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How many sexual partners is “too many”?
Sex is a personal thing. Everyone has different tastes, desires, and hang-ups. Some have one sexual partner for their entire lives, while others see lovers come and go. Despite this wide range of “normal,” many feel like they have to lie, deny, or exaggerate when it comes to how many people they’ve slept with. But,…

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Are cold sores the same as herpes?
You see a sore on your mouth in the mirror. Is it a cold sore, or herpes? Are they the same thing? Here's the answers, plus how to prevent future outbreaks.

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I have ovarian cysts, does that mean I have PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome and ovarian cysts are two separate conditions. Confused? Learn why having ovarian cysts doesn't necessarily mean you have PCOS.

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Kids with food allergies: checklist for a safe school year
Back to school can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. For parents especially, the return to school routine is a relief after summer days of nonstop activities. But if your child has food allergies, back to school can also mean some real worries about their health. If your child is just entering kindergarten or preschool, this…

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What’s quality of life at work, and why does it matter?
“While having employment is itself vital to people’s health and well-being, the quality of people’s work is also a major factor in helping people to stay healthy and happy.” –The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, 2017   Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. A Gettysburg College report claims that…

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Monkeypox: symptoms, causes, and treatment
It seemed like the world was beginning to get back to “normal” following two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. And then, we heard about a new, different type of viral outbreak: monkeypox. If you haven’t been feeling well lately, it’s best to check in on your symptoms. Maple makes it easy, as a telehealth platform…

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Ear infection or swimmer’s ear — what’s the difference?
Swimmer’s ear may seem like a made-up name for an ear infection, but it’s not. Not only is swimmer’s ear distinct from an ear infection, but the two conditions also have disparate causes and symptoms, and require different treatments. Being old enough to read, you might think your days of ear infections and swimmer’s ear…

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What is summer asthma and how do I manage it?
Asthma doesn’t always stay stable — it’s highly sensitive to what’s going on around you. If you have it, you probably find that everything from air quality to the season can affect your symptoms. The weather especially can have an outsized effect on your asthma. For some, this means that their condition gets a lot…

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Heat exhaustion vs. heatstroke: signs and differences
The dog days of summer might be waning, but that doesn’t mean the heat is. Summer lasts well into September, and temperatures often stay high right until its end. While this balmy weather feels like a treat after those long Canadian winters, it can also have a darker side. Scorching temperatures can leave you with…

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How do I know if I’m experiencing long COVID?
COVID-19 symptoms are broad, and long COVID is no different. If navigating your long COVID journey is proving difficult, Maple can help. Maple is a telehealth platform that lets you connect with Canadian-licensed doctors and specialists from your phone, tablet, or computer. What is long COVID and how long does it last? Long COVID can…

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8 strategies to help employees with inflation
In June, Canada’s inflation rate rose to 8.1%, the fastest annual increase in the cost of living in decades. While not the only culprit, gasoline was one of the biggest contributors to the soaring inflation rate, as prices at the pump shot up by a brutal 54.6% compared to the same time a year ago.…

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