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Sniff out alternate setting for wife’s rescue mission

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DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My wife keeps trying to bring home suffering animals, and I’m starting to feel like the bad guy. I was happy with just our one old dog, but then my wife brought home an ailing stray cat in a scary situation — so pitiful. We nursed it back to health, and decided to keep it, as we fell in love with

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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What you need to know about vitamin D, including how much you need, food sources of vitamin D, vitamin D blood tests, and vitamin D deficiency.

Sinema gives her nod, and influence, to Democrats’ big bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin sealed the deal reviving President Joe Biden’s big economic, health care and climate bill. But it was another Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who intently, quietly and deliberately shaped the final product. Democrats pushed ahead Friday on an estimated $730 billion package that in many ways reflects Sinema’s […]

Seventh wave of COVID-19 in Ontario has peaked, chief medical officer of health says

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Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says the seventh wave of COVID-19 in the province has peaked. Dr. Kieran Moore says key indicators such as hospital admissions and the COVID-19 wastewater signal are declining. Public Health Ontario says COVID-19 case rates decreased in 22 of Ontario’s 34 health units for the week ending July 30, […]

Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

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EDMONTON – The Alberta government is tightening the rules around employee bonuses in light of the six-figure payout to the chief medical officer of health during COVID-19. Finance Minister Jason Nixon said the civil service has been directed to review and make changes to the rules to ensure future bonus payments during emergencies go through […]

Weight Loss Surgery for Fat Cats?

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Americans are notorious for overfeeding their pets. In 2018, nearly 56 million cats and 50 million dogs were overweight or obese. But when you can’t manage to cut down on the kibble and pare back the pâté, could weight loss surgery be the answer for your overstuffed companions?

Can You Treat ADHD Without Drugs?

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For most families, an ADHD diagnosis means a long trek through the world of pharmaceuticals. But the most successful treatment combines both meds and learning to manage behavior.

VA Foster Program Helps Older Vets Manage COVID Challenges

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Medical foster homes are privately owned homes in which a licensed caregiver lives with and supervises residents around the clock. Caregivers help aging veterans with activities of daily living like bathing, cooking, making and getting to appointments, getting dressed, and taking daily medication.

Indonesia’s Widodo to meet Xi on rare China trip before G20

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BEIJING (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was heading to Beijing on Monday for a rare visit by a foreign leader under China’s strict COVID-19 protocols and ahead of what could be the first overseas trip by Chinese President Xi Jinping since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago. Widodo, host of […]

Go Bananas for Female Heart Health

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The researchers found that as potassium consumption in women went up, blood pressure went down. And as potassium consumption rose, so did women’s blood pressure.

Tories peg $5 million for health training

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The province is spending $5.2 million to train more health-care workers and increase Indigenous representation in the sector. The funding will go to the Skills Development Program and the Indigenous Adult …

Myth Busters: Pelvic Floor Edition

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Today’s physiotherapists are practicing in a variety of unique settings broadening the spectrum of medical care categories. This is especially true for physiotherapists with training in pelvic health physiotherapy. As …

Preventing Eczema in Babies With Dry Skin

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In babies, eczema usually shows up as an itchy, red patch on the cheeks, chin, or scalp and the front of arms and legs. If you see these signs, doctors recommend the “soak and seal” method.

New training for Manitoba health aides 'lip service'

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The Manitoba government has tailored a tuition program to train uncertified health-care aides, but critics say few are eligible for it and there’s little incentive to stay in the pandemic-stressed …

Taking a health concern to the soccer pitch

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In the summer of 2019, Gode Katembo was finishing up the semester with a hectic exam season. The Congolese-born international student was completing his diploma program in business studies at what …

Private youth mental health clinic opens in Winnipeg

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A psychiatric nurse-run private youth mental health clinic has opened in Winnipeg, aiming to help tackle months-long wait times in the public health-care system. Psychiatric nurse Shea Silva began seeing clients …

Manitobans middle of road on booster urgency: poll

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A recent survey of vaccinated Canadians shows residents of Prairie provinces are least likely to want their COVID-19 boosters as soon as possible, according to Angus Reid Institute. In a report ……

Healthy harvest

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Few activities bring Chickadee Richard the gratitude and comfort of gathering medicines on her family’s traditional harvesting grounds. The Anishinabe grandmother is a matriarch in her home community of Sandy Bay …

Emergency shelter ready for wildfire evacuees

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Mid-afternoon on Saturday at the University of Winnipeg’s Axworthy Health and RecPlex, a dozen Red Cross volunteers are unfolding rows of green cots. The gymnasium will act as a temporary shelter ……

CDC Warns About Potentially Deadly Virus in Infants

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Parechoviruses are common in children. Between ages 6 months and 5 years, symptoms include an upper respiratory tract infection, fever, and rash. But infants younger than 3 months may have more serious, and possibly fatal, infections

Apprenticeship Support Project

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First Peoples Development Inc. (FPDI) is a Winnipeg-based organization that positively affects the Manitoba employment sector. Since 2006, they’ve managed and administered the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) program in …

Tips for Calling Your Health Insurance Company

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While dealing with your insurer can feel overwhelming – especially if you need to discuss an issue that’s complicated or confusing – you can make the communication go as smoothly as possible by following a few simple dos and don’ts.

Rash of vehicle break-ins at HSC parkade

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A front-line worker at Health Sciences Centre says staff feel unsafe after a string of vehicle break-ins at a hospital parkade. “They’re worried if their car is going to be broken …

Omicron hit half of Manitobans: study

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More than half of Manitobans caught COVID-19 during the Omicron wave, a new study of blood tests suggests. Between 50 and 60 per cent of Canadians in western and central provinces, …

Why Does My Stomach Growl?

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Stomach sounds are a normal part of hunger and digestion. Here’s what’s going on in there and why.

Shamattawa man shot by RCMP fights for life

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A 22-year-old man from Shamattawa First Nation is in critical condition in a Winnipeg hospital after being shot by RCMP over the weekend, sources say. In a news release, RCMP indicated …

$20-B final settlement on First Nations child welfare

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Compensation for First Nations children and families who experienced discrimination in the Child and Family Services system is expected to flow next year, following a $20-billion final settlement agreement with …

Where credit is due

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Kaeden Merasty has had pretty smooth sailing as a young Indigenous entrepreneur, considering the structural barriers Indigenous entrepreneurs face in the Canadian economy. Merasty, 24, a marketing and international business graduate …

Province establishes adult epilepsy surgery program

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THE Manitoba government has committed to funding a long-awaited surgical program for adult epilepsy patients. On Monday, Health Minister Audrey Gordon said her government will spend $2.5 million annually to establish …

Peguis members in limbo after flooding

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MORE than 1,400 people remain in hotels across the province weeks after Peguis First Nation was hit by flooding. They left the 5,000-person community in early May. Clean-up is underway, but …

Long waits greet passport office patrons

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Those looking to renew a passport in Winnipeg may still find themselves in long lines, months after many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted. Sharon Boulette had kept an eye on …

Honouring Indigenous males we've lost

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As people took to the downtown streets to walk in honour of murdered and missing Indigenous men and boys on Father’s Day, 16-year-old Callie Starr found herself at the head …

Health Advisories

Unauthorized injectable drugs and medical devices seized from Vivian Spa in Mississauga, ON, may pose serious health risks
Health Canada has seized several injectable drugs and medical devices, including products labelled to contain botulinum toxin type A or hyaluronic acid from Vivian Spa, located at 11-3415 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario, because they are unauthorized and may pose serious health risks. These products may have been administered as treatments for cosmetic purposes.
Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen recalled due to elevated benzene levels
Ombrelle Canada is recalling all lots of Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen, SPF30 and SPF 60, due to elevated levels of benzene. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., through the skin and by inhalation) to elevated levels of benzene may pose serious health risks.
Two lots of Novo-Gesic Forte/Acetaminophen recalled due to labelling error that may lead to overdose and in the most severe cases, death
Teva Canada is recalling two lots of Novo-Gesic Forte/Acetaminophen tablets, sold in 500 mg tablets, due to a labelling error that could result in a person exceeding the maximum daily dosage for acetaminophen.