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How simple and amazing it is to donate cord blood

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 12:00 AM

For many people, a blood stem cell transplant is the last and best hope of recovery for over 80 diseases and disorders. With approximately 75 per cent of Canadians requiring a stem cell transplant relying on finding a match outside of their immediate families, there is an ongoing need for more cord blood donations. The process of collecting and transplanting is non-invasive and has the...

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Lyme disease: Did you know?

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00 AM

In warmer weather, many of us jump at the chance to spend more time outdoors. However, with rising temperatures also comes increased risk of Lyme disease. Check out these tips to help you protect yourself from ticks, which transmit the disease-causing bacteria.

What is a tick?

A tick is a small insect that can bite and attach itself to humans and animals. Ticks can extract a bacteria from small animals that can cause Lyme disease.

Early symptoms include: Fever, rash, headaches and chills. If left...

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Celiac Disease: Did you know?

Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Going gluten-free isn't a trend for individuals who have it; it's a way of life. Celiac disease is caused by an autoimmune reaction to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat and other grains. This reaction results in damage to the intestinal walls, which can lead to many other serious health issues. To help you better understand Celiac disease and those who have it, we've put together a “did-you-know” guide.

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When the immune system reacts negatively...

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Immunization 101

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2019 12:00 AM

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent harmful diseases like measles, chicken pox, whooping cough and tetanus. But knowing which vaccines to get and when to get them can be confusing. That's why we've put together this handy schedule to help you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.

Ontario's recommended vaccination schedule by age: Under 2 years old

2 and 4 months

  • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus, influenza type b
  • Pneumococcal conjugate

6 months

  • Diptheria, tetanus,...

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Eight things you may not know about Parkinson’s disease

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:00 AM

Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the body's movement. Currently there is no cure, but many people can live with the disease for years and treat the symptoms with medication. While symptoms of the disease like tremors, slowness and stiffness and impaired balance may be commonly known, here are some additional facts about Parkinson’s you may not be familiar with:

  • Each day in Canada, more than 10 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It’s estimated that by 2031, the number...