Health Topics

Lymphedema

LYMPHEDEMA The term lymphedema refers to swelling due to the abnormal accumulation of protein rich lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is an important part of the body’s immune system. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is deficient or damaged, altering the transport of the lymph fluid. Lymphedema usually affects the arms or legs, but it

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Knee Injuries

KNEE INJURIES Anyone can be a victim of a knee injury; whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend fitness buff or someone just busy carrying out your day-to-day activities. The knee joint is unique in that it carries body weight at the same time as it provides flexibility and mobility. It is formed by

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Juvenile Arthritis

JUVENILE IDIOPATHIC ARTHRITIS Arthritis is not just a disease of the elderly. Childhood arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) affects one of every 1000 Canadian children under the age of 16. It is among the most common chronic childhood disorders. In some children, it can last for as little as several months to a year

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Incontinence

IS YOUR BLADDER RUNNING YOUR LIFE? Urinary incontinence is a common problem that affects both men and women, though it is more common in women. It is estimated that 10-30 per cent of all women experience incontinence at some point in their lives. It can be a distressing and embarrassing condition that affects many aspects

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Falls for Seniors

PREVENTING FALLS IN SENIORS More than one-third of Canada’s elderly population (ages 65 and older) fall each year. It’s estimated that 50 percent of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as sprains, hip fractures, or head traumas that permanently reduce their mobility and independence. Direct health care costs relating to falls

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Computer Ergonomics

HEALTHY COMPUTER HABITS: TIPS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY In this highly computerized world, more and more people of all ages are experiencing aches and pains that come from sitting at a computer for long periods of time. These aches and pains are felt in the neck, shoulder, upper and lower back, wrist and elbow

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Backpacks

BACKPACKS: Causing a pain in the back? Backpacks are one of the best ways to carry books, binders, lunch, running shoes and other items, whether for school or recreation. However, carrying an overloaded backpack or wearing one improperly can lead to poor posture, over-stretching of the soft tissue in your neck and back, and unnecessary

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Back Pain

BACK PAIN “OH, MY ACHING BACK!” Almost everyone experiences some type of back pain during the course of their lives. The pain may occur suddenly and be gone within a couple of days or weeks, or it may occur repeatedly, never completely going away, and have a major impact on regular daily activities. HOW YOUR

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Ankle Sprain

(OUCH! YOU’VE SPRAINED YOUR ANKLE) Ankle sprains are a common but painful injury that can happen in sports like running, soccer, basketball or volleyball, or simply by stepping unexpectedly onto an uneven surface. The ankle joint is made up of three bones – the tibia, the fibula and the talus (see illustration). The talus is

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