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Free course for families struggling with mental illness

Are you supporting a family member or friend who is struggling with mental illness? The challenges families face when a loved one has a mental illness can be overwhelming. Imagine what it is like to have a family member who is actively psychotic, paranoid, or so deeply depressed that they can’t get out of bed. ... Read More »

Orchids, dandelions and social isolation

Smiling helps reduce our body’s response during brief periods of stress, regardless of whether we actually feel happy or not. All of our facial expressions are contagious. In part, how we handle feeling isolated depends on our personality. In her book Quiet, author Susan Cain explains “the orchid hypothesis.” Many children are like dandelions, able ... Read More »

BC launches lung cancer screening program – the first in Canada

British Columbians at high risk of lung cancer will soon be able to receive early detection screening, thanks to the provincial government’s investment in a new lung cancer screening program offered by BC Cancer – the first of its kind in Canada. “At a time when we are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, it’s ... Read More »

Why the flu shot is so important for the 2020-21 influenza season

Millions of people across the globe get flu shots each year. Flu shots protect people against influenza, but they might provide even greater benefits in 2020. As the world continues to confront the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, it’s imperative that people everywhere take every step necessary to protect themselves and others. The Centers for ... Read More »

What is herd immunity?

Infectious diseases can strike at any time. Some of them cause relatively minor interruptions to daily life and often can resolve of their own accord when the body’s immune system mounts a successful defence. Other diseases can cause serious, even life-threatening symptoms or spread rapidly, making it essential for medical professionals to help slow down ... Read More »

SCRD gets COVID-19 briefing

Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Medical Health Officer with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) stated that less than one per cent of the confirmed COVID-19 virus cases reported in the region are located on the Sunshine Coast. That percentage covers cases in the lower Coast and Powell River areas. He shared this information as a delegation at the ... Read More »

Face shields for the frontline

Here is the most recent prototype of a face shield I worked up, using duct tape and “florist’s cellophane”. It is now in community use, and my wife and I are trying to crank these out as we hear from frontline workers who urgently need facial protection. So far, we’ve supplied Howe Sound Pharmacy, several ... Read More »

Coast to Capital

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a public health emergency in our Province. Our priority is to keep Canadians safe and healthy while responding to quickly-evolving challenges. We face, among other things, an unprecedented: • Public health challenge to mitigate the worst impacts of COVID-19; • Economic and financial challenge to support workers and businesses through ... Read More »

Staying home

This what the medical injunction to stay home as much as possible looked like in downtown Sechelt at noon on Monday, March 23. With most merchants closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were not many people about. Still, the Sunshine Coast COVID Physician Task Force believes it’s not enough, and are calling on provincial ... Read More »

Eat, drink, exercise – in that order

Diet and exercise are each vital components of a healthy lifestyle. While these components tend to be looked at separately, diet and exercise are actually interconnected. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, adequate food and fluid should be consumed before, during and after exercise. Following that advice can help men and women maintain ... Read More »

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