Don’t be fooled by furry critters in the wild

Don’t be fooled by furry critters in the wild
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What do bats, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, rabbits and foxes have in common? They live in our natural environment and they all have bitten humans in the last year, according to our records at Peterborough Public Health. Animal bites are reportable to public health and we follow up closely to make … Continue reading

Look and Feel Younger with the Right Yoga Moves

Look and Feel Younger with the Right Yoga Moves
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Attempts to look younger usually focus on skin tone, wrinkles and obvious evidence of aging above the neck, and perhaps the sight of sagging skin under the arms.  But no matter how good we look in the mirror, once we start to move, our secret is out, because the most … Continue reading

Not all water systems are created equally

Not all water systems are created equally
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Drinking water, instead of calorie-dense sugar-sweetened or caffeinated beverages, is the healthiest choice for children and adults alike. For those living on Peterborough’s municipal water system, there’s even the added benefit of fluoride for stronger teeth, a great value for those who can’t afford to see a dentist. And turning … Continue reading

Thank you, Kimberley Payne

Thank you, Kimberley Payne
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For many years, Kim Payne has written a column offering practical, common sense advice to help readers keep fit and motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle. As a member of the Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, she combines her commitment to physical fitness with a desire to improve spiritual health through … Continue reading

East Central Therapy Dogs

East Central Therapy Dogs
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There is something very soothing about interacting with a gentle, friendly pet.   Scientific evidence has demonstrated both physical benefits as well as emotional ones from animal interaction which can provide comfort and reduce anxiety. East Central Therapy Dogs volunteers take their approachable and affectionate dogs to institutions around the community … Continue reading

What is Canada’s most significant scientific breakthrough?

What is Canada’s most significant scientific breakthrough?
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With Canada Day around the corner we’ve been debating this question. It’s a tough one to answer. During the 150 years since Confederation, we’ve made some remarkable discoveries. The invention of the pacemaker in the 1950s, pioneered by John Hopps in collaboration with Wilfred Bigelow and John Callaghan stands out. … Continue reading

A Higher Minimum Wage Improves Public Health and the Economy

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After months of consulting, the provincial government has introduced a bill to amend existing employment and labour laws that address several issues like pay equity for part-time and temporary workers, scheduling rules and better enforcement of the laws.  Also included in these changes is an increase to the minimum wage … Continue reading

Paying it Forward a Fitting Way to Remember

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The tone of the message was ideally targeted to the audience of St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School students last Friday morning. Dressed in a tee shirt and ball cap, the thirty-something speaker told a personal story of loss and recovery using the students’ own language, sprinkled with a healthy dose … Continue reading

Be Prepared So the Pandemic Flu Virus Doesn’t Become Your Worst Nightmare

Be Prepared So the Pandemic Flu Virus Doesn’t Become Your Worst Nightmare
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A quick scan of the planet today reveals at least six novel influenza strains infecting humans at the moment, as well as an outbreak in Saudi Arabia of “MERS-CoV”, a relative of the SARS coronavirus. Wherever there is life, there are mutating viruses, often starting their journeys in animals and … Continue reading

New Paramedic Station Expected to Improve Response Times

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The new Paramedic station at 1003 Clonsilla Ave. opened for business on Monday, April 24th, with two 24 hour ambulances on site to improve the response time for service in the west end of Peterborough City and County. Formerly the home of Paul Tinney Auto Sales, the building has undergone … Continue reading

Biting the Hand That Feeds You to Advocate for Better Dental Health

Biting the Hand That Feeds You to Advocate for Better Dental Health
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Of all the countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), only Spain spends less than Canada on dental health care for its citizens. Only 6% of dental health expenditures are publicly funded in Canada. Of the $12.5 billion spent each year on our teeth, the vast majority … Continue reading