Friday, November 14, 2014

DocTalk November 11

Every week I sit down with Dr. Sean and Dr. Shereen to talk medicine.

Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic

Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre

These doctors cut through the confusion to help us understand what is going on with our health and get us more informed as we settle in to speak to our GP.

Here is our conversation.

Here is what we set out to discuss.

In the office - ingrown toenails / paronychia


  1. warts, why and can we protect against them?
  2. acne, the basics.
  3. growing pains what are they?
  4. excessive dandruff any medical issues?


General anesthetic – used to put surgery patients out cold – may work a little too well, researchers from the University of Toronto have found.
While the drugs prevent patients from remembering traumatic events during surgery, a new study conducted on mice suggests anesthesia-induced cognitive impairments may persist long after the drugs have left the system.

-Migraines are they as common as we might think or are people calling something else a migraine?

What about work?
School Infection control policy

In order to reduce the spread of illness in school, the following regulations apply.

1: Please DO NOT send your child to school if they have:

A: Fever (not to return to school for 24hrs after the last fever episode)

B: skin rash (until rash clears the contagious stage)

C: vomiting (not to return to school for 24hrs after the last vomiting episode)

D: diarrhea (not to return to school for 24hrs after the last episode of diarrhea)

H: red, watery and painful eyes, especially if there is a yellow/green discharge.

2: If they have an infected sores or wound it must be covered by a well-sealed dressing or plaster.

3: If your child is assessed by the school medical team and thought to be a possible source of

infection to other students and staff, you will be contacted to take them out of the school

4: Head lice: preferably kept home until at least the first treatment for head lice is administered.

Stress of university transition!

These are the years when the mental-health challenges of childhood and adolescence may evolve into the mental disorders of adulthood. These are also the years of the highest prevalence of substance abuse and mood disorders and the highest attendance at mental-health professionals’ offices and emergency rooms for mental-health problems.

The stress of adjusting to university or college is very real, even for the most resilient, but especially for students with a mental-health challenge. Parents’ anxiety about this transition is no doubt even greater for parents whose child has a serious mental-health or developmental challenge (such as autism) or an addiction problem. These parents are bound to feel an amplified sense of concern about leaving their child in an environment where they are no longer under their watchful eye.

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