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Heat and humidity are common eczema triggers.
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There are actually two main causes of allergy symptoms: indoor and outdoor triggers. While most people understand seasonal (outdoor) allergies are caused by pollen in the air, there are a number of factors that contribute to indoor allergies, which can affect people year-round. Symptoms can be similar, but it's important to remember indoor and outdoor allergies are caused by different sources, and therefore should be managed differently.
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Canadians are busier than ever before, but with extracurriculars and busy work lives, we're seeing increased levels of stress. In fact, experts now believe that some diseases are up to 90 per cent stress-related. One example I see all-too-often is shingles, which takes advantage of the weakened immune system to activate in the body.
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Pharmacist Awareness Month is celebrated every March to help educate Canadians about the contributions pharmacists make in their communities. In the spirit of Pharmacist Awareness Month, here are five services many Canadians don't know pharmacists offer.
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For six years the Ministry of Health has known that ePrescribe has, at little cost, saved lives and improved patient care. Sadly, it is but one of the many examples of the incredible waste and mismanagement of the health care system. Small dedicated investments are avoided, in order to create bigger projects such as the current medication management system, that cost exponentially more, but more importantly, provide jobs for bureaucrats. The fact that patients won't be helped is not relevant.
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With day-to-day demands, it's not surprising many of us forget to take a pill or put off refilling a prescription by a week or two. In other cases people stop taking their medication because they think it has done its job or is causing unpleasant side effects. I see this in my practice often, it's incredibly common but people often don't realize that these decisions could, in some cases, lead to serious complications.
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What do you do if you forget to take a dose of your medication? Why does grapefruit juice affect the way certain drugs work? And should you hold on to your unneeded medications just in case? Sunnybrook experts in Pharmacy take on some common questions.
A biosimilar drug is a biologic medicine made from a living organism or cell. By embracing biosimilars into Canadian health care, patients will benefit from safe and effective treatment options at a lower cost, and our health-care system will be that much more sustainable as a result.
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Biologics are large molecule medicines that are so intricate that manufacturers develop them using unique, biological processes. But as patents expire for established biologic drugs, newer treatments are now entering the Canadian marketplace called Subsequent Entry Biologics. SEBs are similar, but not the same as biologics.
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Welcome to 2015 -- it's a new year! We all want the year ahead to be the best yet, but that's hard to do if you're feeling under the weather. One of the biggest health culprits during the new year is the flu. With all of the talk about flu shots in the fall, most people don't realize that there is a spike in flu activity in January and flu season goes all the way to April.
Research shows that more than half of all Canadian households do not regularly check the expiry dates of medications, and if they do, they only do it right before taking the product. Given it's now cold and flu season, it's the perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet. To make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked and ready at all times, follow these simple steps.
My wife was recently discharged from the hospital and she is now on many medications. This is very new to me and I find all this medication confusing and overwhelming. What should I do?