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ICU admissions to remain 'severe' in near-future: Atwal

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Manitoba are expected to remain unsustainably high for several weeks, government projections show. New provincial modelling data released Friday show intensive-care admissions could stay at severe levels for …

Reunited, finally

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A man who is dying of brain cancer has been allowed to see his wife and two daughters daily. Jo-Anne McNeil said Riverview Health Centre’s palliative care unit told her in …

Windows of opportunity

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Plywood was removed from Portage Avenue-facing windows on the shuttered downtown Bay building Thursday to reveal a pair of murals made by Indigenous artists Peatr Thomas and Glenn Gear. Since the …

Blood Sugar Control in Diabetes Getting Worse: Study

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“These trends are a wake-up call, since they mean that millions of Americans with diabetes are at higher risk for major complications,” says the author of a study of diabetes control over the past 20 years.

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Higher Arthritis Risk

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In addition to the increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis from active smoking found in previous research, a new study finds that even exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with a higher risk of the disease.

Cases of delta variant shoot up in Manitoba

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Just one month after its presence was confirmed in Manitoba, the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has spread to all regions of the province. On Tuesday, the province reported 83 ……

Means to an end

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What if we got it all wrong? Throughout the pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial health officer, have preached the merits of a “least restrictive means” …

On the front lines, behind the scenes

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Melissa Burdy is one of the phantom heroes of the pandemic. She works 12-hour shifts keeping critically ill COVID-19 patients alive and breathing, but few will ever have any conscious contact …

Vaccinations among care home staff soar

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The COVID-19 vaccination rate among Manitoba’s estimated 10,000 personal care home workers has jumped to as high as 80 per cent, following a campaign to improve immunizations among staff, including …

Manitoba restrictions here to stay until ICU crisis ends

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Manitoba’s public health restrictions won’t be loosened as long as intensive-care patients are being transferred out of the province. COVID-19 case counts in Manitoba are slowly declining — averaging roughly 300 …

Your Puppy Is Born Ready to Interact With You

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New research shows puppies have a capacity to interact with people without any prior experience or training and some are better at communication than others based on their genetics.

Pandemic changed the way we shop forever

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Will Canadian grocery shopping ever be the same again? That’s a question leading food economists and supply chain experts have been mulling progressively, as the COVID-19 pandemic created and accelerated dozens …

Province announces community grants as vaccine incentive

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Manitoba community groups, businesses, churches, schools and cultural organizations can apply for up to $20,000 in provincial money to promote COVID-19 vaccination to people ambivalent about the jab. “We need Manitobans …

Driver demands Transit changes

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A Winnipeg Transit driver who was infected with COVID-19 is urging his employer to set clear capacity limits for buses and crack down on maskless riders. The driver, who did not …

Steinbach-area minister evades arrest

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The minister of a Steinbach-area church that has openly defied public health orders remained a free man Tuesday, five days after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Church of …

'Helicopter never stopped coming'

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Over the weekend, Dr. Ganesan Abbu thinks he got, give or take, seven hours of sleep. Abbu leads the Boundary Trails Health Centre’s special care unit, which treats its COVID-19 patients. The …

Texas Hospital Workers Sue Over Vaccine Mandates

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More than 100 people who work at Houston Methodist Health System have sued the medical center over its policy that requires employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or lose their jobs.

Giving them another shot

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Manitobans immunized for COVID-19 with the AstraZeneca vaccine now have a choice when it comes to the type of shot to take for their second dose. The province will offer a …

Youth keen for vaccine

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Before booking an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, Muneeza Mohammad did her research — in fact, she put together an entire research project on the shot for Grade 11 biology. “People ……

Cases mounting, ICUs bursting

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It was another grim weekend in the fight against the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Manitoba, with public health officials reporting 649 new cases of the virus and …

Indigenous communities remember lost children

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In November 1948, Rev. Fergus John O’Grady wrote Indigenous parents a letter in his role as principal of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. “It will be your privilege this year to …

Police Blues: Rising Stress Puts Officers at Risk

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Police officers’ mental well-being tanked after the murder of George Floyd in 2020, and the massive nationwide protests that followed. There’s a broad sense that the public has turned against them.

How to Stay Truly Safe in the Sun

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Summer is around the corner, and with the pandemic waning for many, the CDC encourages people to spend more time unmasked outdoors. But protecting yourself from the sun is more important than ever, and questions about sunscreen safety may make you wonder how to do it.

Frustration grows for business owners

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Manitoba business owners and commerce stakeholders are angered by Premier Brian Pallister’s extension for COVID-19 restrictions — which come without any new emergency support, roadmaps to recovery like other provinces, …

Oxygen demand pressures Winkler-Morden hospital

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The Winkler-Morden hospital is being forced to bring in backup oxygen tanks to treat severely ill patients, as up to one in five people admitted for care are COVID-19 positive. Boundary …

Province widens eligibility for second COVID shot

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Manitobans who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on or before March 29 can now book their second dose appointment. The province’s COVID-19 vaccine task force announced the extended eligibility ……

Manitoba court takes COVID precautions

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AS the COVID-19 pandemic strengthens its grip on the province, Manitoba’s provincial court is suspending all out-of-custody trials until at least June 11 and tightening its focus on remote hearings. “Due …

Some sick Manitobans refuse a COVID test

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Some Manitobans have refused to be tested for COVID-19 even if they are sick enough to be admitted to a hospital. On Friday, 43 per cent of Manitoba’s COVID-19 patients were …

Couple shares harrowing COVID experience

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The tubes down her throat kept her from speaking, but Sharron Champagne waved to the screen from her hospital bed, blowing kisses. At home, as he struggled to recover from ……

Critical-care needs continue to climb

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More critically-ill patients have been transferred to Ontario as Manitoba struggles to respond to the third wave of COVID-19. Efforts to meet the current demand on intensive-care units comes as another ……

What's open/closed this Victoria Day weekend

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MANITOBANS are facing a May long weekend unlike any other, after the province announced a six-day tweak to public health guidelines meant to deter people from gathering on the holiday. After …

Mix of relief, disappointment over tweaked COVID rules

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Manitoba’s business community breathed a collective sigh of relief when the province announced it would only tweak COVID-19 restrictions temporarily this long weekend. “We’ve been told repeatedly cases aren’t coming directly …

Making the best of a lousy long weekend

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A year ago, Manitobans were able to enjoy small gatherings over the Victoria Day long weekend as the province had among lowest COVID-19 case counts in Canada. Things are very different …

Down on the farm

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For a farmer such as Brad Bossuyt, seeding is one of the busiest times of the year. But what happens if a case of COVID-19 pops up, instead of wheat …

Lessons in COVID comprehension

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Drawing from public health information about the COVID-19 immunization campaign, teachers are doing what they do best — teaching, on the subject of vaccine hesitancy and scientific literacy. Many educators give …

Tories rule out court action to stop rallies

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The province will keep its public health order enforcement focused on fines, not court injunctions, even as anti-mask rallies loom and COVID-19 cases rise. “Enforcement matters, because right now our (infection) …

Manitoba sends ICU patients to Ontario

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Officials in Manitoba tried to relieve the strain on overburdened intensive care units by transferring two COVID-19 patients Tuesday to a hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.. “To ensure our ability to ……

Why Your Dentist Might Seem Pushy

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Dentists know how to maximize the profits in your mouth. But sometimes it’s outright fraud — to the tune of billions every year.

Second dose choice likely for AstraZeneca: Tam

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OTTAWA – Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says she expects Canadians who got Oxford-AstraZeneca in the first round of vaccinations will be able to choose which vaccine they …

First fully vaccinated Manitoban dies of COVID-19

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Manitobans are being urged to continue to take precautions post-vaccination, as public health officials confirmed a fully immunized senior has died from COVID-19. New data released by the province Monday show …

Fighting blind on the front lines against COVID

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As COVID-19 case numbers continue to soar and the health-care system is stretched to its limits, concerns are being raised that exhausted hospital staff are being left in the dark …

Too early to loosen rules, MD says

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Canada’s deputy chief public health officer says there is consensus among provincial top doctors that there are not enough vaccinations yet to consider peeling back restrictions for the 3.5 per cent of Canadians who are fully vaccinated.

Intensive care hospitalizations hit new high

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The number of COVID-19 patients requiring an intensive care bed climbed to new heights Sunday — setting a pandemic record for the province — as another 534 infections were reported …

Suspect with virus admitted to ICU

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Winnipeg police officers arrested a suspect who was so sick with COVID-19 he had to be admitted to intensive care. While the service wouldn’t comment about the incident due to privacy …

Vaccination pace picking up speed

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Herd immunity is approaching. Manitoba’s vaccine task force expects that by early June, seven out of every 10 people age 12 and older will have received a COVID-19 vaccine dose. It has …

Record number of new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba

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Manitoba’s COVID-19 infection rate is second-highest in the country, and cases in Winnipeg are surging at a level higher than many major cities. Another record-high — 560 cases in one day …

Health Advisories

Health Canada has completed a safety review confirming that the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—such as acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and celecoxib —starting from approximately 20 weeks of pregnancy or later, may cause rare but serious kidney problems in an unborn baby. This can lead to low levels of amniotic fluid and possible complications, such as impaired lung maturation and loss of joint movement (limb contractures) in the newborn baby.
Many websites that sell health products are lawful businesses, but some sell health products that pose serious health risks. As part of Operation Pangea XIV- an international effort to disrupt the online sale of counterfeit and other illegal health products around the world-Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the dangers of buying unauthorized health products online.
Health Canada warns of Xing da Toy magnet sets that pose serious and potentially life-threatening risks
Health Canada is warning Canadians of the serious danger posed by two magnet sets, Xing da Toy Circular Magnets and Xing da Toy Oval Magnets sold in Canada. These sets contain small, powerful magnets that can be easily swallowed by children of all ages resulting in potentially serious adverse effects on their health. When more than one powerful magnet is swallowed in a short period of time, the magnets can attract one another while moving through the intestines. This can cause the intestines to twist, creating blockages or tearing of the intestinal walls. The results of swallowing small, powerful magnets can be very serious and life-threatening. Swallowing incidents have often resulted in considerable damage to the gastrointestinal tissues and required emergency surgical treatment. For survivors, there can be long-term health consequences.