12 Health Reasons Dandelions Should Be Your Next Superfood

by   -  May 1st, 2017

12 Health Reasons Dandelions Should Be Your Next Superfood preview

For many of us, the last thing we think of when we see dandelions pop up in our yard is how healthy they are to consume. Instead, we start thinking of the ways we can exterminate this little yellow flower from as soon as they arise. But did you know, dandelions have a host of health benefits that may make you reconsider your yearly purge?

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Will FDA Approvals in 2017 Fair Better Than 2016?

by Carissa Andrew  -  February 6th, 2017

Will FDA Approvals in 2017 Fair Better Than 2016 preview
There is a lot of upheaval happening in the United States right now and the FDA is certainly not immune to its effects. With the transition of power to the Trump Administration on January 20th, a lot has been left to uncertainty.

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Don't Let Stroke Ruin Your Weekend or Holiday

by   -  January 3rd, 2017

Don't Let Stroke Ruin Your Weekend or Holiday preview

Strokes are striking people at younger ages than ever before. While overall incidents have come down, those under 55 years old have seen an uptick in strokes. According to a study done by the American Heart Association and released in May 2016, it found between 2000 and 2010, there was a sharp 44% increase of strokes for people age 25-44. This in turn continues to support a recent 2012 study, which found the average age for a first-time stroke is dropping.

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Anxiety and Depression Plagues Musicians Seven Times as Much as Others

by Natasha Tracy  -  December 5th, 2016

Anxiety and Depression Plagues Musicians Seven Times as Much as Others preview

It’s easy to understand how the anxiety of stage fright would be common among musicians but what might not be as obvious is that depression is also a frequent problem among musicians according to a new study out of the United Kingdom. Can Music Make You Sick, a survey by Help Musicians UK, shows that 71.1% of responding musicians have suffered from panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety and 68.5% of responding musicians have suffered from depression.

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Quit Smoking and A Prolong Life: It Can be Done

by Liubov Edwards  -  November 30th, 2016

Quit Smoking and A Prolong Life: It Can be Done preview

It is well known that smoking is harmful for human’s health, but how harmful? Now scientists know exactly what number of DNA mutation can be caused by smoking.

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8 Effective Ways to Overcome Post Election Stress Disorder

by   -  November 21st, 2016

Over the past few weeks has your stomach constantly been in knots? Or do you spend your evenings tossing and turning only to wake up in a panic. If these symptoms sound familiar, chances are you're suffering from election stress disorder.

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Gene Therapy or Doping?

by Liubov Edwards  -  August 18th, 2016

Gene Therapy or Doping preview

Doping in sport is a very controversial topic. But is modern sport with amazing results possible without any kind of doping?

A new, more complicated type of doping is promised to be a doping of the future - gene therapy. It involves adding extra genes, whose sequence differs from a person’s own version of these genes which stimulates the production of red blood cells.

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Pokémon Go Improving Mental Health? What about Addiction?

by Natasha Tracy  -  August 8th, 2016

Pokémon Go and mental health preview

There have been widespread reports the Pokémon Go phenomenon is helping peoples’ mental health. Specifically, because Pokémon Go is getting people outside and many of them are interacting with others, people are claiming that it is helping depression and anxiety disorders in real life. But can people become addicted to Pokémon Go?

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Summer Swap: Delicious Cold Versions of Your Favourite Warm Drinks

by Ainsley Smith  -  July 25th, 2016

Perfect iced coffee preview

As summer temperatures continue to rise, you’ll find that you’re swapping your long sleeves for tank tops and your jeans for shorts. But what are you supposed to do about your favourite warm beverages like coffee and tea?

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Where the US Presidential Candidates Stand on Health Care

by CANPharmacyKing  -  July 5th, 2016

After a rough primary season, the American voters have finally whittled down the contenders for the Presidency to the final two candidates. The Democrats are supporting long time favorite Hillary Clinton, and the Republicans are supporting brash political outsider Donald Trump. While this is a historical and important election for a number of reasons, whoever lives in the White House starting in 2017 will unquestionably affect the future of American health care.

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6 Dangerous Summer Diets To Avoid

by Carrie Borzillo  -  June 13th, 2016

Dangerous Summer Diets preview

Summer is upon us, and for many that means there's a mad rush to get into bikini shape FAST! If you do a Google search on "how to lose weight fast," 13.5 million results appear. You'll find some legitimate tips from reputable health sources, but you'll find a lot more information on dangerous diet trends and fads that might do more damage than good.

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Jon Snow Lives: What His Resurrection Really Means for Westeros

by   -  June 6th, 2016

We’re officially at the mid-season point for Game of Thrones: Season 6. By now, just about the entire planet is well aware of the long-kept (albeit not entirely surprising) secret that beloved character Jon Snow has returned from the dead. While the show’s producers made sure never to “technically" lie, they left us hanging until the very end of Episode 2 to bring Jon back, only to cliff hang us yet again until the following week.

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The Paris Agreement: A Step Towards Clean Environment and Better Health

by   -  May 9th, 2016

2015 was the hottest on record, breaking the previous records set in 2014. 2016 is set to break those new records yet again. This cycle of global warming comes at a huge cost when we’re dealing with droughts and heatwaves, superstorms and hurricanes, wildfires and other severe weather; not to mention putting elderly and children at risk because of the effect of extreme weather. Beyond that, the World Health Organization estimates 7 million premature deaths happen each year thanks to outdoor pollution. Whether looking at this from the point of view of saving the earth, or potentially saving lives—innovations in the way we handle energy, the earth, and the overall impacts we have are huge.

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Virtual Reality is About to Redefine Yours

by   -  April 18th, 2016

Virtual Reality Redefine preview
Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the biggest buzz words, industries, and investments of 2016. In fact, one could even say this may be the technology advancement of our lifetime; which is not something said lightly. Especially when you consider the myriad biotech advancements, or even 3D printing, just to name a couple.

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Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern

by   -  April 4th, 2016

Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern preview
Syrian refugees face many challenges, but one that may be underestimated is the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some Syrian refugees. Considering the atrocities many Syrian refugees have experienced, PTSD, a serious mental illness, is a major concern.

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Your Sedentary Life is Killing You

by   -  February 29th, 2016

by Carissa
by Carissa
We’ve all heard it before. Sitting on your rear all day, regardless of why, is literally killing you. There’s even a name for it: Sedentary Death Syndrome (SeDS). Did you know inactivity kills more than 300,000 Americans annually? If SeDs were a true disease, it would be the 3rd biggest killer in the country; behind only heart disease and cancer. If you’re in an office job without an outlet for movement, you may want to take note. Obesity is skyrocketing at an alarming rate. According to the CDC, more than one-third of the American population is obese (roughly 78.6 million people). This isn’t just a US thing, either. All around the world, lack of movement is causing some pretty serious health complications.

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Tech Tattoos: Taking Wearables to the Next Level

by   -  February 22nd, 2016

Tech Tattoos: Taking Wearables to the Next Level preview

As we enter into the early months of 2016, the tech trend of wearables (wearable technology and/or devices) continues to take the market place by storm. Whether you’re using a Fitbit, an Apple Watch, Google Glasses, or one of the myriad other ways technology...

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The Worst Part of Eating Junk Food Isn't Getting Fat

by   -  November 30th, 2015

by vadimphoto1@gmail.com
by vadimphoto1@gmail.com

You and I both know moderation is key when it comes to eating the foods we crave, but know aren't good for us. However, did you know there's more to fear from your favorite guilty pleasure than just gaining weight? Studies are finding links between a diet high in junk food to problems with energy, memory, and even brain density. All of this spells disaster as we age; eventually causing mental conditions, disorders, and possibly linked to cancer, Alzheimer's, and dementia.

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You Can Have Your Bacon and Eat It Too

by   -  November 23rd, 2015

by @CANPharmacyKing
by @CANPharmacyKing
Have you heard the latest about bacon? People the world over are losing their minds over the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) latest determination about processed meats. Right before Halloween, the IARC issued a statement labeling processed meats as carcinogenic. Of course, there was an instant uproar over the determination, but take a breather and listen up.

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The Link Between Diabetes and Mental Illness

by   -  November 16th, 2015

The Link Between Diabetes and Mental Illness preview
People with diabetes have enough health concerns to deal with as do people with mental illness. Unfortunately, research shows that those with diabetes have a greater chance of also having a mental illness and those with a mental illness have a greater chance of having diabetes. In other words, if you have both, you’re certainly not alone.

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Postpartum Depression Can Be a Family Affair

by   -  November 9th, 2015

by Jim_Filim
by Jim_Filim
Most parents, new or otherwise, have at least heard the term postpartum depression (PPD) in passing. It’s a pretty common term these days. Recently, Hayden Panettiere of the television show “Nashville" took the spotlight by taking leave from the popular show to focus on her PPD.

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Birthday Wishes to King Kong Bundy

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  November 6th, 2015

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Christopher Alan Pallies, known as King Kong Bundy, is about to celebrate his 58th birthday on November 7th. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, King Kong Bundy is an American pro-wrestler, stand-up comedian, and actor. He achieved mainstream recognition during the 1980’s and 90’s through being apart of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, but now called WWE).

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Dangerous Business: Death by Selfies

by   -  October 13th, 2015

by colourstudio.it
by colourstudio.it
In a world so overcome with their hidden desperation to be loved and accepted, it’s no wonder that bubbling to the surface is the need to please via selfies. As it turns out, the one-upmanship has escalated in recent years to the point of people doing the stupidest things for the sake of likes on their social media sites. So many people are enthralled with them, in fact, the word “selfie" was officially accepted by Merriam Webster for entrance into the dictionary last year. This is in and of itself a bit of a crazy feat, when you think of it. Last month Yahoo presented an article stating 2015 marks the first time when taking a photo of yourself has become deadlier than being attacked by a shark. Let that sink in for a moment. I mean, wow.

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Are You On the List?

by Liubov Edwards  -  October 7th, 2015

Are You On the List preview

Forget about taro cards and fortune tellers if you want to know for how long are you going to stay alive. One medical test can answer the question with precision. The new test supposed to show how fast a person is ageing. One of the researches, said: "This new test holds great potential as with further research, it may help improve the development and evaluation of treatments that prolong good health in older age."

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Now’s the Best Time To Talk To Your Kids About Abduction

by   -  October 5th, 2015

by Haywiremedia
by Haywiremedia
This September, the unimaginable happened in a small town in Alberta. A 2 year old and her father faced the unthinkable. The father, Terry Blanchette, 27 was found dead in his home by a family member – which led to an Amber alert spanning three provinces and one US State. Unfortunately, the hunt for the missing girl, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette didn’t end well. Her remains were confirmed September 15th and a local man is in custody for their murders.

This scenario is a parent’s worst nightmare, for sure. But how many of us have sat down to have an honest conversation with our kids about the dangers of going with strangers? What about giving them the tools and actionable items to feel empowered and safe?

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Disciplining Someone Else’s Kid: Yay or Nay?

by   -  September 30th, 2015

by DesignPicsInc
by DesignPicsInc
On September 11th, 2015, Yahoo posted an interesting article about whether or not it’s acceptable to discipline someone else’s child. For some it’s taboo- for others, it’s humiliation at it’s best. I know if my kids were to get disciplined while I was standing there (and evidently doing nothing), I’d be a bit mortified. Not so much for my kid – but hey, watch yourself kiddo; you shouldn’t need to be disciplined by a stranger – instead more for myself as a parent. I mean, c’mon, who would feel great about their kid getting corrected by someone else? I know I sure wouldn’t.

In a way, it’s a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) way of saying, “Gee lady, your kids need to be taught some stuff by you. Wanna get on that?" I know some people wouldn’t care, in fact, they’d welcome the help.

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Will the New Facebook Dislike Button Harm Your Mental Health?

by   -  September 28th, 2015

by Mattz90
by Mattz90
Facebook is finally responding to users’ requests and adding a “dislike" button to Facebook posts. Just like the “like" button, users will soon be able to click a button to “dislike" a post. But the question is, is this new dislike button on Facebook going to harm people’s mental health? Will the dislike button actually make people feel better or worse when using this social media site?

Why Add a Dislike Button to Facebook?

“. . . people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it,"

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CSI Finale: Tracking the Malaria Killer

by Liubov Edwards   -  September 25th, 2015

CSI Finale: Tracking the Malaria Killer preview

CBS confirmed that CSI will end its 15-season run with a two-hour finale on Sep 27th, featuring original cast members William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. To celebrate the 15 incredible years. Fans including #CANPharmacyKing who has touched this show. This one's for you.

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Ovarian Cancer Risks: What You Should Know

by Carissa Andrews   -  September 18th, 2015

Cancer, regardless of what kind is a life-changing diagnosis. We could spend tons of time talking about each one (and perhaps we will, one at a time). However, September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we’d like to call out some key risks every woman should be aware of. With a little luck, it just might save your life, or the life of someone you care deeply for.

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers for women. Approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed each year in the United States with Ovarian Cancer; of those, nearly 64% will die. Worldwide statistics, according to the World Health Organization have exactly the same death toll percentage.

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Protecting Your Mental Health If You’re on the Ashley Madison List

by   -  September 8th, 2015

Protecting Your Mental Health If You’re preview

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy. Please refer to the first article: Online Cheating Can Have Real-World Consequences, Even Suicide

If you’ve found yourself caught up in one of the biggest data breaches in history – the publication of 37 million Ashley Madison members’ information – you’ll likely be worried about the fallout. Some people are resigning from their jobs after being found on the list of members of the adultery website while other sources say that outed members will likely be fired.

But one thing you may not have thought of in all the scandal of the Ashley Madison mess is your mental health. If you’re on the Ashley Madison List, how do you protect your mental health?

The Ashley Madison List and Suicides

Being published on the Ashley Madison list has actually be linked to suicides and that is simply never okay. No matter what a person may have done on a website, it’s not worth ending a life over.

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3 Ways to Commemorate the Spirit of Labor Day

by   -  September 3rd, 2015

3 Ways to Commemorate the Spirit of Labor Day preview

The first Monday in September has significance for Canadians and Americans alike. However, how many of us really understand the reasons of why we celebrate this important holiday? Before you say it; no, this is not the final holiday to send off summer vacation and wave hello to the new school year. It’s a holiday dating back to the 1800’s, celebrating the achievements of everyday workers. Simply put – people just like you and me.

The very first American Labor Day Celebration was held 133 years ago in New York City.

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Online Cheating Can Have Real-World Consequences, Even Suicide

by   -  August 31st, 2015

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy. In the next article, she will offer the tips about How to Protect Your Mental Health If You’re on the Ashley Madison List

One of the largest data breaches in the world – the Ashley Madison hack of 30 million records – has proven that actions taken online on an adultery website have real-world consequences, too. Of course, after an alleged cheating partner is discovered, relationship separations and even divorces can occur, but worse than that, even hate crimes and unconfirmed suicides have resulted from the Ashley Madison hack. Online cheating actions are not made in a vacuum, they affect lives of spouses, children, and other loved ones in the real world as well.

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Brother Jericho Protects Cecil’s Cubs Amidst Death Claims

by   -  August 19th, 2015

by illustration_hft
by illustration_hft
By now, I’m sure many of you are aware of the poaching death of Cecil the lion, a local favorite in Zimbabwe. The thirteen-year-old lion has been tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in Oxford's Department of Zoology, making him very beloved by those who knew of him. I won’t go into the gory details, but let’s just say, Cecil suffered needlessly, which is in part causing all the outrage. The other part was due to the fact he was a protected animal that was lured out of his sanctuary at the Hwange National park in Zimbabwe. The “trophy" hunter who took down Cecil – a Minnesotan dentist, I’m afraid – is currently a fugitive and due to international outrage, he’s being sought for extradition to face charges in Zimbabwe for the illegal hunt.

It’s not the first poaching conviction for Palmer, either, who has one on record for killing a black bear in Wisconsin in 2006, then lying to authorities about where he killed it. Despite going underground, Palmer did issue a statement claiming he was misled by local guides to believing the hunt was legal, and he had no idea the lion he shot was “a local favorite."

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8 Tips for Divorce Damage Control for Ben and Jennifer

by   -  July 24th, 2015

News is spreading like wildfire about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner’s divorce. Personally, I’m not sure why their separation is any different from any other couple, but it does bring up a good time to discuss the damage caused by divorce. Don’t get me wrong, not every couple should stay together, and sometimes that means divorce is inevitable. However, coming from someone who has gone through it, divorce takes its toll and is probably the hardest thing you’ll have to overcome in your lifetime, regardless of who initiated.

When major events like divorce or the death of a spouse happen, there are 5 stages most people will go through: Blaming, Mourning, Anger, Being Single, Moving On.

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It’s Good To Be King: The Life & Future Reign of Prince George

by CanadianPharmacyKing   -  July 20th, 2015

When Prince George of Cambridge was born on July 22nd, 2013, it marked the first time since the Victorian Era that three generations in line for the throne were alive at the same time. “George" is amongst the most popular names for Kings in England and, like them, he will someday become the royal figurehead of the British Empire.

How far is Prince George in line from the crown? How many other Kings of England were named “George"? What is his last name? What is Kate Middleton’s occupation? Who is next in line for the crown after Prince George? What unusual royal rules will Prince George have to follow?

Many people have questions about the future King of England, and we have the answers! Check out these fun and interesting facts about Prince George.

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New Benefits of Statins

by Liubov Edwards   -  July 10th, 2015

New Benefits of Statins preview

Checkout Video: BC wildfire update

Follow @BCGovFireInfo for #BCWildfire Updates, News & Prevention Tips.

Air pollution affects millions of people, especially those living in big cities. Recently an air quality advisory was issued in Vancouver due to smoke from wildfires that have invaded the region.

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5 Ways to Boost Libido Beyond Female Viagra

by   -  July 8th, 2015

by Mathier
by Mathier
Not all that long ago, I wrote an article about the female libido and the ways it can be awakened. In it, I discussed not only the Fifty Shades of Grey movie that had just been released, but also the new pill - Sprout’s Flibanserin – which was heading to the FDA in hopes of gaining approval as the first pharmaceutical claiming to make headway for women suffering from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). This month, an expert panel for the FDA voted 18-6 to approve the drug, after two previously unsuccessful attempts. It’s important to note final approval is pending until a hearing in August, but generally speaking, the FDA has followed the recommendations of their panel. If approved, the North Carolina drug company plans to market the drug as Addyi.

While in some ways, this is considered a gain for women’s rights activists, Flibanserin isn’t without its pitfalls, and the FDA still knows it. The recommendation for approval from the panel also comes with a pretty big caveat: Sprout must make the negative side effects like dizziness, fainting, drowsiness, and others more noticeable than just a typical warning.

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What You Need To Know About LISTERIA

by   -  July 6th, 2015

by ftlaudgirl
by ftlaudgirl

Every year, approximately 1,600 people get sick from Listeria (a form of food poisoning) each year in the United States. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating contaminated food. It can be found in soil, water, and some animals; including poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk, and foods made from raw milk. Not to mention, it can also live in food processing plants, where it can contaminate a variety of processed meats.

In some ways, Listeria is unlike many other germs because it can grow even a cold refrigerator. The only way Listeria is killed is by cooking and pasteurization.

Always make sure the food you eat is safe.

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Genes for Depression and Bipolar in Women May Have Been Found

by   -  June 29th, 2015

Genes for Depression and Bipolar preview

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy.

According to researchers out of the University of California, specific genes for bipolar disorder and depression in women may have been found. While the genes themselves are not newly-located, their role in mental illness in a general population of women was not previously known. However, due to study of 144 samples, researchers are now saying that these genes may be the basis on which a blood test could be made to test for major affective disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) in women.

Basis for Study of These Genes and Major Affective Disorders in Women

It is known that an extra X chromosome frequently causes psychiatric symptoms in people with rare genetic diseases Klinefelter syndrome and Triple X syndrome.

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Jurassic Allergy

by Liubov Edwards  -  June 26th, 2015

Jurassic Allergy preview

There are many theories trying to explain the extinction of dinosaurs. Some are very controversial. But many scientists agree that climate change was the most likely one.

As we can see today climate change has a dramatic impact on any forms of life. The only difference between climate change in Jurassic period and nowadays is the human contribution.

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Tips and Tricks for Fun Hiking with Little Ones

by   -  June 24th, 2015

Photo by Tiffany
Photo by Tiffany
June is National Great Outdoors (GO!) Month here in the United States and I can think of no better way to celebrate with my little ones than to lose ourselves in nature. We are fortunate enough to live in Minnesota, where state forests, hiking trails, and paved trails are abundant.

When I was a child, my parents never took me places to wander the woods. Instead, I grew up in a part of town with a forest behind our house and I would find myself outside from dawn until dusk, when I could. From a very young age, I would roam the woods, dreaming about what life was like when there were no conventional houses, roads, cars, etc. I’d fight bad guys (broken tree branches) with my “sword" (a large stick), build teepees, and all around explore.

These days, it may not be as feasible for our kids to do the same, but we can ensure they find themselves in a bit of nature so they can build a love for it, too.

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The Way Fatherhood Has Changed Through the Decades

by   -  June 19th, 2015

by nito103
by nito103
Father’s Day is around the corner and we’d like to celebrate the role of fatherhood by taking a stroll through the past century. In 2015, we celebrate an unparalleled diversity of family structures and parental responsibilities. We have fathers who are gay, straight, work part-time or full-time, live with the family, dads who are divorced and live elsewhere, step-fathers, fathers who participate in the upbringing in their kids’ lives, father’s who take a more hands-off approach, and everything in between. This incredible variance wasn’t always the case throughout history – or at least as openly accepting of it.

During the last century, nearly each decade was defined by the stereotypes and roles expected of fathers. In the 1920’s, the mentality of “father knows best" and he is the main provider and breadwinner of the family began to surface. By the 1950’s – the classical era of this mentality – nearly two-thirds of families in America grew up with this type of family dynamic. Dad typically spent more time away from the home than in it, and he was also the main disciplinarian over his kids, despite the mother being the main caregiver. This type of imbalance probably led to a lot of unrest with their kids - many of which are our parents now. It’s hard to be the main disciplinarian when you’re never home, if you ask me.

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Mental Health and “Game of Thrones”: Narcissists Oh My!

by   -  May 25th, 2015

by outsiderzone
by outsiderzone
Mental health probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you think Game of Thrones, and according to licensed mental health counselor Colleen Jordan, that’s probably a good thing because Game of Thrones is full of sociopaths, borderlines, narcissists, alcoholics, and people suffering from delusions. Character by character, mental illness is plotted throughout Westeros. Characters we love and characters we love to hate are all there in their mentally ill glory.

And while in real life that wouldn’t be any fun, in Westeros it sure makes for great drama.

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Music Is My Drug: The Passing of B.B. King

by   -  May 20th, 2015

by irisphoto11
by irisphoto11
Growing up, the music in my house revolved more around Classic Rock than Blues, but even this Minnesotan gal has heard of the great B.B. King. Truthfully, though, until his passing, I knew very little about the man himself. Sometimes life is funny like that. We get so caught up in all the little things in our own lives, the different aspects pulling our attention from the start, that we miss some of life’s amazing people, places, and things in our periphery. B.B. King is one such amazing man.

Born Riley B. King on September 16th, 1925 in a cabin on the bank of Bear Creek in Berclair, Missisippi – he earned his nickname of B.B. King (shortened from “Beale Street Blues Boy", or “Blues Boy") when he cut his first record in 1949. Seems a fitting nickname, and clearly it stuck.

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Beauty Really Is For The Young

by   -  May 18th, 2015

by prometeus
by prometeus
Now before you get upset with me, it’s not what you think. Dove recently launched another campaign calling for women to accept themselves as beautiful. People are taking sides; and I’m not just talking about the “average" vs. “beautiful" either. While some take the ad campaign at face value to be another encouraging ad geared towards feminism; others view it as a deceptive ploy.

Regardless of your stance, you have to admit it’s got people talking about what it takes for women to consider ourselves beautiful in today’s society. When I think of the statistic that only 3% of women consider themselves to be beautiful (regardless of whether or not Dove’s statistics could be slanted), I think less about convincing women my own age, and more about encouraging young girls before the disillusionment sets in.

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The Hardest Part of Being A Mommy

by   -  May 10th, 2015

This is a special Mother’s Day edition from the Canadian Pharmacy King as we celebrate Mother’s Day together with all of you.

No one ever said being a mother was easy. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. I’m sure there are mom’s out there who coast through, easily navigating the waters of parenthood, but I’d wager the majority of us are not so lucky. For me, being a mommy is sticky business. It’s messy and heart wrenching; it’s slobbery kisses and soft whimpers; it’s sleepless nights, restless nights, and endless nights as you tirelessly care, worry, and wait for your children. Best of all, it’s the lights in their eyes, the trust they endow, the giggles, and hugs as they tug your heartstrings and body close.

Motherhood is often complicated, not by our children, but by our own minds as we strive to be better; do more; be more. We want our children to have the best of everything – while still being humble and appreciative, too. Some of the goals we set out to measure our successes are unattainable goalposts, and then we wonder why we often feel we are failing.

Yahoo recently posed the interesting question: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

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Is Mom Our First Pharmacist?

by Liubov Edwards   -  May 6th, 2015

It’s the mom who knows your allergies

It’s the mom who checks the medicine labels and instructions

It’s the mom who stores the medicine safely

It’s the mom who organizes all the pills

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A New Heir: The World Welcomes Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

by   -  May 4th, 2015

As a woman with an English husband, one would expect our household to be in the realm of the “know" when it comes to the goings on of the Royal Family. Generally speaking, I’m not one for celebrities, or really paying much attention to them – Royal Family included. Ironically, however, I tend to show more interest in the news of the new baby than my husband. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I have recently had my own. Or the fact that having an English husband makes me more curious to the Royal Family now.

Either way, when news began to spread yesterday about the new Princess being born, it was my mother-in-law who shared the news via email:

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Arousing the Female Libido with Books or Medications

by   -  March 16th, 2015

by Subbotina
by Subbotina
For years, lack of sexual arousal in men has been big bucks for the pharmaceutical industry. There are 26 FDA-approved drugs on the market to boost a man’s performance and sexual drive, but not a single one for women. Perhaps that’s because a woman’s sex drive comes from her most complex organ – her brain. Goodness knows we are still trying to figure that out.

According to studies, approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from low sexual desire, and as many as 43% may be suffering from some type of sexual dysfunction. That’s a lot of women, when you think about it. With the intense interest in all things 50 Shades of Grey, and Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ push to have the first female libido enhancing drug approved by the FDA – perhaps 2015 is women’s year to take back their sex lives.

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Encouraging Our Kids to Kick Butts this March

by   -  March 9th, 2015

by goceristeski
by goceristeski

No, we’re not talking preparing kids for the inevitable Walking Dead apocalypse, but it is something equally deadly and not at all fictitious. National Kick Butts Day is March 18th, 2015 – and is a way to help teach kids about the deadly consequences of tobacco use. Every day, over 3,500 kids try tobacco for the first time and of those 1,000 will become repeat customers. That’s a frightening statistic when you consider nearly 500,000 people die each year from a tobacco related death.

When I was a kid, I grew up in a household of smokers. While you’d think that it would have been easy for me to take up the habit, their obsessive use actually had the opposite effect on me. I hated it. I hated being around when my parents smoked, or when they had guests over that would make our home smell like the bottom of an ashtray. My eyes would water, and my sinuses burn. I lived during a time when smoking in restaurants was acceptable, and as a child, you couldn’t escape it. To this day, I’ve never once tried a single puff.

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Is This The Strictest Security Check Ever?

by Liubov Edwards   -  February 27th, 2015

Travellers taking antibiotics to prevent “travellers diarrhea" are at risk of developing antimicrobial resistance. 20-50% of international travellers develop diarrhoea within the first week of travel. In most cases the use of antibiotics is unnecessary as diarrhoea resolves on its own.

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50 Shades Readers More Likely to Suffer Mental Health Issues

by   -  February 23rd, 2015

by urbanbuzz
by urbanbuzz
Fifty Shades of Grey, a best-selling erotic book by author E. L. James, has set book sale records worldwide and recently been turned a feature film. But what does reading a book, or now, perhaps, watching a movie, tell us about the people who seek out a storyline that contains sexual scenes that include both bondage and violent discipline? Is it possible that people who choose to read 50 Shades of Grey do so because there is violence and abuse in their own lives? Do young adults who read 50 Shades of Grey actually have more mental health issues than others?

According to a study done at Michigan State University (MSU), the answer is yes.

A Study on the Mental Health of Those Who Read 50 Shades

Amy Bonomi, chairperson and professor in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, conducted a study with more than 650 women between the ages of 18-24 and found disturbing trends in those who chose to read 50 Shades of Grey.

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Chasing the Dragon of Drugs

by Liubov Edwards  -  February 18th, 2015

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) plans to allow online sales of prescription drugs. A system will be set up to allow licensed pharmacists to dispense prescriptions online.

Most major Chinese pharmaceutical companies, as Jointown Pharmaceutical Group, the Sinopharm Group, Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holdings, have already set up their own e-commerce sites. Firms such as Alibaba and Tmall also have marketed online sales of prescription drugs as a huge opportunity for growth.

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Are There Ancient Roman Origins to Valentine’s Day?

by   -  February 12th, 2015

by roxanabalint
by roxanabalint
As Cupid sets his sights (or his arrows) on lovebirds around the world soon, it’s interesting to note that this $20 billion dollar cash cow could be tied to an ancient pagan Roman festival known as Lupercalia. In fact, many traditional and even Christian holidays were once pagan in origin, as we even discussed last year at Halloween. So it should come to no surprise that Valentine’s Day could be another one of them.

Interestingly, while I consider myself fairly versed in ancient history (I actually went to school to study ancient art, history, and literature), for some reason, while researching this article, I was surprised to find its possible roots in paganism. Though it should come to no surprise, considering the ancient Romans certainly loved romance, nakedness, and fertility rites.

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8 Last-Minute Ways to Spend Family Day Together This Year

by   -  February 5th, 2015

8 Last-Minute Ways to Spend Family Day preview
In Canada, the timeframe from New Year’s Day to Good Friday has typically been a sparse one for holidays that offer some much needed time off. Family Day is currently observed the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. For British Columbia, however, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February. In 1990, Alberta was the first province in Canada to observe Family Day as a way to celebrate the importance of families and family. History states that it was created as a way to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta. Not to mention, give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families over a long weekend.

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Canadian Pharmacy King’s Top Posts for 2015

by CANPharmacyKing  -  January 25th, 2015

Last year we had some pretty amazing posts, infographs, and cartoons crafted especially for you, our Canadian Pharmacy King audience. It was no small feat, but we’ve gone through all of them to find the posts viewed most in 2015, so if you missed any of them – have no fear, here they are!

2015 seemed to be a good year for people interested in mental health and overcoming erectile dysfunction; with a little bit of trending topics thrown in for fun. But you don’t have to take our word for it – the titles speak for themselves. Continue on to reread some of your favorite posts from 2015, or catch up on some you may have missed.

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Instill Gratitude This Thanksgiving and All Year Long

by   -  November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving by sognolucido
Thanksgiving by sognolucido
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~ Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving is just about upon us here in the United States. As a parent, November is always a good month for me to count my blessings, and think up ways to instill a sense of gratitude and thankfulness into our children. We may not have every single thing we want, but we certainly have what we need. Our six (yes, six!) children range from 17 to not yet born. Some of them live with us, some of them continue to live in England, so it can be challenging to pass on our ideals of thankfulness to everyone in the same manner.

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Is The Broken Heart Syndrome a Myth?

by Liubov Edwards   -  November 13th, 2014

Broken Heart Syndrome preview

A severe emotional or physical stress, such as a sudden illness, the loss of a loved one, a relationship problems can quite literally break people's hearts. So broken heart is not just a myth or a lyrical expression, it even has a scientific name "Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy" and can be an official diagnosis.

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Uncover Halloween Lore and Superstitions

by   -  October 30th, 2014

by Pazhyna, Despositphoto.com
by Pazhyna, Despositphoto.com

The season is upon us. You know the one… Time to bundle up with scarves, take in the view of fall colors all around, watch Hocus Pocus for the 900th time (yes, I know from experience), and gear up for the candy paloosa about to take place.

But how much do you really know about this time-honored tradition of dressing in costumes and knocking on stranger’s doors? What about some of the other fun, silly, and obnoxious things we (or someone we know) does on Halloween?

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25 Light-hearted Things to be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

by   -  October 13th, 2014

Clouds of Thanksgiving | PixelsAway, Despositphoto
Clouds of Thanksgiving | PixelsAway, Despositphoto

Tis’ the season for turkey and stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie… and of course, all the things to be thankful for this year. Sometimes, when we struggle with life’s ups and downs, it can be a challenge to find the little blessings bestowed in our every day life. But regardless of our circumstances, there’s always something to be thankful for.

Here’s our list of things to add to your gratitude journal this year.

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10 Wacky Prescription Products from Pinterest

by   -  October 1st, 2014

We all love Pinterest, right? You can find anything out there from a great new outfit, to wedding ideas, and ideas on what to make for dinner. But did you know Pinterest also offers a host of strange and funny prescription products? Lucky we’re here to show you the way. Here are some of the best ones we’ve found so far – and don’t forget while you’re checking these out, to like us on Pinterest to keep up with all of our great finds!

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Let's Join the Ebola Fight

by Liubov Edwards  -  September 19th, 2014

Let's Join the Ebola Fight preview

The resent Ebola outbreak has already claimed over 2,000 lives. But it could have been stopped, if a vaccine had been developed and stockpiled sooner. Unfortunately big pharmaceutical companies, which dominate the market, were not interested in investing in vaccine, as the poorest countries in the world can't afford to pay for a new vaccine.

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Ebola, Social Media & The Fight To Contain Contagion

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  September 16th, 2014

We live in the information age, to be sure – and this age is spreading to all parts of the world. This is good news for those parts previous left in the dark, where word-of-mouth is how vital information was shared. Social media is changing the way that same vital information is now shared, particularly in Africa. This infograph sets out to not only give you some valuable pieces of intel about the Ebola virus, but also how social media is playing a role.

With contagious diseases such as Ebola, arming people with accurate information is key to protecting themselves. The good news is, while 2014 has been one of the deadliest years in terms of the disease, more people than ever before are online and gathering an arsenal of knowledge to combat the hysteria.

Check out some of the startling facts on Ebola in this new Age of Information. Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

Ebola infographic preview

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Tips on Helping Your Child Stay Healthy and Enterovirus FREE

by   -  September 15th, 2014

Social
Social Media by TLFurrer/istockphoto
When news of the recent outbreak scare of enterovirus 68 hit the news this past weekend, as a parent, I was obviously concerned. Ten states so far have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus -- Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Living in Minnesota, having two neighboring states with outbreaks is a bit unnerving. According to the latest reports - I'm not the only one unnerved.

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Get Your Guide to the Tastiest Mooncakes

by   -  September 8th, 2014

Mooncakes are a traditional Chinese dessert typically eaten during the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, also aptly called the Mooncake Festival. This popular festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar and celebrates the moon and the abundance of harvest. This year’s festival happens to be on September 8th, 2014, but the celebration will generally last from the 6th – 8th. Families will gather to celebrate together, give offerings and thanks to the moon, and moon gaze together – whether far or near.

People around the world celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival will also celebrate by eating mooncakes to express their love for their family and their hope for a happy life.

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Robin Williams: A Tragic Ending to a Brilliant Soul

by   -  August 25th, 2014

I was standing in my kitchen, waiting for the timer to go off letting me know supper was ready. I only had a couple of minutes, so I briefly flicked open my Facebook app to see what had been posted recently, expecting the usual parade of Monday evening banter. To my disbelief was a post, I don't even remember by whom now, that read "#RIP Robin Williams. You'll be missed." My husband had just walked in the door and I looked up with I'm sure an expression mixed with confusion and horror. "That can't be right." I remember telling him, as I scrambled out to Huffington Post to confirm. Sure enough, there in bold letters read, "Robin Williams Dead In Apparent Suicide."

It's interesting how people react when an icon falls – particularly when it's unexpected and before their time. Their death almost burns itself into your memory, leaving a bizarre, vacant hole for a person you've never really met, but in some way touched your life. I still remember where I was when I heard about Princess Diana, or Michael Jackson, or Maya Angelou. Monday, August 11th, 2014 was yet another one of those days.

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10 Things About Canada You Didn't Know

by   -  August 5th, 2014

When Americans think about Canadians, or Canada in general, a number of things pop into mind: hockey, snow, maple syrup, lots of room, free health care... even beer. But there are number of things that might surprise you about America's northern neighbor.

1. Basketball was invented by the Canadian-American sports coach, James Naismith. While James was Canadian born, he had moved to the United States by the time the game was conceived in 1891.

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Pharmacist's Interview about Birth Control

by Liubov Edwards  -  July 30th, 2014

Pharmacist's Interview about Birth Control preview

In response to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision companies must tell their workers if they are not going to offer contraception coverage in the employee health plans.

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Are You Depressed? Blame Your Smartphone

by   -  July 23rd, 2014

Smartphone usage is on the rise, with over 58% of Americans owning one. While the boon in information technology has always seemed like a blessing, to many it can develop into something more akin to a curse. Studies are beginning to show that too much screen time with your electronic devices can actually be creating symptoms of depression, if not exacerbate what may have already been there in the first place. Not to mention it can play host to a bunch of other nasty side effects like anxiety, sleep disorders, and learning impairments, to name a few.

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Twitter: You're Never Too Old to Tweet

by   -  July 21st, 2014

Twitter is a pretty big deal. It's been around since 2006, and since its humble beginnings as a text messaging service; it has amassed an impressive 220 million users globally. Perhaps you're a senior who's been wondering what all the hype is surrounding Twitter? Or maybe you wonder if the social media site has something to offer you besides what Lady GaGa had for lunch? If you answered yes to either of those, read on. We'd like to shed some light on this often misconceived social media platform.

What is Twitter?

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What Does the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Cover?

by   -  July 16th, 2014

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past week, you’ve surely heard something about Hobby Lobby. Whether it’s cropped up as a news article, or an outraged post on your Facebook feed, everyone everywhere has an opinion. Evidently, I’m no different.

I’ll be honest, when I first heard the news, as an American woman, I was outraged. How can we repeal women’s rights, not to mention breaking through the corporate veil, to allow a corporation to impose the religious propensity of their owners? It’s preposterous.

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Top 10 Drugs Used by Students

by   -  July 7th, 2014

Students hooked on pills preview

Adolescents use all sorts of medications for various reasons. While not all of the uses are considered appropriate, these ten are the ones most used by students in today’s world – and are ones any parent should be taking note of. Each of them has a very real purpose for this age group, but they can also be misused if not careful.

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Have You Got World Cup Fever

by Liubov Edwards  -  July 4th, 2014

World Cup Fever preview

Getting a fever on vacation can easily ruin the fun. But getting a football fever when in Brazil should be a fun. But you need to be prepare for that very seriously. With Germany, Holland and Chile caps, England, Columbia and Brazil t-shirts and Japan and Uruguay scarves, Anti malarial pills, Advil and Acetaminophen you should be fine there.

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World Cup Fever and Malaria Concerns

by   -  July 3rd, 2014

World Cup Fever is well underway. Some 600,000 people are traveling from around the world to attend a portion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which began on June 12th in Sao Paulo Brazil, and will continue until July 13th. Millions more are watching the games on TV. In fact, my husband is English, so he’s been on the hunt for a good way to watch the games now that he lives in the United States. Surprisingly, we’ve discovered that unless you have terrestrial cable or satellite, finding a way to watch the 2014 World Cup means going down to the local sports bar and watching it over dinner. Which, as it turns out, is probably one of the safer bets – considering the traveling risks to parts of Brazil. But hey, more power to you if you can and are willing to make the voyage.

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Can Medications Make You a Better Mom?

by Liubov Edwards  -  May 9th, 2014

Can medications make you a better mom preview

Sadness, anxiety, pessimism, insomnia, irritability, fatigue are range of unpleasant but normal maternal emotions. But for some moms the only way to "fight" them is taking psychiatric medications. Then the world seems a less terrifying place to raise children, stress becomes more manageable, but...

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Easter Candy: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

by   -  April 16th, 2014

Easter Candy preview
by iofoto
Easter is right around the corner, and who among us doesn't love indulging on a Cadbury Crème Egg or a Peep or two (or four)? The candy industry gets a huge boon this time of year, in fact a 2 .1 billion dollar one. Yes, that's spelled with a B.

No one is really sure where the tradition of hot cross buns morphed into another commercialized frenzy for confectionary, but one thing's for sure; overindulging in this tradition can hit more than just in your wallet. What I'm about to tell you isn't as sexy as satisfying that sweet tooth, but a little food for thought never hurt anybody.

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King Joffrey's Throne - A Royal Recap of The Game of Thrones

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  March 31st, 2014

Check out the royal recap for the current season of Game of Thrones by Canadian Pharmacy King!

The HBO fantasy epic premiered its fourth season on Sunday, April 6 2014 with a whopping 8.2 million viewers tuning in to watch. One thing's for sure - Game of Thrones has captured the imaginations of everyone who watches it. How do you feel the new season is rolling out so far?

King Joffrey's Throne preview

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Obamacare Mom

by Mark Reeve  -  March 28th, 2014

Obamacare mom preview

President Obama promoted Obamacare in "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", specifically asking mothers to reach out to their kids and tell them to sign up for Obamacare.

As March 31 deadline looms, a mother was attempting to protect her son from the dangers of life medical situations by clothing him with "Obamacare".

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Bringing History to Life: The Mystery of St. Patrick

by   -  March 14th, 2014

People all over the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day with fervor, but few of us are aware of the mysteries surrounding the man. In fact, many mysteries surrounding the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland will never truly be answered with certainty. So before you take to the streets to celebrate with parades, don the color green or pin a shamrock to your lapel, blast the Irish folk music, indulge in Irish food and drink, or dye your local rivers or streams green, take a moment to learn a bit about the man behind the myth.

Here are intriguing 12 points to ponder:

1. What's in a name? St. Patrick was born around the year 385 AD with the birth name Maewyn Succat, according to legend.

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A Bold New Step for the 86th Academy Awards

by   -  March 1st, 2014

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited to watch the Oscars this year. Why you ask? For starters, who doesn't love watching the actors and films we love being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)? Besides, this year's theme is all about Heroes and hosted by the supremely talented (not to mention hilarious) Ellen Degeneres. What's not to love?

One of the biggest changes in the Oscars this year is the way they are truly heading into the 21st century, as ABC prepares to launch their first ever live-stream telecast of the prestigious program.

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5 Reasons We Love the Winter Olympics

by   -  February 25th, 2014

Dr Jekylle a winning transformation preview

The whole world has been glued to it; the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, that is. Kicking off on Thursday, February 6th and finishing up Sunday, February 23rd, the Winter Olympics imbues us all with a mystical fascination as we watch.

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Reinventing the Tonight Show

by   -  February 22nd, 2014

Can you feel that? There's been a shift in the winds of late night television and it's blowing in a breath of fresh air.

We all have our memories of the Tonight Show. For some of us, this means watching with our parents until they finally tell us to go to bed, and we begrudgingly listen. Others of us have watched from the very beginning. Either way, it's safe to say this show is an icon and that's not about to change.

Monday, February 17th, 2014 marked the day when the Tonight Show transitioned from a twenty-two year run with Jay Leno (give or take seven odd months while Conan O'Brien was on board), to the multi-talented comedian Jimmy Fallon.

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