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What’s the best birth control for treating PCOS?
What’s the best birth control for treating PCOS?
What is PCOS? PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal imbalance that affects your menstrual cycle. Women who have PCOS tend to have high levels of androgens, which are hormones that cause male characteristics like facial hair growth…

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What are seasonal allergies and how do I manage them?
What are seasonal allergies and how do I manage them?
It’s officially spring. The days are getting longer, the grass is getting greener, and the trees are starting to bud. If you’re among the one in five Canadians who experience seasonal allergies, however, chances are that watery eyes, a…

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Skin cancer: types, causes, treatment, and prevention
Skin cancer: types, causes, treatment, and prevention
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Like other forms of the disease, it’s the result of an abnormal and uncontrollable growth of cells, but in your skin. The most common places to get skin cancer are on…

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Don’t get burned out by burnout
Don’t get burned out by burnout
Feeling burnt out? You’re not alone. Trying to manage daily stress, whether it’s related to work or your home life, can feel overwhelming, exhausting, and leave you drained. But feeling burnt out doesn’t mean you’re unable to deal with life’s…

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Paxlovid: what you need to know
Paxlovid: what you need to know
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic it was hard to imagine the speed at which there would be vaccines to help people combat the virus. At that point, you could only dream of accessible medication that you’d be able…

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Why you should check in on your mental health
Why you should check in on your mental health
Your mental health influences your take on life. It’s both precious and linked to your physical health. Nevertheless, mental illness isn’t always given the same weight as a physical illness. But feeling unwell mentally or emotionally is as valid as…

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Do I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Do I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Everyone’s dealt with an unpleasant episode of bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. But if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms like these are constant. Despite affecting between 13-20% of Canadians at any given time, the causes of IBS aren’t…

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Thyroid disease and the symptoms you need to know about
Thyroid disease and the symptoms you need to know about
One in 10 Canadians suffer from thyroid disease — but only about 50% know they have one. When your thyroid’s working properly, you don’t have to pay very much — if any — attention to it. But when it…

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The difference between psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy
The difference between psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy
Navigating mental health challenges can be difficult — especially with so many professionals who all seem to have complex titles that start with “psych.” That’s why we’re breaking down everything you need to know about three of the most commonly…

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How do I know if my child has a mental health problem?
How do I know if my child has a mental health problem?
It’s easy to think of mental illness as only affecting adults, but children are vulnerable to it as well. At its most basic, mental illness is simply a medical condition that causes ways of thinking or feeling that…

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