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Acne and eczema flare-ups in the winter: what you need to know
Winter weather can be a disaster for your skin. While it might seem obvious that indoor heating and dry winter air would cause dry skin, itching, flaking, and intensify your eczema so much that you may need eczema treatment, many complain that winter weather also aggravates acne. If you’re wondering what triggers your winter eczema…

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Flu and COVID-19 vaccines: everything you need to know
Every fall the public service campaigns start up, reminding you that it’s time to get your flu shot. This year there’s an added urgency to the campaign. With COVID-19 still circulating, Canadians could be in for a double whammy — a flu epidemic in the middle of a pandemic. Many Canadians have questions though —…

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How online therapy works: the benefits of online counselling
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many areas of life to move online, from grocery shopping to day-to-day work. Even in this environment, many people still hesitate to speak with an online therapist, as they worry therapy through a screen won’t be as effective as in person. But why do many people prefer online counselling therapy over face-to-face treatments? And what advantages do online sessions have over in-person meetings?

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Is the “man cold” real?
Everyone experiences cold and flu symptoms differently, but there’s something to be said about people who act or feel like they’ve been knocked out completely. You might have heard of – or been around someone with  – the man cold, where they’re essentially unable to function and quite often, refuse to see a doctor.   But…

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How to boost employees’ mental health during the winter months
Frolicking in a winter wonderland isn’t everybody’s favourite way to spend the colder Canadian months. Many prefer to keep warm by bundling up on the couch, but often lose out on opportunities to exercise and get the blood flowing. Combined with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) induced by the lack of sunlight, working from home, COVID-19…

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Depression and seasonal affective disorder: facts and symptoms
Depression affects millions of Canadians, but it can be hard to recognize if you're depressed or are going through a temporary spell of sadness.

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4 weird toddler behaviours that are actually normal
Toddlers are kooky. They make up their own languages and love to dress outrageously. Some of the weird things toddlers do, however, are more likely to provoke worry than a laugh. As a parent, it’s hard to know what’s normal toddler behaviour and when it’s time to worry. Here are some weird — but common…

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Five tips to balance your hormones
When your hormones are unbalanced, your health is put on hold. Here are some lifestyle tips for balancing your hormones that you can incorporate today.

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Healthcare goes virtual: A disruptor to watch for
This article was originally featured in Canadian HR Reporter Typically, when an employee gets sick or starts to feel under the weather, they’d call their doctor, book an appointment, and do their best to clear their schedule by rescheduling any meetings, commitments or deadlines on their plate. Productivity is disrupted and absenteeism is naturally increased.…

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Supporting mental health with living room-accessible benefits
This article was originally featured in Canadian HR Reporter Let’s face it, working from home has become “the new normal,” one that many companies could continue to keep in place even after lockdown restrictions have lifted. But is the home necessarily an ideal work environment? According to an ADP poll that surveyed over 1,500 Canadians…

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Younger Canadians embracing virtual healthcare
This article was originally featured in Canadian HR Reporter Healthcare has reached a point of disruption – and at the height of this disruption is the COVID-19 pandemic, where technology is making its presence felt. This is a defining moment for the field, as we race to reduce costs, improve access, and transform delivery. At…

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