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Nail fungus is nothing to tip toe around

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(NC) For the first time in more than 10 years Canadians can now talk to their doctors about a new treatment option to fight nail fungus infections. Affecting approximately 2.4 million Canadians (and as many as 18 per cent of those are over 60), nail fungus is a common concern.

How to be an informed healthcare consumer

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(NC) At the age of 99, Ruth became a “gold star” patient.

“Ruth” – not her real name – had been struggling alone at home with breathing problems, resigned to suffering in silence from congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was poised to move to a long-term care facility.

Tuberculosis funding in Nunavut can lead to positive change

TB specialist giving speech in Nunavut

(NC) It may seem like tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that plagued Canadians in the past, but in 2012, 1,686 new cases were reported across the country. Seventy-nine of those came from Nunavut, a startling number that represents 234.4 cases per 100,000 people in that territory.

“My research is focused on developing innovative, public health interventions to prevent TB and break the cycle of the disease's transmission among Inuit in Nunavut,” says Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez, associate professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Encourage good oral care from toddlers through the teens

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(NC) To ensure a lifetime full of smiles, be sure to encourage the youth in your family to be enthusiastic about their daily, oral hygiene habits. Here are some useful tips:

Children ages 3–6: Help your young children to brush their teeth twice a day, using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Show them how to brush every tooth surface and their tongue, and make sure that they spit out the toothpaste when they are done.

5 steps to better oral health

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(NC) Good oral health is the cornerstone of overall health and well-being and it is the key to a happy and productive life, say dental hygienists. In fact, why not dedicate ourselves to a daily oral hygiene routine with benefits that will last a lifetime, they suggest? All it takes is five simple steps:

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

2. Floss between your teeth daily.

3. Rinse using an antiseptic mouthwash.

4. Make healthy food choices.