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Fever in Infants and Children

What is a normal temperature? A normal temperature is about 37°C (98°F) when taken orally (by mouth). Temperatures taken rectally (by rectum) usually run 0.5°C higher than those taken...

2011

Child & Adolescent Health Care,

Patient Education

Grieving - Facing Illness, Death and Other Losses

Grief is a normal, healthy response to different types of losses. It is the emotional and physical response that occurs when a loss is expected or after the loss has happened. One of the greatest losses that can occur is the death of someone you love. Other losses that...

2011

Patient Education

Headache Diary

For patients with recurrent headaches, keeping a diary is often recommended. A research team at the Centre for Research in Family Health, based at the IWK (Izaak Walton Killam) Health Centre in Nova Scotia, has developed an electronic headache diary to help simplify the task. Called the My Wireless Headache Intervention, or myWHI, it goes beyond tracking headache details—such as duration and pain location—to include potential triggers, strategies to manage headaches (eg, medication), and daily details (eg, number of sleep hours). The researchers  believe that the graphical reports will help your patients better understand their headaches and help you make more informed decisions about their care. They invite you to try myWHI with your patients.

2015

Heartburn - hints on dealing with the discomfort.

What is heartburn? Despite its name, heartburn doesn't affect the heart. Heartburn is a burning sensation in the lower chest that may move up, along with a sour acid or bitter taste in the throat or mouth. It usually occurs after eating a big meal or while lying down.

2007

Patient Education

Hemorrhoids - Reducing the pain and discomfort

 Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum or anus. The type of hemorrhoid you have depends on where it occurs.

2012

Patient Education

Home measurement of blood pressure. [DVD]

Home measurement of blood pressure. A step-by-step educational video that provides visual instruction and narration on everything you need to know about measuring your blood pressure at home. Blood Pressure Canada.

2009

Hypertension,

Patient Education

Hypertension brochure. Blood Pressure Canada.

The brochure defines high blood pressure and tells how blood pressure is measured, and gives advice for home blood pressure monitoring and following a healthy diet.

2008

Hypertension,

Patient Education

Low back pain - tips on pain relief and prevention.

What makes up the spine? The lower spine consists of five bones, called the lumbar vertebrae. The vertebrae support the body and protect the spinal core and nerves. Between each vertebra is a disc filled with a jelly-like material. The discs act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae.

2007

Patient Education

Nosebleeds - what to do when your nose bleeds.

What causes nosebleeds? The most common causes are dryness (often caused by indoor heat in the winter) and nose picking. These two things work together - nose picking occurs more often when mucus in the nose is dry and crusty.

2015

Patient Education

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis (say: os-te-o-poro-sis) occurs when the inside of the bones become porous and thin from a loss of calcium (see the picture below). This is called losing bone mass. Over time, this weakens the bones and makes them more likely to break.

2011

Care of the Elderly,

Patient Education,

Preventive Care,

Women’s Health

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