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Nov/Dec 2017

The facts about PAX

Winnipeg researcher Depeng Jiang and his team at the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation are looking into a classroom program that is designed to help kids become better citizens.

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Crunching the numbers

Manitoba has one of the highest rates of kidney disease in Canada. As a result, it is becoming increasingly clear that efforts to prevent kidney failure are not just critical for the individual patient; they are also important in terms of trying to contain Manitoba's health-care costs. That's where the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre (CDIC) comes in.

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Region improves wait times

The latest report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) suggests that emergency department wait times in Winnipeg are the most improved in the country. Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Interim President & CEO RĂ©al Cloutier explains why.

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Stay connected

Making the time to come together with others is very important for our health and well-being. Studies show that healthy social connections are an essential aspect of our physical and mental health, and can, in fact, contribute to a longer life.

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Slideshow: 21 ways to enjoy life more

Think you need to win the lottery to enjoy life more? Not so. In fact, several studies on happiness have shown that after basic needs are met, increased wealth has little to do with life satisfaction.

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Ear infections

Have you ever wondered why infants and toddlers seem more likely to get ear infections during the fall and winter months? As it turns out, there is a perfectly good reason why children between six months and three years of age are more prone to ear infections at this time of year. There are also some steps you can take to help protect your child from developing one.

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Eye on the future

No-sedation cataract surgery is now being performed at the Misericordia Health Centre. The main benefit of the new technique is that it saves time and money that can be reinvested into doing more cataract surgeries, according to officials with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

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Back rehab

Approximately 80 per cent of people experience low back pain at some point in their lives. For most people, this pain will resolve on its own, thanks to a combination of the body's natural healing process and a return to regular activities. But other may need some rehab help.

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Cardiac care among nation's best

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Cardiac Sciences program at St. Boniface Hospital has been recognized as one of the best in the country when it comes to certain types of heart procedures.

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Sleep safety for babies

Most parents know that there is no shortage of baby products on the market. Unfortunately some are unsafe, or could be unsafe if not used properly. Some products designed to help babies sleep can fall into this latter category.

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Feeding your toddler

Healthy Child Manitoba has published a new guide to help parents navigate the issues around kids and food. Among other things, the guide includes suggestions for healthy meals and snacks, how to involve children in meal planning, how to prevent choking and food contamination, and how to help children enjoy a variety of foods, including vegetables and fruits.

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Take action on radon

It is estimated that about 910 Manitobans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and that as many as one in five of those cases could be caused by radon, a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is formed in the ground and finds its way into homes through foundation cracks. That means radon could be responsible for as many as 182 cases of lung cancer in Manitoba this year alone.

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Falls prevention

Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall. And while that number goes up if you're over 80 years of age, it's not just older adults who are falling. Toddlers and children are also taking tumbles.

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Emergency department wait times improve

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has recorded substantial improvements in emergency department wait times, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

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