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By: Rami TaqTaq, MSc. PharmD
Springtime means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you're one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can also mean sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. But before you settle for plastic flowers and artificial turf, here are some tips to help you get through spring.
1. Choose "night-time" products for overnight use. "Daytime" products may contain ingredients, such as pseudoephedrine, that can keep you awake at night. To help you sleep through the night with a cold or allergies, choose a "night-time" product or ask your pharmacist to recommend a product that won't keep you up at night.
2. Choose "daytime" products when you can't afford to be drowsy. Some ingredients (especially certain antihistamines such as diphenhydramine) can cause drowsiness. To avoid this, select a "daytime" or "non-drowsy" product to help you power through your day or ask your pharmacist to recommend a product that won't make you drowsy.
3. Start your allergy medication before allergy season. If you have seasonal allergies, don't wait until you have symptoms - start your allergy medication just before your allergy season begins, and keep taking it every day during allergy season. This way, the medication will be in your system throughout the allergy season.
4. Choose a product that targets your specific cold or allergy symptoms. Ask the pharmacist to recommend a product with ingredients to treat only the symptoms you have.
5. Be careful when combining cold remedies. Many cough and cold products have the same ingredients, or ingredients with similar effects, putting you at risk of overmedication. Plus, some cough and cold ingredients, like acetaminophen, are commonly found in other products such as pain relievers. Check with your pharmacist before combining prescription or over-the-counter medications.
6. Stay away from your allergy triggers. Keep avoiding your allergy triggers, even when you're on allergy medication. These two strategies work together to give you the best symptom relief.
7. Don't use nasal decongestant sprays for more than 3 days. Longer use can cause "rebound" congestion - congestion that gets worse when you stop the medication.
8. Go easy on your nose. Frequent nose blowing can leave your nose red and raw. To soothe a sore nose and keep it moisturized, try tissues with lotion. You can also apply a small amount of petroleum jelly under your nose.
9. Don't mix herbals and other medications without checking with your pharmacist first. Herbal products may seem safe because they're natural, but many contain powerful ingredients that may not mix well with your other medications.
10. Think "safety first." Always read the label and use all cold and allergy products as directed. Take only the recommended dose using a proper utensil for measuring the dose and only for the length of time recommended on the package. If you have questions, ask the pharmacist. Children under 6 years of age should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold products. If your cold symptoms persist and don't get better after 7 to 10 days, see your doctor.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come in and ask me, or one of our friendly pharmacy staff.
By Adelle Youssef
Too many people fall victim to easily avoidable hazards of buying and selling property.It is worth the effort to learn about the home buying and selling process; doing so can save you time, stress and money. Think about hiring the right sales person. It is a good idea to meet with a few different representatives before you decide on which to hire. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident that this is the right person for the job of helping you to find or sell a home. Working with a real estate professional is a partnership. Make sure you communicate your expectations clearly. It is important that you have a mutual understanding of what you are looking for, what elements are deal-breakers and what services the Brokerage is responsible for. Take the time to read and understand the forms you are signing. Nobody likes to read the fine print, but taking the time to understand what you are signing can avoid many problems later on. Make sure all the blanks in the forms are filled in and you get a copy of everything you’ve signed. Don’t let emotions overtake your common sense when you fall in love with a property. Stick with your budget and be aware of the risk of not having a home inspection, just to win a bidding war. There may be underlying problems which a qualified inspector can identify and save you costly problems in the end. Don’t assume everything is included. The seller may want to take all the appliances with them. The hot water tank or heating system may be rentals that you have to take over. Make sure all the items you expect to be included are detailed as chattels. You can also include a clause asking the seller to pay out any outstanding rental contracts. This is the best way to protect yourself from any surprises in the end. Don’t forget about what is inside and outside the walls. Ask your real estate professional to look into the age of the wiring, plumbing, and heating systems. Ask about extensive renovations and if permits were issued. Spend some time exploring the neighborhood and researching location of schools and amenities. A simple internet search can be very helpful or asking neighbors when you’re concerned about a home with a troubled past. Don’t rely on a verbal agreement. Putting everything in writing forces all parties to be clear about their expectations and can prevent disputes later. It is important not to underestimate closing costs. Land Transfer taxes, title insurance, home inspections and lawyer costs can all add up. You may want to touch up some things such as paint, window coverings, or new appliances. All these things can take a big chunk out of your budget. These tips will certainly help, but the most important advice is to work with a registered real estate professional. They can provide a great deal of knowledge and expertise about the buying and selling process, as well as specific knowledge about neighborhoods and local issues. To help avoid hazards like these, talk to a registered real estate professional.
Adele Youssef, ASA
Real estate sales representative
Manor Windsor Realty Ltd. Brokerage
519-250-8800 / 519-566-6514
By Dr. M. Moussa
It is important for parents and educators to develop a better understanding of the challenges a child may experience at school or home with reading, comprehension, double vision, headaches or eye strain. If the information that is sent to the brain is compromised in some way, it can make learning very difficult. A study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders’ November 2013 issue states that “attention and internalizing problems improved significantly following treatment for convergence insufficiency.” Convergence insufficiency is an eye coordination disorder which can make reading difficult and cause symptoms such as eye strain, double vision, loss of concentration, and frequent loss of place when reading and working up close. All these can play a negative role in learning. If your child isn’t performing up to his or her potential in school or sports, poor vision may be to blame - even if she or he has perfect eye sight. Several visual problems that prevent children from doing well in the classroom can go undetected in traditional eye tests. Some of the common signs of vision problems include headaches associated with using eyes, burning and itching of eyes, nausea after reading, double vision, holding books very close to their eyes, use of finger to keep place, taking a long time in completing homework, and skipping or re-reading of lines. “Good eye sight means you can see the books’ content, but poor vision means you can’t organize the information available to you, and you can’t picture the stories and their events” explains Dr. Moussa. Successful patients of vision therapy demonstrate enhanced functioning on tasks and develop the visual skills needed to achieve more effectively at school, work, and play. “You should consult your primary-care eye doctor.” advises Dr. Moussa, “preferably someone who has a lot of experience dealing with children.”
By Dr. Iskandar
Everyone knows that omega 3's and fish oil is great for the body, that it helps when babies are developing and contributes to an over all health, body and mind. But can they also be good for our oral health?
To understand why these essential oils could possibly be good for our oral health we need to understand a little bit about what omega 3's are. An omega three and fish oils are forms dietary fats. There are three main types of fats in our diet, they are saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. saturated fats are fats that come from animals or dairy and are contributors to heart disease, these are considered the "bad" fats. Monounsaturated fats are fats that come from plants and olive oil these are good forms of fats like omega 9. polyunsaturated fats are fats that come from plants oils dairy and some animals depending on the animals diet, these fats are omega 3 and 6's and are all good for you.
monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are often referred to as fatty acids. these fatty acids are key in developing parts of the cell that send messages to other cells telling them to help with anti inflammatory responses. Many adults suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is characterized by inflammation of the gums, bleeding and redness. when this is not taken care of it can progress in to periodontal disease. periodontal disease is when the gums become unattached, bone loss occurs which allows teeth to move freely in the mouth and possibly come out. so how are these essential fatty acids a benefits to our mouth? when taken regularly these fatty acids help reduce the inflammation of the gums and help keep the gums attached. this in turn helps reduce the amount of bone loss so patients can have there teeth for longer.
To see the benefits of these essential fatty acids patients should consume two tablespoons of flax seeds, walnuts, soybean oil or canola oil and at least two servings of a fatty fish a week.
When people think about retirement planning, they tend only to focus on retirement savings often in their RRSPs. This is not surprising because it's hard to imagine what life might be like in 20 or 30 years. But there's more to retirement planning than just saving money. For example, some new retirees are caught off guard when they realize that they are no longer covered by their group insurance coverage. One way to avoid these types of surprises is by thinking about what your values and lifestyle may be at that stage of your life, then finding the financial tools that will help you make it happen.
Most retirees don't require basic life insurance because the children have grown, they are likely debt-free and have some savings. However, there are life insurance products that are ideal for estate and tax planning as protection for inheritance amounts.
Converting group life insurance
New retirees may have the option of converting their group life insurance into permanent individual coverage. This option is usually available during the first 30 days following the end of employment, before the retiree turns 65. While this is an ideal solution because an insurability evaluation isn't necessary, the policy premiums may be expensive because they are based on the new retiree's age.
Health and accident insurance becomes increasingly important during retirement. Some provinces have implemented public drug insurance plans, but they may include a large annual deductible or may only be available to low-income participants. By contrast, there are a wide variety of private supplemental health insurance providers. Since each policy offering is different, it's important to do your research.
Now more than ever, planning ahead will ensure that you have a happy and financially secure retirement. Also, some of these options may offer a beneficial tax treatment. Take the time to get the facts by speaking with me.
For more information, contact me:
Life and Health Insurance Advisor
Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network
Phone: (519) 890-9598
For more than 26 years, WEST has been providing training to visible minority and immigrant women who are trying to champion their situational barriers and reach their employment goals. Each year WEST provides training and support to approximately 2,000 women and their families within the Windsor & Essex County area.
On Sunday March 8th, 2015 WEST’s IWD Gala will be an opportunity to commemorate our participants, businesses and community partners within the Windsor & Essex County area, who demonstrate a commitment to embracing diversity in our community. This year theme is “Working Towards Women’s Equality Today and in the Future.” The event will highlight the accomplishments achieved by women in the past, present, and future; advancing women further towards equality.
During the event, WEST will recognize Journey Towards Success Recipients. The Recipients are WEST clients, who have gone on a challenging journey and been successful in achieving their goals, as well as Community Partners that have demonstrated a belief in the WEST mission and continue to actively support women on their journeys toward success.
WEST is pleased to announce Saadia Muzaffar as the Keynote Speaker for our IWD Gala 2015.
Saadia is the founder of TechGirls Canada (TGC), a national organization focused on building community and amplifying ideas around women’s leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. TGC provides leadership and community to hundreds of non-profit and industry groups working to engage more girls to pursue a career in Technology. The organization is continuously working to break down silos; advocate for resources, funding, private and public sector partnerships opportunities along with catalyze joint programs.
In addition Saadia is the Senior Director of Marketing for AudienceView. AudienceView has been providing business solutions to the entertainment industry for more than 10 years. “It is a complete
e-commerce solution that enables organizations to offer a true shopping experience.”
For more information about Saadia Muzaffar visit:
TechGirls Canada at http://www.techgirls.ca/ , or AudienceView at http://www.audienceview.com/
All proceeds will go towards providing training to women in Windsor & Essex County, as a result ‘investing in our community’.
Tickets are $85 person and includes a full dinner. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact us at 519.256.6621, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at
We look forward to you joining us at this year’s celebration!
Media Contact & for more information, please contact:
Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director
Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST)
Phone: (519) 256-6621, ext. 222
Fax: (519) 256-3963
By: Rocco D’Angelo
If you have the Flu, you will be experiencing some similar symptoms as a cold but with some differences. You will likely have a runny nose without any congestion. You may have a sore throat and will likely have a dry cough. With the Flu, you will have a fever, body/headaches and will also feel very tired. Your symptoms will last for 10 days.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the Common Cold or the Flu. Once you catch the virus you’ll be stuck with it until it runs its course. However, there are medications that can be used to treat the symptoms and help you feel better. Your Pharmacist can provide you with medications to treat these symptoms. There are certain things you can do to prevent catching the Common Cold or Flu. Hand-washing is one of the most important and effective prevention methods. Always wash your hands after touching door handles, public telephones etc. You should also carry around a bottle of alcohol sanitizer to use after you wash your hands or if you cannot get to a washroom. The most effective way of NOT catching the Flu is to get your Flu shot. Although you may hear that the flu shot will actually make you sick (there is a small percentage of people that do experience this), the flu shot works. It is safe and effective. Speak with your pharmacist if you have questions regarding the Flu shot. If you already have a cold or the Flu, make sure you take precautions to prevent spreading. Use the same precautions as you would to PREVENT catching a cold or flu. Sneeze and cough into your sleeve or elbow. Avoid public places so take a sick day from school or work. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water.
By Dr. M. Iskandar
By: Giovanna Russo-Romao
Windsor Sylvan Learning
In addition to knowledge of core math concepts, word problems also require strong reading comprehension skills. Before a child can solve a word problem, he needs to be able to translate the problem into a math equation.
Once a child deciphers a word problem and is able to convert it into a simple equation, most students can easily calculate the answer. Unfortunately, determining the right equation is often the most challenging part of problem-solving. By applying reading comprehension skills to their math homework, students are better able to solve word problems correctly.
To help children boost their critical thinking and word problem-solving skills, the math experts at Sylvan Learning, the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels, offer parents the following tips to help their children decode word problems, gather key information, solve equations and check their answers:
1. Read the question carefully. Ask your child to read and reread the question to make sure that he understands what he is being asked to solve. Encourage him to read the question aloud and pay close attention to the final question of the word problem.
2. Understand the problem. Encourage her to simplify the word problem by highlighting the main words and important ideas. Have the student ask herself the following questions: What am I being asked to do? What are the important facts? Do I have enough information to solve the problem? What operation will I use?
3. Convert the verbal statement into a mathematical equation. Help him break the word problem into manageable, ordered steps. It's a good idea to do the work step-by-step, particularly if it’s a complicated problem with several parts. It's easier to keep the pieces of the problem in order if he works this way and easier to avoid mistakes.
4. Generate the result. Encourage her to solve the mathematical problem using a technique such as drawing or mentally acting out the problem. After she finishes, make sure the results make sense and that she writes the answer in the appropriate units (e.g., hours, metres, kilometres, etc.
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