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Athletes – The Importance of Good Hydration

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Why is it so important to stay hydrated? Whether you’re a serious athlete or a recreational exerciser, it’s important to make sure you get the right amount of water before, during, and…

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Atrial Fibrillation

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. What is atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation (pronounced: ay-tree-all fib-rill-ay-shun) is an irregular heartbeat that is typically very fast. Your heart has 4 compartments called chambers. The top 2 chambers are called the…

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is ADHD? Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the name of a group of behaviors found in many children and adults. People who have ADHD have trouble paying attention in school,…

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Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is autism? Autism is a brain disorder that affects the development of normal social and communication skills. People who have autism have trouble communicating and interacting with other people, starting…

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Backpack Safety

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Kids carry a lot in their backpacks: homework, books, lunch, jackets, sports equipment … The list goes on and on. And while your child’s backpack may be big enough to tote all…

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Bacterial Vaginosis

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection in the vagina caused by a type of bacteria (germ). The vagina normally contains a lot of “good” bacteria, called lactobacilli…

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Balancing Work and Caregiving

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. According to the Vanier Institute of the Family, 6.1 million Canadians were caregivers to a family member and also worked outside the home. If you’re currently caring for a loved one, chances…

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Barrett’s Esophagus

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is Barrett’s esophagus? Your esophagus is a tube that goes from your throat to your stomach. When you swallow, food travels down this tube and into your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux…

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Bartholin’s Gland Cyst

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is the Bartholin’s gland? The Bartholin’s gland is a tiny organ on each of the labia (vaginal lips), near the opening of the vagina. If the vagina were the face…

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Becoming Parents – What It Means for Couples

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Having a baby changes many things at home, including your relationship with your partner. The following are some tips to help you keep your relationship strong. Spend time together as a couple….

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Bedbugs

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What are bedbugs? Bedbugs are oval-shaped, wingless parasites that have 6 legs and are about 1/5 of an inch (1 cm) long. They range in color from white to brown, although…

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Being a Single Parent

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Before having children, most people may picture a family with two parents. However, for many people, the reality is that they are the only parent. Although raising a child as a single…

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Bell’s Palsy

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is Bell’s palsy? Bell’s palsy is a condition that partly or completely paralyzes the side of your face. In rare cases, both sides of your face may be affected. Bell’s…

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo? Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a problem with the nerves and structure of the inner ear that causes you to suddenly feel dizzy. SYMPTOMS…

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is benign prostatic hyperplasia? Benign prostatic hyperplasia (also called BPH) is a condition that affects the prostate gland in men. The prostate is a gland found between the bladder (where…

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