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    Belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  If you look around us, there’s a lot to be thankful for.  Aside from being thankful we should also learn to be content with who we are and what we have in our life.  It’s not bad to aim a goal we want to reach but not to the extend [...]

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Teen Risk-Taking: Tips for Parents

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We all face risks every day.
Teens are faced with making decisions about many new kinds of risk. Choices about drugs, alcohol, driving, relationships, and sex can be life changing.

Alberta teens are 3 times more likely to die from injury than all other causes combined.
Over 50% of reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Alberta are [...]


Alzheimer’s Disease

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What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease damages the brain. It causes a steady loss of memory and of how well you can speak, think, and do your daily activities.
Alzheimer’s disease gets worse over time, but how quickly this happens varies. Some people lose the ability to do daily activities in the first few years. Others may do [...]


Fentanyl FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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What is fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a strong medicine made from opioids (chemicals used to treat sudden and ongoing pain). It’s up to 100 times stronger than other opioids like morphine, heroin, or oxycodone.
Drug dealers often sell fentanyl as fake oxycodone. Buyers may think they’re getting oxycodone, but they’re getting another opioid drug that has fentanyl and [...]


Anxiety

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Feeling worried or nervous is a normal part of everyday life. Everyone frets or feels anxious from time to time. Mild to moderate anxiety can help you focus your attention, energy, and motivation. If anxiety is severe, you may have feelings of helplessness, confusion, and extreme worry that are out of proportion with the actual [...]


Tobacco Facts

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Tobacco Facts

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 [...]


Quick Tips: Giving Over-the-Counter Medicines to Children

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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 [...]


Shingles (Herpes-Zoster) Immunization

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What is shingles?
Shingles is a painful skin rash. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body. It is also called herpes zoster.
Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems [...]


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.
There are many reasons older people fall. They may lose their footing when stepping off a street curb. Or they may fall after getting dizzy from taking [...]


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