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Sexual health in the age of COVID-19

February 16, 2021 – First, the good news: sex still exists, even in the age of COVID-19. That fact alone may be of comfort to Manitobans who have been making sacrifices in other parts of their lives in response to the pandemic.

It's time for polarizing positions on cannabis to go up in smoke

January 18, 2021 – Weedless Wednesday, which takes place on January 20 as part of National Non-Smoking Week, is a fitting time for hardcore opponents and advocates of cannabis alike to set aside deeply entrenched positions in favour of an evidence-based discussion.

Pandemic slowdown may have hidden benefits for diabetes health

December 14, 2020 – During these strange times of the pandemic, a lot of our world has changed – but not all of it has been for the worse. As we're forced to remain at home more than usual we are all presented with the opportunity to slow down a bit and make room for better management of our health – whether that's diabetes, other health conditions or just our overall well-being.

Many approaches needed to alleviate chronic pain

November 2, 2020 – At some point in our lives each of us will experience pain. Usually, it's a temporary inconvenience that stems from garden-variety sources such as a headache or muscle strain. Yet there are many people - half of all Canadians in fact - for whom pain is not simply inconvenient, but chronic and debilitating.

It’s never been more important to get the flu shot

October 19, 2020 – It has been more than six months since Manitoba's first case of COVID-19. During this time, much of our energy and effort have been focused on preventing the spread of the virus. Even now, as we continue our battle against COVID-19, there is another deadly virus making its way to Manitoba.

Active lifestyle is the best defense against arthritis

October 13, 2020 – Arthritis is so common, it almost escapes notice in the public imagination. According to the Arthritis Society, about six million Canadians (one in five adults) have arthritis, a number that is expected to grow to a whopping nine million Canadians (one if four adults) by 2040, driven in part by our aging population.

Don't press pause on your breast health

October 7, 2020 – If the pandemic has you thinking you should delay medical care because you don't want to burden the health-care system, or because you are leery of attending a health-care facility, you need to remember that even in a pandemic, it is important to make your health and well-being a priority. This includes making regular appointments with your health-care team for check-ups and immunizations. It also includes taking care of your breast health.

Put yourself to the test

September 21, 2020 – Last week, four Winnipeg Regional Health Authority community testing sites performed a more than 7,200 tests for COVID-19 with more than 1,200 tests performed in a single day. Even though testing picked up over the summer months, we had never had more than 1,000 residents present for testing in one day until September!

Suicide prevention takes centre stage

September 8, 2020 – Suicide is not a new consequence of mental illness, but it is an important one, particularly here in Manitoba, where, according to a 2018 report by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, our rate of suicide leads the nation at 13.5 per 100,000 people vs. the Canadian average of 11.5  per 100,000.

When feeding baby, breast is the best option

August 3, 2020 – As we mark World Breastfeeding Week (celebrated annually from August 1-7), it's a good time to review why, when it comes to feeding baby, the old adage that breast is best still applies in a majority of cases.

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