Weight and COVID-19 Immunity: Vaccination vs. Infection

A recent study found that excess weight affects how the immune system responds to COVID-19, showing differences between post-infection and post-vaccination immunity. Led by Marcus Tong from the University of Queensland, the research suggests that being overweight, not just obese, makes SARS-CoV-2 infections more severe and changes the immune response. (more…)

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Remembering the Sacrifices made for our Freedoms

In honor of Remembrance Day, we stand together to remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed for our freedom. At Centrum Pharmacy, we commemorate the heroes who have served and continue to serve our nation with unwavering courage.

On Remembrance Day, and everyday, our hearts are filled with gratitude for their sacrifices made, and we extend our deepest thanks to veterans and their families. 

Let us take a moment to reflect, remember, and appreciate the freedoms we enjoy today because of their dedication. May the poppy symbolize not only remembrance but also our commitment to supporting those who have served.

#RemembranceDay #LestWeForget #HonoringHeroes #ThankYouForYourService

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CENTRUM PHARMACY WALK-IN CLINIC OPEN ON SATURDAYS STARTING OCTOBER 14, 2023!

We are pleased to announce the opening of Centrum Pharmacy Walk-In Clinic, your new healthcare destination in Orléans, Ontario. Starting October 14, 2023, we will be open Saturdays 8:30 am till 2:30 pm to serve our community with the utmost care and dedication.

Address: 210 Centrum Blvd, Suite 107, Orléans, ON K1E 3V7 

At Centrum Walk-In Clinic, your well-being is our top priority, and we are here to provide prompt and professional healthcare services for a range of needs, including:

  • Cold and Flu Symptoms
    In times of illness, come to us for evaluation and guidance on managing cold and flu symptoms to get you back on your feet.
  • Minor Injuries Only
    From cuts and scrapes to minor burns, we’re here to help with your minor injuries and provide the care you need (Please note: we cannot provide sutures or cast fractures).
  • Prescription Renewals
    We offer prescription renewals for a wide range of medications. (Please note: we do not prescribe narcotics, benzodiazepines, or sleeping pills).
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Our clinic is equipped to address concerns related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with
    discretion and confidentiality.
  • Doctor Attestations – Doctor’s Note
    Require a doctor’s note for school, work, or other purposes? We’ve got you covered.
  • Other Ailments Minor in Nature
    We are here to address various other minor ailments and conditions to ensure your well-being.

Additionally, for very minor ailments and conditions, you don’t have to wait to see the walk-in doctor. You can visit any of our pharmacists at Centrum Pharmacy six days a week for immediate assistance with a range of minor ailments. (hyperlink Book an appointment to meet with a pharmacist)

We are dedicated to providing you with quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment. Our experienced medical professionals are here to listen, diagnose, and support you on your journey to better health.

Opening Saturday October 14, 2023, and every Saturday 8:30 am till 2:30 pm. Your health is our priority, and we look forward to serving you and your family. For more information and updates, please follow our social media channels and visit our website.

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Study Shows Higher Obesity-Related Cancer Mortality in Areas With More Fast Food

Communities with easy access to fast food were 77% more likely to have high levels of obesity-related cancer mortality, based on data from a new cross-sectional study of more than 3,000 communities.

Although increased healthy eating has been associated with reduced risk of obesity and with reduced cancer incidence and mortality, access to healthier eating remains a challenge in communities with less access to grocery stores and healthy food options (food deserts) and/or easy access to convenience stores and fast food (food swamps).

In addition, data on the association between food deserts and swamps and obesity-related cancer mortality are limited.

“We felt that the study was important given the fact that obesity is an epidemic in the United States, and multiple factors contribute to obesity, especially adverse food environments,” Dr. Bevel said. Also, I lived in these areas my whole life, and saw how it affected underserved populations. There was a story that needed to be told, so we’re telling it,”.

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Intermittent fasting and an early meal may help to prevent type 2 diabetes

Liam Davenport

Intermittent fasting with time-restricted early eating can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in high-risk individuals, according to the results of a randomised controlled study published in Nature Medicine.

Intermittent fasting plus early time-restricted eating was associated with significant improvement in glucose control compared with caloric restriction alone at 6 months, while both interventions were associated with improved cardiovascular risk markers and reduced BMI compared with standard weight loss advice.

“Following a time-restricted intermittent fasting diet may help reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes,”  says lead author Leonie K. Heilbronn, Ph.D., University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia.

 

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U.S. approves 1st vaccine for RSV after decades of attempts

The U.S. approved the first vaccine for RSV on Wednesday, shots to protect older adults against a respiratory virus that’s most notorious for attacking babies but endangers their grandparents, too.

The Food and Drug Administration decision makes GSK’s shot, called Arexvy, the first of several potential vaccines in the pipeline for RSV to be licensed anywhere.

The move sets the stage for adults 60 and older to get vaccinated this fall — but first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide if every senior really needs RSV protection or only those considered at high risk from the respiratory syncytial virus. CDC’s advisers will debate that question in June.

 

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Taking a swing against arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a tough disease to manage.

Exercise helps ease the stiffness and pain of  the joints, but at the same time, the disease makes it difficult to do that beneficial exercise. Even a relatively simple activity like jogging can hurt more than it helps. If only there were a low-impact exercise that was incredibly popular among the generally older population who are likely to have arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a common source of disability In the population, only 64% reported their physical health to be good, very good, or excellent. Among the 459 golfers with OA that the study authors surveyed, however, the percentage reporting good health rose to more than 90%.

A similar story emerged when they looked at mental health. Nearly a quarter of non

golfers with OA reported high or very high levels of psychological distress, compare

d with just 8% of golfers. This pattern of improved physical and mental health remained when the researchers looked at the general, non-OA population.

This isn’t the first-time golf’s has been related to improved health, and previous studys

have shown golf to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, among other things.

Just walking one 18-hole round significantly exceeds the CDC’s recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Go out multiple times a week – leaving the cart and beer at home, and you’ll be fit for a lifetime.

The golfers on our staff, however, are still waiting for those mental health benefits to kick in because we’re still adding up our scorecard after that string of four double bogeys to end the round.

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Vaccine Doesn’t Stop Symptoms

cleaning macbook from bacteria

Vaccinated Canadians can have COVID-19 symptoms despite testing negative. Experts say people can test negative on a rapid test in the first few days they have symptoms. This is partly due to how quickly vaccination clears the amount of the virus in an infected person’s body, the amount of immunity a person has built up. How much of the virus a person can spread to others and how serious a person’s disease is, are all dependent on the viral load, which is the amount of virus a person has in their system. Antigen rapid tests pick up on a higher viral load much quicker.

sanitizing hands

If the antigen test is dependent on the amount of virus in your upper respiratory tract, you may still be infectious in the first few days. There’s a period of around two days before the rapid test begins to pick up the antigen This is one reason why it’s always good to give a second rapid test, a day or two afterward, just to make sure it’s really negative.

The real problem is that between 40 to 70 % of people who carry COVID-19 do not have any symptoms at all. This means people who are carriers of the virus may not be getting tested at all because they don’t have any symptoms and don’t think they have COVID-19; if they do happen to get tested, it’s often negative.

If a rapid antigen test is positive, it’s reliable. If it’s not positive and you have symptoms compatible with COVID, you should be managing yourself and the people around you as if you are COVID-positive.

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Fourth Booster Shots

I've Had My COVID Booster Shot

Fourth shots (Second Booster) of COVID-19 vaccines begin Thursday in Ontario for age 60 and up and for First Nations, Métis and Inuit over 18. Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending the “rapid deployment” of second COVID-19 booster shots for seniors over 80. The recommended interval between third and fourth shots is five months, but that a shorter interval may be warranted in some individuals. There’s no clear-cut answer on whether to rush out for one. I would advise older persons to get another booster right away because of the higher level of protection.

Vaccine Passports

COVID-19 has had a really disproportionate impact on people 65 and older. One in 100 older people are not with us today who were with us before the pandemic because of COVID-19.

For younger, healthier people, it might make sense to boost in late summer so it reaches maximum efficacy in the fall. Vaccine efficacy wanes over time, so getting a booster now means you won’t have maximum protection in six or seven months. It might make sense to plan your booster around respiratory pathogen season in the fall, when cases of COVID tend to go up. If you’re younger, healthy and in a place where the virus circulation is very low, it’s less critical, but if you’re somewhere where infections are raging, or if you’re traveling, it makes sense to do it now. Multiple studies have shown that the older you are, the bigger the benefit from getting another booster.

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Paxlovid Approved by Health Canada

doctor giving middle aged man a vaccine

On January 17, 2022, the oral antiviral Paxlovid was approved by Health Canada. Ontario has received limited quantities from the federal government.

Treatment with Paxlovid must begin within five days of symptom onset to be effective. A full course of treatment is three pills twice daily for five days in a row.

woman getting her blood pressure tested

Ontario is prioritizing patients for treatment who have COVID-19 with the highest risk of severe outcomes, including:
immunocompromised individuals (PDF) aged 18 and over regardless of vaccine status
unvaccinated individuals aged 60 and over
unvaccinated First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals aged 50 and over
unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over with one or more risk factors (PDF)
You must also have a positive COVID-19 test to receive treatment.
If you think you may be eligible to receive Paxlovid, you can:
contact your primary care provider
call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
visit a COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre
If you have one of more of the following moderate to severe symptoms you should immediately call 911 or go to the emergency department:
severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
feeling confused or unsure of where you are losing consciousness.

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