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Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

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OTTAWA – Health Canada has given the green light to a rapid test for COVID-19. The department posted news of the approval of the Abbott Diagnostics ID Now test this afternoon, …

Lockdown Could Worsen Hearing Woes for Seniors

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Older adults who use hearing aids may be using them less, because they think there’s no one to interact with. This can reduce sound input to the brain and lead to auditory deprivation.

Women Get Worse Care for Heart Attack

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Women aged 18 to 55 are less likely to receive the tests and aggressive treatment that men routinely receive, and are more likely to die in the hospital, the researchers added.

COVID-19 cluster puts York Factory in lockdown

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A northern Manitoba Indigenous community’s worst fears have come true, after an entire family has tested positive for COVID-19 — with as many as 100 others having come into contact …

Manitoba adopting COVID-alert technology

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Manitobans will soon join others elsewhere in the country with smartphone technology designed to alert them if they’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. “Now is the time to download ……

Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well

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These newborns generally do well in the six to eight weeks after birth, but more are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) if their mothers had COVID-19 in the two weeks before delivery.

Privacy Concerns Hindering Digital Contact Tracing

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To try to make that easier, countries and states are turning digital. Smartphone apps allow anyone, whether they have COVID or just worry they’ve been exposed, to detail their movements leading up to infection or exposure.

Doctors Wary of Rushed COVID Vaccine

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Only 17% of doctors say they will get a COVID-19 vaccine if it is authorized before all clinical trials have been completed, according to results of a Medscape poll.

Crisis in care

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A quarter of the people infected with the novel coronavirus while at a hospital or personal care home has died from COVID-19. A Free Press analysis of provincial data and reports …

We can do more; why aren’t we?

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When the news broke Friday afternoon Winnipeg and surrounding areas had been upgraded to a “code orange” COVID-19 threat assessment, with all of the added restrictions it implies, there was …

Hungry for Hungary

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Kelsey Wog had to put off her first trip to the Olympics when the Tokyo Summer Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. But the 2020 competitive …

Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Odds for Severe COVID

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Patients who were vitamin D-sufficient — a blood level of at least 30 nanograms per milliliter — had a significantly lower risk for serious complications from COVID-19, including losing consciousness, low blood oxygen levels and death.

Could Wildfires Have Long-Term Health Effects?

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When people breathe wildfire smoke, the short-term health effects can range from eye and nasal irritation and coughing to worsening asthma, heart attacks, and strokes. Scientists aren’t sure yet of the long-term effects, but there are some early clues.

Ingredients Make ‘Smart’ Supplements Not-So-Smart

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A review of so-called “smart drug” nutritional supplements found a handful that were packed with foreign pharmaceuticals not approved in the United States, often in potentially dangerous combinations and dosages.

Symptoms or No, COVID Patients Have Same Viral Load

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Fifty-four percent of patients without symptoms tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, as did 64% of those with mild symptoms. There was no significant difference in the viral load between the two groups, the researchers said.

Severe COVID Clues: Autoantibodies, Gene Mutations

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New research from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions suggests that some people have antibodies that are misguided, called autoantibodies, that attack the immune system instead of attacking the virus that causes COVID-19

Pallister government immune to pandemic so far

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COVID-19 has thrown thousands of Manitobans out of work, weakened businesses and amped up anxiety levels, but it doesn’t seem to have had much impact on provincial voting intentions. Brian Pallister’s …

Cabbies hail city hall for pandemic relief

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For Winnipeg’s taxi industry, COVID-19 has made for an especially bumpy ride. For six months, there have been no professional sports games outside which cabs have sat idle, few departures or …

No Trick: Halloween Must be Different During COVID

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Trick-or-treating may seem safer than some group activities that have been discouraged during the coronavirus outbreak. But many medical experts suggest that it offers more risks than some parents may realize.

Teacher tests not fast-tracked

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Patients at COVID-19 testing centres are asked if they work in a school before getting their nasal cavities swabbed — but not because teacher results are being fast-tracked. Since the 2020-21 …

Jumping the COVID testing queue

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As Manitobans wait in long lines for COVID-19 testing by public health, industry heavyweights with deep pockets are arranging for private tests for employees and avoiding the queue. Without discussing details ……

Winnipeg continues to be COVID hot spot

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Manitoba recorded its highest COVID-19 case count of the month Wednesday, and Winnipeg continued to be the province’s hot spot. Health officials reported 42 new cases of the novel coronavirus provincewide, …

Could Zinc Help Fight COVID-19?

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Researchers from Spain reporting at a European coronavirus conference found that hospitalized COVID-19 patients with low blood levels of zinc tended to fare worse than those with healthier levels.

Police accept special-duty jobs again

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The Winnipeg Police Service is once again accepting some special duty policing jobs, after pausing new bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the Winnipeg Police Board said. Coun. …

Liberals lose lustre in Manitoba: poll

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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have squandered the bump in support they got from Winnipeg voters at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, making swing ridings vulnerable to a Tory …

Many Metrics to Measure COVID-19, Which Are Best?

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The metrics used to track the coronavirus pandemic typically include daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Analyzing these metrics separately can show how much community spread there is or whether hospital capacity is being reached.

Pandemic puts brakes on new construction

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OTTAWA — The COVID-19 pandemic has steered Winnipeg’s housing market away from a glut of new builds, according to federal data released Monday morning. “There has been an impact on both …

City assessing traffic surrounding COVID testing sites

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Lengthy vehicle lineups and increased traffic at COVID-19 testing sites have caught the attention of the city. On Friday, Jason Shaw, Winnipeg’s assistant chief of emergency management, said the public works …

Many Need Follow-Up Colonoscopy and Don’t Know it

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Colon cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in the United States. Because people with advanced polyps have triple the risk of developing cancer, it’s generally recommended that they have a colonoscopy every three years.

COVID Adds Risk for People With Addiction Disorders

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People with a recent addiction disorder diagnosis were more likely than others to develop COVID-19, and the connection was strongest among those with opioid and tobacco use disorders, the findings showed.

CDC Posted Test Guideline Without Scientific Review

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The guidance — which was posted on Aug. 24 and widely criticized by experts — said it wasn’t necessary to test people without symptoms of COVID-19 even if they’d been exposed to the virus, and was posted on the CDC website when public health experts were urging more testing, not less.

Winnipeg grapples with COVID testing demand surge

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A line of cars, three-blocks deep, stretched through the St. John’s neighbourhood Thursday morning, as people waited for a COVID-19 test at the single drive-thru site in Winnipeg. Since July, the …

Western Manitoba winning battle against COVID

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Western Manitoba has gone from being a national COVID-19 hot spot to a shining example of how to fight the novel coronavirus and win. On Thursday, chief provincial public health officer …

Coffee May Slow Spread of Colon Cancer

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Of the nearly 1,200 patients in the study, those who drank four or more cups of java on a daily basis had 36% higher odds of surviving during the 13-year study period.

COVID exposure warning at Winnipeg hookah lounge

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The province is warning of a potential COVID-19 exposure at a Winnipeg hookah lounge, as establishments that serve the smoking product continue to rack up fines for breaching public health …

Province seeks review of discrimination ruling

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The Manitoba government will seek a judicial review of a ruling that found the province discriminated against a disabled Indigenous boy by not providing adequate health care. The Manitoba Human Rights …

Coronavirus and Apartments: What’s the Risk?

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The best advice for apartment and condo dwellers is what you already know: Wear a mask, wash your hands often, and keep your distance from others in highly trafficked common areas in your building.

John Pritchard School outbreak up to seven cases

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Manitoba public health officials say two new cases of COVID-19 are connected with John Pritchard School on Henderson Highway, bringing the total to seven at the elementary school. The province confirmed ……

Hookah lounges frequent target of health inspectors

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Profits at Winnipeg hookah lounges are going up in smoke as the provincial government continues to impose fines on them for breaching public health orders during the pandemic. Public health officials …

Doctors Should Watch for Punctured Lungs in COVID Patients

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Before the pandemic, this problem was typically seen in very tall young men or older patients with severe lung disease. But some British researchers noticed that several patients with COVID-19 developed the condition and decided to investigate.

Virus warnings issued for two Winnipeg schools

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Just as the second week of school is set to begin, public health officials are warning of two more possible COVID-19 exposures at Winnipeg schools. On Sunday afternoon, the province announced …

Pedal pushers

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Cycling Sophistication A trip to Europe opened Dutch bike enthusiast Erin Riediger’s eyes to the simple pleasures of a civilized, active and healthy daily commute By Eva Wasney It’s a warm and windy …

Six months into a pandemic

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It’s been six months since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in Manitoba. It’s been a roller-coaster ride — in July, the province was down to one active case — but …

Performance review

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Manitoba government workers to think outside the box and has shaken up a bureaucracy embattled by cuts and often stereotyped as underworked, including by the …

Blood Pressure Meds Can Affect COVID-19 Care

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People with high blood pressure tend to fare worse when infected with COVID-19, and the chronic condition can complicate their treatment in unexpected ways, new research shows.

Transit drives revenue shortfall

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The City of Winnipeg is crediting cost-cutting measures taken early in the pandemic for lessening its financial fallout from COVID-19. However, with an expected deficit that reaches nearly $30 million when …

Surgery May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

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For people with sleep apnea who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, new research finds that a combination of surgical techniques may bring relief.

More detail on city COVID-19 cases on way

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Winnipeggers will soon have a better idea of where people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 live. “We will be providing more specificity to Winnipeg,” Health Minister Cameron Friesen said Tuesday. By the ……

No fear beer

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created myriad challenges for all manner of small businesses, and craft breweries are certainly no exception. From losing draft accounts at pubs and eateries to shutting …

Rules for approaching autumn amid COVID-19

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There’s a chill in the air — and it’s not just the turn of the calendar page to September. COVID-19 has been in our lives — and affecting daily living — …

Message delivered… but is anyone listening?

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Seven months ago, Dr. Brent Roussin took to the microphone in a lecture hall at the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne campus in what are now unfathomable conditions for a public …

Study Backs Use of Saliva COVID-19 Test

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A COVID-19 saliva test developed by researchers at Yale University appeared to perform at least as well as nasal swabs in a study of hospital patients, a finding that may help encourage more frequent use of self-collected samples.

Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes?

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A new report details the case of a 19-year-old German with asymptomatic COVID-19 infection who ended up hospitalized with a new case of insulin-dependent diabetes.

Parents Can Stop Pandemic Cyberbullying

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Those who said their parents were “almost never” loving were at least six times more likely to engage in high levels of cyberbullying than those who said their parents were “almost always” loving.

WebMD Poll: More Acceptance of COVID Vaccine

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A new poll from WebMD finds that acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine is gradually growing, with 54.6% of readers saying they would get one in the first year. That number increased slightly from a WebMD poll released in July,

Most Americans Wear Masks, But Myths Linger: Poll

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About nine in 10 Americans said they are knowledgeable about mask-wearing and that they sometimes, often or always wear a mask when they leave their home and are unable to social distance, the online poll shows.

Remote Monitoring May Help Control High Blood Pressure

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Doctors already recommend that people with high blood pressure use a home monitor to track their numbers. But research suggests that home readings, alone, only make a small difference in getting the condition under control.

Fewer Severe Asthma Attacks In Kids During COVID

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In a new study, doctors there noted the drops were significant: the hospital and its care network witnessed a 60% decrease in daily asthma health care visits and an 83% decrease in steroid prescriptions.

Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby

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Though the patient didn’t have the typical respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19, she did have a fever and diarrhea, suggesting possible viral infection. Before going to the hospital, she didn’t know she had the coronavirus.

Study Confirms It’s Possible to Catch COVID Twice

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The special thing about this case is that each time the patient was hospitalized, doctors sequenced the genome of the virus that infected him. It was slightly different from one infection to the next, suggesting that the virus had mutated – or changed — in the 4 months between his infections.

Pandemic Drove Spike in Panic Attacks

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New research found that between mid-March and early May of this year, there were 375,000 more Google searches for anxiety or panic attacks than would normally be expected.

Health Advisories

OTTAWA – Health Canada is informing Canadians that Marcan Pharmaceuticals has recalled all lots of all MAR-Diltiazem CD products in response to data integrity concerns that could lead to incorrect dosing.
Health Canada is warning Canadians about the online retailer Steroid Hub Canada because it is selling unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks.
OTTAWA – Health Canada continues to monitor safety information involving Fibristal (ulipristal acetate) as it does for all health products on the Canadian market. The Department is again reviewing the risk of serious liver injury associated with Fibristal, in response to a new international case of liver injury that led to a liver transplantation, and the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation to revoke the marketing authorization of the ulipristal acetate medication called Esmya in Europe.
Health Canada is advising Canadians about unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks. Thetable belowis updated when Health Canada finds unauthorized health products that are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, as “poppers,” or for lightening skin or treating skin conditions (such as eczema or psoriasis). These products are labelled to contain or have been tested and found to contain dangerous ingredients. Links to previous tables with affected products are also available below.