Is financial stress affecting your physical and mental health?

(NC) For many of us, financial worries are the greatest source of stress – greater than health, work or family obligations. In fact, according to a recent study, 40 per cent of Canadians say they are overwhelmed by debt, while 48 per cent say they’ve lost sleep due to financial worries. And financial stress can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. The sources of this stress are many, and may include high debt levels, living paycheque to paycheque, managing household expenses and struggling to save money for short- and long-term goals.

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Buying a new home? What to know about asbestos

(NC) After long months of searching, you’ve finally found your dream home. Everything seems perfect – the neighbourhood, number of bedrooms and especially the price. But could your dream home contain asbestos? Asbestos was used to make products strong, long-lasting and fire-resistant, but its production and use have declined since the 1970s. There are no significant health risks if materials containing asbestos are tightly bound in products and are in good condition, sealed behind walls and floorboards, or isolated in an attic and left undisturbed.

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