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Want to be happier? Sing, sing, it’s a wonderful thing

What’s the best scene in How The Grinch Stole Christmas? I’m talking about the 1966 original, of course. Not the Jim Carrey abomination. (Yes, I said it.) Now, hands down the best scene is when all the Whos in Whoville come together to sing that final Welcome Christmas song — proving that even though all […]

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Cooking oil may help prevent spread of food-borne illnesses, Canadian researchers say

By Peter CameronThe Canadian Press Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 Canadian researchers say cooking oil may be the key to helping prevent the spread of food-borne bacteria such as salmonella, listeria and E. coli. They say many foods produced on an industrial scale include raw ingredients that are mixed together in large stainless steel machines that […]

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How to keep working out on vacation

By Gabriella BostonThe Washington Post Wed., Aug. 1, 2018 It’s vacation season, and we all agree we should take a break from work. But that doesn’t mean we should take a break from working out. Working out is a great habit which, once broken, can be hard to pick up again. But you can still […]

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Not all eating disorders are related to body image

By Kathryn FergusonThe Washington Post Wed., Aug. 1, 2018 For nearly five months in late 2016 and early 2017, I had a sinking feeling that something was desperately wrong with my 10-year-old daughter, but the doctors and specialists we visited during that time didn’t have any answers. She was in a medical free fall: She […]

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Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 should be tested for hepatitis C, new guidelines urge

Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 — essentially the baby-boom generation — should be tested for the potentially liver-destroying virus hepatitis C, a new set of guidelines recommends. More than 250,000 Canadians are believed to be infected with hepatitis C, but 40 to 70 per cent are unaware they harbour the blood-borne virus because it […]

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Treating a cellphone addiction: Can we crowdsource more solutions?

A few weeks ago I wrote an article in the Toronto Star on reducing cellphone addiction. I shared how I was addicted to this tiny little rectangle glued to my leg and a few ways I’m combating the disease. Well, that article ended up getting more responses than any article I have written for The […]

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Grounding — walking on grass barefoot — has health benefits, research says

By Carrie DennettThe Washington Post Mon., July 16, 2018 It is no secret that spending time in nature is good for you. For years, researchers have been detailing how people who live near green spaces — parks, greenbelts, tree-lined streets, rural landscapes — have better physical and mental health, and practices such as Japanese forest […]

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David Sedaris, Carrie Fisher among summer’s stimulating beach reads

By Neil Pasricha Special to the Star Mon., July 9, 2018 Does your brain turn off in the summer? Mine doesn’t. Yours doesn’t. Everybody’s doesn’t. Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue, Random House, 400 pages, $37.  (Random House) The late actress Carrie Fisher published a riveting memoir called Wishful Drinking.  (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press file photo) […]

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Swimming pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick: Studies

Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. But two recent federal health studies found that some waters are better than others, at least when it comes to avoiding water-borne illnesses. Of 633 outbreaks nationwide caused by bacteria, […]

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1,000s of Canadian breast cancer patients will reap reward of no-chemo study: experts

When Lisa Freedman was diagnosed with breast cancer, a genetic test of her tumour suggested chemotherapy would have no effect on the risk of recurrence, allowing her to safely skip the treatment and its dreaded side-effects. “When the test came back, it showed that I would have a 13 per cent chance of recurrence if […]