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How Does the ER Treat a Fever?
A fever is one of your body’s best defence mechanisms and often a sign that your body is fighting off an infection. Your body does this by increasing the ‘normal’ temperature in your internal thermostat (the part of the brain called the hippocampus) in an attempt to make the environment uninhabitable for viruses and bacteria.…

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Can Airpods cause Ear Infections?
Airpods and wearable technology have come a long way in protecting our ears by reducing noise exposure or preventing sensory overload. There is plenty of health advice and available tools to protect your hearing, but what about the impact of Airpods and earbuds themselves on your ear health?  There is something here for you if…

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How Much CRP Level is Dangerous?
CRP (C-reactive protein) is a protein your liver produces when your body has inflammation. It can be elevated by a range of conditions, like pregnancy, the flu, or other infections, and in some cases, certain types of cancer. Your doctor may suggest a CRP test because the results can help them diagnose conditions, monitor them,…

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How to Reduce Cortisol in Menopause
Perimenopause and menopause occur when a woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs and menstrual cycles stop, which generally happens in your 40s and 50s. It’s caused by fluctuations in levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, along with another hormone that not many people realize plays a significant role in menopause, cortisol. Cortisol is best…

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I Have Food Poisoning—Should I go to the Hospital?
If you’re experiencing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and perhaps have a fever, you may have food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness). Perhaps you know exactly where it came from (looks like your hunch about that old hot dog was right) or maybe you can’t pinpoint the exact food that may have…

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What is an Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)?
The Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a quick, safe, and painless test that records the electrical activity in your heart. Each heartbeat starts with an electrical signal telling the heart muscle to contract, pumping the blood from your heart to where it needs to go. An ECG can help detect if your heart is pumping…

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How to Get a Family Doctor in Alberta
We’re passionate about keeping Canadians healthy and we believe that family doctors play a critical role in doing that. But, where you live often affects whether or not you have one. When it comes to primary care, Alberta may seem like it’s doing better than the rest of the country. However, doctor coverage in the…

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How to Get a Family Doctor in Montreal
We believe primary care is foundational for good health and that every Canadian should have access to it. Unfortunately, ongoing doctor shortages are contributing to an imbalance in healthcare access across the country. The situation is especially difficult in Montreal where hundreds of thousands of residents are without a family doctor right now.  On top…

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What is the Difference Between a Family Doctor and Walk-In Clinic
Navigating Canada’s healthcare system can be difficult at times, and knowing the differences between family doctors and walk-in clinics or when to choose one over the other can be added challenges. You may be inclined to go to a walk-in clinic if you can’t get in to see your doctor, or if you don’t have…

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How to Get a Referral Without a Family Doctor
Maybe you have a suspicious mole you’d like to get checked out, or maybe you want to start a family and have questions about your fertility. In either case, your family doctor may want you to see a specialist. To book an appointment with one, such as a dermatologist or gynecologist, you’ll need a referral. …

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What is the Difference Between a Family Doctor and Pediatrician
Did you know there are fewer than 3,000 practicing pediatricians in Canada? This means that few Canadian children ever see a pediatrician, while many parents are left wondering if they really need to see a pediatrician or a family doctor when their child falls ill.  First, it’s important to understand the difference between the two…

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