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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.

Add self-care to your COVID-19 defenses

July 20, 2020 – What are you doing to take care of yourself during the pandemic? COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted our lives, affecting the way we work, learn, play and connect with others. Quarantine fatigue has set in, leaving many feeling isolated and alone, while producing a range of strong emotions such as loss, grief, anxiety, anger and fear.

Summer safety: keeping COVID-19 at bay

June 29, 2020 – As you look for ways to make the most of another beautiful Manitoba summer, the last thing you want to do is shorten it by spending weeks in isolation - or worse, in hospital - because you've contracted COVID-19.

Be on guard against “caution fatigue”

June 22, 2020 – If you're feeling less motivated to follow expert advice about COVID-19 and are tempted to relax your approach to physical distancing, hand hygiene, and other health care directives, you may be in danger of contracting the newest pandemic-related "bug" making the rounds.

COVID-19 adds new dimension to discussions between parents and teens

June 8, 2020 – Parenting through a teen’s high school years has never been for the faint of heart, and you can be forgiven for thinking that it couldn’t possibly get any harder. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has added new dimensions to the challenge, especially as your teen transitions into a summer holiday mindset.

Homemade mask use keeps us all safer

May 11, 2020 – In the world of fashion, they say it's not what you wear, but how you wear it. The same can be said about sporting a non-medical or homemade mask outside a health facility as part of your efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Open for business

May 4, 2020 – In days of yore, when one of my patients needed to see me, they would either pick up the phone or walk over to my office to schedule an appointment. That was back before COVID-19 came to town. Today, I worry that my patients are not calling as often as they should.

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