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Learn about Eczema with Aveeno

Learn about Eczema with Aveeno

“In the US, Eczema is the second most frequent skin disease to affect Black skin, but experts believe it may be underdiagnosed. This is due in part to the fact that historically, physicians have been trained primarily to diagnose eczema on white skin. In fact, a recent US study found that less than 5 percent of the images in general medicine textbooks showed conditions on darker skin, and the standard outcome measures used have poor reliability and validity in patients with very dark skin, making it even more difficult for doctors to recognize and diagnose on skin with more pigment”.

Migrant Women and Immigration Backlogs | Monica Bassilli

The first was last year’s events in Afghanistan which were largely orchestrated by the United States’ abrupt departure from the region. In response, Canada’s immigration processing in the region urgently shifted to promise the arrival of 40,000 Afghan refugees. It is important to note that processing standards in Canada now heavily rely on reliable identification documents, which are likely to have been destroyed or never been established in Afghanistan. Coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada’s processing of immigration applications has been impacted both in capacity and in turbulent global conflicts.

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The Last Mile | Jacqueline Bollo, MBA, ICD.D

To gain a synoptic view of the logistics that define the last mile of one’s journey requires hard work and creativity. This may imply that in order for success to be realized, one must exercise frequency of effort with a focus on increased effectiveness and efficiency. Strategically, one might also use the concept of frequency to assess the situation, evaluate the processes involved, and implement changes where necessary.

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Chocolate as a currency | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

But even with all the money in the world, statistics have shown that many are still not happy, satisfied, or fulfilled. Others, like lottery winners or day traders, or those who have come into substantial amounts of money through an inheritance or legal settlement, are often unprepared or lack the financial literacy skills to make strategic and sustainable decisions with their money. Often spending it on luxury items that depreciate over time instead of making investments that could appreciate.

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Rethinking the Weight Loss Trend in People of Color

Weight loss trends revolve around the idea that by reducing your calorie intake, you can lose weight faster. However, banking too much of your weight loss journey on not eating so that you don’t hit your daily calorie limit can be harmful for your body and immune system, making you more susceptible to diseases. Modern weight loss programs don’t consider calories as the be-all and end-all anymore. Protein, fiber, natural and added sugars, as well as saturated and unsaturated fats, are all components towards a healthier pattern of eating, and should be balanced appropriately.

Aside from healthier eating, modern weight loss programs will also recommend non-dietary changes to help you achieve weight loss over time, so you won’t develop a negative relationship with food. Things like getting adequate, good quality sleep and doing regular exercises are just as important to maintaining a healthy body, and they won’t stop you from getting the nutrients you need to be fit too.

Children of undocumented workers denied access to education| Migrants Rights

“Canada promises universal educations, but tens of thousands of undocumented children cannot go to school”. 

“Raquel, whose family lost status when she was in high school in Montreal, explained the pain and uncertainty she went through: “I was very worried about my future. My strong desire to study was crushed by a system rich in education but poor in empathy.”

“Even children of parents with work and study permits are turned away. Right now, in New Brunswick, 53 school children have been unable to enroll despite speaking out since September .”

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Unpaid Caregiving Across Cultures in Canada  | Nancy Wanye

Unpaid caregivers are the backbone of many healthcare systems across Canada. Who are they exactly? They are men and women who provide home care services to family members and friends in need of care without financial compensation. Care services could include assistance with transportation, meal preparation and clean-up, house cleaning and maintenance, laundry, personal care, and managing finances.

Sea Buckthorn Jam | Adeline Panamaroff

Sea Buckthorn Jam | Adeline Panamaroff  

Sea buckthorn bushes have a growing tolerance for cold and dry areas. This has allowed them to thrive in zone 3 growing regions. In Edmonton, the bushes have been planted along train lines and in green spaces as a landscape plant. Its long thorny twigs and closely bunched berries can make gathering these fruits a “sharp” business. I have found positioning my collection container right under a group of berries with one hand and rolling the fruit off the stem with the other hand works well, even if this means crushed berries. 

Lorrie Morales is a senior editor with LCCMedia

Happy Thanksgiving | Lorrie Morales

Gratitude is an attitude, and so after almost two years of lockdowns and isolation, people are ready to get back to that healthy lifestyle of celebrations, connecting with others and hope for the future.  There are so many reasons to be thankful in our world today. Despite the wars, floods and food shortages and rising costs of gas, goods and groceries, there is always reason to choose our attitude along life’s journey.

Yoleen Naidoo writes a weekly column with | Empowering Teens

What Happens If I Make a Mistake in Life | Yoleen Naidoo

For you to live this valuable life, you must believe in yourself. Accept that you can make bad decisions.  Accept that you get another chance.  Accept that you will do better next time and if not, you will be given another chance.  Work hard in life and grow.  Never forget we live in a world of GRACE which means we get another chance. Grace gives us the chance to start again without a past.  Leave the past, let it go, forgive yourself and move on.   

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