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To boost your mood, make small changes to your everyday habits

To boost your mood, make small changes to your everyday habits

When someone is assessed for a mental health condition like depression and anxiety, treatments usually include some sort of therapy and medication, but much of the time small lifestyle changes aren’t included in the conversation about how to better our mental health. Little changes can have a big impact on the quality of life for anybody, but especially for those with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and more, and lead to a decreased chance of getting diabetes cardiovascular diseases.

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In preparation of Hurricane Florence, more than 1,000 flights have been cancelled and airports are being shut down

In preparation of Hurricane Florence, more than 1,000 flights have been cancelled and airports are being shut down

Hurricane Florence has triggered more than 1,000 flight cancellations and airport closures in both North and South Carolina, which are bracing for the impact of Hurricane Florence. The storm, which is predicted to touch down in the United States on Friday, will hit the border of the two states, according to the National Hurricane Centre. Hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings have been issued along the east coast, with the NHC noting that β€œhurricane-force winds [are] getting closer to the North Carolina outer banks and coastal southeastern North Carolina.”

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A generic version of EpiPen is finally being approved by the FDA β€” and with a looming shortage, it couldn't be better timing

A generic version of EpiPen is finally being approved by the FDA β€” and with a looming shortage, it couldn't be better timing

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a generic version of the EpiPen on August 16, which is a life-saving tool for people with severe allergies that injects them with a dose of epinephrine, known by its more common name, adrenaline. There are more than 3.6 million people in the US with severe allergies and in Canada, one in 13 people have a severe food allergy that might warrant the need for an EpiPen. These tools are covered by most provincial drug plans in Canada but in the US, those without insurance must choose between generic alternatives or to go without, risking a serious reaction.

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How long does caffeine stay in your body?

How long does caffeine stay in your body?

Lots of people drink a cup or two of coffee per day without even thinking about how it will effect their sleep and instead using it as a fast-acting stimulant to keep them energized throughout the day. It can increase your blood pressure, heart rate and give you more energy, but there are a few different side-effects of using caffeine in this manner, such as trouble falling asleep at night or feeling anxious.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so big, it could form its own nation

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so big, it could form its own nation

Only one year ago, scientists predicted that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch β€” a massive floating clump of plastics located between California and Hawaii β€” was the size of France. Just recently the size estimate has been revised and it is now estimated to be three times the size of the French country, or two times as big as the state of Texas.

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