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3 ways to overcome the stigma of dementia

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(NC) For many people living with a health condition, dealing with stereotypes and myths can be a significant challenge. Stigma can also prevent people from receiving an early diagnosis. Alternatively, seeking treatment. Or have the best quality of life possible. Dementia is a loss of mental function that affects daily activities. It happens when cells in […]

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Feeling lonely? A pet may help

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(NC) Loneliness is now considered a health risk as serious as smoking and obesity. It’s affecting the health of many Canadians. Everyone from university students to seniors. If you’re experiencing pangs of social isolation, consider adopting a pet. “There is nothing more rewarding than being greeted when you return home by a delighted dog. Or […]

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What you need to know about prescription opioids

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(NC) You were playing some pick-up hockey with friends and slipped and broke your leg. Or you were running across the street, tripped over the curb and fractured your elbow. Or maybe you experience overwhelming pain from a chronic medical condition and your healthcare provider feels opioids may help manage your pain. It doesn’t matter […]

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Going in for Surgery? Learn How Opioids May Increase Your Risk for Respiratory Compromise

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(BPT) – There is a severe epidemic of opioid-related drug addiction in the United States. Accompanied by an alarming increase in opioid-related drug overdose deaths. In addition to the non-prescription use of opioids, administration of prescribed opioids in hospital settings may cause respiratory depression. Especially in combination with anesthesia and other sedating medications. It can […]