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When should a diabetic go to an endocrinologist?
While diabetes is a well-known condition, the type of doctor to help manage it — an endocrinologist — might not ring a bell. Despite this, the two often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what to expect at your endocrinology appointment and how seeing one can help with your diabetes treatment. What’s an endocrinologist? After completing medical school,…

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4 tips to support employees with diabetes in the workplace
Over the past decades, Canadians have experienced rising rates of diabetes. Today, about one in three Canadians lives with some form of diabetes or prediabetes. As more Canadians than ever before experience the impact of diabetes, employers must put in place policies to support these employees in the workplace.  While some employers may feel concerned…

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5 digital health trends we’re keeping an eye on
Digital Health Week is a week-long celebration of what digital and virtual health bring to the healthcare system. This year, it runs from November 14 to the 20, and the theme is bridging the technical-political divide, where the need for stronger health data governance will be front and centre. But it also showcases how healthcare…

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Why do I get a sinus infection (sinusitis) every fall?
Having a sinus infection is basically a guaranteed way to spend a lot of time feeling lousy. Its throbbing ache can make it hard just to get through the day. But there are ways of easing your discomfort. Here’s how to treat your sinus infection at home and how to know when it’s time to…

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Does arthritis get worse when the seasons change?
If your arthritis symptoms seem to change with the weather, you’re not imagining it. And unfortunately, the colder months tend to be the worst for many. Here’s how seasonal changes can impact your arthritis and what options you have for treatment if you’re living with arthritis. What is arthritis? Arthritis is an uncomfortable and often…

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How does daylight saving time affect your health?
Daylight saving time rolls around each year, yet it still takes getting used to. You get more sunshine in the evening of the spring and summer months but “lose” an hour of your day. When the clocks return to standard time in the fall, it’s darker earlier in the evening. Because of this change, people…

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Health screening tests every man needs
Men are sometimes stoic when it comes to taking care of their health. But, men shouldn't skip the four medical tests outlined in this article.

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Breast cancer: causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention
Everyone knows someone whose life has been ripped apart by a cancer diagnosis, especially when it comes to breast cancer. The more you know about the disease, however, and the more you can spot its potential signs and symptoms, the better off you are. Because the sooner cancer is caught and treated, the better your…

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5 ways to build a resilient team
At work, employees often have to navigate stress, face adversity, and adapt on the fly. The capacity to recover quickly from these physical, mental, and emotional pressures is called resilience. But just what is resilience, and why is resilience so important at work? For organizations, building team resilience can have many benefits. Not every day…

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How can you prevent STIs?
Over 60% of Canadians report never having STI testing, which means there are a lot of people walking around who may not know their status. Even if you’re in a monogamous relationship and don’t have a number of sexual partners, it’s a good idea to speak to your partner about whether they’ve been tested for…

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Prickly heat (heat rash): symptoms, treatment, and prevention
Hot and humid conditions are ideal for developing prickly heat rash, but they’re not its only cause. Heat rash can be a byproduct of your self-care if you enjoy hot yoga, exercise frequently, or use steam rooms or saunas. Even adding your winter layers too prematurely or throwing an additional duvet onto the bed can…

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