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    Hello dear readers, It has been a roller coaster ride with the weather with the mix of rain and sunshine lately.  When it rains, the advantage is we do not have to water the garden and the disadvantage is we cannot enjoy the outdoors.  On the other hand, when we have sunshine all day, we can [...]

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Postpartum Depression and blues

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Postpartum depression/anxiety

Affects 10 to 24 percent of women
Usually starts 1 to 3 months after birth but can appear any time up to 1 year after giving birth
May start after any birth
Affects the whole family

Although all families go through an adjustment after a new baby arrives, the amount of time is different [...]


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What is West Nile virus?
West Nile virus is a type of virus that is spread by mosquitoes. The infection it causes may be so mild that people don’t even know they have it. But in rare cases, West Nile leads to severe illness that affects the brain or spinal cord. People older than 50 [...]


First-Trimester Screening for Birth Defects

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What is the first-trimester screening for birth defects?
Near the end of the first 3 months of pregnancy (first trimester), a woman can have two types of tests to show the chance that her baby has a birth defect. When the results are combined, these tests are known as the first-trimester screening. They also may be [...]


Organ and Tissue Donation in Alberta

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Becoming a Donor
​​​​​​​How does a person become an organ or tissue donor?
While it is possible to provide a living donation, most often a person is considered an organ or tissue donor if he or she has been declared dead. In order to become an organ donor, the individual must die in a specific way which [...]


Addiction: Helping Others

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How to Tell if It’s a Drinking Problem
​​​​​​​You’re likely reading this because you think that you (or someone you know) might have a drinking problem. But, you might not be sure. You might have an idea of what a problem drinker looks and acts like, but it just doesn’t fit with your situation. Does that [...]


Urinary Incontinence in Women

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Topic Overview
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the accidental release of urine. It can happen when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or jog. Or you may have a sudden need to go to the bathroom but can’t get there in time. Bladder control problems are very common, especially among older adults. They usually don’t cause major [...]


High Blood Pressure: Nutrition Tips

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DASH diet
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet can help you lower your blood pressure. It includes eating fruits, vegetables, and low-fat or non-fat dairy foods. For more information on the DASH diet, see:
High Blood Pressure: Using the DASH Diet.
DASH Diet Sample Menu.
The food groups and serving sizes in the table below are based [...]


Ear Infection (Otitis Media): Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions
An ear infection may start with a cold and affect the middle ear (otitis media). It can hurt a lot. Most ear infections clear up on their own in a couple of days. Most often you will not need antibiotics. This is because many ear infections are caused by a virus. Antibiotics don’t [...]


What You Need to Know Before Taking Diet Supplements

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People are led to believe that there’s a pill for every problem. There are pills that relieve headaches, pills that help you sleep, and pills that make pooping easier. Of course, there are also the pills that claim to help with weight loss.
Those who want to achieve their health goals faster may turn to these [...]


Menopause and Perimenopause

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Topic Overview
What is menopause? What is perimenopause?
Menopause is the point in a woman’s life when she has not had her period for 1 year. It marks the end of the child-bearing years. It’s sometimes called “the change of life.”
For most women, menopause happens around age 50. But every woman’s body has its own time line. [...]


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