40 per cent of Canadians admit to having kissed a stranger under the mistletoe

Modern humans left Africa over 60,000 years ago in a migration that many believe was responsible for nearly all of the human population that exist outside Africa today. Now, researchers have revealed that men and women weren’t equal partners in that exodus. By tracing variations in the X chromosome and in the non-sex chromosomes,

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It’s no surprise that Canadians smile and kiss more during the holiday season.

In fact, a recent survey commissioned by Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite power toothbrush shows that 73 per cent of Canadians say that spending time with family and friends puts the brightest smile on their faces over the holidays. And, nearly 40 per cent admit to having kissed a stranger under the mistletoe, or at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

When dreaming about the possibility of kissing a movie star under the mistletoe this holiday season, 42 per cent of female respondents said they would like to lock lips with George Clooney under the mistletoe and 29 percent of men chose Angelina Jolie.

Regardless of whom Canadians desire to kiss under the mistletoe, they must not have bad breath, said 49 per cent of respondents when asked about the most important mistletoe rule of etiquette. “No slobbering” is the most important rule of etiquette for 32 per cent of Canadians.

When Canadians are not busy kissing this holiday season, they will be smiling. Despite the stress and hard work involved, 77 per cent of Canadians estimate that they will smile more than 10 times when entertaining friends and family this holiday season. Keeping that holiday smile white and bright can be challenging during the holidays with all the excessive food, drink and cheer.

“When it comes to teeth-staining holiday indulgences like red wine, chocolate and coffee, 91 per cent of Canadians say they won’t avoid them this year,” said Court Elliott, Communications Manager, Philips Canada. “Using Philips Sonicare new HealthyWhite power toothbrush for just two minutes per day can help achieve whiter teeth in just two weeks and keep that holiday smile bright. It also makes a great holiday gift.”

How much do Canadians like to kiss? Well, according to the survey, there are some busy lips in Canada - 14 per cent of Canadians revealed that their personal record for most kisses in a day is more than 50. Most of us (30 percent), however, report our top daily number of kisses to be between one and five, and 21 per cent say six to 10 is their personal record for most kisses in a day.

When asked about kissing style, the “single-cheek peck” is the most popular, with 37 per cent of Canadians choosing it as their personal holiday kissing style. Twenty-nine per cent of Canadians claimed the “double-cheek peck” as their own style, while 25 per cent chose “on the lips”. Not surprisingly, 76 per cent of Quebec respondents chose the European “double-cheek peck” as their preferred kissing style for the holidays.



The approach of holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas can be anxious times for those suffering from an eating disorder but researchers say they don’t have to be difficult. The festive season is equated with food and drink and many attach a great deal of social and personal value to what, and how, we eat,

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From sexual antics with co-workers to acts of violence and embarrassing text messages, alcohol fuels a number of “bad behaviors” at workplace and family holiday parties, according to a new study commissioned by Caron Treatment Centers, one of the nation’s leading non-profit addiction treatment centers. The survey, “Party Drinking or Drinking Problem?” was commissioned

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The holidays are generally considered to be a joyous time; however, for people coping with serious illnesses the holidays can bring unwanted stress. Michelle Riba, M.D., professor of psychiatry and associate chair for integrated medicine and psychiatric services at the University of Michigan Health System, recommends ways to steer clear of these unnecessary stresses during

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Two out of three Canadians are not aware of peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.), a common vascular disease that affects as many as 800,000 Canadians, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Commonly known as “hardening of the arteries,” P.A.D. occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty

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If a case of avian flu is discovered in a U.S. poultry flock, it’s likely that poultry consumption would decline. The level of decline would also be likely to vary in different parts of the nation. Kansas State University surveyed 2,000 people by mail in Wichita, Kan., and Los Angeles - 1,000 in each city

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