10 stories that gave us news we can use in 2019
From avoiding sunburn and food poisoning to getting immunized and keeping up with exercise, there was a wealth of expert advice to help you live healthier his year.
By SEAN TOWNSEND
Food poisoning strikes one in eight Canadians each year, yet it is almost entirely preventable, according to two experts who explained how it happens, how to prevent it and what to do if it you get it.
Practical advice for winning the literal turf war to keep your lawn lush and healthy from the head of horticulture at the U of A Botanic Garden.
Nothing draws birds like a free meal, but feeders may do as much harm as good, according to ecologist Erin Bayne, who provided four tips for putting out food without putting birds at risk.
In one of our top stories of the summer, public health researcher Patrick Hanington explained what swimmer’s itch is, why it’s hard to avoid in Alberta lakes and how to minimize your chances of getting the itchy rash.
It’s not about motivation, said health promotion expert Kerry Mummery—it’s about giving yourself enough time and finding enjoyment in staying active: “We all have to be a little bit selfish from time to time to take the time to look after ourselves.”
Sunburn doesn’t have to be an annual ritual, according to dermatologist Robert Gniadecki, who explains why putting on sunscreen is often not enough, why you should avoid home remedies and what works best to ease the burn.
The science-based advice physician Stephanie Liu dispenses on her blog, Life of Dr. Mom, is a welcome antidote to the glut of misinformation parents too often find online.
Everything old may be new again to a fresh generation looking to live more sustainably, but home canning comes with serious risks, according to food microbiologist Michael Gänzle, who suggested four safer alternatives for preserving your home-grown fruit and vegetables.
Three to four cups a day can boost your health along with your energy level, but caffeine isn’t for everyone, said two experts who provided tips on how to get the most from your daily dose.
Just in time for the start of flu season this year, infectious disease specialist Lynora Saxinger set the record straight on five of the main reasons people say they won’t get the shot.