Ticks are small, biting arachnids that feed on blood. They are commonly found in wooded areas and get infected when they feed on small animals that carry the bacterium. These lyme disease-carrying arachnids can be found in almost all provinces in Canada and throughout the U.S.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The cartilage (a tough elastic material that covers and protects the ends of bones) that cushions the joints begins to break down and wear away. This causes stiffness, swelling and your bones to rub against each other, which causes pain and inflammation.
As anyone who is trying to watch their weight knows, it’s all about portion control.Nestle Canada had this in mind when they designed their new Smarties box that is not only smaller, but divided into three compartments — each of which is one serving. The idea is that when you hit the end of one, you think before opening the next.
Feb. 25 is Pink Shirt Day, a day when everyone is encouraged to wear something pink to show a united front against bullying. Pink Shirt Day originated with Nova Scotia high school students, who organized a protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
This week, Jan. 19-25, is National Non-Smoking Week in Canada. It was started in 1977 by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control with the goals of educating Canadians about the dangers of smoking; preventing people who do not smoke from beginning to smoke and becoming addicted to tobacco; and helping people quit smoking.
Your sinuses are air-filled chambers inside your skull, behind the forehead, nasal bones, cheeks and eyes. Mucus produced by the sinuses drains through openings into your nose and down the back of your throat. Mucus is a filter for the air you breathe — it catches dirt and debris as you inhale it, protecting your lungs.
‘Tis the season to indulge. But be careful of what you are indulging in and how often you are indugling. Your daily stop at the local coffee shop may leave you craving one of their seasonal festive drinks such as a Gingerbread latte or a peppermint mocha. And in the dislpay cases, looking so sweet, will be cranberry bliss bars, frosted snowmen cookies and candy cane doughuts.
It’s Movember. And that means thousands of men across Canada are sprouting (or at least trying to sprout) facial hair on their upper lips. Movember is a worldwide fundraising event that supports men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.