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Top tips to enjoying the holiday season
The holidays, often dubbed the most wonderful time of the year, can come with its fair share of stress. Whether you’re navigating family dinners, travelling with kids, managing a tight budget, or feeling the pressure to handle everything, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. To help you feel great during this festive season, here are practical…

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How to boost your immune system
Keeping your immune system in tip-top shape can go a long way towards warding off colds and flus this winter. Without a healthy immune system, your body can’t fight off infections, viruses or pathogens effectively. Pesky viruses, bacteria and fungi are all around, and given the opportunity, they’ll try to make you sick. You don’t…

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How access to primary care can improve early detection of chronic diseases
In Canada, having a family doctor or another primary care provider is a strong predictor of your ability to access care in the broader healthcare system—including non-emergency surgery, diagnostic testing, and referrals to specialists. A primary care provider (or PCP) is, for many Canadians, their main point of contact for understanding their health. Whether for…

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How to keep your kids healthy this winter
Kids never seem to get sick when it’s convenient. It always seems to hit in the middle of the night or the morning of a big test, and it’s not always obvious if they need to see a doctor or not. If your little one’s sick, your teen needs a doctor’s note for school, or…

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Is it a cold, flu, or Covid-19? Learn the differences, best next steps, and how Maple can help this cold and flu season
It’s that time of the year again. Colds, the flu, and Covid-19 come knocking on the door with our cold Canadian weather. When someone in your family brings home a virus, it’s often just days before it hits the next person. With so many overlapping symptoms it can feel overwhelming and sometimes difficult to tell…

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How serious is Lyme disease?
According to the Government of Canada, cases of Lyme disease in Canada have skyrocketed from a low of 143 in 2010 to a high of 3,147 in 2021 as climate change, animal migration, and continued land use have expanded ticks’ habitat. Given the number of unreported cases and the individuals who don’t realize they’re infected,…

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How do harmful food ingredients affect your health?
Regular exposure to certain food additives, contaminants, carcinogens, and mutagens in your diet adds up over time, which can increase your risk of developing cancer. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help counteract this. While no single food or diet can guarantee good health, making healthier dietary choices may reduce your cancer risk.…

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Are food detoxes and cleanses worth it?
Remember the low-fat food craze in the ‘90s or the Atkins Diet in the ‘00s? These were just a couple of diet fads that have come and gone over the years. They often lead to quick weight loss that isn’t healthy or sustainable. Yet, one diet trend has stuck around for many years and is…

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What are the complications of IBS?
Canadians have one of the highest rates of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in the world. Unsurprisingly, this makes IBS a leading cause of work absenteeism in Canada. And, because it’s typically a lifelong condition, individuals with IBS often require medical support across their lifespan. Without treatment, it can result in a number of complications. However,…

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Should I see a doctor even if I feel fine?
Canadians aren’t placing enough importance on preventative medical care. We know this because chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases account for 65% of deaths every year in this country — despite many of their underlying causes being preventable. In fact, 80% of Canadians have at least one modifiable risk factor…

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What expectant mothers need to know
Expecting your first child can be exciting and scary. Your body changes as your baby grows, and you might not understand what’s happening or why. On top of that, there’s the stress of not getting timely appointments with a doctor when you need care. Below are some common symptoms that can develop from your first…

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