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Call out post-op gossip, but keep things civil

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DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I had some “work” done on my face pre-COVID, and a person who is not my close friend, found out somehow about my facelift. Having no real facts, she built a false story about my surgery, got things wrong and then made the mistake of telling people.

Stefanson should embrace strings-attached deal

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As part of an ongoing, multi-year campaign, on Dec, 22, Premier Heather Stefanson, writing as chair of the Council of the Federation (consisting of the premiers of the provinces and territories), called upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to negotiate a long-term agreement providing greater federal financial support to Canada’s 13 mainly separate health-care systems, all of which are experiencing crises of various kinds.

The FDA Wants an Annual COVID Vaccine: What You Need to Know

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A national advisory committee is expected to vote Thursday on whether Americans should pivot to an annual COVID-19 shot (like a flu shot) vs. periodic booster shots. WebMD asks health experts your most pressing questions about a possible switch to a yearly shot.

Fast-Food Fans May Face Liver Damage

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A study found that eating at least one-fifth of total daily calories from fast food can increase the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a potentially life-threatening condition.

Even With Insurance, ERs Can Cost a Bundle

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Average out-of-pocket costs for emergency care surpass the savings of many patients. And the bills can be far higher than that, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.

What’s Next in MS Treatment

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How far have we come in treating MS? How close are we to a cure? Learn about where we are now and what’s next in treating and managing MS.

Vitiligo: Learning to Love My New Look

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Vitiligo, a condition that causes your skin to lose color, can be challenging to embrace. Read how one woman learned to celebrate the changes in her skin.

Meet Four CEOs on a Mission to Help Women Feel Healthy

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While it’s often the case that great business ideas emerge from personal experiences, when a health issue prompts the development of a company, the results can be incredible for both the founder and customers, too. Such was the case for these four CEOs who transformed their own personal health journeys into businesses that have helped so many women along the way. Here are their stories.

Is Long COVID Less Likely With Omicron Strains?

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Whether it’s an effect of vaccination, immunity from previous infections, or perhaps evolution, doctors are beginning to hope the Omicron variant of the coronavirus might be milder. They’re also hoping it may be less likely to cause long COVID.

What to do When You Can’t Find Kids’ OTC Pain Meds

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Pediatricians are giving advice on what parents should use as alternatives to children’s pain relievers as shortages of these medications persist nationwide. Suggestions include alternative medicines, natural remedies, and when to know if your child should seek further medical attention.

How Treating Psoriatic Disease Has Changed

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A rheumatologist talks about how psoriatic disease onset and symptoms are different in each patient, how she began using telehealth during the COVID pandemic, and new biologic therapies to treat psoriatic disease.

Manitoba must update exploitation protections

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We mourn the tragic loss of Rebecca Contois, Morgan Beatrice Harris, Marcedes Myran and Buffalo Woman, rising amidst calls for action and a national state of emergency for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and LGBTTQ+ people.

Care Team for Heart Failure

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Heart failure is complex. Find out how to build a winning team of health professionals to get the care you deserve.

Managing Mental Health Challenges

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A mental health professional gives tips for managing the emotional challenges of life with myasthenia gravis and saving your physical and emotional energy.

Facing Unpredictable Days

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A person with myasthenia gravis shares how to manage the unpredictable symptoms of MG and keep a positive outlook.

How to Manage Your Triggers

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Managing triggers is key to living well with myasthenia gravis. Learn the common triggers for MG and how to avoid or manage them.

How I Handle the Fatigue

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Managing fatigue is a big part of living with myasthenia gravis. See how one person deals with changes in energy levels before and during treatment.

Make Your Treatment Work for You

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Learn tips and strategies from an expert for what to expect when you have myasthenia gravis and how to make the most of your treatment.

NSCLC: Advances in Treatment

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The discovery that there are many types of non-small-cell lung cancer has led to many advances in how the disease is treated. Learn what you need to know..

Autism Myths and Facts

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What causes autism? Is it something only diagnosed in children? Get the facts on autism spectrum disorder.

Keep Your Pet Safe for the Holidays

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Tinsel, ornaments, and even human snacks can tempt pets at holiday time and make them sick. Here’s how to keep them safe and yourself sane.

Is Using Antibiotics Before STI Exposure Risky?

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A new approach to limit sexually transmitted infections adds antibiotics before exposure, but will this prevent the spread of illness or help microbes change and no longer respond to treatment?

Several Supplements May Give the Heart a Boost

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Certain antioxidant supplements – such as omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, and coenzyme Q10 – may benefit your heart’s health, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Handling the Stigma

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Learn from a mental health advocate how the stigma of depression is changing and how acceptance is the first step to managing major depressive disorder.

Take it slow and easy with newly reclusive friend

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DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: A friend of mine has basically not left his house since COVID hit. At first, he was just being cautious, but now I think he’s got an actual problem. His partner left him because she says he’d become a total recluse.

AI in Health Care: No, the Robots Are Not Taking Over

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AI and machine learning remain technologies that add to human know-how. For example, AI can help track a patient over time better than a health care professional relying on memory alone, can speed up image analysis, and is very good at prediction.

Heart Disease Deaths Spiked During COVID

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Deaths from heart disease and stroke among adults living in the United States have been on the decline since 2010. But the COVID-19 pandemic reversed that downward trend in 2020, new research shows.

Is It Long COVID, or Dementia, or Both?

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Scientists are starting to confirm what doctors, patients, and their families can already see: Older patients who have had COVID-19 have a higher risk of getting dementia.

Health care focus of NDP byelection rally

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With Grace Hospital as their backdrop, Manitoba’s official Opposition held a weekend rally in Kirkfield Park to harp on the health-care staffing crisis under the current government — the NDP’s strategy to win over voters in the upcoming byelection.

Struggling to Focus? Try Video Games

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You may know that video games can help kids with ADHD, but growing research suggests they could aid attention and working memory for just about everyone.

Why Some Groups Vaccinate Less

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Misinformation could lead to widening vaccine disparities in babies and toddlers. Here’s what parents need to know to protect their kids.

A Day in My Life With Inoperable Lung Cancer

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A woman diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer recounts how she maintains the normalcy of her family and work life while also adjusting to the new normal of living with lung cancer.

Early Diagnosis and Why It Matters

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For most types of inherited retinal dystrophy, there is no cure. Find out why early diagnosis is still critical for your quality of life.

How Genetics Are Involved

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Inherited retinal dystrophies are disorders passed down through families. Learn how this affects which one you may have, diagnosis, and possible treatment.

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.