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Thursday, 07 July 2016 00:00

Men—Get up on dat

            “Whether they have sex with men or women, men often find it difficult to talk to their health-care provider about sexual health and sexually transmitted infections,” says Shawn Woods, manager of the Haliburton, Kawartha,

Thursday, 07 July 2016 00:00

Slow down for snails to avoid itch

            You know thatitchy rash you sometimes get after swimming in a lake or river? Well, it’s caused by tiny larvae that live in shallow waters with lots of snails or birds. 

            When you come out of the lake after a swim, the larvae can

Thursday, 07 July 2016 00:00

The skinny on fat; part 1

By Benjamin Stone

            Let's take a journey down the rabbit hole on the truths versus myths of fat in the first of this multi-part series, The Skinny on Fat.

            It seems counter-intuitive and maybe just plain wrong to eat fat to lose fat. Our beliefs have been built around

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

A Father’s Day wish for time and comfort

By John Bird, editor

            I’m a father. So what do I want for Father’s Day?

            Two things: time . . . and comfort.

            What I’d really like is time with my own dad. I want him back. I want to have had him around these last

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

Well-deserved winners

            Winners of the Family Doctor Appreciation Week children’s poster and letter contest converged on Tradewind Imports recently to receive their promised prizes. Pictured are: Levi (left), Tessa, Hilary and Lewis, with store staffer Angela.

            The Appreciation Week and contest are projects of the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative, whose mandate is to recruit doctors to the city.

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

Swinging for a good cause

            Greg Welton shows his golfing form outside Ross Memorial Hospital as Les Fowler and Erin Coons look on.

            Greg and Les visited the hospital recently to present a cheque for

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

Public Health for all

            The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (ALPHA) is applauding Ontario’s proposed “Patients First Act” that will push Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to work more closely with local public health units.

            The outcome, says says ALPHA President, Dr. Valerie Jaeger, should be a health-care system reoriented toward

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

Rabies goes batty in Peterborough

            Peterborough Public Health says a local bat found recently in Peterborough has tested positive for rabies.

            There were 13 rabid bats in Ontario in 2015 and zero in Peterborough. Now we’ve got

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

Ten years on, tobacco still a killer

            Ten years after the Smoke-Free Ontario Act kicked in, tobacco still kills about 13,000 people in Ontario every year.

            Smoking is still the leading cause of premature death across the country.

            Despite celebrating

            Lyme disease is on the increase in Ontario—and you can get the potentially fatal disease from the bite of a blacklegged tick.

            Public Health Ontario reported 220 “confirmed and probable” human cases of Lyme disease in 2014. Most occurred from May to October, with June, July and August accounting for more than two-thirds of cases.

            Not all blacklegged ticks carry Lyme disease, but climate change is increasing the number of infected ticks in fields and forests across Canada. So the Peterborough County-City Health Unit is asking local residents to be aware of the disease and how to prevent it.

            If you’re out in the local bush during the warmer months, health officials suggest wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hats to discourage ticks from latching onto you as you brush against them on branches or wildflower plants.

            When you get back home, be sure everyone checks their bodies for ticks—including the dog.

            They can be “as small as a sesame seed and their bites are usually painless, so it’s important to be on the lookout for ticks and the symptoms of Lyme disease,” says Atul Jain, Manager of Environmental Health Programs.

            If you do find one, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull it straight out.

            The Peterborough Health Unit is “monitoring for evidence of infected ticks in our area, so it’s asking people who do find ticks on their bodies to bring them to the Health Unit for identification. Save it in an empty screw-top bottle or zip-top bag and take it to the third floor of the health unit at 185 King St., Peterborough, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

            Include this information—full name and birth date for the person with the tick, location of tick on the body and length of time attached, where the tick was acquired, along with recent travel history; any symptoms, and healthcare provider’s name and city.

            The first sign of Lyme disease is usually a circular rash in the shape of a bull’s eye, Jain explains. Other symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. For more details, visit www.pcchu.ca click on “My Home & Environment” and go to “Lyme Disease.”

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