by knowing what to do in case of an emergency, you […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stroke Treatment and Rehabilitation

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stroke Treatment and Rehabilitation

    Stroke is a medical emergency. It is important to get emergency medical help right away so that the stroke can be treated. Strokes can be treated with medications, surgery, or other non-surgical techniques. The exact treatment used depends on the type of stroke, when the stroke started, and the overall health of the person having the […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Preventing Strokes

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Preventing Strokes

    Your best bet in preventing stroke is to identify your risk factors for stroke, and to work on the ones that can be controlled or treated. Your health care professional will be able to help you identify the risk factors that you can work on, and develop a plan that will work for you. There […]