New Zealand has a health goal for the country that is quite unique. The government wants to create a whole generation of non-smokers. Starting in 2027, anyone born after 2008 will not be able to buy cigarettes. It’s a way if ensuring that young people never start smoking. Canada is watching with interest.
The mRNA technology used to create the hugely successful COVID vaccines could be used in the future to design a cancer vaccine to treat patients with advanced melanoma. The company, BioNTec, that partnered with Pfizer on the COVID-19 vaccine, is the company researching the melanoma vaccine.
There has been an increase in thyroid cancer in women over the past ten years. Although there is no known way to prevent this type of cancer, you can do a few things by eating nutritiously, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active. Also, one can be aware of the signs of thyroid cancer. These include a painless lump or swelling in the neck. Other signs include unexplained hoarseness or difficulty swallowing that persists. As with all cancers, early detection increases the chances of a cure.
Vaccination status is a good medical reason to be considered when one is hoping for an organ transplant. Many transplant hospitals in the U.S., when choosing who gets an organ, are giving preference to those who have their immunizations up to date over others who don’t. This happening in Canada as well.
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. Bill and Barbara, along with their business partner Jenna Whitehead, opened Campus Trail Pharmacy in 2020. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has led 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 at 348 Muskoka Road 3 North. Phone: (705) 789-1785.
The Campus Trail Pharmacy is at 39 Campus Trail, in the new Campus Trails Wellness Centre off Muskoka Rd 3 N beside The Tom condominiums. Phone: (705) 789-5331.
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