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Prioritizing self-care for your overall wellness
Self-care isn’t indulgent, and it doesn’t have to be decadent. In fact, small daily actions that are easy to maintain often do the most good. At its core, self-care is everything you do to promote and maintain your own health, without the help of a healthcare worker. This leaves a lot of room for options,…

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Mental health benefits for being in nature
If the warm weather has you fantasizing about ditching the city for fresh air and plenty of trees, you’re not alone. Humans have only lived in sprawling urban centres for a few hundred years, and it turns out that the concrete jungle isn’t the ideal environment. Greenery isn’t just a “nice to have,” it’s a…

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Five signs you may need speech therapy
If you or someone you love has ever experienced a speech or language disorder, you understand how challenging it can be. It becomes a hindrance to everyday life, preventing those affected from being able to share their thoughts easily or clearly. Thankfully, there is hope for people with speech and language disorders through speech therapy.…

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Why do I fart so much and why does it smell so bad?
You know things are bad when the smell of your own farts is unbearable. While other peoples’ farts are gross, most people find that their own farts don’t bother them. If you’re passing gas smelly enough to offend yourself, or if it’s happening so often you’re embarrassed to leave the house, you know something’s up.…

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How alcohol can affect you in the bedroom — for men
Getting drinks is often part of the dating ritual — it can help you loosen up and feel more relaxed. But alcohol can have wide-ranging effects on your body and its systems. If you’re looking to get romantic, even a minimal amount of alcohol can get in your way. Here’s how alcohol can affect you…

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Questions to ask when you’re prescribed something new
Taking your medication improperly can render it ineffective or worse, so it’s important to get it right. Unfortunately, almost 40% of Canadians don’t take their medications as directed. The reasons for this are complex, but part of it comes down to a lack of information. When it comes to a new prescription, doctors and pharmacists…

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What does a standard check-up involve?
Almost 15% of Canadians don’t have a family doctor. Whether you’re part of this group or not, it may have been a while since you made the trip to your physician’s office. For many, doctor visits are few and far between unless there is a specific issue that requires care. This can make it easy…

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Hives: the alarm bells of our body
Anyone who’s ever found themselves feeling itchy or uncomfortable after eating certain foods, or taking a specific kind of medication, could be familiar with hives. This is a very common type of raised welt that develops on our skin and can vary in severity, depending on what’s causing their appearance. While it’s possible to have…

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Skin cancer prevention: How to reduce your risk
Summer is here, and you’re probably itching to spend hours outside. But before you spend long summer days outside soaking up the sun, it’s important to remember those golden rays play a big part in causing the most common form of cancer — skin cancer. And skin cancer isn’t just from exposure to the sun…

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HPV myths and facts
Summer is many people’s favourite season for making new romantic connections. Keep in mind, summer is also a favourite of another highly contagious virus in the STI family called the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV.  While it’s one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and it’s generally manageable in its early stages, both men…

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What’s the impact of taking hard drugs just once?
As cannabis use becomes more socially acceptable in Canada, it’s not uncommon for people to be curious about hard drugs too. We all know that drugs are bad for you, but what’s the real impact of taking hard drugs one time? Is it really that dangerous, or is it okay to experiment with them just…

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