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Urgent remedy sought for pediatrician shortage

The departure of two local pediatricians has seen Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre calling in pediatricians more often from Calgary and Edmonton to cover on-call duties at the hospital.

Currently nine local pediatricians provide on-call duty at the hospital. Not all of them work full-time. READ

Social media blamed for spike in sexually-transmitted infections

Gonorrhea and syphilis rates dramatically spiked across Alberta last year mostly due to the use of social media, according to health officials. READ

Alberta child advocate wants suicide prevention for aboriginal youth

Alberta's child advocate is calling on the province to fund a suicide prevention strategy to tackle what he calls a "terrible trend of aboriginal youth suicide." READ

Canada confirms its first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus, in Ontario

Canada has recorded its first confirmed case of the Zika virus transmitted through sex. READ

The Motivation Molecule

We all know what it’s like to feel that emotional high that comes with a sense of achievement. Or I bet everyone can remember those moments of youthful bliss when you were lost in infatuation; you might even smile and feel a trickle of that same feeling as you watch your teenager text and talk late into the night. READ

Relaxing is the new hustle

Over 1 in 4 workers in Canada report being highly stressed. That equates to around 3. 7 million people. READ

Two pregnant women among seven B.C. residents who test positive for Zika virus

Two pregnant women are among seven British Columbians who recently tested positive for the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. READ

Worker says making cancer-related terms understood in Inuit a challenge

For Annie Buchan, educating Canada’s Inuit about the dangers caused by cancer has been challenging. READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Stories to help deal with the season of sickness

This week I launch my book, The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being. Because it is the season of coughs, sore throats and colds, I thought three plant stories from the book might be of interest. READ

Probiotics can change your life

It may not be what’s trending on Twitter right now, but it is certainly coming to the forefront of more people’s nutritional conversations, as it should. READ

The future of our health — well-being for kids

After presenting to a group of middle school students on the topic of nutrition recently, I got a taste of what it would be like to be a parent — tough. READ

Give body the help it needs

By the time we’re 30 years old and beyond, our lives have undergone a great deal of change. Often we are on our second career, we’re starting a family — whatever it is, it’s safe to say life has really changed. For most of us through our mid-20s to our mid-60s, much of our time is spent on our working life. READ

Woman loses over half of her body weight

Alicia Snell stepped on her new scale and stared at the number. 28 pounds. READ

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