Too hot to handle: How to survive amid extreme heat and humidity
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — A few summers ago, Gordon Giesbrecht was doing work on a lakeside dock when he says he started feeling “a little funny.” Minutes later, he was vomiting — a symptom that he immediately recognized as heat exhaustion.

As an expert in how extreme temperatures affect human bodies, Giesbrecht  …

Quebec to start vaccinating those under five years old as of today
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(Lilian Roy/ CTV News) – Young children in Quebec will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination next week, the province announced Thursday.

Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau said Quebecers between six months and four years old will be able to receive Moderna’s Spikevax mRNA COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.

Speaking  …

Ultrasounds no longer required in Quebec before getting abortion pill
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(Selena Ross/ CTV News) — A group of Quebec doctors has successfully pushed for a big change to how abortions are given in the province, widening access to abortions by medication.

Until now, Quebec has required patients to have ultrasounds before obtaining the two-pill regimen that induces a medical abortion.

In the rest  …

7 ways to treat chronic back pain without surgery
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(Andrew Manuel Nava/ John Hopkins Medicine) — Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts three months or longer. It can come and go, often bringing temporary relief, followed by frustration. Dealing with chronic back pain can be especially trying if you don’t know the cause.

Back pain rehabilitation specialist Andrew  …

Hema-Québec lacks blood donors for Black patients
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(Touria Izri / CJAD News) — Akelia Campell is just 30 years old, but she already has arthritis severe enough to rival the condition of people decades older.

Her joints are so worn out that she’s already had a hip replacement. She’s wearing a sling to help recover from recent shoulder surgery.

“I couldn’t  …

How secure is abortion access in Canada?
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(Michelle Cyca/ Chatelaine) — On June 24,  the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling that affirmed pregnant people have a constitutionally protected right to access abortion without government interference. This decision will have disastrous effects for people who   …

Everything you need to know about sunscreen
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(Julia Paolercio/ Chatelaine) — Whether you’re concerned about sunburns, skin cancer or premature signs of aging, wearing sunscreen every day is the best thing you can do for your skin. But how exactly does it protect your skin—and how do you pick the best formula for your needs?

We asked Dr. Monica Li, a Vancouver-based   …

10 ways men and women can boost libido
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(Janet Brito/ Medical News Today ) — Libido, or sex drive, naturally varies between individuals. Having a low sex drive is not necessarily a problem, but if a person wishes to boost their libido, they can try a range of effective natural methods.

Anxiety, relationship difficulties, health concerns, and age can affect libido.  …

Caffeine in skin care: does it actually work?
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(Hillary Lebow/ Everyday Health) — Caffeine is not just for mornings anymore.

This simple yet effective ingredient is gaining traction in the beauty world, thanks to its popularity on TikTok and celebrity endorsers who say caffeine-infused skin-care products are a quick, affordable way to give your face a little pick-me-up.  …

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