Testing the benefits of alternative medicine practices

There’s a CAM treatment today for many female ills, and studies to help us gauge their safety and effectiveness.

By Jamileh Daneshnia

Alternative therapies are gaining adherents.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are practices which fall outside the umbrella of conventional medicine, though they may be used in conjunction with or instead of mainstream techniques. Many of these therapies have roots in historical and cultural traditions. Popular CAM therapies include acupuncture and herbal remedies. Continue reading Testing the benefits of alternative medicine practices

Drained, guilt-ridden and angry: boomers endure the trauma and tumult of conflicting impulses as they become caregivers to aging parents

WOMEN’S HEALTH

One great challenge confronting caregivers is to give their elderly parents quality care without endangering their own health, well being and personal growth.

By Barbara Bowes

Caring for aging parents has upsides and downsides.

While there’s been much hue and cry over baby boomer retirements from the workplace over the past few years, there hasn’t been much said about the fact many baby boomers are right in the middle of a crunch known as the “sandwich generation”. In fact, in this past month alone, I’ve encountered at least three individuals who are betwixt and between looking after two sets of elderly and ailing parents.

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Shoulder to shoulder, adorned in red and white

Last year 3,400 Winnipeggers turned out to form Canada’s biggest-ever living flag in Memorial Park on Canada Day in response to a Downtown Winnipeg BIZ challenge. This year organizers hoped the number would hit 5,000.

Stefano Grande
Downtown

Canada is home to my parents from Italy. They immigrated here over 45 years ago for reasons similar to those of other Italian immigrants: to create a better life for themselves and to start a family. Continue reading Shoulder to shoulder, adorned in red and white

More about arboretums and what can happen at The Forks

Arboretums can be stunningly beautiful if carefully planned to combine spring blossoming, summer shade, fall colour and winter interest, with evergreens and berry bearing specimens to attract birds.

By Dorothy Dobbie

Arboretums can be very beautiful. Pictured is a small section of the Devonian Gardens near Edmonton

An arboretum is a place where trees are planted.  Generally specimen trees, but you can make an arboretum anything you wish as long as it contains a collection of trees. In Manitoba, there is an arboretum at the Morden Research Station and apparently there is one in Boissevain. I know there is another, almost halfway between Roblin and Russell, created by the great Manitoba horticulturist, Frank Skinner (1882-1967), who bred and introduced many woody plants to Manitoba that today are staples in the world’s best gardens.

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Avoid Lyme disease with some important precautions

Follow these simple tips to avoid exposure to ticks this summer.

Simple precautions van save years of serious health issues from Lyme disease.
(Photo credit: Public Health Agency of Canada. Click photo to go to their Lyme disease link)

According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the most common and fastest growing vector-borne, infectious disease in the country.  Its increasingly virulent co-infections contribute to what is a major public health problem.  At this time, there are no vaccines in use to prevent Lyme disease or the co-infections.  Available diagnostic tools have not been proven to be 100 per cent reliable.

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All about living in the age of maturity

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