Jan 04 2016

Should I Be Concerned About Bone Loss?

Written by Saanich Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy Published in Our Blog

Bones are changing all the time. Normally, the body balances bone degradation with new bone formation. As we get older, this process changes and over time we experience bone loss. If the loss in bone density and quality is great, then we refer to this as osteoporosis. It usually progresses silently and without symptoms until a fracture occurs.

Oct 05 2015

What’s this about a universal flu vaccine?

Written by Saanich Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy Published in Our Blog

There are many different types of flu (or influenza) viruses. Three kinds of flu viruses are common among people today: Influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses. Each year, scientists work together to decide which three (or four) strains of virus to include in the seasonal influenza vaccine. The World Health Organization will make recommendations to help countries decide which strains they should include in their annual flu vaccine.

Sep 22 2015

How Many Sheep Does It Take To Turn Out The Light?

Written by Saanich Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy Published in Our Blog

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland located in the brain. The pineal gland senses light. In the absence of light, the body will produce more melatonin; while light will decrease melatonin production and start the waking process.

Sep 01 2015

Being a Good Egg About Calcium Intake

Written by Saanich Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy Published in Our Blog

There is more to preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures than calcium supplements, but that’s as good a place to start as any. There are so many different types of calcium out there. Which one is right for me?