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by Contributor on Sunday Jul 09 2017

Residents in communities across Interior Health affected by fires burning and resulting smoky skies should be aware that smoke conditions and local air quality can change due to the unpredictable nature of fires.

Some individuals may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke from forest fires, such as those with heart or lung conditions. These individuals should watch for any change in...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Monday Jul 03 2017

Now that it’s finally warming up with some of that lovely sunshine again, many of us are taking advantage of the weather and are outside as much as possible.  Whether it’s walking in the woods, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, swimming or tennis, it’s better to prevent common problems and be ready for incidents as they occur. Hopefully, this should give you some useful tips! Also, for those...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 28 2017

Health Canada is reminding Canadians that it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough, batter, or any other product containing uncooked flour, as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli.

Flour is derived from grain, which is grown in fields. In the fields, the grain may come into direct contact and become contaminated with bacteria from soil, water or...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jun 27 2017

Rossland's outdoor pool is open, and will celebrate its 85th birthday this August.  This community amenity was built by volunteers and first opened on August 7, 1932. To see a short video made five years aqo for its 80th birthday, with interesting details about the pool's history, click this link

To see the pool's schedule,...

by Boundary Sentinel on Monday Jun 19 2017

The past few months have been very trying for a Grand Forks family.

Kyla Hermsen’s two-year-old son Brian spent four weeks in hospital after becoming ill from eating raw cookie dough made from the same Robin Hood flour that was part of a national recall.

“Nothing has changed . . . my son is still recovering,” Hermsen told the Boundary Sentinel recently.

The Robin Hood...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Monday Jun 19 2017

At this time of year, I always have a few parents come in with children who have contracted head lice and pinworms and are asking not only what they can use to get rid of them naturally, but also how NOT to pick them up themselves!

What do they look like?

          Head lice are typically identified as small dark brown or black moving specks on the scalp. They...

by David Suzuki on Friday Jun 09 2017

Do you remember Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak? It turns out wizards aren’t the only ones who can vanish from sight with a special coat. Marine researchers have discovered shrimp-like crustaceans called hyperiids that can hide in the open using internal nanotechnology to cloak themselves in invisibility. That’s just one among many fascinating discoveries to celebrate on World Oceans Day,...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Jun 07 2017

For a person's body to function properly, it’s important that cells and organs are provided the necessary water. Water is also beneficial to lubricate joints and regulate body temperature as well as assist the passage of food through the intestines.

Which is why it’s important to have clean drinking water systems.

Wednesday, Interior Health released a comprehensive report...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jun 06 2017

Front-line workers demand government provide more treatment programs as crisis shows no signs of slowing down

Sara Bates has worked as an outreach nurse in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for 11 years and says it’s been extremely difficult to watch as the opioid crisis takes a critical toll on the community she calls her office.

“As an outreach nurse working through this crisis, I...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Wednesday May 31 2017

The previous column, Part I, outlined the causes and hazards of Fatty Liver Disease. Here's a guide to assessment and prevention

Part 2- Get the Fat Out-What Can I Do?

1.       The first thing I do is have folks get their blood sugar, A1C, homocysteine and CRP checked. This tells you if your pancreas is putting out enough insulin,...

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