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Beating the Winter Blues

Do you get the winter blues? That wave of gloomy emotions that comes with slushy sidewalks, dark days and sniffly noses? When we’re down in the dumps, we tend to consume more snacks, watch more TV and stay...

Millions of Reasons — World CP day

By Steve Bond Today, October 6th, marks World Cerebral Palsy Day. And there are millions of reasons to celebrate the diversity, raise awareness and support those living with Cerebral Palsy. In fact there are 17 million reasons to...
Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleepless in Ontario – A Look at Obstructive Sleep Apnea

By: Steve Bond, BScPhm, RPh, CDE Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the upper airway collapses frequently during sleep and breathing stops. This may lead to loud snoring, abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking, morning...
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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...

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...
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How to Deal with Low Blood Sugar – Mahdi Khanafer

Diabetic hypoglycemia occurs when someone with diabetes has a low blood glucose level (BGL). Glucose is the fuel for the body and brain, so you cannot function well if you do not have enough. Blood glucose/sugar readings of...
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Hearing Loss in Infants

As a father, I can attest to the fact that there is no better sound in the world than a child’s laughter and one of the greatest feelings is the excitement that comes from a toddler when they...

Shedding Some Light on SAD

Cliff Arnall was a scientist at Cardiff University in Wales.  No, he didn’t invent the lightbulb. (That was Canadian Henry Woodward who later sold the patent to Thomas Edison).  Dr. Arnall calculated the saddest day of the year.  ...

World Suicide Prevention Day — A Focus on Suicide

According to Statistics Canada, close to 4000 Canadians die from suicide each year. Over the past 10 years, this translates to 40,000 lives lost — equivalent to the population of St. Thomas! To further highlight the impact of...

The Manly Approach to Mental Health

Founded in Australia in 1999, the focus of Movember originally was on raising funds for and awareness of prostate cancer.  It has since broadened its scope to include awareness of other male health concerns such as testicular cancer,...

Making Christmas Less Blue

With Christmas just a week away, kids eagerly anticipate two weeks vacation and the arrival of Santa.  They are filled with hope and joy.  But for many of us, the thought of Christmas brings stress, angst and despair.  ...

Rett Syndrome Awareness

Imagine the symptoms of Autism, Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis,  Epilepsy, Anxiety Disorder and Cerebral Palsy all in one amazing little girl.   What I’m describing is known as Rett Syndrome and October has been designated as Rett Syndrome Awareness month. It is a...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Everyone has stress; we all get nervous; things can weigh on us and we may toss and turn going over details in our mind.  This is normal and most of us move past it and continue with our...