Hearing and Memory

Do you remember what the pastor said last week?  It might be easier for you to recall what he wore and how his handshake felt.   If you think your memory is foggy, or mistakenly blaming it on daydreaming, don’t.  A University of Iowa study found that auditory memory is inferior to visual and tactile memory: [...]

Hearing Loss & Dementia, Is there really a connection?

HEARING LOSS & DEMENTIA, Is there really a connection? The ongoing debate about Hearing Loss and Dementia. Is there a link? Are there causative factors? Can anything be done? By Tina Kaur RN, Viva Hears, Screening Program Coordinator. Articles and research studies have recently been discussing the notion that those with hearing loss go on [...]

Shingrex – A New Shingles Vaccine

A new shingles vaccine was recently approved for use in Canada. It is indicated for the prevention of shingles in people aged 50 years of age and older. Clinical trials have shown the vaccine to be greater than 90% effective in adults aged 50 and older. The vaccine requires two doses with the second dose [...]

Supplements for High Blood Pressure

Question:  Dear Wellness Pharmacist, I have high blood pressure and came across the supplement, Salv-Tonic.  Should I take this supplement and what benefits will I obtain by adding this to my health regimen? Answer:  High blood pressure (HBP) also known as hypertension is when your blood pressure, the force of your blood pushing against the [...]

Learn about Exostosis

Repeated exposure to cold, whether that be wind and/or water may cause an abnormal growth of bone within the ear canal. This is called exostosis or bony exotosis. The medical term for this bone growth is Exostosis, but more commonly is referred to as ‘surfer's ear’. This name comes from the fact that the most [...]

Telehealth is a HIT!

Unlike the new movie about stars and wars, Telehealth is a huge success! Turns out all kinds of people love being able to see a doctor from home, work, or wherever they are. Better still, not have to go to the clinic. “Thank you so much to the lady who was on duty at telehealth [...]

How Physiotherapists can improve the lives of British Columbians every day

Physiotherapists help patients improve their joint health, and restore muscle strength and endurance. Physiotherapists work closely with patients to make sure they are getting the right care for their condition, injury or mobility issue, so that they can get back to enjoying life and the activities they love most. One in five British Columbians live [...]

Ototoxicity, from your medicine cabinet to the workplace

Ototoxicity is the property of being toxic to the ear (oto-), sometimes as a drug side-effect. The effects of ototoxicity, although possibly reversible and temporary, can be irreversible and permanent. Many ototoxic drugs are well known and used in clinical situations. These include those often prescribed for very serious health conditions, despite the risk of hearing disorders. Ototoxic drugs include antibiotics such [...]

Avoid the Clinics During Flu Season!

It's that time of year again - flu season. Why would you go into a clinic and risk catching something if you don't have to? Use our Viva Care Telehealth service! It’s free and easy to use! CLICK HERE Choose a date, and time, and receive an email link to our secure portal. Then when [...]

Got pain? No problem, Laser can help!

What's is Laser? Laser stands for (L)ight (A)mplification by (S)timulated (E)mission of (R)adiation. It is Drug-Free, Surgery-Free, Immediate and Effective Pain Relief How does laser work? Laser Therapy works by flooding the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This produces a cascade of healing responses in your [...]