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COVID encores clobber unlucky Manitobans

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Dozens of Manitobans have battled COVID-19 for a second — and even third time — this spring. The Free Press spoke with three of them about how they got reinfected …

COVID levels in wastewater drops

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The presence of COVID-19 in Winnipeg’s wastewater is declining. The Public Health Agency of Canada released data Friday that show the viral load in Winnipeg has decreased significantly compared with the …

Booster-shot apathy dangerous

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If wishes prevailed over reality, there would be no need for Manitobans to get COVID-19 booster shots. It’s tempting to convince ourselves that the danger of the pandemic has lessened …

Staying put, staying strong in Peguis

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PEGUIS FIRST NATION — On a street now under water, a family waits out the flood that has devastated their community on the other side of a sandbag wall. Bertha Therrien, …

Waiting for answers on waiting for surgeries, tests

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Health Minister Audrey Gordon continued her great disappearing act Tuesday. She does it a lot, especially when facing tough questions about problems in health care. The Canadian Institute for Health Information …

Nasal Sprays for COVID Vaccine Being Developed

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Scientists worldwide are working on COVID vaccines delivered through nasal sprays that could stop the coronavirus from invading the body at its most common entry point, the mucous membrane of the nose and throat.

Flood fears rise once more as rain pours in

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Exhausted flood fighters in Peguis First Nation are raising sandbag dikes around some homes amid fears a pair of Colorado lows will push water levels higher and worsen the disaster. Flooding …

What to Eat as You Age

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Your dietary needs change as you age. WebMD advises what should be on your grocery list.

An open secret in Sagkeeng

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Four decades after she became a teenage mother, a Sagkeeng woman is urging Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Derrick Henderson to confront his past. A group of women in the community has …

Shelters call for improved mental health response

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AFTER dealing with months of violent behaviour and vandalism, prompting repeated calls to Winnipeg police, the manager of a transitional housing shelter is speaking up about the need for trauma-informed …

Hepatitis Outbreak in Children: What to Know

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While severe hepatitis with acute liver failure is rare in healthy children and the odds are greatly in your child’s favor should they get hepatitis, your best defense right now against the current, rare cases is information.

Novavax doses piling up in Manitoba

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Just 13 per cent of eligible Manitobans have had their fourth shot of COVID-19 vaccine, as the province takes in a disproportionate supply of Novavax shots for those dead-set against …

Omicron Sublineages Evade Immunity From Past Infection

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A South African study based on blood samples found that the BA.4 and BA.5 sublineages of Omicron were more likely to evade antibodies produced by previous Omicron infections than the immunity provided by vaccinations

Physician, rest thyself

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When Dr. Hossein Kashefi was a resident at Health Sciences Centre a decade ago, he was also a resident of a very outdated, very small apartment a few blocks away. The …

Food truck season off to stormy start

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Through biting winds, whiteout blizzards and the COVID-19 pandemic, food truck owners continue to warm Winnipeggers from the inside out. It has been a challenge. Fil Romolo, owner of Italian food truck …

COVID-19 infections to rise, wastewater shows

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg is about to jump. Wastewater modelling predicts there will be 3,000 new daily cases by mid-May. “The modelling forecast, based on both clinical and wastewater …

Nutrition and Aging: 7 Signs of Inadequate Nutrition

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Many Americans, young and old, fall short on vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. But the challenge of getting adequate nutrition may be trickiest for seniors. Research shows that older people may need more of certain key nutrients, such as B vitamins and calcium.

Work underway on new Emergency Department

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Construction on the redevelopment and expansion of the emergency department at St. Boniface Hospital has officially begun, Premier Heather Stefanson and Health Minister Audrey Gordon announced on April 26, 2022. The …

Cancer Caregiving From Long Distance

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Cancer caregiving is never easy, and when you’re doing it long distance, there are extra challenges. Here’s what you can do to provide support.

Foster care jurisdictional changes coming

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A major shift in the delivery of foster care could result in hundreds of children repatriated to their Manitoba communities as more Indigenous governments are expected to take jurisdiction over …

What Trans Health Care for Minors Really Means

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The meaning of gender-affirming care for young people, and what it looks like on the ground, isn’t always clear. The cloud of politics surrounding it has obscured the medical reality of how and when trans youth can get the treatments they seek.

Check out Tories' propaganda while you're waiting

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Let the propaganda begin. Wait times for surgeries and diagnostic testing in Manitoba continue to rise. They have increased, in part, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also owing to major …

Pfizer Recalls Another Blood Pressure Medication

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Pfizer is recalling five lots of blood pressure medicine Accupril because of elevated levels of a nitrosamine, Nnitroso-quinapril, the company said in a news release posted on the FDA website.

Vexed, perplexed on surgery waiting list

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A staggering number of backlogged surgeries overloading Manitoba’s health-care system has led some patients to sacrifice time with loved ones and forgo milestone celebrations to minimize the risk of a …

Provinces pressed to push booster doses

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OTTAWA — As provinces dismantle vaccination super sites and leave it to pharmacies to dole out COVID-19 shots, Canada’s top doctor says governments should instead revive a full-court press to ……

Public school enrolment feels pandemic pinch

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Thousands of students who left Manitoba’s public school system early in the COVID-19 pandemic have yet to return, while private schools have recorded an uptick in enrolment in 2021-22, new …

5 Mistakes Parents Make With Teens and Tweens

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As your child grows into adolescence, you need to adapt your parenting skills for a teenager. Here are the top mistakes parents make with their teens and tweens, and how to avoid them.

Health minister defends use of private agency nurses

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Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon is counting on newly graduated nurses to wean the province and regional health authorities off private agency staff. Gordon said she is focused on ensuring post-secondary …

30% of COVID Patients in Study Developed ‘Long COVID’

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People with a history of hospitalization, diabetes, and higher body mass index were most likely to develop long COVID, researchers said. The kind of insurance the patients had also seemed to be a factor, though the researchers didn’t offer a reason why.

Can You Detox Your Lungs?

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If you have or are at risk for a lung condition such as COPD, you may have heard about ways people try to “detox” their lungs. Here’s what you should know first.

Americans Anxious About Climate Change

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The nationally representative poll shows that 51% of the 2,210 Americans surveyed are anxious about climate change and its impact on future generations.

Province relying on private-agency nurses to greater extent

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Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is spending more than $3 million every month for private-agency nurses to help cover chronic staffing shortages in the provincial health-care system. Figures obtained by the Free ……

A 'remarkable physician leader'

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Dr. Marcia Anderson was thrust into the spotlight during the pandemic as a voice people across Manitoba would wait on to hear for guidance on fighting COVID-19 on First Nations, …

Study to probe spread of COVID in Canada

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OTTAWA — Some 8,000 Manitobans will be invited to prick their finger and help scientists study the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, with a renewed survey seeking to learn how …

Small steps forward for downtown businesses

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After foot traffic plummeted two years ago due to COVID-19, new data shows Winnipeg’s downtown is gradually attracting more visitors. However, local businesses hurt by pandemic closures and public health restrictions …

Empty Cup full of beans

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Marc Tallman is the founder of Empty Cup Collective, but his life is nothing if not full. In the past 12 months — despite a COVID-19 pandemic that’s wreaked havoc on ……

Indigenous makers host spring market

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Canad Inns Polo Park was abuzz with shoppers Saturday, as Indigenous makers from throughout Manitoba and Ontario assembled for a one-day art and goods market. Business partners Renata Meconse and Shylo …

COVID hospitalizations up heading into long weekend

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COVID-19 hospital admissions were on the rise ahead of the holiday long weekend in Manitoba, as public health reported a jump in infections and test-positivity rates. The provincial government’s weekly epidemiology …

Stalled push for third dose needs boost

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With COVID-19 hospitalizations again on the rise and widespread reports of reinfection, it’s high time Manitoba public health officials started aggressively promoting the need for people to get their third …

Should Your Dog Go Vegan?

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A new survey of dog owners suggests canines who follow a vegan diet might be a bit healthier. However, not all veterinary nutritionists agree.

Pandemic Didn’t Slow the Spread of Some STDs

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The number of cases of some sexually transmitted diseases continued to increase during 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, while overall STD cases dropped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report.

Engineered Bacteria Could Protect Gut from Antibiotics: Study

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Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a type of bacteria that could potentially protect humans from the harmful side effects of antibiotics, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Diversifying Medical Illustrations for Skin of Color

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Some skin conditions — like eczema, psoriasis, and others — may look different on different skin colors. Doctors, medical students, and medical illustrators are working to diversify images to reflect that.

Manitoba braces for looming storm

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Flights have been grounded, school buses cancelled and hospitals are preparing beds for stranded health-care workers as Manitoba braces for its worst spring storm in 25 years. The Winnipeg Regional Health …

Panicked shoppers storm grocery stores

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Some likened the frenzy in grocery stores across Winnipeg Tuesday to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic or the end of the world. Instead, shoppers were preparing for a major …

Tax cuts may not add up to support for Stefanson

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New budget. New premier. Same old fiscal madness. Faced with a crisis in health care and plummeting support, Premier Heather Stefanson needed to deliver a budget that repaired the damage done …

2 New Omicron Subvariants Being Tracked

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The World Health Organization is analyzing a few dozen cases of two new subvariants of the Omicron strain to determine how infectious and dangerous they might be.

Manitoba chiefs warn of youth services inequity

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OTTAWA — A court order that extends services to Indigenous youth who age out of foster care has garnered praise, but Manitoba chiefs warn it could have adverse consequences. The Assembly …

What Is Battered Woman Syndrome?

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Battered woman syndrome is a form of trauma. The psychological effects of living with constant abuse and control make it almost impossible for some women to leave their partners.

Federal health budget not up to snuff: Manitoba

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Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen panned the Trudeau government’s budget for failing to deliver a substantial increase to health transfers to provinces. “Now more than ever, the federal government needs to ……

Mentorship opens doors for Indigenous youth

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Every Thursday at 4 p.m., Dustin Seguin signs into Zoom and aims to be the role model he wished he had as a teenager. “Growing up Indigenous and low-income, we didn’t …

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.