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What’s the best birth control for treating PCOS?
Choosing the right birth control to treat PCOS is tricky. Only certain types contain the right hormone balance. Learn more about birth control and PCOS.

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Can you control diabetes with diet and exercise?
Diabetes influences your quality of life and increases your risk of developing other diseases. It affects the way your body processes the food you eat and it’s chronic. With appropriate treatment, however, diabetes can be managed effectively.  Diet especially has an outsize effect on how the disease manifests for you. From helping to manage your…

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Rosacea: what you need to know
Rosacea is a common skin condition, affecting over three million Canadians each year. While there’s no cure, many find that dietary changes play a role in reducing the severity and frequency of their symptoms. And emerging research on the connections between gut health and skin health is giving rise to support for this idea. Here’s…

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How to keep your penis healthy and strong
Taking care of your penis isn't hard, but it is important. Penis health affects not just your sexual health, but also your mental and physical health.

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Why do I fart so much and why does it smell so bad?
You know things are bad when the smell of your own farts is unbearable. While other peoples’ farts are gross, most people find that their own farts don’t bother them. If you’re passing gas smelly enough to offend yourself, or if it’s happening so often you’re embarrassed to leave the house, you know something’s up.…

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How to boost your immune system with food
What you eat can have a major impact on your quality of life. From your earliest days to the last years of your life, nutrition has a profound impact on your health. One of the major ways it does this is through your immune system. Here’s how nutrition affects your immune system and what to…

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Are “natural” ingredients really natural?
Knowing what’s in the food that you eat is increasingly important to consumers. Chances are that labelling is key to how you assess a product’s healthfulness. Seeing the word “natural” on a label might make you feel better about buying the product. Maybe it conjures up images of farming, vegetables growing in the sun, or…

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Why do I get more migraines in the winter?
You expect certain things from winter — snow, shorter days, and cold temperatures. But if you have migraines, you might also anticipate an uptick in their frequency during the winter months. A certain number of migraine sufferers experience seasonal fluctuations in their migraine attacks, and they can get much worse when the temperature drops. Here’s…

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How virtual care empowers women with their health
March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of girls and women. It’s an occasion to reflect on the progress that has been made towards achieving gender equality and raise awareness of the challenges women still face today. Every year, International Women’s Day helps bring…

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What are the effects of sleep deprivation on your health?
Sleep hygiene — it's not about how clean your bed sheets are, but about creating the best sleep environment possible. Stick to these five, sleep therapist approved tips and you'll be sleeping better in no time!

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Employee retention: 4 effective strategies for employers
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in July of last year, four million Americans quit their jobs. Employee retention and engagement rates were at a historic low, not seen since 2000. Resignations peaked in April and remained abnormally high for several months, with a record-breaking 10 million open jobs at the end of…

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