Archive for September, 2011

Fall Allergy Season is Here

Posted by on September 30th, 2011

Fall to many means back to school, crisp mornings, the fresh smell of fallen leaves on the ground, and the return of allergy season! This fall is reported to be bad season for fall allergies in many places around the United States due to a summer of plentiful rain, followed by warn temperatures, which created a perfect growing season for Ragweed.

Approximately 10 to 20 percent of the public is allergic to ragweed, the most common culprit in fall seasonal allergies, and thanks to global warming, studies are finding that ragweed season is lasting as much as 15 days longer in some regions of the country. Rain, which washes pollen out of the air and so is generally welcomed by ragweed allergy sufferers, leads to the proliferation of mold, another seasonal allergy trigger.

White Cockle, Mugwort, Curled Dock, Amaranth/Pigweed, Lamb’s Quarters and Russian Thistle all sound like they could be found in Harry Potter’s wizard book, but are also the names of common fall allergens found in various regions around the U.S.

50 Plus Magazine offered these quick tips to lower your risk of fall allergies in their latest issue:

Get tested. Colds and hay fever cause similar symptoms. The big difference, according to health experts, is a matter of duration. As a rule of thumb, if symptoms persist for several weeks, it’s likely an allergy. Your doctor can give you a skin test to confirm that you have allergies and find out which allergens you need to avoid.

Leave the outdoors outside. Minimize your exposure to allergens by closing your windows (including car windows) and using the air conditioner instead. At home, your window screens can not protect you from microscopic pollen and mould spores. Allergens also have the annoying habit of sticking to clothes, so shower and change immediately after outdoor activities, and avoid drying sheets or clothes outside. When possible, stay indoors between 5:00 and 10:00 A.M., when allergen levels are highest.

Don’t ignore the signs. Research suggests that allergic rhinitis causes inflammation of the lungs and sinuses and may lead to more serious respiratory problems such as sinusitis and asthma. Hay fever can also make sufferers more vulnerable to allergic eczema and food allergies.

Skip the humidifier. While adding moisture to the air can soothe cold symptoms, using a humidifier can worsen allergies by causing rooms to become moldy. Dust mites also thrive in moist air. Reduce humidity by running your air conditioner.

Treat symptoms with medications. Nasal symptoms are typically treated with an over-the-counter non drowsy oral antihistamine or a steroid nasal spray such as Nasonex or Flonase.

At Canada Drugs we always have low priced antihistamines and decongestants in both easy to use over-the-counter forms, as well as prescription products for those of you who suffer from more serious allergies. Contact us today to discuss how you can get a handle on fall allergies so you don’t have to miss the season.

The Faces of Dementia – Alzheimer’s Month

Posted by on September 26th, 2011

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and Sept. 21 was Alzheimer’s Action Day — a day to wear purple and raise awareness of this devastating disease that affects so many, both those diagnosed with the disease and the loved ones that take on the responsibility to care for those with Alzheimer’s.

The disease affects one in every eight people over the age of 65 and is the nation’s seventh-leading cause of death. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.3 million Americans currently have the disease and that every 69 seconds another U.S. citizen develops Alzheimer’s. The theme of World Alzheimer’s month this year is the ‘’Faces of Dementia” and the Alzheimer’s Society hopes that people with recognize the toll it takes on the diagnosed and those who help care for people with Alzheimer’s.

The disease is a devastating form of dementia, a general term referring to brain syndromes characterized by problems with memory, judgment, language, orientation, communication, and executive functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, leading to memory loss along with multiple thinking and reasoning abnormalities. Eventually, patients become completely dependent on their caregivers for daily activities such as dressing and eating.

Registered nurse Rira Alman, the Vice-President of Memory Care and Programming at the Sunrise Senior Living Centre wrote about 5 easy ways that you can make a difference during Alzheimer’s Month at the Huffington Post. She suggested that you take the time to:

  • Educate yourself on how Alzheimer’s impacts those with it and those around them.
  • Offer to  help a caregiver. An afternoon off for a friend you know that is caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is a simple and kind gesture that can make a real difference to them.
  • Volunteer. Look at the Alzheimer’s Associations website to find out to get involved in your local community.
  • Become an advocate. Engage in conversation about Alzheimer’s with those around you — friends, family, co-workers or your local representative. Discussing thoughts and fears about the disease can be a great way to propel others to educate themselves.
  • Raise money for research and awareness.

At Canada Drugs, we talk to those with Alzheimer’s and those that are caring for them every day.  There is currently no cure for this disease, although there are medications for those in the early to moderate stages such as:

Cholinesterase inhibitors are commonly prescribed:

  • Donepezil (Aricept) is approved to treat all stages of Alzheimer’s.
  • Rivastigmine (Exelon) is approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
  • Galantamine (Razadyne) is approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

In more advance cases of the disease memantine (Namenda) is approved by the FDA for treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s.

We here at Canada Drugs hope that awareness of the disease can lead to better treatment and hopefully a cure at one point in the future., until that day organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association will do important work in bringing awareness and research to beating this disease.


Canada Drugs Races for Cancer Research

Posted by on September 15th, 2011

This past weekend a great team from departments all over Canada Drugs were proud to compete in the Canadian Cancer Society Dragon Boat Festival. Over 130 teams from companies around our home city of Winnipeg competed in this “Race for Research.” We were proud to participate and helped raise over $2000 from our staff. All together the event raised over $400,000 in total for 2011.

The entire team had a lot of fun and got a lot of exercise over the past few months while they practiced, It was our first year out, so we had a steep learning curve to keep the boat afloat but we all came together and finished a respectable 63rd, good for middle of the pack!

Originating in China in the 4th century BC dragon boating recognizes the death of a Chinese political poet and statesman Qu Yuan. Repeatedly slandered and prosecuted by the controlling political regime Qu Yuan decided to end his life by throwing himself into the torrent currents of the Milo River. News of his death spread quickly resulting in local fisherman taking to their boats in a vein attempt to save him. For years following the death of Qu Yuan local fishermen carried on the tradition of racing out to the river, over time this tradition has developed into modern day dragon boat racing. It takes a team of over 20 people, and one drummer to keep everyone in sync to pilot the boat. In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society which runs the event to raise money for cancer research points out that the team work it takes to race a dragon boat is the same type of team work it is going to take to defeat cancer once and for all. Everyone at Canada Drugs was proud to participate for the first time and we look forward to improving on our time next year!