Sickness & Prevention

Stay informed with articles and tips on preventing disease and keeping your body healthy.

Recent Features

  • How to Talk About Illness With Loved Ones>>

    A patient’s perspective on supporting your friends and family through sickness.>>

  • Treating Cancer: Who’s Caring for the Caregivers?>>

    We’ve come to understand the harsh  psychological cost of a cancer diagnosis on patients and their families. But little attention is being paid to the doctors.>>

  • 3 Ways to Reduce High Cholesterol>>

    My boyfriend was recently told he has high cholesterol. He’s only 29! What steps can he take to reduce it?>>

  • 3 Ways to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis>>

    I’ve been coping with rheumatoid arthritis for five years now, and it keeps getting worse. Is there anything I can do that might help?>>

  • 3 Ways To Manage Ulcerative Colitis>>

    I’ve just learned I have ulcerative colitis. How can I manage it?>>

  • 9 Ways to Add A Little Zen To Your Day>>

    Looking for a little instant relaxation? These nine no-fail stress-busters will put a little zen into your day.>>

  • 5 Reasons To Get The Flu Shot Now>>

    It's that time of year again — flu season. If you're unsure about getting the flu shot, here are 5 reasons you may want to consider it this year.>>

  • In Treatment: How Safe is Cleansing?>>

    Are cleanses and elimination diets safe? Discover the potential risks and rewards with our panel of Canadian health experts.>>

  • In Treatment: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome>>

    Discover your best options for alleviating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome symptons with our panel of Canadian health experts — a dietician, a doctor, and a fitness instructor.>>

  • 11 Strange Home Remedies to Avoid>>

    Earwax cures cold sores! Corpses cure boils! Urine cures acne! Discover 11 outdated folk remedies you should avoid at all costs.>>

  • 6 Important Breakthroughs in Osteoporosis Treatment>>

    We all start losing bone tissue by the time we reach our mid-30s. And as our bones become thinner, they can lose strength and break easily. Take a minute to discover the fascinating new medical breakthroughs that are helping to treat and prevent osteoporosis.>>

  • 60-Second Health Checks>>

    Got a minute? That’s all you need to learn a surprising amount about your health with these at-home self exams.>>

  • Dietary Approaches to Preventing Yeast Infections>>

    Ask a baker about yeast, and you'll hear stories of the miracles it creates in the oven—airy pastries and crusty breads that can make you swoon. But ask a woman who has had a yeast infection, and you'll hear a very different tale. Having too much of a certain type of yeast in your body can make you miserable, leaving you itching and irritated in the most intimate places.>>

  • A Complainer's Guide to Allergy Season>>

    Does your annual battle with pollen feel like the same misery, different year? We teamed up with our friends at The Doctors for surprising fixes for your biggest gripes.>>

  • Pills That Put on Weight>>

    If you're gaining weight for no reason or having trouble losing it, check the contents of your medicine cabinet.>>

  • 5 Unhealthy Habits Holding You Back>>

    Squeezing exercise into a busy schedule does the body good, but lingering bad habits may be keeping you from achieving greater health improvements.>>

  • 4 Health Benefits of Coffee>>

    More than just the booster jump-starting your day, that morning cup of coffee can provide a variety of important health benefits.>>

  • 12 Medical Breakthroughs of the Year>>

    All hail Canada’s most clever, most unexpected and most significant advances of the year, from mind-reading prosthetic arms to fighting malaria with dirty socks.>>

  • Chicken Pox: 3 Ways to Calm the Itch>>

    Chicken pox only last a couple of weeks but the itch can be more than your child can handle. Soothe their pain with these full-proof home remedies.>>

  • What are Shingles?>>

    You know you can get shingles if you’ve had chicken pox and you know how to treat it, but do you know what it is and how it develops? Read on to find out.>>

  • 8 Natural Ways to Treat Shingles>>

    If you have a case of the shingles, read on to find out what you can do to treat the pain.>>

  • 5 Ways to Handle Chicken Pox>>

    Chicken pox lasts only a week or two, but generally the end can't come soon enough. If pain is the problem, ease it with acetaminophen — never aspirin. If the itching is too much of a bear to bear, try cool baths and an antihistamine such as liquid Benadryl. And have a few other tricks to keep up your sleeve to minimize the misery.>>

  • Shingles: 6 Ways to Treat the Itching>>

    After getting a prescription medication from your doctor, try some of these home remedies to soothe the itching and heal the blisters caused by shingles.>>

  • 10 Recommended Adult Vaccines>>

    The Centre for Disease Control recommends ten vaccines for adults. Some we should all get; others are for people with certain conditions or risk factors. Ask your doctor which ones could help protect you.>>

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