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Why you should seek assistance from a health-care professional when you are in pain?

Uncontrolled pain is a common problem. Pain can affect anyone at any age. If you are experiencing uncontrolled pain it can affect day-to-day activities and make you feel upset or sad. Members of your family may feel helpless too, especially if they do not know how to help.

Urinary incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. It affects one in four Canadians over the age of 65. There are some things related to age that can contribute to the problem.

Breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for infants. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that children should receive only breast-milk for the first six months of life. Additional foods are recommended only after this period of time, with breastfeeding continuing for up to two years and beyond.

Why should I be concerned about foot ulcers?

Foot ulcers increase the risk of infection (a germ or bacteria that invades and damages the tissues) and may reduce your quality of life. While most foot ulcers heal, when they are left untreated, they could lead to foot amputations. This could lead to lost income, longer hospital stays and a need for special therapy.

Smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco is mentally and physically addictive. More than 45,000 Canadians over the age of 35 are estimated to die every year as a direct result of smoking. Tobacco use increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, pregnancy complications, stomach problems and gum problems.