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There is evidence that annual complete physical checkups in healthy individual (with no symptoms) do not significantly improve their risk of disease or death. Since 2012, the Ontario government revamped the coverage for Annual Physicals by changing the definition to targeted screening of age-specific risks (now called a Periodic Health Visit), and reducing the payment to doctors by 30% for the visit. The time allowed for this visit has also been reduced since there is less amount of history, physical exam, and testing.
Have you every had pneumonia? Did you know of someone who died of pneumonia?
We now have a newer, more powerful vaccine to protect adults from pneumonia! Its called Prevnar13 and is the safe enough for babies, but strong enough for seniors. The older Pneumovax vaccine was developed in the 1980's and was routinely given to seniors for free in Ontario, however, it never actually prevented people from getting pneumonia. On the other hand, Prevnar13 prevents ~50% of vaccine-type pneumonias overall! We've been giving Prevnar13 to babies, as part of their routine childhood immunizations, for over a decade in Ontario (those lucky kids get it for free). Communities that got the vaccine actually saw lower rates of pneumonia in the rest of the population, even for those people who didn't get the vaccine (herd effect). Studies also show that you get better protection if you receive Prevnar13 first, before you get the free Pneumovax.
Contact us now (416-508-5691) to get your Prevnar13 pneumonia vaccine and protect yourself and your loved ones around you!
Is your New Year's resolution to get back in shape and lose weight?
If you feel guilty about your holiday feast indulgences, you may be tempted to jump on to the latest diet craze, head to the gym, or hop on the treadmill to lose some weight. However, be warned that rapid weight loss may actually do more harm to you in the long run! A recent study of the contestants in the reality TV show "The Biggest Loser", showed that most contestants who lost weight would eventually start regaining weight again. This was partly due to the slowing down of their metabolism that happened when they tried to lost weight rapidly on the show. There was a pattern in the study that showed those who lost the most weight rapidly, would have the slowest metabolism, meaning they had to eat even less than they ever did, just to maintain their lower weight!
For the past few years, new research has prompted doctors to recommend introducing foods early to infants from age 4 month old to 6 month old to prevent the development of allergies.
This is a departure from the older recommendations of delaying allergy-prone food introduction to after 1 year, which many doctors had suspected for some time that this practice could have contributed to the rise of food related allergies in North America.