A potential alternative treatment for allergies

The world can be divided into the broad categories of those with seasonal allergies and those without. Unless you suffer from ragweed allergy, it is hard to understand the utter misery that lasts for a few months each year. For many people, short of moving to an area with no ragweed, there are few options. Ragweed is widespread across Canada … Continue reading

Own a pet, reduce your risk of heart disease

In May 2013, the American Heart Association announced that owning a dog may protect you from heart disease. To be truthful, what the AHA actually said was owning a dog was “probably associated” with a reduced risk of heart disease. The reason for the slight hesitation is that the evidence is observational. How does one decide if healthy active people … Continue reading

Vaccination changes in pregnancy

There has been an increase in the number of people with pertussis (whooping cough) over the past decade. This is attributed to a natural waning of immunity and also to the presence of more unimmunized people. Infants younger than three months are at greatest risk of death from pertussis. In January 2013, a new recommendation was made for all pregnant … Continue reading