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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,...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday May 31 2017

The notion that we must conquer or dominate nature has governed human behaviour for a relatively short period of our 150,000-year history on this 4.5-billion-year-old planet. It’s an understandable impulse. Our intelligence and foresight allowed us to develop complex societies, and gave us a sense of control over our existence in the face of powerful, often threatening natural forces.

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday May 29 2017

Time is running out laundry employees at Kootenay Lake Hospital after Interior Health announced the new private company handling work will begin operation for the Nelson facility as of September 14.

Alan Davies, support services director for Interior Health, recently made the announcement.

“Given the magnitude of the change, we plan to stagger the closure of our five main plants...

by Rossland Telegraph on Friday May 19 2017

Health Canada has announced that a company, Garnoff Botanicals, is voluntarily recalling unauthorized kratom products as they may pose serious health risks.

Haven't heard of kratom?  Don't feel bad -- you're not alone.  Kratom is the plant pictured above, or products derived from it.  What health risks does it pose?  Health Canada did  not specify the risks of the particular products...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday May 19 2017

Interior Health is advising the public of the importance of avoiding physical contact with bats, the primary carrier of the rabies virus in B.C.
 
IH said rabies is a very serious disease that affects the nervous system and is almost always fatal if not treated in time.

In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

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by Contributor on Wednesday May 17 2017

Children are beautiful.  They embody our hopes for the future. Does that mean that girls and women should be forbidden access to sex education and family planning?  

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally took a severe blow.

The new US...

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