Plight of the Honey Bee

November 30, 2017 | Cathy

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons As a child, I suffered from apiphobia or melissophobia -- the fear of bees and bee stings, but now I fear for the health and well-being of the honey bee. I must admit that many of the useful roles bees play in agriculture, I first...

Health Apps

November 17, 2017 | Cathy

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image courtesy of Flickr It seems like every week there is a new app available to help us with our health. But how do we know which ones we should use, if any at all? This was an issue raised at a health librarians' conference a few years back. The...

Is Your Environment Healthy?

October 27, 2017 | Cathy

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Image Credit: Environment CC BY-SA 3.0 Nick Youngson When people resolve to be more healthy, they usually think about diet and exercise. But the environment plays an important role in our health. Learn what you can do to create and maintain a healthy environment in a presentation by Health Canada....

Cozy Customs

October 12, 2017 | Reagan

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I don't know about you, but as soon as the cold weather hits and the leaves start to change colour I start obsessing about getting cozy. No I don't mean the cozy mystery books, to me cozy means a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation, which is definitely something that...

New Health Books – Read and Recommended!

September 29, 2017 | Cathy

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Recently, I read many of the popular science titles the library received this year to help my colleague compile a Popular Science recommended reading list. There were so many good titles that I decided to make a separate list of health books. Here they are: Suggestible You: A Remarkable Journey...

Radon and Your Health

September 15, 2017 | Cathy

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Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Did you know that radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer of non-smokers in Canada? (Canadian Cancer Society) Radon is a radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. Learn how to protect yourself from radon exposure in a presentation by Health Canada specialist,...

International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30, 2017 | Reagan

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Originating in Australia in 2001, International Overdose Awareness Day is observed annually on August 31. The day serves to raise awareness of overdose prevention, to commemorate and remember individuals lost to overdose and to acknowledge the impact of the issue on family, friends and communities. The City of Toronto formally...

Good Day Sunshine

August 16, 2017 | Reagan

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Like The Beatles song Good Day Sunshine goes, I need to laugh and when the sun is out I've got something I can laugh about Of course sunshine effectively lifts our spirits. However, the song goes on to warn us, We take a walk, the sun is shining down Burns...

Music Therapy

July 28, 2017 | Cathy

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Warm summer nights remind me of the outdoor concerts I attended when I was young. I've always found music to be relaxing or energizing but I never thought of it in therapeutic terms.

Fake It Till You Make It (or Smile – It'll Do Ya Some Good)

June 29, 2017 | Cathy

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Creative Commons Zero - CC0 courtesy of Max Pixel Recent research indicates that smiling, even when you don't feel happy, may do you some good. In a recent Nature of Things episode, Harvard University social psychologist Amy Cuddy discussed posture therapy for people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In...