Diarrhea

13 Ways To Keep Your Food From Making You Sick

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Living

A couple of weeks ago, the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom warned the public not to wash raw chicken before cooking it, saying that water ...

Which Probiotics Actually Work?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada
Josh Gitalis

The lactobacillus species is one of the most researched. Among the lactobacillus family is one particular strain, lactobacillus GG (also known as Culturelle), which has solid research backing up its use for acute diarrhea, traveller's diarrhea, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and colic.

The Beach Is Great for Sun, Surf and...Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Many of us cannot wait for Mother Nature and journey to one of a plethora of pleasant places famous for their warmth. Amongst the most popular destinations, including Florida, California and the Caribbean, exist some of the most desirable beaches where millions congregate to take in the joys of sun, sea, sand, and unfortunately germs.

Health Care Providers Should Think About Zinc

Marion Roche | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Along with the global effort to scale up zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) in the treatment of diarrhoea, we need effective training materials f...

Revisiting An Age-Old Thai Therapy to Relieve Diarrhea

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Back in 1913, the Thai Army suffered from an outbreak of dysentery and searched for any possible option to control the scourge. At the time, a local traditional medicine expert offered the troops what he called Krisanaklan Trakilane.Ninety-nine years later, the components of the wonder drug were finally isolated.

The Issue of Consent in Human Research

Marion Roche | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

While the understanding of individual rights merges well with the idea behind consent for human research, this can become very complicated when doing research in countries where vulnerable populations may not be as well informed of their rights as we are in Canada.

Part 2: Is Gluten Really That Bad?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

The good news with all of this gluten business is, if you eliminate it from your diet and you're sensitive, symptoms will get better. I have seen this many times clinically, spoken to many people who have experienced this, and the research corroborates these findings.

Is Gluten Really That Bad? [Part 1]

Josh Gitalis | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

Why has gluten become the new food villain? Haven't we eaten gluten for thousands of years without any problems? To answer this question we must pick on a particular grain: Wheat.

Swimming Can Be Infectious - How to Stay Healthy

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.19.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Of all the places to which sun seekers migrate, none is as popular as the beach or swimming pool. For many, there is nothing quite like becoming one with the water. Unfortunately, the escape comes with its own challenges, namely that of infections.

Honouring Mothers With More Than Good Intentions

Marion Roche | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

For Rosario, listening to people and involving them in the initiatives that they identify as important is a given when you see people as the key agents of change in their own lives. This is something she learned to do many years ago.

This World Health Day Bring the Right Message at the Right Time

Marion Roche | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

April 7 is World Health Day, a celebration of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Sometimes in our day-to-day public health work, the way we deliver messages can create more obstacles than we realize. Changing behaviour does not come easily to anyone and a behaviour change project requires great insight into people's lives to understand the barriers to change.

When it Comes to Germs, Norovirus is Public Enemy Number One

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The norovirus infection is short, lasting only 48 to 72 hours but during that time, one might believe they have been put into one of Ridley Scott's Alien movies. But there are thankfully a few ways to thwart this perfect villain.

Ever Heard of the Life-Saving Box?

Marion Roche | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

My project has its roots with my colleagues at the Guatemalan Ministry of Health who, after the initial success in the roll-out of the zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) treatment program for diarrhea, started thinking of ways to improve the program and its potential impact. They had the initial idea for what's become the cajita salvavida or "Life-saving Box."

How Zinc Can Save Lives

Marion Roche | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Recent advances in micronutrient nutrition have given hope in the management of diarrhea. Using zinc, along ORS, not only helps children get better faster, it can prevent future episodes and even save their lives. This combined treatment costs as little at 50 cents per episode.

As It Turns Out, People Will Take Fecal Transplants — If They Help

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The grossness notwithstanding, people would likely agree to undergo a fecal transplant if they were suffering from persistent C. difficile d...