The holy grail of the treatment of type I diabetes is to transplant the insulin-producing cells (islet cells) to replace the faulty ones in the pancreas of the diabetic. An American company has been working on this for many years using donated organ islet cells. However, this method requires taking immuno-suppressive drugs for life to prevent rejection. The company is now researching specialized stem cells to hopefully avoid this problem.
Do you carry with you a list of all he medications you take? You never know when this information will be useful during an ER visit or at a walk-in clinic seeing a doctor other than your own.
Fifteen years after a person stops smoking, the risk of dying drops to almost the same level as the person who has never smoked at all.
The cost of a kidney transplant in Canada is about $66,000 for the first year followed by about $23,000 in each subsequent years for maintenance. While the annual cost of dialysis to the healthcare system per patient is nearly $100,000. So transplants do save our healthcare system much money. The problem? There are not enough donated kidneys. Have you signed an organ donor card yet?
Some smells can trigger a memory from long ago. These autobiographical memories associated with smell are due to the proximity of the smell-centres of the brain to the limbic and amygdala brain centres associated with memory.
Sometimes these odour stimulants bring back happy memories but also the reverse can be true also. Examples of odours may be fresh-cut hay, pine trees, sea air and even animals like horses. Others for younger people might be play-doh, scented markers, Lego blocks etc.
Pets can have a positive influence on our health. One study showed that pet-owners saw their doctors 16 per cent less often than non-pet-owners.
They also walked more steps per day because the dog needs walking. Pets also help keep stress levels down as well.
During the isolation required of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for dogs and cats greatly increased.
Bill Coon graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1984, and was the Faculty’s Centennial Scholar that same year. Bill and his pharmacist wife, Barbara, along with Paul Whitehead, opened Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in 1990. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has lead to Bill’s interest in fitness and health, both personally and professionally. Bill’s Capsule Comments provide a full range of up to date health information.
Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy is conveniently located in the Huntsville Professional Building ~ 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville Phone:(705) 789-1785