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Will you be eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot in Canada?
The United States is now offering COVID-19 booster shots to their citizens, as are Israel, France, Britain, and Germany. Canadians, however, aren’t eligible for a third shot — yet. The government isn’t committing to boosters, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t considering it. If you’re wondering if you’ll be able to get in line,…

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Trailblazing employers can help employees battle burnout with virtual health
This article was originally developed by Canadian HR Reporter. As we collectively mark the one-year passing of the “two-week quarantine” to stop the spread of a serious new virus, it’s fair to say everyone’s capacity for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic is close to maxed. Burnout — defined as “fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from…

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Continuity of care is seamless in a virtual healthcare setting
This article was originally developed by Canadian HR Reporter Virtual care is rapidly becoming more mainstream in Canada due to its efficacy and convenience — during a global pandemic in particular, there’s much to be said for accessing healthcare from the safety and comfort of your own home. And, the increasing popularity of virtual healthcare…

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Five reasons why top employers offer virtual care to employees
This article was originally featured in Canadian HR Reporter. Virtual care has been on a global rise and has skyrocketed this past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian market – specifically top employers – are swiftly embracing this new model of healthcare. Employers have a lot to gain from offering virtual care to their…

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Triple-negative breast cancer
One in eight Canadian women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. It’s the most common cancer in Canadian women after non-melanoma skin cancer. Breast cancer isn’t one homogeneous disease, however, and knowing which type you have is important for a few different reasons. Triple-negative breast cancer tends to be different from other forms of…

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Why companies should listen: the growing demand and need for mental health support
According to the August 2021 LifeWorks Mental Health Index™, the Canadian optimism sub-score sat at -9.9, nearly 10 points below its benchmark, reflecting strained mental health in the Canadian population, largely in part due to stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Thankfully, we’re no longer forced to self-isolate, but the Delta variant and the…

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The lowdown on men’s PSA testing
Canadian men get prostate cancer more than any other cancer, and 1 in 9 men are diagnosed with it during their life. Most cases are discovered in their early stages, which is part of the reason there’s a 93% probability of surviving prostate cancer in Canada. Despite this, population-wide prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate…

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Five tips for re-opening your office with employee wellness in mind
A return to the office in the time of COVID-19 is one of mixed emotions. It’s a sign that things are slowly but surely returning to a new normal. Brainstorming, collaborating, and forming human connections are all best done in person, but the re-opening of office spaces also presents a host of new challenges. We…

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Six reasons you should start journaling
Journaling isn’t just for angsty teens. The self-help movement has taken journaling mainstream, with books promising that it’ll manifest your dreams and even help you sleep better. Journaling may be having a moment, but it’s more than just a fad — it can also be an important tool for self-care. Here are six reasons you…

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HIV and AIDS: causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment
Learning that you’re HIV positive can be devastating, but with proper treatment, you can live a long and healthy life. There are a number of drugs available to help you manage your health and infection status. In spite of that, there are some real health concerns that come with the diagnosis. Here’s everything you need…

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PrEP: what is it and how does it reduce HIV risk and infection?
Medicine has come a long way since acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first identified in the 1980s. But while AIDS is treatable, there’s still no cure for it. The best way to protect yourself from AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes it, is through prevention. In combination with safe sex and drug use practices,…

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