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Sometimes Summer Bites!

Published: Jun. 1, 2017

As the weather starts to become warmer, I’m sure we are all thinking about how to enjoy the great outdoors in Northern Ontario. But the warmer weather also means that other creatures, such as mosquitoes and ticks, become more active. Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus which can lead to severe illness…

Add the Medicine Cabinet to your Spring Cleaning List

Published: May. 29, 2017

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Public Health Nurse Angie Royal explains that disposing of the left over painkillers from your surgery, the antibiotics you stopped taking because you were feeling better, and other medications can prevent poisoning, misuse and abuse.

Take the Fight Out of Food

Published: Apr. 3, 2017

How’s your relationship with food? Your Timmins and area dietitians want to know! Let’s talk a little bit about what we can do to tackle our food fights…

Cervical Cancer: Could it happen to you?

Published: Mar. 23, 2017

Public Health Nurse Natalie Vachon Ukrainetz asks are you at risk of cervical cancer? There's an easy way to find out.

Call the Shots on Colon Cancer

Published: Mar. 6, 2017

Did you know that there is a simple take-home screening test that can detect colorectal cancer? The name of the test sums it up very well: Fecal (stool) Occult (hidden) Blood Test (FOBT). Joanne Bennett helps you call the shots on colon cancer.

In with Winter, Out with the Blues

Published: Feb. 9, 2017

For most people, feeling down during winter is temporary and the return of sunny weather is all it takes to lift spirits, while for others, the “blues” can become a more severe experience known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Meagan Sergerie share some ways to recognize SAD and tips to combat…