Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up mucus as a result of frequent lung infections. Other signs and symptoms include sinus infections, poor growth, fatty stool, clubbing of the fingers and toes, and infertility in males, among others. Different people may have different degrees of symptoms.
The main signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis are salty-tasting skin, poor growth, and poor weight gain despite normal food intake, accumulation of thick, sticky mucus, frequent chest infections, and coughing or shortness of breath.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin. Myelin is necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses through nerve fibres. If damage to myelin is slight, nerve impulses travel with minor interruptions; however, if damage is heavy and if scar tissue replaces the myelin, nerve impulses may be completely disrupted, and the nerve fibres themselves can be damaged.
MS can cause symptoms such as extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes.
Multiple sclerosis affects around 50,000 Canadians, and approximately 3 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis each day. Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about this condition.
Every May is Car Care Month, when the industry works together to help Canadian car owners prepare for summer driving.
Canadian winters are notoriously harsh and that impacts our vehicles. We can help to keep them safer on the road and avoid breakdowns throughout the spring and summer months by encouraging Canadians to have their vehicles inspected.
Failing to maintain your vehicle to the level recommended in your owner’s manual by the engineers that designed your car can put you and your family at risk. Here are some things to check, breakes, shocks & struts, fuel pump, lights, air conditioning, windshield, or cabin air filter.
Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted. Yet the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. Each year, Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication health issues and the professionals who can help.
Throughout May, SAC and our more than 6,000 members — speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants — work to highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication health issues.