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Importance of keeping hydrated when it's hot

Making sure you get enough fluids and drinking regularly is key to feeling healthy, replenished and energized during the hot, sunny days of summer. Through perspiration and increased exposure to the heightened temperatures the season brings, our bodies lose a lot of water, says Osler registered dietician Jenille Hutchinson. And while fluid intake can come through foods and beverages such as fruits, soups and drinks like tea, coffee, juice or energy drinks, Hutchinson says nothing beats water as your best bet to quenching thirst and staying hydrated.

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Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month and we've learned that women represent 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease. With that staggering statistic, take a moment to learn about the 10 warning signs of the disease and share them with the women in your life. Early diagnosis is the best way to get the help you need and plan for the future.

Healthy tips for life after a heart attack

Heart attacks are serious, scary and can be fatal. We’ve all been taught to recognize the symptoms – shortness of breath, light-headedness, sweating, discomfort in your chest and/or upper body – but what happens afterwards? What can you do to prevent going through this again? Here are six heart-friendly tips to help you lead a happier, healthier life after a heart attack


What happens to your body when you quit smoking

Tobacco can do some nasty things to your body. It's responsible for 1 in 5 Canadian deaths, accounts for 85% of all new cases of lung cancer in Canada and can lead to heart and respiratory diseases and several cancers. Quitting is easier said than done, but here are some pretty good reasons why you should start right now.

10 Good Habits to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Everybody has tripped, stumbled, slipped or tumbled – or maybe even done all four – at some point in their lives. But for people aged 65 and older, taking a fall can be more serious and can lead to dangerous health problems. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors, with 20 to 30 per cent of Canadian seniors having at least one fall each year. In fact, falls cause 85 per cent of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors, and 50 per cent of falls resulting in hospitalizations happen at home. To help reduce your risk of a fall, here are a few good habits to pick up.

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6 ways you can practice safe sun

The feeling of the sun on your skin is wonderful, but it can also be deadly. The number of Melanoma (skin cancer) cases are on the rise and the best way to beat it is to prevent it. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe in the sun this summer!


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Five things you should think about before travelling

Travelling abroad is one of the most thrilling and exciting adventures to embark on, but it can also pose some health risks. When visiting another country there's lots to be cautious of and these are some of the health-related things you'll want to think about before you jet off.

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Six flu myths debunked

There are many reasons why people are unlikely to get a flu vaccination. Some don't like needles, others say they just didn't find the time. However, there is no good reason to avoid getting a flu shot, especially when it can help you avoid getting a serious and potentially life-threatening illness. We talked to one of our docs to help dispel some common myths about getting a flu shot.

Five easy things you can do to love your heart

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, each year more than 350,000 Canadians are hospitalized for heart disease or stroke. Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke cases are preventable by adopting healthy behaviours. Show your heart a little love and do something healthy by implementing these tips.


Take these 5 summer driving tips on the road with you

During the summer season there are more fatalities on Canadian roads than at any other time of year. During the last few years, motor vehicle collisions were the leading cause of hospital admissions and emergency room visits among Ontario youth aged 15 to 24 years. Whether you’re going to work, out for a day trip, or travelling to the cottage make sure to pack these tips with you when you head out on your summer travels.


Things you should know before shovelling snow

Shovelling snow is strenuous activity that can be very stressful on the heart. It's best to talk to your doctor about this activity and your health before digging in. Safe snow shovelling requires proper tools, good technique and most importantly, knowing the signs of when to stop. Read these tips to make sure you're staying safe while clearing snow.

12 days of preventing emergencies

During the holiday season we see an increased number of people visiting the Emergency Department. Last year, thousands of patients came through our doors within two weeks. Check out our tips on how to avoid coming to the ED and how to have a safe and happy holiday.

The health tips provided here are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your health care practitioner with any questions you may have regarding your health, medical condition or treatment and before undertaking new health care regimens.

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