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CMHA helping dementia patients

In someone else's hands, an old puzzle might be just that, but in the hands of a dementia patient, it can be a game-changer.

The Fort Frances Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) recently began working with La Verendrye General Hospital to provide activation materials to the patients at the hospital who live with different types of dementia.

Are you seeing clearly?

Nothing is quite as important to a child starting school as the ability to see clearly. Those young minds are like sponges, soaking up information at a prodigious rate. But if they have to struggle to see the books, boards, and displays around them, their early education as well as their lifetime vision health could be seriously impaired.

Overcoming barriers to providing safe opioid prescribing in Northern Ontario

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has launched a new self-directed, interactive online learning module and community of practice workshops designed to improve the opioid prescribing practices of primary care providers in Northern Ontario.

In 2019, NOSM received $500,000 from Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).

Cannabis makes its legal debut in our food system

On Oct. 17, edible cannabis products, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals become legal in Canada.

There are different ways to consume cannabis including smoking, vaping, cooking in foods or drinking infused beverages.

Any food or drink item that includes compounds of THC and/or CBD (tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol), are considered an “edible.”

Tips to keep your smile merry and bright

Dentists across Ontario hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, and are gifting you with helpful dental tips to keep it a merry time for your mouth.

Whether you're staying in with family and friends, or heading out to parties between now and New Year's, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants you to enjoy the festivities while keeping these four “S”s in mind.

'Flu case reported in region

The Northwestern Health Unit reports a first case of influenza has been confirmed in the region.

Having one positive case means that there are other, non-lab tested cases in the area.

Influenza cases this early in the season are rare, and the health unit is urging everyone to get a 'flu shot right away as the vaccine takes two weeks to work.