Monthly Archives: October 2008

Cold and influenza season: preventing and coping with colds and flus

What are colds and flu?
A cold is a highly contagious viral infection that last about a week, but may last as long as two weeks.  Symptoms of a cold can include: sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and cough. Sometimes, a cold may also cause conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, muscle weakness, and loss of appetite. Rhinoviruses cause most common colds, although other viruses can cause them as well. Colds usually last about a week, but symptoms may last for as long as two weeks.
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Breast cancer in Canada and how it can affect you

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease. Men also have breast tissue that can undergo cancerous changes. While women are about 100 times more likely to get breast cancer, any man can develop breast cancer. Male breast cancer is most common between the ages of 60 and 70.

How common is breast cancer?

Breast cancer, the most common type of cancer among women, affects one woman in nine. The leading cause of cancer death among women aged 40 to 55, it claimed an estimated 5 300 Canadian lives in 2007. (source)
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Food and health

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At Thanksgiving, many people’s thoughts turn to food. Autumn is one of the best times to eat healthfully, since so many fresh foods are available this time of year.

What are some of the ways you try to eat healthfully?

For example, because we don’t have a car, my family gets a weekly delivery of fresh, organic vegetables. Being vegetarian, we have a regular regimen of soaking our dried beans overnight and popping them in the slow cooker in time for supper. We often sprout a few of them, too, for extra, crispy tasty fresh goodness.

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C’est c. difficile

According to an article in the Toronto Star dated July 4, 2008, over 463 elderly patients have died of c. difficile in Ontario hospitals in the past 30 months. This and other coverage has prompted a flurry of concern around this issue.

What is c. difficile ?

Toronto Public health defines clostridium difficile as:

“bacteria found in feces that can cause diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis (inflammation of the colon), sepsis (disease-causing bacteria or toxins are found in the bloodstream and tissues) and even death.”

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