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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Blausen.com staff. Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014

May is Cystic Fibrosis (CF) month. A drive through Watson Lake will give you an idea of just how important this month is to our town. Numerous businesses join in “painting the town purple” by decorating windows and doors in purple, the official CF... more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Watson Lake

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Ronald McDonald House British Columbia & Yukon

“Gaby was four when she was diagnosed in June 2016, and her birthday is in October so she’s five now,” says Keira Kucherean. Her life changed dramatically when she was told that her daughter Gabriella has medullary pilocytic astrocytoma, a type of... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Amazon.com

From breakfast to dinner, allergies to diets, less sugar, more greens — we talk a lot about what we do and do not eat. But what about once we’ve supped our plates clean? Do you feel awkward already? Digestion is a private if not at times taboo... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: graphicstock.com

For sufferers of eczema, the winter can be an especially uncomfortable time. The dry, overheated indoors and the harsh, cold outdoors can aggravate symptoms. Eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes dry, thickened... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: GraphicStock

People often ask if Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat colds and flus. Although there’s no magic bullet when it comes to getting rid of those nasty winter viruses, Traditional Chinese Medicine can give us a unique perspective on how we treat... more

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

As the season of overindulgence is upon us, binging and overeating becomes an almost daily occurrence. From cookies and treats at the office to endless dinners and potlucks, for the next month we will all likely be filling our bellies beyond their... more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

That addictive white powdery stuff is in everything. From store-bought spice blends to fruit juice to ketchup to even vitamins, it’s everywhere and in much higher amounts than you might think. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

Is your digestion slow? Feel cold all the time? Tired and achy? Low mood? Lack the energy to get through your day? If any of these symptoms are a problem for you and you’re struggling to feel well, no matter what you try, Chinese medicine and... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

For most of our Canadian lives, we are told that lasting bone strength is a glass or two of milk away. This is reflected heavily in the Canada’s Food Guide, which acts as a foundation piece for nutrition and wellness in doctors’ offices, ... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Valerie Thomas

Ellen had four babies at Whitehorse General Hospital. Her births were always fast and she liked the support that she got at the hospital. In her fifth pregnancy her baby was diagnosed with spina bifida at the 20 week ultrasound. Spina bifida is a... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

Facebook friends are filling my feed with photos of stunning sunrises that they are seeing on their way to work. Everyone marvels at them, yet all I can focus on is how we are about to be plunged into months of darkness. It’s that time of year. more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: Pat Kulachkosky

Kristin homesteads at Marsh Lake with her partner Ron, her two sons and her stepson and her parents living close by. She had imagined having her babies at home since she was a teenager. “Giving birth is natural, every animal does it and we were... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

When I was a teenager, I took karate twice a week. One year, my instructor got really into throws. Given that he never really taught proper falling technique, combined with the class having a lot of young people in it, it is not surprising that I... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

After you’ve picked your first few batches of mushrooms, and haven’t landed in the hospital, you’ll find the mushroom conversation branches into themes of field testing, drying, and alternate uses, such as medicines, dyes and crafts. more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: courtesy of Christina Kaiser

We moved into our newly built log house one week before my due date. We were racing against time, because we planned our home to be one where I’d have my child, and wanted our first baby to be born in the house we built together. She took her... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: by Murray Munn

The Second Opinion Society (SOS) is holding its annual barbecue on Thursday, July 28th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and all are welcome. SOS is located at 304 Hawkins St. adjacent to the Yukon Conservation Society offices. There will be hotdogs... more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: by Jozien Keijzer

In 2009, Ayla Sanders graduated from Vanier Catholic Secondary School and got a summer job in Paradise Alley on Main Street in Whitehorse. She did not have plans to pursue a post-secondary education, so she wrote an essay to apply for the Rosemary Bu more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

You know those moments when you realize something awful? Your whole body goes cold as the dread sets in. Your eyes go wide and the panic rises from the pit of your stomach. Maybe it’s when you remember a moment from last night. Maybe it’s when... more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Audrey Skofenko

Today many people practice meditation for stress relief and to improve their overall quality of life. However, is there evidence that meditation is effective? If its effects can be proven, how can meditation be practiced by people with different... more

Jul 21, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Glenda Koh

Mentioning Yvonne Emson’s name can trigger a response like my neighbour’s: “Oh, she saved my life! My husband’s, too.” Physiotherapists are not in the business of saving lives, but for people with severe or chronic pain, getting the right... more

Jul 7, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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