Category: <span>Live Well</span>

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Most parents aware of children’s sun-protection needs

Photo courtesy the American Academy of Dermatology Recently reported findings from a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) revealing encouraging news regarding the public attitude toward sun protection. The key finding is that more parents are reporting that protecting their children from the sun is important to them. AAD revealed that some 74% of...

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Homemade hand sanitizers may present health risks

Health Canada is warning Canadians about the potential health risks of making and using homemade hand sanitizers, as homemade recipes and products are becoming increasingly common online. If you have made or used homemade hand sanitizer products, stop using them as the concentration of alcohol in many of these recipes may not be high enough...

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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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Diet and Hypertension

The combination of reduced sodium intake and the DASH diet lowered SBP throughout the range of pre- and stage 1 hypertension, with progressively greater reductions at higher levels of baseline SBP. SBP reductions in adults with the highest levels of SBP (=150 mm Hg) were striking and reinforce the importance of both sodium reduction and...

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Smoking Cessation

Observational studies suggest that the elevated vascular risk induced by cigarette smoking can be decreased by quitting, and reversed after 5 years of abstinence. The success of a quit attempt can be enhanced by the use of a cessation aid. Options available include: nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) (gum, patch, inhalers, lozenges), bupropion and varenicline. While widely promoted...

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HelpThemQuit.ca

Check this great website to help you quit smoking. Here at the Howden Medical Clinic we offer some services in the clinic or resources outside to kick this habit. It is never too late! Knowledge is power but motivation and determination is an additional necessary factor!