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Manitoba passes 300-K vaccine dose milestone

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Manitoba surpassed 300,000 total COVID-19 immunizations Thursday, with nearly 239,500 people partially vaccinated against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Data provided by the provincial government showed 7,015 doses of …

Ensuring no vaccine waste a prickly situation

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MANITOBA pharmacies and clinics that administer AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have to take matters into their own hands to make sure no doses spoil. “It’s a logistical nightmare to prevent (wastage),” said …

Manitoba waits for advice on AstraZeneca eligibility

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Changes to the eligibility criteria for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could be announced shortly as the province whittles down its inventory of the fridge-stable vaccine. As of Wednesday, about 22,000 doses …

Worrisome COVID variant confirmed in north

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A highly contagious COVID-19 variant has made its way to Manitoba’s north as the region races to vaccinate residents while battling a persistently high test-positivity rate. “We’re really not anywhere near …

Neurodiversity: What Is It?

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There’s a growing push to focus on our brain differences, not deficits. This wider view of “normal” is a big part of something called neurodiversity.

Premier deflects, health minister defers

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Facing pressure Monday to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations in the face of a third pandemic wave, Premier Brian Pallister deflected questions from the Opposition while his health minister couldn’t provide …

Focus on single-dose set to expand vaccinations

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Test results showing promising levels of immunity after a single dose of COVID-19 vaccines have Manitoba leaning towards a focus on getting first shots into as many arms as possible …

Third wave arrives in Manitoba: Reimer

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The COVID-19 pandemic’s third wave has arrived in Manitoba. Three more deaths, 179 new cases and an increase in highly contagious variants were announced Friday, as the province’s vaccine task force ……

Manitoba stands apart in tax cuts stance

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OTTAWA — The Pallister government is taking the unusual step of cutting taxes — a move other provinces led by conservatives have avoided as they try to craft a COVID-19 …

Two more COVID-19 variant cases identified in N.W.T.

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YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories says two recently announced infections have been identified as the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases include an out-of-territory worker at the …

Manitoba records first COVID-19 variant death

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A man in his 70s has been confirmed as Manitoba’s first COVID-19 death involving a highly contagious variant. The Winnipeg man was diagnosed posthumously with the B.1.1.7 variant (first detected in …

Dauphin's Countryfest cancelled yet again

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For the second year in a row, the organizers of Dauphin’s Countryfest announced that they are cancelling this multi-day concert due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. President Ann Ransom revealed …

Vaccine for First Nation ends up in other arms

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The team overseeing COVID-19 vaccinations for Manitoba First Nations told one reserve to stop giving shots to non-Indigenous people with no ties to the community, as band councils struggle to …

Survey shows growing economic optimism

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Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, slow though it may be, is creating optimism not only for community health and safety, but also because it will allow the economic engine to …

Millennials Flock to Telehealth, Online Research

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A new survey of 2,040 millennials (ages 23 to 39) found that 69% of respondents searched online for health and medical advice instead of going to the doctor, and a quarter of respondents trust Google to accurately diagnose their symptoms.

Liquor rules hammer golf courses

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Golf courses across Manitoba will have to open without “birdie juice” this weekend. Provincial health guidelines for businesses with liquor service licences restrict sales of alcohol to patrons who have purchased …

What's open, what's closed this Easter weekend

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Manitoba is going into its second consecutive Easter long weekend under COVID-19 restrictions. Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin has cautioned against using the time off and sunny weather …

Clinic beset by the butterfly effect

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A vaccine-distribution model that is “highly sensitive” to disruptions, people showing up more than an hour ahead of their appointments and short-staffing. Provincial health officials offered a list of reasons Wednesday …

Folk fest closes curtains on 2021 event

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There will be no Winnipeg Folk Festival this summer. On Wednesday, festival organizers said continued uncertainty about COVID-19 pandemic restrictions has made it impossible to host the annual music event, which …

Get a COVID vaccine, win a TV!

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Some First Nations bands are offering TVs and iPads as door prizes in an effort to get people on reserves to roll up their sleeves and get a COVID-19 vaccine …

AstraZeneca vaccine rollout hits snag

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Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout hit another setback Monday, after the province hit pause on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people younger than age 55. A serious but rare side-effect …

How Posture Changes as You Get Older

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Have you noticed that your spine isn’t as straight as it used to be? Our postures can start to change as we get older. Find out why and what you can do to prevent a hunched back as you age.

Millennials taking brunt of COVID hits

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At 27 years old, Simarpreet Singh feels the future is beyond his reach. For many Manitobans in their 20s, the prospect of owning a home or starting a family had long …

Waits shorter Saturday at Winnipeg vaccination site

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A day after seniors lined up for hours to get vaccinated, Winnipeg’s convention centre vaccination supersite seemed to be running smoothly. According to public health officials, a technical glitch caused a ……

Critical condition

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Winnipeg’s intensive care program was among the first and most respected in the country; now, burnout, staff shortages and COVID-19 are threatening that legacy

Seniors forced to wait hours in line for vaccine shots

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A lineup of frustrated and tired seniors, waiting to get their COVID-19 vaccines, snaked outside the downtown convention centre Friday afternoon because of a computer glitch that affected staffing. A Winnipeg ……

Take 10 With Jeffrey Wright

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Actor and activist Jeffrey Wright talks about helping frontline workers when coronavirus hit, his art and activism, and more.

Top JAMA Editor Out Amid Podcast Investigation

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The American Medical Association’s Joint Oversight Committee announced that Howard Bauchner, MD,  is on leave beginning at the end of the day. Bauchner is the top editor at JAMA, the journal of the AMA.

Biden to Announce $81 billion for School Reopening

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White House officials say President Joe Biden will announce the government will spend $81 billion to help schools get back to in-person learning — a step toward his stated goal of reopening schools within the first 100 days of his presidency.

Taking Supplements as You Age

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Do you need to take supplements if you’re over 50? Which supplements are best and which should you avoid? Learn which ones are best and how to choose safely.

The Power of Fiction on the Mind

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Researchers think they’ve figured out why fiction can so strongly affect a person’s reality, thanks to a brain study using the fantasy TV show “Game of Thrones.”

Phage-turner

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A Winnipeg biotech company has come up with a novel approach to preventing COVID-19 infection using naturally occurring organisms called phages — viruses that kill specific bacteria — that scientists …

Four variant cases at Winnipeg care homes: WRHA

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Two more staff members at Winnipeg personal care homes have tested positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern, but health officials are not saying where they work. The Winnipeg Regional Health …

First Nation demands justice in boy's death

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When an unresponsive three-year-old was taken to the Little Grand Rapids nursing station on Aug. 23, 2018, his tiny body bore signs of abuse, including broken bones and cigarette burns, …

What You Should Know About Blood Glucose Tests as You Age

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What’s a blood glucose test for? What kind of blood glucose test do I need? Which blood glucose tests are best for older adults? How do I use my blood glucose test? Find out what types of glucose tests you can use and how checking your blood sugar may change as you age.

COPD and Sex

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COPD symptoms can interfere with sex. But you don’t have to say goodbye to intimacy. Here are nine helpful strategies for sex and intimacy when you have COPD.

Coming Soon: Once-a-Week Insulin Injections?

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Daily insulin jabs can be the bane of existence for people who live with type 2 diabetes, but an investigational once-weekly insulin shot may be a game changer for these folks.

How to Treat Knee Pain as You Age

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Although having knee pain is common as you get older, it doesn’t have to become your new normal. Learn more about the symptoms, what causes it, and how to treat it.

Many Grocery Workers Still Waiting for COVID-19 Shot

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At least 137 grocery workers have died and more than 30,100 have been infected or exposed to the coronavirus in the past year, according to the union. In the past 2 months alone, there have been coronavirus outbreaks at grocery stores in Detroit, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, and other cities.

Four city schools linked to COVID variant cases

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Four Winnipeg schools have been identified as possible exposure locations for a highly contagious COVID variant. Provincial health officials announced Monday that investigations have linked variant-strain cases to St. Paul’s High ……

Hoping to close the vaccine void

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An Oakbank man is advocating to stop some Manitobans, such as his wife, from falling through the cracks of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. “She’s the love of my life,” Ken Miller said …

Minimum contacts urged even as restrictions may be eased

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Manitoba’s deputy chief public health officer is imploring people to choose their contacts and activities carefully, even as the province considers rolling back restrictions despite COVID-19 and its more contagious …

Morden vaccination supersite ready to go

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Premier Brian Pallister toured the province’s fifth mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic Friday in Morden as more Manitobans became eligible to get a shot. “It’s wonderful to see this project going forward,” …

Health Advisories

Apotex Inc. is recalling one lot of APO-Amitriptyline 10 mg tablets after testing identified levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) above what is considered acceptable if the drug were to be taken over a lifetime.
Muscle-relaxant OrfenAce 100 mg tablets recalled because of nitrosamine impurity
SteriMax Inc. is recalling OrfenAce 100 mg tablets after testing identified a nitrosamine impurity above what is considered acceptable if the drug were to be taken over a lifetime. OrfenAce (a brand name for orphenadrine citrate) is an over-the-counter muscle relaxant used to relieve muscle spasms.
Health Canada is updating Canadians and healthcare professionals about its ongoing safety review of very rare events of blood clots associated with low levels of blood platelets following immunization with the AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines.
Health Canada is informing Canadians and health care professionals that it is conducting a safety review of Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib) after a clinical trial identified an increased risk of serious heart-related issues and cancer in trial participants.