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It Is Possible to Counteract (Some) Drug

It Is Possible to Counteract (Some) Drug Allergies

Desensitization, which involves gradual reintroduction of a drug, starting with very small doses, makes it possible for some people to take a medication that would normally trigger an allergic reaction. The procedure, of course, must be done under direct supervision of a health-care professional in case you develop a severe reaction.
05/13/2015 05:32 EDT
Three Things You Might Not Know About

Three Things You Might Not Know About HPV

While there is lots of information online, at school and at the doctor's office about HPV, there is still a lot of confusion about what it may mean for your loved ones. Dr. Nancy Durand, gynecologist at Sunnybrook, explains three little-known facts about HPV.
04/28/2015 07:37 EDT
Sleeping Pills Are Not the Answer to

Sleeping Pills Are Not the Answer to Insomnia

It can be tempting to use sleeping pills in such circumstances. But they can be habit-forming. And you may develop a tolerance to the pills so that you need a higher dose to have the same effect. Prolonged use can cloud your thinking and dampen your mood.
04/17/2015 05:46 EDT
How Am I Going To Pay $7,000 a Month For My Cancer

How Am I Going To Pay $7,000 a Month For My Cancer Drugs?

That is, indeed, an astoundingly expensive drug. It's bad enough that you have to deal with cancer, but these financial concerns must be adding to your stress. You can rest assured there are various programs to help Ontario residents who can't afford the price of their medications. And each regional cancer-treatment centre has specially-trained staff to guide patients and their families through the various application processes.
04/05/2015 10:48 EDT
Juice Cleanses: Just Don't Do

Juice Cleanses: Just Don't Do Them!

It's funny how the fads come and go. Cleanses and detox diets have actually been around for more than 100 years. But Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator April Thorimbert says, it's not always a good thing when history repeats itself.
03/25/2015 01:24 EDT
More Of Us Will Likely Be Troubled By

More Of Us Will Likely Be Troubled By Tinnitus

In addition to hearing loss, tinnitus may be triggered by other medical conditions or even by a variety of medications. For instance, high doses of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA or Aspirin) as well as certain antibiotics, anti-depressants and cancer drugs have been known to produce tinnitus or to make it worse
03/11/2015 12:50 EDT
Delaying Childhood Vaccinations Can Be Just as Risky as Not Getting Them At

Delaying Childhood Vaccinations Can Be Just as Risky as Not Getting Them At All

In Canada, health care is a provincial responsibility. So, the provincial ministries of health draw up the vaccination schedules. You'll find slight variations in the different schedules. Some provinces may adopt new vaccines sooner than others. Or, a vaccine may target a different strain of a particular bug, reflecting what's circulating locally.
03/03/2015 05:50 EST
Don't Believe These 5 Heart Health

Don't Believe These 5 Heart Health Myths

While the risk of heart trouble increases as you get older, a growing number of people are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors at younger ages. Poor lifestyle choices are often to blame, including sedentary living, smoking and unhealthy diets.
02/27/2015 09:11 EST
When You Might Want to Say No to

When You Might Want to Say No to CPR

There are many common misconceptions about CPR -- created, in part, by prime-time medical television programs showing patients being brought back almost miraculously from the brink of death. There's no doubt that CPR can be a lifesaver in certain situations. But CPR is not quite as successful as it's portrayed on TV.
02/11/2015 12:32 EST
Who Has Access to Your HIV Test

Who Has Access to Your HIV Test Results?

Q: "I was wondering who is able to access Ontario Ministry of Health lab records. I did a series of tests for a needle-stick injury, and was recently told that I could be discriminated against for a job in public health or insurance. When I looked it up on-line, it appears that insurance companies can access lab records. Is this true?"
01/22/2015 08:25 EST
What You Need to Know About Dying at

What You Need to Know About Dying at Home

The act of dying ultimately becomes "a 24-hour-a-day process" and patients usually need increasing levels of care as they draw closer to the end. Ideally, a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, personal-care workers and others should be involved in your care. Here is what you need to know.
01/15/2015 05:28 EST
Addicted to Pills? Here's How to Find a Doctor to Treat

Addicted to Pills? Here's How to Find a Doctor to Treat You

When patients get into trouble with highly addictive pain medications, their family physicians may not know where to refer them for help. To make matters worse, the prescribing habits of some physicians -- such as giving too high a dose of a drug -- can contribute to patients becoming addicted to painkillers.
01/14/2015 04:53 EST
Top Five Tips for Picky

Top Five Tips for Picky Eaters

Of my two kids, one is a particularly picky (and not to mention slow) eater. It even took some convincing to have him try ice cream a few years ago. Can you imagine? Ice cream! But there you go, it's all new and kids have no idea until they try it. So how can you get them just to try it?
01/09/2015 01:25 EST
Should Doctors Charge a

Should Doctors Charge a "No Show" Fee?

Many doctors who work in group practices are now paid a flat fee, per patient, per year. It essentially means the physician gets the same amount regardless of whether you have just one appointment or 10 appointments a year. So a doctor paid on that basis doesn't really lose money if a patient misses an appointment. However, protecting the doctor's income is not the sole motivation for imposing a "no-show" fee.
01/06/2015 05:18 EST
The Truth About Reconstructive Surgery After Breast

The Truth About Reconstructive Surgery After Breast Cancer

Dr. Snell says there are some common misconceptions about breast reconstruction -- even within the medical community. "Some people wrongly assume it could interfere with the detection of a re-occurrence of the cancer," she says. Furthermore, silicone breast implants got a bad rap in the 1990s when a few studies linked them to autoimmune diseases and an increased cancer risk.
12/03/2014 12:57 EST
8 Fast and Healthy Breakfast

8 Fast and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

How can you fit in the most important meal of the day when you have no time? Sunnybrook experts offer 8 fast and easy breakfast solutions.
11/26/2014 05:55 EST
Recovery Odds In Various Stages of Breast Cancer

Recovery Odds In Various Stages of Breast Cancer Explained

I don't mean to minimize the seriousness of the disease or to downplay the huge upheaval it causes in the lives of individual women and their families. About 24,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada each year and it's responsible for about 5,000 deaths annually. But it's clear that significant progress is being made in the fight against breast cancer.
11/20/2014 04:43 EST