Some facts about the most common travel-related illness
No doubt you’ve seen TV commercials about travellers’ diarrhea (TD). The ads are helpful in raising awareness, but it’s important to understand that TD is much more than just as “nuisance” that keeps you running to the bathroom. In reality, TD can cause:
- Acute suffering (diarrhea, vomiting, pain, fever and bloody stools),
- Longer-term health problems of the bowel, as well as the possible need to
- Seek medical assistance in a foreign country. In addition, a TD infection could result in your having to:
- Make schedule changes to flights etc.,
- Lose time and money, as well as the possible need for
- Medical treatment once you return home.
and safe! Don’t forget to pack a first-aid kit!
So, if you or your family members are planning a trip, you might wish to consult our travel specialists, pharmacists Erica Shearer or Suzie Pilon. They can help you learn how to reduce your risk for TD, as well as other environmental health risks you may encounter in the country you’ll be visiting.
Where can you contract TD?
A person could contract TD in any country, but a very short list of high and moderate risk countries include places Canadians often visit: Mexico, Costa Rica, India, China, Cuba, the Dominican
Republic, Australia and New Zealand.
What causes TD?
- Feces-contaminated food and water
- Bacteria (enterotoxigenic E-coli is the most common)
Please travel safe and smart.
We’re here to help people of all ages, and especially those at highest risk: children, seniors, pregnant women and people who have certain health conditions.
Before you depart, call Medical Arts!
At least 8 weeks before you travel, make a Travel Health appointment with pharmacists Erica Shearer (L) at 13th St. or Suzie Pilon (R) at Montreal Rd.
What to know if your doctor recommends it for you
AGING WELL MIDWINTER 2018
Most people know there are many infections – caused by viruses – that can be prevented through immunization. Some examples include vaccines to combat seasonal fl u, shingles, polio, measles and many others. But some vaccines prevent diseases caused by bacteria, and one of these is the vaccine that prevents pneumococcal disease. As you’ve probably guessed, the “pneum” in pneumococcal signals an infection of the lungs (pneumonia). But once inside the body, these bacteria can also cause infections of the middle ear or sinuses. And if the infection becomes
invasive, it can result in potentially lifethreatening:
■ Blood poisoning (bacteremia)
■ Infection of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord (bacterial meningitis), and
■ Infection inside the chambers of the heart or heart valves (endocarditis).
65 or older? Your doctor might recommend vaccination. Why?
If we’re in this age group, we’re already at higher risk for pneumococcal disease (as are children under age 5). But we’re at even higher risk for infection if we:
■ Have a chronic illness such as diabetes, COPD, emphysema, heart disease, alcoholism or liver disease
■ Have a condition that weakens our immune system
■ Smoke cigarettes, or
■ Live in a seniors residence.
You might wonder: Couldn’t antibiotics be used for an infection instead of getting the vaccine?
Unfortunately, we live in times where bacteria – like pneumococcal bacteria – are becoming harder to treat because of “antibiotic resistance.” This means the best and safest strategy is disease prevention. Please feel free to speak to our pharmacists if you have any questions. We’re always here for you.
MEDICAL ARTS PHARMACY CORDIALLY INVITES MEDICAL DOCTORS AND NURSE PRACTITIONERS TO ATTEND
Comparing and Contrasting the 3 Ms:
Marijuana, Morphine and Mindfulness
Where does each fit in the clinical paradigm?Guest Speakers: Dr. Dean Ducas and Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix
Jackie Gardner-Nix, MBBS, PhD, MRCP (UK)
Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto
Former chronic pain consultant physician at Toronto’s St. Michael;s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Medical Director of NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions Inc.
Has extensive experience in opioid prescribing, as well as Mindfulness course design and facilitation for chronic pain suffers
Dean Ducas, MDCM, CCFPO
A heightened interest in the evolving science of medical marijuana – some 26 years into my now 30-year family medicine practice – led to dedicated study of the academic literature, participation in national and international pain conferences (including the annual Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC)) and sharing the evidence with local hospital and community-based colleagues, as well as groups such as the Addictions and Mental Health Services of Cornwall. To date, after 250 referrals and 200 consults, I follow approximately 150 patients.
The annual Lights of Hope campaign was a success thanks to the number of generous donations from the community. The Religious Hospitalers of St. Joseph Health Centre of Cornwall Fund raises funds to support and improve services at the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. As in passed years, Medical Arts Pharmacy has made a generous donation to this initiative.