Health

COOK THAT BIRD THOROUGHLY.

COOK THAT BIRD THOROUGHLY.

Guillain-Barré  ("Ghee-yan Bah-ray") Syndrome  can cause muscle weakness and temporary paralysis, and can be life-threatening.  In susceptible individuals, it can be triggered by bacteria in undercooked chicken, or in other contaminated food or even water.  The suspected link between Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium commonly found in raw and undercooked poultry, and Guillain-Barré  Syndrome  has recently been established by a research team at Michigan State University in the United States.

Who Needs Food? Still Time to Give Input on Food Charter

Carrots grown in Rossland.

Raise your hand, everyone who eats food.  OK, now, raise your hand, everyone who knows where your food comes from.  How far has it travelled? Has the price gone up in this past year?  Was your food sprayed with pesticides and herbicides?  Can it continue to be produced as plentifully and shipped to us if  drought conditions continue in various US food-producing states?

It's Time to Strengthen Your Immune System

It's Time to Strengthen Your Immune System

          It is time to build up your system before the holiday season is upon us and keep it strong for the winter. I’ve already seen the start of viral abdominal flus, so this will help prevent and minimize the typical viral and bacterial flus common at this time of year. I try to remind folks that having a cold or flu once a year year is a good thing. It helps to re-train and remind the immune system about what it needs to look out for and what it needs to destroy, and keeps it vigilant.

Daily reminders to increase calcium intake are effective

Jung notes that this age group tend to encourage their children to drink milk, but forget the importance of ensuring they get enough calcium.

UBC researchers have demonstrated that simple, cost-effective email messages can help improve the health habits of Canadians.

Mary Jung, an assistant professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus, recently completed a nationwide study with more than 730 Canadians who were not meeting Canada’s recommended dietary intake for calcium. Participants received an email — with evidence-based daily tips and strategies on how to increase calcium intake — four days in a row.

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

B.C. paramedics and dispatchers will be getting much-needed support from the provincial government in the face of the province's opioid overdose crisis, with a $5-million injection of funding for BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), Health Minister Terry Lake announced Friday.

Take a One Night Stand Against Cancer

Fruitvale's Vicki Iachetta was one of many West Kootenay cancer patients  to benefit from the Southern Interior Rotary Lodge.

The Southern Interior Rotary Lodge is a lifeline for residents who are fighting cancer. Fruitvale resident Vickie Iachetta certainly feels that way after spending the month of August at the lodge while undergoing radiation therapy in Kelowna.

From Sept. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, residents from the Southern Interior region stayed over 10,000 nights at the lodge. West Kootenay residents alone account for 1,599 of these nights.

Overdose Crisis – RCMP Agreement with China

CMP and Chinese Ministry of Public Safety announced their commitment to work together to co-ordinate enforcement efforts against illegal fentanyl trafficking into Canada.

The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Minister of Health Terry Lake issued the following statement on the overdose crisis:

“We are pleased to report today the RCMP and Chinese Ministry of Public Safety announced their commitment to work together to co-ordinate enforcement efforts against illegal fentanyl trafficking into Canada. China is also co-operating with our federal government to make precursors to fentanyl controlled substances under Chinese law.

Fostering a Healthy Campus Takes Forward Leap at Selkirk College

Instructor Leslie Comrie takes on a new role as Healthy Campus Advisor as Selkirk College makes fostering a healthy campus a priority. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Building a healthy community takes initiative and Selkirk College is placing a high priority on the well-being of its student.

With the formalization of Healthy Campus Initiatives, Selkirk College is leading the way in supporting students outside the classroom recognizing that the learner brings with them their entire life circumstances, not simply a pen and paper.

Fond of Food? Give Input on Food Charter, Get Dinner and a Movie

One version of Borscht

How about free borscht and an award-winning movie at the old Firehall on December 7? Yes, it’s all free! Some Rosslanders who are really excited about local food want your input into a community “Food Charter” they’re drafting for the City, so they’re inviting you to dinner: Just bring your ideas.

Canada’s health-care wait times hit 20 weeks in 2016 — longest ever recorded

Before this year, the longest recorded median wait time was 19 weeks in 2011.

Canadian patients waited longer than ever this year for medical treatment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time of 20 weeks — the longest ever recorded — and more than double the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking wait times for medically necessary elective treatments.

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