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Hypothermia and Frostbite – By Steve Bond

It's February which the coldest month of the year as we battle polar vortexes and frigid temperatures. Two concerns with exposure to these low temperatures are hypothermia and frostbite. The body temperature (orally) is about 37 °C. Hypothermia...
Healthy food in the shape of a heart.

The Science of Diets – Steve Bond

Whether the goal is to reduce blood pressure, improve energy or lose weight, changing how and what we eat can have a significant impact.  There are so many fad or gimmick diets designed to convince people that they...
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Back to School Under COVID-19 Rules

Returning to school can be an exciting time but for many children, it can cause anxiety. Leaving parents can be hard for younger children while older kids may be worrying about academic achievement and their social circles. This...

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek: By Mahdi Khanafer

As our days become sunnier, we are reminded of the importance of sun safety. Too much sun may cause uncomfortable sunburns that damage the skin and may lead to skin cancer later in life. To protect yourself and your loved ones: Slip on sun...

Move for Men’s Mental Health – Steve Bond

June is famous for the start of summer, having the longest day of the year and of course Father’s Day. It is also Canadian Men’s Health Month, and observes International Men’s Health Week (June 14-20). This year, the theme is “Move for Your Mental...

Active Transport in St. Thomas – By Steve Bond

Active transport such as walking and cycling has been considered as an effective means to help improve physical and mental health. In fact, there is compelling evidence to show that youth and adolescents who remain active tend to...

Cystic Fibrosis: Takes Your Breath Away

May has been designated National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.  Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.  According to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, it is estimated that, in this country, 1 in 3600 children...

What is Celiac Disease? By Steve Bond

It is a life-long autoimmune condition that affects 1 in 100 Canadians. Sadly, only 20% of those affected have a confirmed diagnosis. I’m speaking about Celiac disease, and in May, attention to raising awareness on what it is...

It’s Fine to Feel Fine! – By Steve Bond

Imagine that you lived in the 1800s and smallpox is endemic. For every 10 people infected, three died and many were left scarred. Along comes a doctor who offers you an alternative that might save your life.  “Variolation”,...

Volunteering-Do it for Your Health – By Steve Bond

Volunteers give selflessly to enrich the lives of others. Their contributions to charities, companies and organizations like our hospital are immeasurable.  As a society, we benefit from their selfless acts.  But what if there were health benefits to...