Publisher's Note

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    It’s been 23 years since I’ve moved to Canada from the Philippines.  I remember that the first thing I looked for was a Filipino community paper so I can read some news about the community being new in Calgary.  I never found any Filipino community paper back in 1996. From them on I told myself that [...]

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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. [...]


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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Get started
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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