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Spotlight on health is a monthly newsletter featuring health tips, profiles of doctors making a difference around Ontario, and recent news from the Ontario Medical Association

It was a wonderful mentor that drew Dr. Yuka Asai to dermatology, but it’s her patients and her work that make it so rewarding.

The Kingston dermatologist helped fill a great need in her community when she relocated from Montreal to work at the Hotel Dieu Hospital three years ago, and it’s a need that hasn’t let up.

“When I first arrived, the backlog of serious cases really highlighted the need for an expanded dermatology program,” says Dr. Asai. With the addition of herself and her colleague Dr. Mark Kirchoff, they tripled the dermatology program in the last two years. “It’s really nice to be somewhere people are excited to have you. There has been a very real need here.”

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Questions about the flu?

Ontario’s doctors have some tips to help you protect yourself and others from getting the flu.

  • Get the flu shot from your doctor every year.
  • Wash your hands with soap frequently and thoroughly, especially before eating.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available to wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect common surfaces that a lot of people touch.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve or bend of your arm, not into your hand.
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Don Mills Middle School students Fiona and Olivia participated in the Kids' Run Club event earlier this month.

It turns out running is a prescription kids are happy to follow.

Ontario’s doctors have launched a school-based Kids’ Run Club to help children be more active and promote healthy behaviours.

Earlier this month, Dr. Virginia Walley, President of the Ontario Medical Association, had the opportunity to visit Don Mills Middle School in Toronto to see the program in action. Some students sprinted, some ran, some walked – everyone wore a smile.

“Doctors have an important role to play in helping kids get the activity they need to stay healthy,” said Dr. Walley. “The Kids’ Run Club is a way for doctors to provide more opportunities for students to engage in physical activity in schools.”

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