Category: <span>Patients</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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Unauthorized test kits claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19 put your health at risk

Health Canada is warning Canadians not to buy home diagnostic test kits, including mail-in sample collection kits, claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19 because they may provide inaccurate or false results. These products have not been authorized by Health Canada, which means they have not been reviewed for safety, quality or effectiveness. HMC

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Protect yourself and your family from poisonings: always read and follow the label directions when using hand sanitizers, disinfectants, household cleaning products and bleaches

Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risks of improperly using hand sanitizers, disinfectants, household cleaning products and bleaches, and reminding them to always read and follow the directions on product labels. Product labels for authorized hand sanitizers will display either a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN). HMC 

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Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can have serious side effects. These drugs should be used only under the supervision of a physician.

Health Canada is concerned that some people may be directly buying and using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19 without a prescription. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may cause serious side effects, including serious heart rhythm problems. The risk of these side effects may increase at higher doses, or if the drugs are used in...

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Fraudulent and unauthorized N95 respirators may not protect consumers against COVID-19

Health Canada has received reports that fraudulent and uncertified N95 respirators that falsely claim to protect consumers against COVID-19 are being illegally sold to consumers online and in some stores. In Canada, N95 respirators are regulated by Health Canada as Class I medical devices and are manufactured or imported by companies that hold a Medical Device Establishment...

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Health Canada is temporarily authorizing the use of technical-grade ethanol in hand sanitizer products

 Health Canada has assessed the risks and benefits of hand sanitizers containing technical-grade ethanol and has concluded that, when used as directed and for a short period, the public health benefit to limit the spread of COVID-19 outweighs the risks. Based on its risk assessment, Health Canada is taking action immediately to ensure the safety...

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Peel Region Family Health Service Update

Peel families with young children are able to speak with a Public Health Nurse by calling the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700. Caledon residents can call 905-584-2216. Prenatal clients can register for online prenatal education at prenatalhealthmatters@peelregion.ca. Infant feeding resources and videos are available online www.peelregion.ca/parenting/feeding-baby. HMC  

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Emergency Child Care for Health Care Workers and Front-Line Workers

Emergency child care is being offered at licensed centres across Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Province’s website (https://www.ontario.ca/page/child-care-health-care-and-frontline-staff#section-1). There is an online application (https://peelregion.ca/coronavirus/childcare/) for eligible families to request emergency child care. HMC

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Xanthelasma: -Comes from Greek: xanthos (yellow) and elasma (beaten metal plate). -Was described by Addison and Gall in 1851. -Is most often located around the eyes, mostly in the inner canthus. -It is a marker of elevated lipids 50% of the time. -Treatment includes surgical excision, laser therapy, chemical cautherization, electrodessication and cryotherapy.