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  • 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 to help you avoid mosquitoes: Apply a bug repellent that contains no more than 30% DEET (chemical name N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) to your clothes: Adults can also apply 30% (or less) DEET-containing repellent to any exposed skin, but children should use the least concentrated DEET products (less than […]
  • 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 will greatly reduce your risk of accidents. Every year, we hear tragic stories of children who escape even watchful eyes and drown in a swimming pool, lake, or river. The sad part is that most of these accidents could have been prevented if certain safety […]
  • 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 prepare ahead of time and try not to overdo it. To stay healthy, it’s important to take precautions. Some examples are: While walking and taking in the sights, be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you start to feel […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Fun in the Sun
    Most people love sunny, warm days, when they can get outside for fun and soak up the sun. But sun is one good thing you can have too much of – and not even know you’ve had too much until much later, when, like about 80,000 Canadians every year, you’re diagnosed with skin cancer. Fortunately, 19 out of 20 cases of diagnosed skin cancer are less aggressive forms called basal cell or squamous cell cancers, which are fairly easy to treat. But 6% are melanoma, a more serious form of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the […]
  • 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 take some simple precautions to avoid getting sick from bacteria that can spoil our food. The most basic rule of food safety is simple: hot food should be hot and cold food should be cold. If you’re transporting hot food to another location, the safest […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stroke Facts and Warning Signs
    A stroke occurs when the flow of blood to a part of the brain is cut off. This can be due to something (usually a blood clot) blocking the flow of blood to the brain (ischemic stroke). It can also be caused by a burst blood vessel bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). About 80% of strokes are ischemic and 20% are hemorrhagic. Without a blood supply, the brain cells in the affected area start to die. The effects of a stroke depend on which part of the brain is affected and how severe the damage is. A stroke may […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Are You at Risk of a Stroke?
    Stroke is the third-largest killer of Canadian adults, after heart disease and cancer. It’s also the primary cause of physical disabilities and is second only to Alzheimer’s disease as a cause of mental disability. In Canada, there are more than 50,000 strokes a year. About 6% of deaths in Canada are due to stroke – and 20% of cardiovascular-related deaths. On average, one stroke occurs every 10 minutes; 15% of them will result in death, 10% in complete recovery, and the remaining in varying degrees of long-term disability. Although the risk of stroke doubles every 10 years after age 55, […]
  • 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 are many changes that you can make to your lifestyle that will not only reduce your risk of stroke, but also improve your overall health: Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. Between 5 and 15 years after quitting smoking (depending on how much and how long […]
  • 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 stroke. “Clot-busting” tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) medications can be used for certain types of strokes, provided the person reaches the hospital quickly enough (the “window” is within 3 to 4.5 hours of a stroke). This type of treatment can prevent further damage to the brain. […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Fact or Fiction – Those Things That Go On in the Night
    Fact or fiction: You shouldn’t wake a sleepwalker.Fiction!Sleep mythologists once sternly warned to never wake a sleepwalker – and that rousing one could even startle them to death! It’s true that it can be quite difficult to wake a sleepwalker, since the behaviour typically happens during deep sleep. And an awakened sleepwalker would be disoriented and likely not remember the incident. But there’s no danger in waking them. In fact, you may ultimately protect them from any potential harm they might find if left to amble around the house or out the front door. The best thing to do, though, […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Tips on Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
    Do you wake up feeling refreshed, alert, and ready to meet the challenges of the day? If not, here are some tips to help you get there: Keep regular hours. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, including weekends. Avoid taking long naps during the day. These could make it harder to fall asleep at night. A short nap, however, is okay as long as you can sleep well during the night. Develop a “sleep ritual.” If you do the same things before you go to bed each night, it will train your body to get ready […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Sleep Disorders
    If you’ve tried everything and still don’t seem to be getting enough sleep, speak with your doctor. Your sleep problems may be due to a medical condition or one of the medications you are taking. Most sleep problems can be diagnosed and treated safely and effectively. Some of the most common sleep disorders are: sleep apnea (a disorder in which people stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, sometimes hundreds of times every night) insomnia (difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, or waking early) restless legs syndrome (uncomfortable leg sensations and the urge to move the legs occurring […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation
    Some people choose to “get away” with less sleep, and this attitude is often rewarded in our society. But lack of sleep can actually make you less productive, even if you feel as though you’re getting more done. And sleep deprivation can do much more than hurt your productivity – it can damage your health as well. Sleep helps your body to repair itself. It also helps your mind absorb and “file” the day’s learning. When we deprive ourselves of sleep, we notice the effects both mentally and physically. In the short term, these effects include: fatigue irritability careless mistakes difficulty concentrating slower […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
    How much sleep do you really need? In general, most adults need about 7 hours of sleep per night. Children and adolescents need even more – around 9 or 10 hours per night. However, the amount of sleep people need varies widely, ranging from 5 to 10 hours per night. The important thing is to find out how much sleep you need to stay healthy and alert, and then try to get this amount of sleep each night. The right amount of sleep is the amount that lets you wake up feeling refreshed and well. You may be able to function on the amount […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stess-busting Tips
    Take control of stress with the following tips: Simplify Set priorities for yourself. Organize your time so that you do the things that are most important to you first. Let less important things go. Make decisions right away instead of putting them off. Worrying about what decision you have to make can cause unnecessary stress. Identify things that cause you the most stress. Then, look for ways to get around them. For example, if you find traveling stressful, see if you can make a phone call instead. Concentrate on doing one thing at a time. Once you have finished a […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stress and Illness
    Stress is a health problem in itself, but it can also lead to other physical and emotional complications. Stress can indirectly cause other health problems by affecting your behaviour. Signs that you’re under stress may include: unhealthy nutrition – you may skip meals, or overeat, or eat too much of the wrong foods – for instance, sugary and fatty foods dependence on other substances – you may drink too much, smoke, or use medications or street drugs to deal with the stress moody behaviour – you may feel irritable, sad, or guilty, and behave in ways that endanger your physical well-being, from getting […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: More Than Just Stress
    There are many things you can do on your own to reduce stress and improve your overall health. However, some of the symptoms of stress are very similar to those of depression. Depression is a common disorder that is related to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Fortunately, depression can be treated safely and effectively. It’s important to recognize the signs so that you can get treatment. Signs of depression: feeling “sad” or “blue” losing interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy sleeping too much or too little having less energy “slowing down” of mental or physical activity […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Helping Your Body Beat Stress
    Stress can result from major events, both negative and positive: marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, a death in the family, or job changes or pressures. Your body is naturally equipped to deal with a certain amount of stress. But if stress increases and your reserves are low, stress can have a bigger impact. There are 3 main stages your body undergoes when dealing with a stressful event. Your body will initially mobilize energy by releasing adrenaline and increase your heart and breathing rate. If you remain in the first stage for a while, your body will begin to […]
  • Pharmasave: Coronavirus and Face Masks
    Will a face mask protect me from the new coronavirus? It depends on the type of mask. A regular surgical mask, the kind most people wear in public, will not protect you against the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This is because they do not provide an airtight seal around your nose and mouth, and are not designed to filter out the virus. An N95 respirator, the type often worn by health care workers, can provide some protection from the new coronavirus if used properly, because they can filter over 95% of virus particles and seal tightly around the nose and mouth. […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: The Benefits of Eating Fruits and Vegetables
    A fruit and veggie market is a feast for the eyes as well as for the body. All the colours – the bright and sumptuous reds, the verdant green, the vibrant oranges and yellows, and the deep, dark blues and purples – are a sensual delight and a bounty of nutrients. If these colourful fruits and veggies had labels, they’d read like the bottles of vitamins and supplements on health-store shelves: fibre, vitamins and minerals galore, and antioxidants. Since fruits and veggies don’t have labels, it’s their colours that reveal some of their nutritional rewards. Phytochemicals, compounds found in fruits […]