Log in and feel better
You can pay your bills online, you can buy your
shoes online and now you can learn to better
manage your health online. Alberta Health
Services has launched the Better Choices,
Better Health® online program, making it easier
for Albertans to take this free workshop—and
Designed for Albertans living with chronic
illnesses, Better Choices, Better Health® helps
people learn skills such as communicating with
health-care providers, managing stress and
pain, and improving nutrition and activity. Once
program users sign up, they can log in at their
convenience two or three times a week, for a
total of about two hours a week. Interactive
sessions are posted weekly for six weeks and
are available through any computer with an
For information about Better
Choices, Better Health®, visit:
FAST action around strokes
Every second is important when someone
is having a stroke. The Canadian Heart and
Stroke Foundation says FAST action is needed
when someone is having a stroke.
Face—is it drooping?
Arms—can you raise them?
Speech—is it slurred or jumbled?
Time—to call 9-1-1 right away.
Remembering FAST can make a difference.
A stroke requires immediate professional help.
Some effects of stroke can be reversed, but
only if the stroke is treated right away.
These simplified stroke signs and
symptoms will help people better recognize
when someone is having a stroke,” says Shy
Amlani, program manager with Alberta Health
Services’ Edmonton Zone Stroke Program.
an asthma barrier
Every year, some 146,000 Canadians with
asthma end up in emergency departments
when their medication doesn’t seem to work.
About 500 of them die.
Part of the problem is that asthma drugs
work too slowly in emergencies. The drugs are
blocked by thick, concrete-like mucous plugs
in the lungs of those with asthma. Alberta
Innovates – Health Solutions researchers Drs.
Francis Green and Richard Leigh, professors at
the University of Calgary, are working on a new
medication they hope will:
“We developed this to save lives,” Green
says. He adds that their research could also
reduce emergency visits and cut health
spending by millions of dollars.
— Janet Harvey
Clinical trials for the drug, known
as S-1226, are planned. For more
information, visit solaeromed.com.