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Medical Officer of Health columns, 2012

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  • Teach Your Child Resilience

    Dec 19, 2012

    Our most cherished times in life often involve joy and laughter. However, everyone also experiences stress and hard times, and unfortunately so will our children. Research has shown that resilience is the most important quality you can help your child develop.
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  • Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless – Know What’s In Your Mouth

    Nov 21, 2012

    When it comes to chewing tobacco, just because there is no smoke does not mean there is no risk.
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  • Time for your flu shot

    Nov 07, 2012

    Each year you hear a lot about influenza, a virus commonly known as “the flu”, and the need to protect ourselves and our families by getting our flu shot. You hear this because influenza can be a very serious respiratory illness, and immunization is a safe and effective way of preventing its spread.
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  • Minimize Your Risks When Receiving Manicures and Pedicures

    Oct 24, 2012

    Manicures and pedicures have been popular among women for a long time, and over the past few years they have become increasingly popular with men as well.
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  • Rabies is Deadly but Entirely Preventable

    Oct 10, 2012

    While we don’t hear about human rabies cases very often in Canada, the case this spring in Toronto should remind us all that preventative measures are still very important. While that particular case was found to have been contracted abroad, rabies can still be found in local animals. Infected animals can spread the disease in saliva during a bite or scratch incident.
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  • The Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Care

    Oct 03, 2012

    Introduces the concept of "skin-to-skin contact" in reinforcing bond between infant and parents and benefiting infant health.
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  • Whooping Cough Preventable Through Vaccination

    Sep 05, 2012

    Pertussis, a highly contagious but vaccine preventable disease also known as whooping cough, is on the rise across North America, including here in Simcoe Muskoka. But why is pertussis resurfacing, you might ask? There is a natural cyclical increase of pertussis every 4 to 6 years, but decreased immunity of previously vaccinated adults is another explanation for the increase in cases.
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  • Protect Yourself from Vector-Borne Diseases in Simcoe Muskoka

    Aug 01, 2012

    Have you ever been bitten by a mosquito or tick? Most often, this has resulted in nothing more than an irritating itch. However, these insects can become a “vector” and carry diseases to humans or other animals. In our area mosquitoes can spread West Nile Virus (WNv) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEv), and the ticks may carry Lyme disease.
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  • Designer Dairy Products for Toddlers – Not So Well Designed

    Jul 18, 2012

    You may have recently seen new packaged foods for toddlers (children between the ages of 12 and 24 months), which are now widely available in grocery stores and big box stores. One new product is designer milk, which has been advertised as having apparent advantages over regular milk.
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  • New National Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

    Jun 19, 2012

    One of the questions people tend to ask themselves is, “How many drinks containing alcohol are okay for me?” In a day? In a week? Before I shouldn’t drive? The new National Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDG) were developed to help Canadians of legal drinking age make informed choices about drinking alcohol and to encourage a culture of moderation when it comes to alcohol consumption.
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  • Cook Safe – Keep Food Borne Illness Away this Summer

    Jun 06, 2012

    While we should always take weather predictions with a grain of salt, it looks like it will be a long, hot summer here in Simcoe Muskoka. We’ll want to take advantage of this warm weather and enjoy barbequing, camping and picnicking. But, we need to pay specific attention to how we prepare, pack, and cook our favourite foods.
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  • The importance of immunization - Reaping the benefits of vaccines

    May 02, 2012

    While very few people enjoy getting needles, the vaccines delivered are an important part of protecting your health, your family’s health and the overall health of your community.
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  • Something to chew on - A beautiful smile starts with a healthy mouth

    Apr 18, 2012

    A beautiful smile can light up a room, ease a tense situation and even warm the hearts of an audience. More importantly, a healthy mouth can significantly improve your quality of life by having a direct and profound impact on your overall health. That’s something to chew on.
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  • This breakup is good for the heart

    Jan 16, 2012

    Breaking up is hard to do, but it may be the best thing you ever do for your heart and the hearts of those you love.
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