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by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Dec 21 2016

'Tis the season to be jolly, fal-la-la-la-lah and so on -- but it's hard to feel jolly while afflicted with a stuffed or runny nose, headache, coughs and sneezes.  Colds are  not usually  a reason to lurch off  to your doctor; the doctor will just tell you to rest, take lots of hot fluids, and avoid spreading your germs around.  Well, viruses.

Many of us swear by hot home-made chicken...

by Trail Champion on Tuesday Dec 20 2016

The New Year is fast approaching, and the Alzheimer Society of BC wants Kootenay/Boundary residents to be aware of services that will be available in 2017.

“We will be offering several workshops for families living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia in the New Year,” said local support and education coordinator Julie Leffelaar.

Highlights of programming include:

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by Contributor on Monday Dec 19 2016

The month of November brought the highest number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. for a single month in recent memory, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

Provisional data shows that a total of 128 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during November, an average of more than four a day. The previous high for a single month was 82 in January, 2016....

by Contributor on Sunday Dec 18 2016

British Columbia is full of opportunities and unforgettable recreational experiences. But to safely enjoy this province, everyone venturing out into the wilderness has the responsibility of adequately preparing for the trip.

As the number of people in the wilderness has increased in recent years, so have the number of search and rescue operations undertaken by volunteers. Emergency...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Dec 14 2016

How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That’s how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England’s University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all living matter on the planet, estimated at around four trillion tonnes.

Scientists have dubbed...

by Contributor on Monday Dec 12 2016

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Minister of Health Terry Lake, along with the co-chairs of the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response, Dr. Perry Kendall and Clayton Pecknold, issued the following joint statement today in response to the federal announcement regarding a new Canadian drugs and substances strategy:

“We’re pleased to see the federal government...

by Rossland Telegraph on Sunday Dec 11 2016

Guillain-Barré  ("Ghee-yan Bah-ray") Syndrome  can cause muscle weakness and temporary paralysis, and can be life-threatening.  In susceptible individuals, it can be triggered by bacteria in undercooked chicken, or in other contaminated food or even water.  The suspected link between Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium commonly found in raw and undercooked poultry, and...

by City of Trail on Thursday Dec 01 2016

Interior Health has donated 44 radon kits to the Trail Area Health and Environment Committee (THEC) and City of Trail to springboard a campaign to encourage homeowners and municipalities to test their buildings for radon before the end of 2016.

“Everyone should get their home tested. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking,” says Mike Adams, THEC member and team...

by Contributor on Tuesday Nov 29 2016

UBC researchers have demonstrated that simple, cost-effective email messages can help improve the health habits of Canadians.

Mary Jung, an assistant professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus, recently completed a nationwide study with more than 730 Canadians who were not meeting Canada’s recommended dietary intake for calcium. Participants received an...

by Kyra Hoggan on Saturday Nov 26 2016

A Naloxone information session Wednesday at the Community Harvest Food Bank and Drop-in Centre saw roughly 25 people showing up to learn how to use the kits to help save someone in an opioid-overdose situation.

(Naloxone is an injectible drug that reverses the effect of opioids such as fentanyl and has proved...

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