June Is Thyroid Month

Eqra Jan and Michaela Karam (Get Well Clinic)

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. The gland controls weight, body temperature, energy levels, skin, growth of hair and nails, and much more. Importantly, it produces hormones such as triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) which are responsible for regulating metabolism. Too much (hyper) or too little (hypo) of these hormones can lead to problems in the body’s metabolic processes (Cleveland Clinic, 2021). 

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Cold Case of the Year

Common Cold, Flu, Allergies, or COVID-19?

Farheen Khan (Get Well Clinic)

 

As the nights come earlier and the mornings become cooler, some of us have already started to experience sniffles, sneezing, and sore throats. Each year, as we start to feel the onset of these symptoms, we ask ourselves, “Do I have a cold, the flu or are my allergies just acting up again?” This year however, we have an additional candidate - a much more severe one too - to add to our list of potential diagnoses: the novel (or not so novel anymore) COVID-19.

This new coronavirus strain can cause severe illness in certain groups of people including the elderly population and individuals with underlying health conditions (i.e. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, etc.) (CDC, 2020a). There is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19 at the moment, and thus social distancing and other preventative measures are extremely important to ensure its containment (WHO, 2020).

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Is the COVID-19 Test Accurate?

Tenzin Gyaltsen (Get Well Clinic)

As Ontario transitions into Stage 3, the province’s COVID-19 testing capacity remains a crucial factor for the speed at which we reopen. Recent numbers may seem promising, coming in at the lowest we’ve seen in months, but how accurate actually are these results? In a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 test results were shown to be alarmingly inaccurate, particularly in the case of false negatives.

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Advil or Tylenol?

What should I take if I have a cold or flu?

Ava Kavianpour (Get Well Clinic)

Which should I take? Which is better? What’s the difference? These are questions you’ve probably asked yourself that led you to this article. In short, both relieve pain. The way they relieve pain and the type of pain they relieve is where these drugs differ.

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How Does the COVID-19 Test Work?

Tenzin Gyaltsen (Get Well Clinic)

We’ve all seen the videos online. A gowned individual sticks a long cotton swab into the back of someone’s nose and twists it around for a few seconds. Their unfortunate victim winces with discomfort but is evidently fine once the swab is removed (although maybe a bit teary-eyed). But what happens to the swab and its mucosal contents and how do specialists distinguish a COVID-19-positive from a COVID-19-negative case? How accurate actually are these results?

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