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Hemochromatosis

  What is hemochromatosis? Hemochromatosis is an iron disorder that largely affects the liver, however if left untreated can damage joints and other organs.  Iron is a good thing, however too much of it is not.  People with hemochromatosis are genetically predisposed to absorb too much iron.  Normally people absorb 8-10% of the...

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Hepatitis Awareness Month

  May marks hepatitis awareness month.  Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease of the liver.  It can be caused by chemical/drug exposure, autoimmune disease or by a virus.  Viral hepatitis is the most common form of hepatitis.  Many people can have the virus and never show any symptoms.  Viral hepatitis is broken into three...

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NP Claudia Mariano talks about help for Quitting Smoking

              Question: “I want to quit smoking but I’m afraid I won’t be successful. What are my options?” Quitting smoking is hard, but there are options to help you become a non-smoker. If you have tried to quit in the past, or have never made a quit...

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Red Flags in the ER

Susan Jezerinac MSc, NP   The Red Eye You Don’t Want to Miss A very common patient presentation to health care practitioners is a red eye.  Fortunately, most causes of red eye are self-limiting and relatively benign; however, there are ocular pathologies which require the knowledge and assessment of an ophthalmologist.  Nurse Practitioners should...

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The Latest on Medical Cannabis

Julie L. Lossing MN NP The Latest on Medical Cannabis: Cannabis, as its popular nickname suggests, grows freely almost everywhere. In Ontario ditches this summer look closely and you may find it flourishing among thistles, wild flowers, weeds. Like other substances now mainstream, such as aspirin and morphine, cannabis has been used therapeutically...

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Questions about Refugee Care? See the January Edition of “Ask the NP” for Resources for Caregivers and Healthcare Providers.

With one heartbreaking photo, the media lens of 2015 became sharply focused on the plight of refugee migration. Citizens and health care practitioners throughout Canada acknowledged the record number of displaced persons in the world, particularly in the Middle East, and were compelled to do more. Indeed, this spirit of good will has...

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Could my Child’s Sore Throat be Strep? We asked Paediatric Nurse Practitioners Aliya Jaffer and Mollie McConnell for the Answers.

November 2015 “Ask the NP” Edition Is it Strep Throat? With cold and influenza season starting this month, those dreadful sore throats are also right around the corner. Unfortunately, it’s challenging to differentiate between strep throat and a viral infection and, every year, people flock to their primary care provider, walk in clinics...

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Can a Child have a Stroke? NP Kathleen Andres has the answers here in the October “Ask the NP” Edition

Question: Can Children have Strokes? Strokes can occur at any age, from before birth into young adulthood. Between 3 and 6 per 100,000 children aged 28 days to 18 years are affected by stroke. This rate is even higher among newborns, affecting 1 in 2,300 live births each year. Stroke can be broadly...

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Why Should I go for a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment? We asked NP Debbie Daly in the September Edition of “Ask the NP”.

My Nurse Practitioner Wants Me to Have a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment: What is a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA), and why would I need one?   Canadians are living longer, and most seniors live healthy and active lives. As we age and our health needs become more complex, there is an increased risk for...

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NP Peggy Rice Discusses Bone Density (BMD) Testing in the August edition of “Ask the NP”

What is a Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test and why is it done? Our bones are continually remodeling over a 7 year cycle which consists of bone formation and resorption. With aging, the scale is tipped as there is more bone removal than formation making bones weaker. Women experience an accelerated bone loss...

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