Category: Advice

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Screen for Colon Cancer !

Colorectal Cancer Canada(CCC) states Colorectal Cancer (CRC) deaths are continuing to decline in Canada. This is likely due to improvements in treatment and diagnosis. The decline in CRC death rates are consistent with a relatively large contribution from screening and with a smaller impact of risk factor reductions. CRC develops from precancerous polyps. Screening tests...

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Exposure in Peel to a Confirmed Case of Measles

Peel Public Health is issuing an alert that there has been an exposure to a confirmed case of measles within Peel Region. People who were on the following flights and in the following locations on January 27, 2019, may have been exposed to measles: Lufthansa flight LH-470, from Frankfurt to Toronto Air Canada flight AC-834/LH 6829...

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CDC: Top HPV-Associated Cancer Is Now Oropharyngeal

Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is now the most common HPV-associated cancer in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that covers the years 1999 to 2015. During that period, cervical cancer dropped from being the top HPV-associated cancer and oropharyngeal SCC took its place...

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Prostate Cancer Screening: No Effect on Overall Mortality

Routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer remains controversial, as the debate continues over the bank between potential benefits and potential harm. A new systematic review and meta-analysis has found that at best, prostate cancer screening using a PSA blood test leads to a small reduction in disease-specific mortality over 10 years, but it...

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Protect yourself against the flu.

Getting the flu shot is your best defence: It is free in Ontario, safe and recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older. Wash your hands often: Even after getting the flu shot, washing with soap and water for at least 15 seconds helps keep the virus from spreading. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer...

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Several children’s strawberry-flavoured acetaminophen syrups recalled.

Several children’s strawberry-flavoured acetaminophen syrups recalled because of defective child-resistant safety caps on the bottles.  November 2018 The recall has been expanded to include all lots of children’s strawberry-flavoured acetaminophen syrups labeled as Biomedic, Option+, or Laboratoires Trianon Inc. because of defective child-resistant safety caps. HMC

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HPV Vaccine

  FDA approves the use of GARDASIL Vaccine up to 45 years old. Human Papillomavirus Vaccine helps protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by HPV. GARDASIL helps protect boys and men ages 9 to 26 against anal cancer and genital warts caused by...

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Flu Vaccine

Flu season is here. Protect yourself and your loves ones by vaccinating yourself with flu vaccine at Howden Medical Clinic. Kids, pregnant ladies, seniors and people with disease like asthma, COPD, heart disease are more susceptible to die from flu.  

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Flu Vaccines

Flu Vaccines are under way in October in our clinic. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts...

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July 28, 2018 is World Hepatitis Day.

In Canada, 44% of people living with chronic HCV are unaware they have the disease, despite availability of screening and access to effective treatment. In 2017, there were 285 cases of HCV reported to Peel Public Health. Although many cases are initially asymptomatic, early diagnosis and treatment of HCV is important to decrease the risk...

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Increase in locally-acquired Cyclosporiasis in Ontario

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/cyclosporiasis-cyclospora/health-professionals-cyclosporiasis-cyclospora.html http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/browsebytopic/infectiousdiseases/pages/IDlandingpages/cyclosporiasis.aspx Ontario has experienced 36 locally-acquired cyclosporiasis since April 1, 2018 until July 19, 2018. Cyclosporiasis is an infection of small bowel by parasite Cyclospora cayetanenis. Symptoms are: frequent, watery diarrhea; anorexia; fatigue; abdominal cramps; nausea; and myalgia. If untreated, symptoms last 6-7 weeks and vary in intensity. Cases are usually from travelers to endemic...

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Botox Tops Topiramate for Chronic Migraine Prevention

July 16, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO —  OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox, Allergan) treatment is more effective, is better tolerated, and has greater functional improvement in the prevention of chronic migraine compared with the anticonvulsant topiramate, new research suggests. The findings were presented here at the American Headache Society (AHS) Annual Meeting 2018. The AAN guidelines state: •OnabotulinumtoxinA is established as...

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Several drugs containing valsartan being recalled due to contamination with a potential carcinogen

Several drugs containing the ingredient valsartan are being recalled by their manufacturers. An impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), was found in the valsartan used in these products. NDMA is a potential human carcinogen, which means that it could cause cancer with long-term exposure. See your physician or pharmacist right away if you are taking this blood pressure...

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Finasteride (Proscar& Propecia)

Health Canada InfoWatch: New information regarding the risk of muscle-related disorders has been added to the Post-Market Adverse Drug Reactions and Consumer Information sections of the Canadian product monographs for Proscar and Propecia. Key messages for healthcare professionals: Rare cases of muscle-related disorders, such as rhabdomyolysis, myopathy, myalgia, myasthenia, and creatine kinase elevation, have been...

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