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Chiefs' next target for vaccine: young people

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OTTAWA — Manitoba chiefs are eager to secure more vaccines to ramp up their immunization effort to include young Indigenous people, who suffer negative health effects at a higher rate …

Province considers changes to gatherings, retail

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Manitoba will consider easing restrictions on household socialization and may reopen hair salons as part of a new public-health order expected to go into effect Saturday. In a release, the ……

MS and Head Trauma

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Studies have linked head injuries and MS. Learn about the connection and find out what you can do to protect your child.

Essential? Well, that depends…

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For nearly two months, Manitobans have been able to buy the pans necessary to make their meals — but not the bowls to eat from. The public-health order that required all …

Manitoba marks 118 new COVID-19 cases, four more deaths

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Manitoba has enough of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to book 4,000 appointments in Winnipeg and Brandon, despite disruptions in the manufacturer’s supply, the medical lead of the province’s vaccine task ……

What do Manitoba home buyers want?

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The year 2020 transformed the way people live at home, and the circumstances of COVID-19 had a clear influence on what home buyers in Manitoba want to get out of …

Another vaccine clinic, another error

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For the second time in two weeks, hundreds of health-care workers received vaccine appointment reminders with the wrong address, forcing the provincial government to back-pedal from the error and put ……

Case counts in northern Manitoba continue climb

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The surge of COVID-19 cases in northern Manitoba continues to surpass infection rates in other areas of the province. The Northern health region reported 95 cases Sunday — half of Manitoba’s ……

Vaxport choice 'eminently defensible': premier

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The province failing to consult with Thompson leadership before announcing the northern city’s COVID-19 vaccine super site would be located 10 kilometres away at the airport, with no public transit …

Up in arms

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COVID-19 vaccines first arrived in Manitoba a month ago, and since then the province has consistently sat near the back of the pack in using the doses it’s received. By this …

In pandemic politics, timing is everything

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Premier Brian Pallister said a disruption in the supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a good example of why Manitoba has been slow and cautious in its COVID-19 immunization rollout. Government …

Emotional Support Animals for MS

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Emotional support animals are more than just pets. If you have multiple sclerosis, they can provide emotional comfort and sometimes perform useful tasks. Learn what sets them apart from service animals and therapy dogs.

Does MS Affect Your Life Expectancy?

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Can multiple sclerosis affect how long you live? Does the type you have make a difference? Learn more about life expectancy with this condition.

What Happens When You Stop Taking MS Meds?

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There are many reasons people stop taking MS meds. Some feel they aren’t working, or the side effects are too severe. Or they could be too expensive. Is it safe to stop taking them? What do you need to know?

Pharmacy Chains Ready to Supply COVID-19 Vaccines

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he Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership Program has tapped two pharmacy chains per state to offer free COVID-19 vaccines. Already signed are CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Costco, Walmart, Rite Aid, Publix and more.

Caution is priority when easing restrictions

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Manitoba hit a milestone this week: for the first time since mid-October, the daily number of new cases of COVID-19 fell below 100 on Tuesday. That wasn’t the only good news: …

Supplements That Are Safe to Take When You Have Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer and its treatment can affect your appetite and how your body uses nutrients. Some people take supplements and vitamins to get the nutrients they need. Certain supplements are safe, but always check with your doctor before taking one.

The Best Lung Cancer Blogs

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A lung cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But you’re far from alone. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or info on cancer research, there’s a blog you can turn to. Here are some tips on how to find the best one for you.

At almost 109, just call her Wonder Woman

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Wilhelmina Klimpke acknowledged a year ago that it was time for her to slip away peacefully. Yet Klimpke, who fought off COVID-19 recently and is eating and sitting up in her …

Why COVID Vaccines are Falsely Linked to Infertility

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There’s no evidence that the new vaccines against COVID-19 cause infertility, yet that’s a worry that’s been cited by some health care workers as a reason they’re reluctant to be first in line to get the shots.

Research Shows Why COVID Pneumonia Is More Deadly

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People using these medications for diabetes are at risk of a potentially fatal complication called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and it now appears that risk increases even more if they become sick with COVID-19

Best Books for Breast Cancer

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Books are a great way to understand a new diagnosis, like breast cancer. We spoke to people who have it and doctors who treat it to find out what books they would recommend.

Light could be brighter at end of holiday tunnel

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Manitobans should have a better idea by the end of the week whether the province will ease restrictions after public-health orders expire Jan. 22. So far, it’s looking promising. Friday marks …

Most Wuhan COVID Survivors Still Have Health Issues

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The study from China involved more than 1,700 patients first diagnosed with the virus in Wuhan between January and May,  and then followed to June and September. Researchers report that 76% of these patients had at least one symptom six months after symptoms began.

Body artists needle province for action

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Body artists are making a public plea to the province to remember their industry when COVID-19 code red restrictions are loosened. “While other trade and personal service associations have successfully lobbied …

Fisher River elders first for vaccine

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Elders at Ochekwi Sipi Personal Care Home in Fisher River Cree Nation will be among the first long-term care residents in Manitoba to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Monday as ……

Virus-test positivity lowest since November

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While seven more Manitobans have died from COVID-19 and another 203 have been newly sickened with it, Winnipeg’s test positivity rate is the lowest it has been in two months. The ……

Manitoba businesses chafe under extended orders

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It’s an elongated state of flux for Manitoba businesses, as the province announces a two-week extension for strident pandemic restrictions starting Saturday. While chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin …

Luck, both good and bad

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Like a sneak thief in the night, COVID-19 stole into The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg undetected. No one knows how, exactly, the virus got into the Hugo Street personal-care home; none …

Shuffle puts spotlight on mental health

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For Manitobans struggling with mental health and addiction issues, a glimmer of hope emerged in this week’s cabinet shuffle. On Tuesday, Premier Brian Pallister split the duties of the health portfolio …

Province extends code-red restrictions two more weeks

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Manitoba’s strict code-red restrictions have been extended for another two weeks, provincial public-health officials announced Friday. But hockey fans can take heart; a new exception means the Winnipeg Jets and ……

St. B CEO went home to Quebec for holidays

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The president and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital visited her family home in Quebec during the holidays, against provincial health advice that discourages Manitobans from travelling. Martine Bouchard joins a growing …

Spectre of vaccine hesitancy haunts health care

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It’s one of the worst possible scenarios, at arguably the worst possible time. All over the world, there is increasing evidence some toiling on the front lines of health care are …

The Link Between Gut Health and Breast Cancer

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The tens of trillions of microorganisms living and working in your gut — called your microbiome — may hold clues to preventing, treating, and surviving many diseases, including breast cancer.

Heart Failure Nearly Doubles COVID Death Risk

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The number of deaths of patients with acute heart failure nearly doubled during the pandemic. Some 11% of patients in the before-COVID group died within 30 days, compared with 21% of the after-COVID group, the researchers found.

Dr. Ali all-in on COVID-19 battle

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Dr. Amir Ali arrives at work every day to see the faces of COVID-19. He takes care to mask up and dons his personal protective equipment. The routine is essential since mistakes …

Red River training the trainers

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Red River College has learned a thing or two from its successful micro course for health-care workers on COVID-19 tasks. After discovering there was a high demand for micro-credential courses, the …

The Best Apps for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Managing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis can be tricky. But apps for your smartphone or tablet can help you and your doctor find the best way to manage your RA.

Better safe than sorry

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Manitoba should wait a full incubation period after the holidays before it considers easing COVID-19 restrictions. Doing so any earlier would be premature and could cost lives. Manitoba’s current code-red restrictions are …

Hypocrisy in time of COVID-19

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Do as I say, not as I do. Of all the mistakes leaders and high-profile politicians are prone to make, the propensity to say one thing and do the exact opposite …

Glitches hit rollout of vaccine super site

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As Manitoba prepared to open its first COVID-19 vaccination super site on Monday, officials backtracked to fix a miscommunication error that directed hundreds of health-care workers to show up to ……

Jets skate around Manitoba's pandemic lockdown

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When it comes to exempting the National Hockey League from Manitoba’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, I feel conflict between my head and my heart. My head recognizes it seems unfair. Yet, …

Moderna doses earmarked for Manitoba First Nations

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Manitoba First Nations can expect to receive thousands of doses of the Moderna vaccine as soon as this week, the provincial government announced Thursday. The provincial government said Thursday that 5,300 ……

What's open and closed on New Year's Day

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Ringing in 2021 may be a welcome relief after a turbulent 2020, but New Year’s Eve celebrations will be yet another reminder of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health …

Dos and Don’ts for Senior Fitness

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Staying active helps you live a longer, healthier life, and may also boost your brain health. See our dos and don’ts for healthy aging for seniors.

Another new year starts with hope

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The year began with hope that many long-standing challenges for Indigenous communities could be overcome. For example, on Jan. 1, Bill C-92 came into effect, enabling Indigenous communities to take control …

Political calm before the health-care storm

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The first thing that strikes the viewer now is how closely Manitoba’s health minister and his chief provincial public-health officer are seated next to one another in the archived video. It’s …

Ottawa tosses odds, ends in online cart

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OTTAWA — The COVID-19 pandemic has convinced many Manitobans to shop online for the first time. However, those unfamiliar with federal procurement might be missing out on one of the …

Making Boredom Help You Thrive During COVID-19

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Pandemics breed boredom for many. And for some people, boredom leads to risk-taking that can spread disease. But no matter how bored you are, psychologists say, understanding boredom can help anyone survive the current pandemic.

More Americans Willing to Get COVID Vaccine

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Polls conducted by Gallup, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Pew Research Center all show vaccine acceptance rates rising from about 50% this summer to more than 60% and, in one poll, 73%.

Curling champs rule the headlines

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You might think this isn’t an ideal year to roll out a top 10 list. Considering how the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a nearly unhittable knuckleball at the sports scene, at …

Province reports 12 deaths, 244 new COVID cases

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Twelve more Manitobans have died of COVID-19 as the province heads into a Christmas unlike any other, banning in-person holiday gatherings. Another 244 cases of the virus were confirmed Thursday, and ……

No answers from Pallister's official calendar

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The release of Brian Pallister’s official events calendar sheds no new light on why the premier took a weeklong trip to Ottawa in mid-September as the second wave of COVID-19 …

From Public to Personal: Pandemic Lessons Learned

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WebMD asked health experts on the front lines of the nation’s COVID-19 response effort to weigh in on lessons learned from the pandemic and to reflect on how the crisis has affected them personally.

Party's over: inspectors hand out COVID fines

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The province has been cracking down on holiday season house parties as it seeks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Over the past week, police and various public health enforcement officers …

Can Your IUD Make You Gain Weight?

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Many women avoid birth control methods they think will cause weight gain. An IUD isn’t likely to bring extra pounds. It’s also one of the most effective and easy-to-use contraceptives on the market.

What’s Next in MS Treatment

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How far have we come in treating MS? How close are we to a cure? Learn about where we are now and what’s next in treating and managing MS.

Can You Remove an IUD on Your Own?

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A professor who led a study on women’s attempts to remove their IUDs found there’s a high risk of failure, but there’s really no harm in doing it yourself if you want to try.

Best Exercises for Heart Failure

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Activity may be just what the doctor ordered for your heart failure. Here are some of the best exercises to keep your ticker working like clockwork.

Poll: Mask Wearing Declines Even as COVID Spreads

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Despite more Americans saying they know someone who’s been sickened or even died from COVID-19, there’s been a decline in the percentage who say they always wear a mask when they leave their home.

Health Advisories

GUM Paroex (anti-gingivitis oral rinse) being recalled due to microbial contamination that could lead to respiratory and other infections in patients
UPDATE: December 24, 2020 – Additional lots of GUM Paroex (anti-gingivitis oral rinse) being recalled because this product may be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia lata.
Health Canada is warning Canadians that the company Maskopia (formerly known as Medkem Canada Inc.) in Brampton, Ontario, has been selling personal protective equipment (PPE), including gowns, masks and gloves, via social media and websites such as Kijiji without the required Medical Device Establishment Licence (MDEL) from Health Canada. Canadians are advised to immediately stop using these products and to dispose of them as they may not provide the level of protection advertised due to unknown quality and safety.
Health Canada is warning Canadians not to buy COVID-19 vaccines sold on the internet or from unauthorized sources as they are counterfeit. Counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines may pose serious health risks, and are ineffective at protecting an individual from the COVID-19 virus.
Health Canada has followed up on the two reports of anaphylactoid reactions to Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in the U.K. These reactions occurred on December 8, 2020.