Publisher's Note

  • Publisher’s Note

    by C.K. Now that winter is over and spring had finally sprung, it’s time to spend more outdoors than indoor activities.  I’m  sure that even the pets we have wants to wonder around in this wonderful weather.  I just got a glimpse of the crocuses on our rock garden and a few perennials  coming back from [...]

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Thirty per cent of all cancer deaths are caused by tobacco use.
Nicotine is the chemical in tobacco which causes addiction. It is highly addictive.
While it can be difficult to quit, there are nearly 1 million former smokers in Alberta.
Second [...]


Quitting Smoking: Second-Hand and Third-Hand Tobacco Smoke

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Tobacco smoke causes disease and death in both smokers and non-smokers. This is because tobacco smoke damages every organ in the body. There are 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke (69 that we know cause cancer). When inhaled, the body quickly absorbs these 7,000 chemicals, causing changes in body cells that can lead to cancer, heart [...]


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Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are drugs you can buy without a doctor’s prescription. This doesn’t mean that OTC medicines are harmless. Like prescription medicines, OTCs can be very dangerous for children if not taken the right way.
Be sure to read the package instructions on these medicines carefully. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before giving [...]


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What is shingles?
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How to Choose and Use a 4 Wheeled Walker

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A 4 wheeled walker helps you with walking when you can stand on both legs. If your healthcare provider has told you to be non weight bearing, partial weight bearing, or feather weight bearing, you can NOT use this walker. For these people, use what your healthcare provider has told you.
You need to be able [...]


Preventing Falls in Older Adults

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Every year, thousands of older adults fall and hurt themselves. Falls are one of the main causes of injury and loss of independence in people ages 65 and older.
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Do I Have Depression?

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Read the following information to help you decide whether you might have depression. It does not take the place of a doctor’s diagnosis.
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What’s for lunch

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Tips for making lunches

Plan ahead for lunch.  Make extra portions of casseroles, stews, soups, or chili at supper.  Keep leftovers in the fridge to use for lunches within 3-4 days.  You can also freeze leftovers in single servings to use later.
Get children involved!  Have them help with planning, shopping, and packing.  Children are more likely [...]


Food Allergies

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What is a food allergy?
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Prediabetes

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What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a warning sign that you are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes. It means that your blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be diabetes. Prediabetes is also called impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. Most people who get type 2 diabetes have [...]


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