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Should all Baby Boomers be tested for Hepatitis C?

By Mark Mercure, Bsc. PHARM

My favourite questions that I receive in the pharmacy are the ones that require me to do some reading to find the right answer.

A few days ago, I was asked by a patient whether it was true that all Baby Boomers should be getting tested for Hepatitis C infection. The patient had heard this being reported, and I was not aware of this as a new recommendation.Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the Hepatitis C virus. Most people who are at some point infected by this virus will develop a chronic, lifelong infection.

Dance your way to better heart health

(NC) A diagnosis of heart failure can be devastating, especially for those without a support network. But it turns out dancing — whether it is ballroom, tap or line dance — might be a key to living better and longer.

According to Dr. Gavin Arthur, senior manager of Promote Recovery at the Heart & Stroke Foundation, keeping active at any age is important, but for people with heart failure, it is even more so. Just be sure to check with your doctor first.

Don't let age be an excuse to slow down

(NC) If you think a sore hip, painful knees or aching feet are a sign you should slow down, you're not alone. However, experts say reducing your activity levels may be the wrong decision, particularly if you are a senior.

Do you have a cold, flu or pneumonia?

(NC) Our ability to breathe is often taken for granted until it's compromised. When wintertime illnesses take the air out of your lungs, it helps to know what you have so you can treat it accordingly. While your healthcare provider is the best source of information for your specific disease, here is a cheat sheet from The Lung Association to help you sort through the symptoms and get back to breathing.

Finding time for family breakfast

NC) Did you know that families who eat breakfast together consume more fruit, whole grains and fibre than those who don't? It's also a great alternative to family dinners, which can be difficult to coordinate on busy weeknights. But according to a recent Centrum survey, only a third (33 per cent) of Canadians sit down for breakfast as a family during the week. Most of us (65 per cent of Canadians) eat breakfast alone, on the way out the door, or not at all.