Mental Health

Vicoprofen is the brand name for an oral analgesic medication. It is prescribed for short-term management of acute pain, such as post-surgical pain or active cancer treatment, generally for less than ten days.1 Vicoprofen is a fixed-dose combination of hydrocodone bitartrate and ibuprofen. Hydrocodone bitartrate is a semi-synthetic opioid.2 Its immediate-release (IR) form is commercially
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Chemical peels are a widely used procedure for the management of acne scars. Also known as chemexfoliation, chemical peels for acne scars involve applying one or more chemical agents, of variable strength, to the skin’s surface. The process creates a controlled chemical-induced injury to the skin. Wounding promotes epidermal and dermal regeneration and tissue remodelling
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Strep throat is a common and highly contagious bacterial infection that is caused by the bacteria known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS).1 Doctors can easily test for strep throat via a rapid test.4 This means that the doctor takes a gentle swab from the back of the throat with a cotton swab and tests it
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Physical activity can have countless health benefits. From maintaining a healthy body weight to reducing the risk of bone fractures, physical fitness can reduce the risk of developing many illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and even cancer, to name a few.6 Here are some reasons why physical fitness can also
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Mineral sunscreens provide a convenient and reliable way of reducing your exposure to harmful UV radiation.  What are mineral sunscreens, what kinds of mineral sunscreens are available, and how do they work? What are mineral sunscreens? Most sunscreens sold today can be classified as either mineral sunscreen or chemical sunscreen.  Mineral sunscreens are topical skincare
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A promising malaria vaccine is being developed based on mRNA technology. Malaria is an infectious, life-threatening disease that is spread by mosquitoes. It is a global health threat: there were 228,000,000 clinical cases of malaria and 405,000 deaths worldwide in 2018. People who are at the highest risk of severe disease include pregnant women, children,
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People who are overweight or obese tend to have higher levels of inflammation, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Researchers set out to find out whether eating apples regularly can reduce inflammation. To do this, the researchers measured markers of inflammation in the blood, as well as markers of cardiovascular health. The randomized
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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation – known as TENS – is a method of pain relief, commonly used as a treatment for a variety of pain conditions. The advantages of TENS machines are that they are small, portable devices, that are easily used for at-home treatment, and are relatively inexpensive. People may also use TENS machines
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Alpha-hydroxy acids are chemical compounds that are sometimes added to skincare products and in-office facial treatments.  What are alpha-hydroxy acids, what do they do, and what are their associated benefits and side effects? What are alpha-hydroxy acids? Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are molecules that have a relatively acidic pH and a specific chemical structure.  They are
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Azelaic acid is an ingredient that is sometimes found in prescription and over-the-counter skin care products, and it is used to treat a variety of skin concerns. In Canada, azelaic acid is only approved as a prescription medication. How does azelaic acid work, what is it used for, and what are the common benefits and side
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