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Why a Heart & Stroke Foundation wants to stop selling of diseased food to kids

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is calling on the federal government to restrict online marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages aimed at children and teens, saying that high-volume promotional tactics are setting up young people for obesity and lifelong health problems. The foundation is calling for the elimination of marketing of all food and beverage...

Why we never censor my duration from my dual immature sons

I’ve always considered myself a feminist, but having kids strengthened my conviction in equal rights for all in ways I didn’t expect. It also increased my comfort level with my body. I breastfed my two boys, and fed them whenever they were hungry, wherever we were. And when my period came back just after my...

4 many common post-pregnancy skin conditions

Originally published in 2011. I was totally unprepared for the effects of post-pregnancy hormones on my once-glowing complexion. Two months after giving birth to my second bundle of joy, my skin was ravaged by cystic acne, flakes and blotchy veins for the first time in my life, and the mask of pregnancy I’d assumed would...

11 tips to assistance we primogenitor on 4 hours of nap a night

Photo: iStockphoto In my world, the term “sleep deprived” has several levels of meaning. My husband and I experienced multiple night waking with both our daughters when they were newborns. Then came the “I can’t get back to sleep” period after they settled down. Later we discovered the 30-minute episodes of teething and crying fits...

Fast heat facts

December 7, 2016 Family Health Click on the image or click here for the expanded printable version of Fast fever facts. 2016-12-07

What we need to know about vasectomy reversal

Photo: iStockphoto The vasectomy is an easy half-hour snip. Reconnecting those tubes isn’t such a breeze. Vasectomy reversal is an invasive, two- to three-hour procedure that may require general anesthetic. And since it’s not covered under provincial health plans, the cost can run around $5,000. The success rate is good (studies suggest 50 to 70 percent...

RECALL: Cuisinart recalls 8.3 million food processors after blade pieces finish adult in food

Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Conair Consumer Products have recalled 8.3 million food processors after reports of broken pieces of the blade ending up in the processed food and posing a laceration hazard to consumers. The affected food processors have model numbers that begin with the following: CFP-11, DFP-7, DFP-11,...

My family quit sugar: How we survived slicing out a honeyed stuff

Last summer, my five-year-old son and I were walking home from the corner store as he merrily licked a giant Sour Key candy. I glanced at him, the sugar crystals sparkling off his nostrils in the sunlight. Research has shown that sugar can be as addictive as cocaine, and at that moment, the comparison...

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How Much Are Docs Responsible for Patients’ Opioid Abuse?

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