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  • Life after cancer
    the difficulty in resuming the routines you had before your cancer diagnosis or the attitudes of those around you or the feeling that you have somehow been absent from your own life for a while Feelings of fatigue may overwhelm you at times but there are ways to cope with this Pace yourself Consider taking naps during the day if you are feeling tired Learn to say no to things you don t feel like doing Consider changing your eating patterns Small frequent meals throughout the day may give you more energy than sitting down for regular meals Decide what s important in your day and plan the most important things for when you know you will have the most energy Don t hesitate to tell your doctor if you are suffering from fatigue and never assume that nothing can be done to help Don t give up the things you enjoy but do them a little differently Love movies Watch them at home instead of going out Read a book listen to music do restful things that don t tire you You want to live a healthy life after treatment and that means taking good care of yourself and letting others help take care of you Ask your physician or pharmacist to help you develop a plan that will allow you to manage your stress become active again eat well regain the weight you may have lost and maintain your weight and resume your normal activities in a reasonable amount of time Don t push yourself and don t let anyone else decide what s right for you or when For example if you re planning to go back to work don t jump into a full schedule right away Take good care of yourself Schedule regular follow up

    Original URL path: https://www.pfizerstrive.ca/education/articles/understanding_cancer/life_after_cancer (2016-04-28)
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  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
    mild or severe and it can progress slowly or quickly Other symptoms of AMD are blurry vision vision loss seeing wavy lines in place of straight ones a blind spot in the centre of your vision difficulty telling colours apart and trouble seeing things far away Who gets AMD AMD is most common in people over 50 years of age It is the leading cause of age related vision loss and as you get older your risk of AMD increases Other things that raise your risk of getting AMD include smoking having high blood pressure being Caucasian eating junk food consuming a lot of red meat and having a history of AMD in your family Quick fact Smokers are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop AMD Can AMD be prevented There is no cure for AMD and no one knows whether it can be prevented but it s a good idea to manage your risk Recent studies show you may be able to lower your risk of AMD if you do these things Get your vision checked regularly Don t smoke Eat more leafy green vegetables and fish Limit your intake of junk food Eat red meat only

    Original URL path: https://www.pfizerstrive.ca/education/articles/eye_health/age_related_macular_degeneration (2016-04-28)
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  • Glaucoma
    have the open angle type Often open angle glaucoma has few symptoms so the condition can go undetected until your vision is lost permanently Angle closure glaucoma however is an obvious medical emergency and serious symptoms usually come on suddenly and can include pain and changes in vision What causes glaucoma High intraocular pressure IOP causes glaucoma but not everyone with high IOP develops the disease People can have high IOP because of their genetics and you may be at higher risk if you are older have a low diastolic blood pressure have diabetes are nearsighted or are black Asian or Inuit Glaucoma can also be caused by other things like eye injury eye inflammation complications of surgery or taking certain medications Is there anything else I can do Evidence shows that you may be able to protect your vision against glaucoma and other eye conditions by eating well and getting the right amount of vitamins The following fruits and vegetables are thought to be especially good for your eyes Carrots Citrus Kale Melon Spinach Can vision loss from glaucoma be prevented Yes If it is detected early vision loss from glaucoma can be slowed down or stopped Often though glaucoma can be damaging your vision and you might not even know you have it until it s too late Be sure to schedule regular eye exams to protect your eyes from glaucoma and preserve your vision How do I deal with vision loss from glaucoma If your glaucoma has progressed and you have vision loss there are many resources available for you to maintain your independence and quality of life Be sure to put away items quickly to avoid clutter Install lights in dark spaces like closets and staircases Remove area rugs to avoid tripping Reduce glare Use assistive

    Original URL path: https://www.pfizerstrive.ca/education/articles/eye_health/glaucoma (2016-04-28)
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  • Eye health for seniors
    prevent permanent vision problems Watch for vision changes It s important that you pay attention to how your eyes are changing You may experience some of the following changes in your eyesight Be sure to share them with your doctor if you do Being more sensitive to glare Eye dryness Having more difficulty judging distances Taking longer than before to adjust to light changes Trouble reading small print Trouble seeing contrast or colour Having watery or teary eyes Watch for vision loss Vision loss may indicate a serious problem that can be helped and sometimes further permanent vision loss can be avoided Watch for the following symptoms of vision loss Choosing brighter clothes or objects Clumsiness doing fine tasks like threading a needle Difficulty copying text Driving mistakes Falling or tripping due to missteps Light sensitivity Misjudging where to place items Seeing flashes of light or fast movements from the corner of your eye Squinting Trouble with night driving Uncontrolled eye movements Protect your eyes There are lots of things you can do to protect your eyes from serious problems Experts recommend you do these things to protect them Always point spray nozzles away from you Don t smoke Don t let dry eyes go untreated Don t drive at night if you have problems with glare or judging distances Eat carrots citrus fruit kale melon and spinach Have regular eye exams If you have watery eyes get your eyes checked Make sure you have adequate lighting Protect your eyes from getting injured Reduce glare Shield your eyes from wind or sun Use sunglasses that have high UV protection 99 100 Use grease shields when frying food Wear safety goggles when working with tools or chemicals Watch out for recoil when securing bungee cords For most people normal age related

    Original URL path: https://www.pfizerstrive.ca/education/articles/eye_health/eye_health_for_seniors (2016-04-28)
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  • Three reasons to not avoid your eye doctor
    glad you did How often should you have an eye exam Experts recommend the following eye check up schedule based on your age Babies 0 2 yrs First eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months Children 2 5 yrs At least once between the ages of 2 and 5 years Children 6 19 yrs Once a year Adults 20 39 yrs Every 2 to 3 years Adults 40 64 yrs Every 2 years Adults 65 yrs Once a year Reason 1 Vision development Vision affects many aspects of life Children and adolescents should have regular eye exams to make sure their eyes are maturing normally Vision problems can interfere with growth and scholastic development and regular check ups can help prevent this Experts report that as many as 25 of children could have undiagnosed vision problems Reason 2 Your eyes are always changing Aging lifestyle pregnancy and conditions like diabetes are just a few of the things that can affect your eyes Seeing your eye doctor regularly will help you minimize eye strain make sure your eyewear prescription is up to date and ensure your eyes are healthy and free of disease Reason 3 What you don t know can hurt you According to recent studies as many as 1 in 7 Canadians are living with vision loss and a lot of it could be corrected On top of that it s estimated that one third of Canadians over 40 could be walking around with eye disease without any symptoms Optometrists eye doctors also look for eye diseases at a regular check up Diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration can progress with little notice silently causing permanent damage to your vision Regular eye exams can catch these problems early Pfizer Canada Inc 2015 All rights reserved Privacy

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  • Learning disabilities in children – facts and tips
    information and can affect attention memory emotional maturity and social skills Common LD types Dyslexia Difficulty processing language trouble reading spelling and writing Dyscalculia Difficulty with math skills and concepts trouble solving arithmetic problems Dysgraphia Difficulty with writing trouble forming letters and expressing ideas LD is not the same as mental retardation autism blindness deafness or any kind of behavioural disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD is not LD although it can occur in the same person at the same time LD tends to run in families LD is not caused by poverty or cultural differences How to spot LD in your child Learning difficulties often go undetected because they aren t easily seen and the characteristics and severity can vary but here are some warning signs to look for in your children Problems in listening speaking or writing Difficulty with mathematics Distinct gaps in actual vs expected achievement levels Trouble with socio emotional skills and behaviours Advice for parents DO Keep open lines of communication between school and home Teach your children practical life skills to build confidence Make sure to take care of yourself Balance the needs of the rest of the family Remember to make time for play Ask for help Managing LD can get costly so take advantage of social resources DON T Deny that there s a problem there s no growing out of an LD Hide it this just delays getting help Blame yourself or others guilt and blame accomplish nothing Panic or over worry this only wears you out LD success stories There is no cure for an LD but children with LD can achieve great success in school and life with encouragement intervention and support Here s a list of just a few famous people with LD who have gone on to

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  • The many benefits of breastfeeding
    for babies Breast milk provides several nutritional immunological and developmental benefits to infants Supports nutrition and digestion Easy to digest breast milk is rich in protein fatty acids iron and zinc and is considered the nutritional gold standard for the first six months of life Boosts immune system and helps prevent infant illness Breast milk and colostrum early breast milk are rich in anti infective properties that can reduce the risk of infant illness and help boost the immune system Promotes intelligence Studies show that breastfeeding can increase cognitive development in children possibly resulting in higher I Q scores and verbal skills Benefits for mothers Breastfeeding also benefits the mother Makes life easier There are no bottles or rubber nipples to sterilize and no formula to measure mix and warm in the middle of the night Saves money Buying formula and feeding supplies can add up With a reduced risk of infant illness there s a savings in healthcare costs and missed work for the mother Bonding Both mother and child can benefit from the physical closeness in breastfeeding which promotes feelings of warmth security and comfort Oxytocin the hormone that helps milk flow and can calm the mother is stimulated by skin to skin contact Weight loss Many studies show a greater incidence of post birth weight loss in women who breastfeed Fights illness and disease Studies have shown that women who breastfeed have better emotional and physical health Benefits for society Breastfeeding can have a positive impact on society as well Ecologically sound With no formula to warm up or bottles to disinfect not to mention the reduction in packaging breastfeeding is environmentally friendly Cuts healthcare costs Since breastfeeding has been linked to decreased illness in both mothers and babies it can help reduce the financial pressure on

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  • Picky eaters – Is my child getting enough?
    the recommended number of servings based on your child s age and gender But don t become a slave to the chart You can get the same benefits from smaller servings throughout the day to accommodate little tummies Try these tips Set a meal schedule and stick to it Three meals and three snacks If your child skips a meal or snack the next one won t be too far away Boundaries create a sense of safety Limit high calorie drinks It s easier to be picky when you re full from too much soda juice and milk Create a pleasant dining atmosphere Tension gets in the way of healthy eating so make mealtimes as inviting as possible by providing a clean and bright environment No arguing at the table and definitely no TV Respect your child No one likes being forced to eat when they re not hungry Bullying or punishing a lack of appetite or distaste for a certain food creates an association of mealtimes with anxiety Bribery can intensify power struggles over food Have fun It s funny how sandwiches cut up into little soldiers with the crusts lopped off are so much more fun than regular ones Get creative with veggies and toppings broccoli and cheese go amazingly well together Don t get stuck in a rut of certain foods at certain times breakfast for dinner can be fun every once in a while Get your child involved If you re tired of hearing No ask your child to help you pick healthy foods at the grocery store Engaging your child in food selection and preparation instills an investment in meals and can be a bonding experience Be patient Remember when you hated spinach It can take a while to get used to new foods Introduce

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