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Health: Your Guide To Pain Pills

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Painkillers, both prescribed and over-the-counter, come with warnings for a reason. Here’s what you need to know about pain meds By Wendy Haaf Which over-the-counter pain reliever is most likely to offer relief from a toothache? From backache or sore muscles? Are some options safer than others? How about if you have a particular medical condition? What do we know about the risks and benefits of the drugs commonly prescribed for chronic pain? Our understanding of these issues has evolved in recent years, and it turns out that some of these medications may not be quite as innocuous as they...

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HEALTH: What to Ask Before Surgery

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What to Ask Before Surgery   You’ll be a lot more relaxed going into an operation if you’re not worrying about things such as whether the operation is really a good idea By Wendy Haaf     Your doctor diagnoses a problem and tells you that you could or should have an operation. If you’re like most people, you’re surprised, if not shocked, and at least a little fearful—not emotional states conducive to thinking through important decisions calmly and rationally. Then there’s all the medical information you’re being given—unfamiliar, possibly confusing. Surgeons do their best to lay out what patients...

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Before a Fall

Posted by Murray Lewis on

  There are steps you can take to reduce your chances of falling By Wendy Haaf    One night last summer, Kerry Delaney was dog-sitting in a house where she’d stayed before when she got out of bed and shuffled down the hallway, still half-asleep, to use the washroom. “I guess I was doing the old eyes-closed shuffle along. I took that last step—and down the stairs I went,” she recalls. The 63-year-old from Whitby, ON, broke her wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the femur in one leg, meaning the jagged end of the bone pierced her skin....

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Health: Oral Care After 55

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By Wendy Haaf Thanks to advances in modern preventive dentistry, more Canadians than ever are retaining most if not all of their own teeth well into later life. According to Statistics Canada, the proportion of the population aged 65 to 79 with no remaining natural teeth fell from 43 per cent to 19 per cent between 1990 and 2003. “That’s great from a functional, nutritional, and cosmetic point of view,” notes Dr. Tom Raddall, a general dentist in Liverpool, NS, “but it also presents a number of challenges.” It turns out that a number of different factors contribute to making...

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Health: Living With Low Vision

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Living With Low Vision

It’s a challenge, but there is help

By Wendy Haaf

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