Three Exciting Yet Risky Activities That Pediatric Doctors Advise Children to Avoid

With the onset of spring, children are spending more time outside engaging in various activities. While some risks are part and parcel of growing up, as reinforced by a recent Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) study, certain outdoor games can lead to severe injuries like bone fractures and sprains.

Two pediatric emergency practitioners shed light on activities they recommend against, based on their professional experience and injury data.

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Statistics Canada reveals that ATVs cause an average of 100 fatalities annually, with people below 20 years comprising about 12% of these deaths.

“As a city dweller and pediatric emergency doctor, I wouldn’t purchase an ATV for my kids. They’re hefty, fast vehicles with the potential for serious harm or death,” says Dr. April Kam from the Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Nathalie Schindler, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, agrees, especially for children living in urban areas who lack the required experience and strength to operate ATVs.

“The CPS advises against recreational ATV usage, particularly for children under 16,” Schindler says, adding that the CPS Injury Prevention Committee is pushing for improved safety standards, especially for children using off-road vehicles.

Trampolines

At-home trampolines can seem like fun additions to backyards. However, more than 1,200 children on average are injured every year while using trampolines, states Parachute, a charity dedicated to preventing injuries.

Alberta Health Services advises against purchasing trampolines for home use after reporting 967 child injuries in 2021 alone, accounting for 60% of trampoline-related injuries that year.

When polled about activities they’d allow their children to partake in, doctors at CPS did agree that trampolines are a cause of concern. Missteps can result in severe injuries such as sprains, head and neck traumas, and broken bones.

“Using a trampoline may feel safer with padding and nets, but they do little to prevent injuries. The main causes of injuries are multiple jumpers, bad landings, and falling off the trampoline,” warns Schindler.

Electric Scooters

Electric scooters, a trend that returned in 2024, are fun but risky due to their battery-powered speeds of up to 24 to 40 km/h. Data from 2012 to 2019 shows 523 hospital cases involving e-scooter injuries. Injuries usually result from not wearing helmets and poor foresight while riding.

“Electric scooters are another item I wouldn’t buy for my kids. Injuries related to them include arm fractures and facial and head injuries,” Kam says, promoting non-motorized outdoor play for children instead.

As children venture outside to enjoy the spring season, it’s crucial for parents and caregivers to be mindful of the potential dangers linked with certain outdoor activities. ATVs, trampolines, and electric scooters, while fun, present substantial risks, leading pediatric emergency doctors to advise against their use for children. It’s best to encourage safer outdoor activities that promote physical fitness and allow children to fully experience the joy of play. Being aware, careful, and educated can ensure these activities are healthy, development-friendly, and most of all, safe.

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2024 Eclipse Safety Guide

On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse is happening, beyond a SHADOW of a doubt. There are plenty of tips on how to protect your eyes during an eclipse. Some of the advice online is pretty SHADY. At Orleans Family Health Clinic, we think that if you want to enjoy the eclipse safely then you have to PLANET. 

 

The upcoming solar eclipse is a highly anticipated event for astronomy enthusiasts and curious individuals alike. However, it’s important to remember that observing a solar eclipse directly without precautions can be extremely harmful to your eyes. Here are some guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable eclipse-watching experience.

 

  1. Use Proper Eye Protection:
    Only use certified solar eclipse glasses or viewers. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient.
  2. Avoid Counterfeit Glasses:
    Purchase glasses from reputable manufacturers to avoid counterfeit ones that may cause eye damage.
  3. Inspect Glasses for Damage:
    Check for scratches or damage, and discard any defective glasses.
  4. Follow Usage Guidelines:
    Wear glasses properly, align them with your eyes, and avoid looking at the sun for more than a few minutes at a time.
  5. Use Projection Methods:
    Create a pinhole projector or use other indirect methods to view the eclipse safely.
  6. Stay Informed:
    Refer to reliable sources for timing, duration, and other important information about the eclipse.

 

Watching a solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring experience, but remember that your eye safety should always come first. By using proper protective gear, inspecting your glasses, and following the recommended guidelines, you can enjoy observing this extraordinary celestial event without compromising your vision. Embrace the beauty of the solar eclipse while ensuring your eyes remain safe and healthy.

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Navroz Mubarak

This week, people worldwide observe Navroz (Nowruz), a festival that marks the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring. Navroz signifies a time of renewal and rejuvenation, as well as a spirit of gratitude for blessings and an outlook of hope and optimism.

 

Navroz commemorates a centuries-old, agrarian custom that over time was integrated into various cultures and faith traditions. Its origins are traced to ancient Persia, being the first day of the Persian solar year. 

The celebration of Navroz has extended through various parts of the Muslim world and beyond, over the centuries. Today, Navroz is celebrated by some 300 million people in Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and many other countries. In each of these different regions of the world, Navroz is observed in diverse ways. The commemorations blend together local cultures and customs with the religious beliefs and interpretations found in different regions of the world. 

In Iran, Navroz is a national holiday for two weeks, and starts with a spring cleaning of the house. The moment that the sun crosses the celestial equator is calculated to the exact minute and second. At this moment, called Saal Tahvil, literally meaning “turning point of the year,” families gather together around the Haft Seen table to wish one another Navroz Mubarak, exchange gifts, and offer prayers.

On this occasion, Orleans Family Health Clinic wishes Navroz Mubarak to our customers and to the Orleans Community.

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Medical Considerations for a Healthy Ramadan Fasting Experience

For 30 days, Muslims will fast.  Fasting means nothing goes in the mouth – no food, water or medication. But what about those with medical conditions? Should they be taking part in the fast? Here a things you might want to consider this year during Ramadan.

Listen to Your Body
Prioritize your health during Ramadan by understanding when it’s necessary to break your fast. Islam allows exceptions for those with challenging medical conditions. Avoid self-inflicting pain or injury and consult with medical professionals if needed.

Managing Diabetes
Optimize your fasting experience by learning how to navigate diabetes management. While fasting can benefit those controlling diabetes through diet alone, ensure your health by continuing with medication and insulin as prescribed.

Cancer Treatment
Safeguard your well-being during Ramadan if undergoing cancer treatment. Prioritize adequate nutrition and consult with your healthcare team to ensure fasting won’t compromise your condition or impede recovery.

Seek Professional Advice
If you have recently been diagnosed with a medical condition or are unsure of the impact of fasting, consult with your doctor. Their expertise will guide you on how to maintain a safe and healthy fasting experience.

Medication Timing
Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist regarding adjusting medication schedules while fasting to ensure proper intake and adherence to fasting obligations.

Embrace Ramadan’s spiritual significance while prioritizing your health. By understanding essential medical considerations, managing diabetes, navigating cancer treatment, seeking professional guidance, and optimizing medication timing, you can enjoy a safe and fulfilling fasting experience throughout this blessed month.

 

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Black History Month

As Black History Month comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to express our
gratitude and appreciation for the rich and impactful contributions that individuals of African
descent have made throughout history. We are immensely thankful for the strength, resilience,
and achievements of individuals of African descent that continue to inspire and shape our world.

From iconic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman, to
trailblazers in various fields, individuals of African descent have left an indelible mark on art,
science, literature, sports, and countless other areas. We honour their remarkable
achievements and stories that have paved the way for progress and social change.
We are grateful for the courage, perseverance, and resilience demonstrated these communities
throughout history. From the struggles faced during the Civil Rights Movement to the ongoing
fight for equality and justice, black individuals have shown unwavering strength in the face of
adversity.

Black History Month reminds us of the transformative power of unity, understanding, and
empathy. It serves as a catalyst to deepen our appreciation for the diversity within our society,
and to continuously strive for a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
As members of the Orleans Family Health Clinic family, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and
welcoming environment. We celebrate Black history not only during this special month but also
every day, recognizing that the impact and contributions of black individuals are an integral part
of our collective human story.

Thank you to all the individuals of African descent who have shaped history, enriched our lives,
and continue to inspire us. Your legacy lives on, and we are grateful to be part of a world
influenced by your incredible achievements and resilience.
We leave you with a link to an article that introduces you to some of the individuals of African
descent who were pioneers in healthcare.
https://www.aamc.org/news/celebrating-10-african-american-medical-pioneers

With heartfelt thanks,
Everyone at Orleans Family Health Clinic

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Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to all the incredible individuals born on the 29th of February! As your extended family at Centrum Pharmacy, we want you to know how special you are to us. The fact that your birthday comes around only once every four years makes it even more significant for us to celebrate you today!

We recognise the unique nature of your leap year birthday and want to ensure that your day is filled with boundless joy, unforgettable moments, and endless celebrations. Your presence in our lives  brings us joy and inspiration.

On this momentous occasion, as we come together to honour you, we wish you a year filled with love, success, and incredible opportunities. Your leap year birthday is a reminder of the extraordinary journey you are on, and we are privileged to be a part of it.

Here’s to celebrating your leap year birthday in style and creating lasting memories that reflect the remarkable person you are. Know that you have a community of supporters and well-wishers here at Orleans Family Health Clinic who are cheering you on every step of the way.

May this day be filled with laughter, love, and happiness, and may the coming years bring you even more fulfilment and success. From all of us at Orleans Family Health Clinic, we toast to you, leaplings! Happiest of birthdays to you all, today and every four years!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Daily Habits to Slash Heart Disease Risk by 80%

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Daily Habits to Slash Heart Disease Risk by 80%:

  • Embracing a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods every day.
  • Ensuring a minimum of 6 hours of sleep per day, with an ideal range of 7 to 9 hours.
  • Engaging in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
  • Steering clear of tobacco and alcohol consumption (a two-part habit).
  • Prioritizing social interactions for overall well-being.

The World Health Organization’s study highlights that approximately 80% of cases involving heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes could potentially be averted by consistently practicing these six daily habits.

While acknowledging that these percentages are estimates, Schwarzenegger expresses optimism about the promising nature of the findings. “Estimates are estimates, but anything close to an 80 percent improvement is worth the change,” shared Schwarzenegger. Notably, the majority of these habits require commitment and consistency rather than financial investment.

Schwarzenegger underscores the importance of not overwhelming oneself by attempting to adopt all these habits simultaneously. Instead, he advises a gradual approach, suggesting, “But here’s the real secret: if you want to see improvements, don’t take on too much at once. That’s how habits fail. Instead, focus on building one or two habits at a time. Once the changes feel automatic, then you can add more.” This strategic and incremental method, according to Schwarzenegger, ensures a higher likelihood of sustained success in incorporating these heart-healthy habits into one’s lifestyle.

 

The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information does not substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please do not initiate, modify, or discontinue any treatment, medication, or supplement solely based on this information. Always seek the advice of your health care provider first. Full Disclaimer

 

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The complete extent of the damage caused by space on astronauts’ red blood cells

The human body is not adapted for life in space, and this is evident in our blood. Since humans began spending prolonged periods beyond Earth, researchers have consistently observed a peculiar and persistent decline in red blood cells among astronauts. This phenomenon, known as ‘space anemia,’ had its cause shrouded in mystery until recently. Some experts believed it was a short-term effect—a temporary adjustment to fluid changes in our bodies under microgravity.

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Preventing Coronary Calcification: A Method to Safeguard Against Heart Attacks

Encountering the alarming statistics related to heart attacks and heart disease can be quite disheartening. In the United States, heart disease holds the ominous title of being the leading cause of death, as reported by the American Heart Association. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in every five deaths in the country is attributable to cardiovascular disease. (more…)

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Three Pharmaceuticals in High Demand Emerged Through Serendipity

Three Pharmaceuticals in High Demand Emerged Through Serendipity

 Many are familiar with the chance discovery of Penicillin, where mold contamination in Fleming’s lab inadvertently showed bacteria-killing properties in bacterial petri dishes. Similarly, the field of medicine witnessed another fortuitous twist with two additional widely sought-after medications.

The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information does not substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please do not initiate, modify, or discontinue any treatment, medication, or supplement solely based on this information. Always seek the advice of your health care provider first. Full Disclaimer: https://orleansmedical.ca/disclaimer/

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