Tag: Health

  • Gene Therapy Used to Treat Fabry Disease – a World First

    Gene Therapy Used to Treat Fabry Disease – a World First

    Calgary patient with rare inherited condition receives transplant of altered stem cells CALGARY — A team of Canadian physicians and researchers is believed to be the first in the world to have used gene therapy to treat a patient with Fabry disease, a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can damage major organs and shorten lifespan. […]

  • Our Health is OUR Health ~ PCN is here to help us

    Our Health is OUR Health ~ PCN is here to help us

    By Pam Jones, Editor. Primary Care Network and What’s In It For You Our local Primary Care Network (PCN) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and has some important updates to share with you. Sounds exciting; anniversaries are usually worth celebrating! But wait a minute… What is PCN? How does it affect me? Basically, […]

  • AHS Weekly Wellness News: Dementia Advice Available Provincially Through Health Link

    AHS Weekly Wellness News: Dementia Advice Available Provincially Through Health Link

    Currently, about 40,000 Albertans are living with dementia, a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, orientation, judgment and ability to carry out daily activities. This number is expected to more than double in Alberta as the baby boom generation moves into older age. By 2038, it is estimated that about one in 10 Albertans over the […]

  • AHS Weekly Wellness News: Back to School Health Checklist

    AHS Weekly Wellness News: Back to School Health Checklist

    It’s that time of year again. Store shelves are stacked with back-to-school supplies and racks of summer clothes are being replaced with sweaters and long pants. Getting your child ready for the new school year includes stocking up on notebooks, binders and pencils, but there’s more to making the most of the year ahead: taking […]

  • Healthy Tips from Pharmasave: Integrative Medicine and your Child

    Healthy Tips from Pharmasave: Integrative Medicine and your Child

    In Canada, the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) continues to grow. And this is not unique to the adult population, as many parents choose to pursue CAM for their children as well. One of the more popular forms of CAM for children and adolescents is naturopathy. Naturopathy is an approach to health based […]

  • AHS Weekly Wellness News: Children in Hot Cars

    AHS Weekly Wellness News: Children in Hot Cars

    Never leave your children unattended in the heat  It’s an act of convenience that can kill. Every summer, EMS and other first response agencies respond to calls, across the province, where children have been left inside vehicles while their parent, or caregiver, “quickly ran inside”. According to experts, there is no safe amount of time […]

  • Jean Calls on Premier to Help Alberta Health and AHS Give the All Clear on Fort McMurray Reconstruction

    Jean Calls on Premier to Help Alberta Health and AHS Give the All Clear on Fort McMurray Reconstruction

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB (August 16, 2016): Today, Brian Jean, MLA Fort McMurray–Conklin issued the following statement on Fort McMurray reconstruction: “It has been three months since the fire ceased to threaten Fort McMurray, and ten weeks since residents could return. For the residents of the neighbourhoods of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways these have been ten […]

  • New Non-Browning Apple Makes a Healthy School Snack

    New Non-Browning Apple Makes a Healthy School Snack

    Everyone knows the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” A longtime healthy snack favourite for kids and adults alike, apples suffer from one major challenge — they turn brown when cut, bitten or bruised, leaving them unappealing and often uneaten. This makes apples one of the most wasted foods, with about […]

  • Despite Massive Increases to Spending, MRI Wait Times Increase 11 Weeks Under NDP

    Despite Massive Increases to Spending, MRI Wait Times Increase 11 Weeks Under NDP

    EDMONTON, AB: Despite the NDP promising better results in health care after throwing more money into a broken system, wait times for MRIs have skyrocketed by a shocking 11 weeks in just one year, the Wildrose Official Opposition said. For 90 per cent of patients, wait times have increased from 24 weeks in June 2015 […]

  • Healthy Tips from Pharmasave: Get Complementary Medicine Working for you – Safely!

    Healthy Tips from Pharmasave: Get Complementary Medicine Working for you – Safely!

    Seeking out a stream of complementary medicine? Do your homework and make sure you make a safe choice. When researching different types of complementary medicine, one of the most important things to do is to use your judgment carefully. Run everything you read and hear through a common-sense filter in your head. If something sounds […]

  • Health Care Costs Typical Canadian Family More Than $11,000 Per Year

    Health Care Costs Typical Canadian Family More Than $11,000 Per Year

    VANCOUVER – An average Canadian family of four (two parents with two children) will pay $11,494 for public health-care insurance in 2016, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Contrary to what many believe, health care in Canada isn’t free. While Canadians may not pay directly for medical services, […]

  • Health Advocate’s Office Inefficient and Wasteful: Barnes

    Health Advocate’s Office Inefficient and Wasteful: Barnes

    EDMONTON, AB: The NDP government should stop wasting money on a health advocate’s office if it is not going to get results for Albertans suffering under a broken health care system, Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes said. A new report from Postmedia outlines how the health advocate position is costing $2 million, but is […]

  • Vision Care is the Secret for Back-to-School Success

    Vision Care is the Secret for Back-to-School Success

    Back-to-school is often a hectic time for most parents as they scramble to check everything off their to-do lists. But even though vision is key to a child’s success at school, many parents forget to include eye exams in their late-summer prep. If you’re one of these parents, it’s important to get your little scholar’s […]

  • AHS Weekly Wellness News: Yoga 101

    AHS Weekly Wellness News: Yoga 101

    Yoga has become increasingly popular, with studios popping up in nearly every neighbourhood, offering a variety of styles and classes – all promising better health, increased strength, balance and flexibility. More and more, health practitioners and fitness experts are recognizing the benefits of regular yoga practice and are recommending it as a beneficial, low impact, […]

  • Safe Use of Personal Insect Repellents

    Safe Use of Personal Insect Repellents

    While enjoying the warm summer weather, don’t forget to protect yourself from pesky bugs that bite! Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely to avoid mosquito and other bug bites. Bug bites can cause a number of health problems from itchiness and irritation to potentially serious diseases. Personal […]