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Raising Health® Blog

Arthritis affects more than 4.6 million Canadian adults. But, did you know that more than 26,000 Canadian children and teens live with arthritis, too?


As a parent, you always want to protect your children and family from danger and teach them how to take care of themselves. So, if your child or family member was diagnosed with a rare or life-threatening disease, it’s likely that you would do anything to get the best treatment and care for your loved one, even if that means remortgaging your home, selling all your assets and moving across country. For some Canadians, this is a reality.


In small town Alberta, four girls, ages five to 15, lose their mom to metastatic breast cancer. On the coast of Prince Edward Island, retired parents remortgage their house for the largest amount of money their bank will give them to pay for their 30-year-old daughter’s colon cancer treatments. A 26-year-old Vancouver man learns he has multiple myeloma just a few months after he gets his first real career job.


Understanding your thyroid and how it works is important to your health. The small, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the throat is a powerful hormonal engine, and when it isn’t functioning optimally, the consequences can be disabling – even fatal.


During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January, Canadian organizations will work to create awareness, fund research and provide services for the 564,000 Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease.

While there is currently no cure or treatment that can stop its progression, there are medications that may reduce the severity of some symptoms.



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