Life Health

Trees burned in a forest fire in the foreground of Height of the Rockies Provincial Park near Canal Flats, B.C. on Aug. 30, 2011. (Mike Drew/Postmedia Network/Files)

Vigilance key to keeping wildfires from occurring

As summer weather begins to heat up, the risks for wildfires around the province continue to grow in tandem. It may be easy to distance ourselves from the various wildfires burning across B.C., but complacency is not an option this year.

Summer fruit and vegetable selections make healthy living easy, helping to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape. (Julie Jocsak/Postmedia Network/Files)

Fueling your body and mind

Picture this: an all-night cram session, a pile of unread books, a growing list of deadlines. How do you arm yourself for study wars and homework standoffs?

Lindsey Finkelstein, 22 years, right, is conforted by her mother, Merle, left, at their home on November 2, 2016, one day before going through surgery. (Marie-France Coallier/MONTREAL GAZETTE)

Mother, daughter battle cancer at the same time

Last November, barely 22 when she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, Lindsey Hope Finkelstein had radical surgery to amputate both breasts. Within six months, as she was getting chemotherapy, her mom, Merle, was in the operating room for the same surgery, a double mastectomy.

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Can vitamin C help with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Several weeks ago I reported that autopsies of the brains of people diagnosed with dementia reveal damage to small arteries, which may cause tiny strokes and brain injury. Researchers also discovered that mice with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), when treated with vitamin C, showed that typical amyloid plaques associated with this disease disappeared! An

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The role retinoids play in quality skin care

Retinoids, and related compounds are derived from vitamin A. In its many forms, vitamin A is quite different when ingested than when applied to the skin. In the world of skin care and beauty it has assumed a very central role as retinoids, retinol and retinoic acid. And that’s where the confusion comes in.

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We've become a nations of wimps

Long ago, immigrants landed on our hostile shores. They had no shelter, food or medical care. They hacked down forests and tried to survive. Many didn't. They developed colds and sore backs. But they had more to do than swallow pills. Nor did they have social agencies to pamper them. Today, their offspring have become wimps, part of a drug-infested

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Informed consent: Are you really informed?

If I were a patient, what would I want to know about the risk of treatment? Since I’ve been one a few times, let me tell you what I worried about before past medical procedures. And will there ever be truly informed patients?

Celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza. (Handout)

Interval training is the new fountain of youth

Interval training is not only king of exercise, it's been declared a fountain of youth by a new study. Forget Botox and expensive creams, reach for your runners instead. High-intensity interval training increases cellular energy production that staves off aging, according to a National Institutes of Health funded study and published this month in C

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Vitamins aren’t always the magic pill

The newest must-have trend isn’t a designer bag or an ultra-Instagrammable food monstrosity. It’s something your mom likely forced on you a six-year-old child: vitamins. Yes, something that seems so utterly unsexy is the lifestyle obsession du jour of the cool-kid crowd.