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Birth control options and their side effects
Birth control options and their side effects
The use of birth control started rising in popularity during the late 1960s as campaigns and movements supporting contraception gained pace. Today, the majority of Canadians use birth control as a means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. But with…

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I called it my uniboob — one woman’s plastic surgery experience
I called it my uniboob — one woman’s plastic surgery experience
Plastic surgery is a taboo subject in Western culture and few will admit to getting it. But despite the mystery, plastic surgery is a huge industry. As medicine continues to advance, a trip to the cosmetic surgery clinic can help…

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The facts and myths of organ donation
The facts and myths of organ donation
Organ donation saves lives, but many Canadians haven’t registered as a donor. Even though 4,600 Canadians are waiting for an organ, only about 21 of us in a million actually become organ donors. This means that far less…

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Treating rosacea to put your best face forward
Treating rosacea to put your best face forward
Despite the fact that rosacea affects more than 3 million Canadians, doctors still don’t know exactly what causes it. Many people are not familiar with rosacea either, and misdiagnose it as acne when it first appears. But treating it…

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Why your digestive difficulties could be IBS
Why your digestive difficulties could be IBS
No one is a stranger to stomach problems. We’ve all dealt with an unpleasant episode of bloating, diarrhea or constipation. But for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, symptoms like these are constant. IBS can be mysterious, and the symptoms…

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Heart health tips
Heart health tips
Heart disease is the second leading cause of death for Canadians. But according to the Canadian Heart and Stroke foundation, eight out of ten cases of heart disease are preventable. There are many ways to keep your heart healthy…

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Do organic foods prevent cancer?
Do organic foods prevent cancer?
Organic food is often too expensive to be attainable for everyone. But a recent study found that those who eat mostly organic food develop fewer cancers than those who don’t. As the debate rages on around organic food and cancer,…

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Five things you should know about Canada’s new food guide
Five things you should know about Canada’s new food guide
While some of us may be well on our way with our new year’s resolutions, for many of us it’s more likely they’ve been shelved. Wherever you are in the process, Health Canada has just released its new food guide…

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What your therapist’s title really means
What your therapist’s title really means
As Canadians, we pride ourselves on having a progressive society, but in truth, mental health is still stigmatized. Because of this, many of us who have mental health issues are either unaware of them or reluctant to address…

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The effects of loneliness on health
The effects of loneliness on health
The research is definitive: loneliness is so bad for our health that being lonely is worse than smoking or being obese. And given that

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