Symptoms & Health Concerns

    By:   Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP Sorting out health concerns When health care providers are faced with a health concern, they try to sort out what could be causing the problem. Treatment will vary from person to person, depending on the cause... read more...

    By: Cornelius Woelk MD, CCFP, FCFP , Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP and Pat Murphy BEd, MEd Dave's story Dave had a family history of heart disease. He had his first heart attack when he was 51. When he was 55 he had coronary bypass surgery. A year... read more...

    By: Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is confusion? Confusion occurs when a person’s brain is not functioning properly. People experiencing confusion have problems remembering, paying attention, speaking, thinking, reasoning, and understanding... read more...

    By: Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP   What is constipation ? Constipation is a condition where stool is slow to move through the large intestine and bowel movements occur less frequently than they normally do. The slower the movement, the more fluid... read more...

    By: Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is dehydration ? Dehydration is a condition that results from the excessive loss of water from the body. Diarrhea and vomiting are two of the most common causes of dehydration. Some medications can also reduce... read more...

    By: Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is depression ? Depression is a medical condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Doctors now know that depression has a biological or chemical basis, so people cannot “shake off” depression... read more...

    By:   Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is fatigue ? Fatigue is a feeling of extreme tiredness or a complete lack of energy. Everyone has experienced fatigue at one time or another. When we don’t get enough rest or sleep, eat poorly, or do too... read more...

    By:   Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is anorexia (lack of appetite)? Lack of appetite is the feeling that you are not hungry. Most people experience a lack of appetite from time to time. For example, people recovering from the flu often do not... read more...

    By: Sarah Brown BSc, RN, MN, CNS   What is a malignant wound? A malignant wound is an open cancerous lesion of the skin, which may be draining. It may look like a cavity or open area on the surface of the skin. It may also appear as skin bumps... read more...

    By: Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is nausea and vomiting? Nausea is a sick or uncomfortable feeling in the stomach which is often described as an urge to vomit. Some people also describe nausea as an uncomfortable feeling at the back of the... read more...

    By:   Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is pain ? Pain is the unpleasant experience you have when your body is hurt. Many different problems can cause pain, such as injuries, arthritis, or more serious diseases such as cancer. Everyone experiences... read more...

    By: Anne Katz PhD, RN, FAAN Sexuality is much more than having sex even though many people think only about sexual intercourse when they hear the word. Sexuality is sometimes equated with intimacy, but in reality, sexuality is just one way that... read more...

    By:   Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFP What is shortness of breath? The medical term for shortness of breath is dyspnea . It is defined as an uncomfortable awareness of breathing. People who are experiencing shortness of breath feel that they can’t... read more...

    By: Brenda Hearson RN, MN, CHPCN(C), CNS We all need sleep to maintain our ability to function physically and mentally, as well as to maintain our sense of well-being and quality of life . Yet, sleep disturbance is a symptom that is commonly... read more...

    By: Romayne Gallagher MD, CCFP Swallowing problems in degenerative brain diseases People who have degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease),... read more...