• December 9, 2019
  • Last Update December 9, 2019 10:43 am
  • Alberta, Canada

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  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stay Stress-free this Holiday Season
    Stress piles up around the holidays. What should be a time of peace, joy, and giving can become a time of hurrying, rushing, and worrying. It’s important to find a way to balance holiday stress so you can enjoy the true pleasures of the season. Know your "enemy." Identify what causes you stress and find ways around it. For example, some people find stores too crowded in December. If you need to shop, try shopping online from the comfort of your home, or order by phone or mail. Take a half-day off work to shop when stores are less busy. Give … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: What is Your Risk of Prostate Cancer?
    Prostate Cancer Risk Factor Quiz Take this quiz to learn about what can affect your risk of developing prostate cancer. While we don’t know the exact causes of cancer, there are trends that men with prostate cancer share. How old are you?The older you are, the greater your chance of developing prostate cancer. If you are a man under 50, you have a 3 in 1,000 chance of having prostate cancer. If you are in your 50s, you have a 2 in 100 (2%) chance. Between the ages of 60 and 69, you have an almost 7% chance. And that … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Life After Prostate Cancer
    During Doug’s surgery on December 4, 2002, it was discovered that his tumour had grown to 40% of the weight of his prostate. After the surgeryRadical prostatectomy is major surgery. Doug was in a lot of pain, but he returned to work six weeks after surgery. Life began to get back to a "new normal." By May 2003, he started exercising again, having lost 30 pounds. But life never is the same. "The day after surgery I was elated," Doug says. "But once I got into February, I started worrying about recurrence – you don’t think of this at first. … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Choosing a Prostate Cancer Treatment
    Making the choiceWhen Doug was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his first response was to get information. He read countless books, articles, and studies on prostate cancer, which made him feel more prepared for the hard times that lay ahead. He also sought out a second opinion for peace of mind. His wife was of great support, connecting him with the "Man-to-Man" support group of prostate cancer survivors. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, an oncologist (a doctor specializing in treating cancers) will give you your treatment options and will be responsible for your care. You may have to try … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Analyzing Prostate Cancer
    The most common cancerThe cancer Doug was diagnosed with (see "You have prostate cancer" in this feature) is the most common cancer in Canada. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with it over their lifetime. In 2014, about 23,600 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 4,000 men died of it. Prostate cancer is uncontrolled growth of the cells of the prostate gland. The prostate plays an important role in sexual functioning, urination, and reproduction. In prostate cancer, the cells within the walls of the prostate begin to multiply and eventually leave the prostate gland, spreading to invade … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: “You Have Prostate Cancer”
    Finding outDoug is a real person. In 2002, he was 49 years old. When he went for his annual check-up, his family physician found a "pebbly" lump in his prostate with a digital rectal exam (DRE). The doctor assured him that he probably had nothing to worry about, but, being a thorough physician, he sent Doug for a follow-up prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Doug’s PSA score was very low and safely outside the cancer range. Just to be sure, however, the doctor sent him to a urologist, who ordered a biopsy a month later. He had prostate cancer, and it … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Staying Healthy after Menopause
    It used to be that the average lifespan of a woman in North America only extended into the early 60s. Now that women are living into their 70s, 80s and beyond, this brings a whole new dimension to women’s health. The main health concerns after menopause are osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer. We’ve been told that hormone replacement can help lessen the risk of osteoporosis, but if you’re one of the women who can’t take the drugs or have decided not to, there are other ways to help protect yourself. These measures benefit all women – whether they’re on … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: It’s Only Natural
    Whether or not you choose hormone replacement, other methods may help ease some of the discomforts of perimenopause and menopause. Because not all women are affected the same way, finding the right solution is sometimes a matter of trial and error. For hot flashes: stop smokingavoid caffeine and alcoholget regular exercisedecrease body mass index (BMI) if your doctor says it’s too highreduce stress either by relaxation, biofeedback, meditation, or some other method you find soothinglower your room temperaturedress in layers to reduce body temperature as needed For insomnia: don’t eat a heavy snack before bedavoid caffeine and alcoholmake your bedroom … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: The Estrogen Question
    Is taking estrogen right for you? Is it safe? You’ve probably heard a lot about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which may be used to treat the symptoms of menopause and, in some cases, to protect against osteoporosis and colorectal cancer. HRT is a controversial topic, especially now that the results of a major U.S. study (the Women’s Health Initiative [WHI] study) have become available. To help sort out the issues, here are some key points that can help you decide what’s right for you. First, you need to speak with your doctor. You may be interested taking in hormone replacement … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Menopause – a Change of Life
    All women eventually enter menopause, also known as "the change" or climacteric, which marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life. The stage you go through before actual menopause is called perimenopause, which takes place over about two to eight years (the average is four years) as the body undergoes its hormone-driven changes. This is the time when levels of estrogen, progesterone, and androgen start to decrease. The ovaries gradually stop releasing follicles (eggs), eventually ending your reproductive stage of life. As the body adjusts to this new stage, certain signs and symptoms can occur. During perimenopause, you might start to … Read more
  • 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 recognize the signs your child has parasites – at the top or at the bottom? Head lice are mainly spread by hair-to-hair contact, or by sharing things like hats, combs, brushes, or headphones. Head lice do not jump or fly, but crawl very quickly. They cannot … Read more
  • 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 or a school-related phobia. Being prepared to help your child means being on the lookout for key clues. Signs your child may be stressed or anxious include: clinginess, crying, or irritabilitysudden bedwetting or daytime wettingsleep disturbancesavoiding school or social activitiessudden problems in schoolnervous habits (twirling hair, … Read more
  • 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 only is good for the environment, but is a great way to promote physical activity in kids. It even promotes safety by easing traffic around the school. What is a walking school bus? It’s a walking group, supervised by an adult (usually a parent), that collects … Read more
  • 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, but these products are usually loaded with sugar, salt, and saturated or trans fats – and their nutritional value is sometimes negligible.  Serve up natural goodness. Whole-grain breads and crackers, fresh fruit and vegetables and cheese are all choice ingredients in a healthy lunch. You can even … Read more
  • 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, a cold sweat, and vomiting. Kids, especially toddlers and preschoolers, are most susceptible to motionsickness. Fortunately, they’ll usually outgrow it after the age of 5. To prevent motion sickness before it starts: Avoid heavy meals up to 2 hours before travelling.Don’t try to read when … Read more
  • 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 10%).Children … Read more
  • 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 to take your medications at different times. For example, if you have diabetes and need to use insulin while travelling eastward across 5 or more time zones, you may require less intermediate or long-acting insulin.If you are travelling to another country, visit www.travelhealth.gc.ca to see if you … Read more
  • 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 show up 2 to 25 days after becoming infected, and the symptoms usually last for 1 to 2 weeks.Giardiasis (jee-ar-dye-a-sis), also known as "beaver fever," is caused by Giardia (jee-ar-dee-ah). It shares similar symptoms with cryptosporidiosis. Symptoms include diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, weakness, and weight loss. Vomiting, chills, … Read more
  • 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 known as deer ticks or black-legged ticks. These ticks are tiny – about the size of a pinhead when immature – and grow only slightly bigger as adults. They crawl onto a person’s skin from grasses and shrubs in wooded areas. The tick digs its mouth … Read more
  • 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 … Read more