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May/June 2018

High-tech health

Zenon Schwabiuk never considered himself to be a techie. But that changed when he discovered the advantages of wearing a wristwatch to keep track of his heart beat. Now the Winnipeg man is one of a growing number of people who are turning to wearable technology to help enhance their health and well being.

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Picture this

A team of researchers at the University of Manitoba, led by professor Joe LoVetri, are working to create the world's first microwave-based diagnostic imaging tool, a device that could revolutionize the way we detect and treat certain diseases, including breast cancer.

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Public engagement

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has established a number of citizen panels as part of a broader community engagement strategy to address a range of topics, including emergency care, home care, ethics, long-term care, mental health and patient and family experiences.

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Unlock the potential of food

Food has the power to do many things. It can give us the energy we need to power through the day, provide us with the nutrients we require to recover from injury, and bring us together at mealtimes to share stories and experiences. In this issue, we take a look at five ways you can unlock the potential of food to enhance your health and well-being.

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Workplace stress

Do you have a tough time making it through your workday? If so, you are not alone. A 2010 StatsCan report says 27 per cent of Canadian workers say they are highly stressed, and about 62 per cent of them say their workplace is the main source of their stress. This can lead to physical and emotional tensions that many researchers believe may put us at greater risk of illnesses, such as heart disease, muscle tension, depression or anxiety problems.

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Cold or strep throat?

It's 6 a.m., and you have just awakened with a sore throat that feels like razor blades when you swallow. You were well yesterday, but now you have a fever, a headache and an aching body. Should you go see your health-care practitioner, or is it just a nasty cold? The answer to that question depends on the source of the problem.

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Tone up

Is a lack of strength taking a toll on your everyday activities? If so, you may want to consider improving your muscle tone. In this issue, Wes Pomarensky, a kinesiologist at the Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks Hospital, demonstrates five different muscle-building exercises that you can do at home to help get back into the swing of things.

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Dealing with fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aches and pain all over the body. It is a chronic (ongoing) condition of pain, stiffness, and usually fatigue. The condition affects several million people, and is usually diagnosed in middle age, although symptoms may start at an earlier age. It usually occurs in women, but men and children can have it as well.

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Breaking the male code

"Nothing is wrong. I'm fine. I can handle it." Sound familiar? In western culture, we encourage boys to be tough, strong and independent. But that can sometimes lead men to hide or ignore their feelings in order to feel capable of handling them. And that may put their mental health at risk.

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Coping with kidney stones

A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms out of substances in the urine and can occur anywhere in the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. In this issue, we take a look at how this condition is diagnosed and treated.

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Opening hearts and minds

A training program now underway underscores the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's commitment to providing culturally safe care to Indigenous patients and their families.

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Timely care

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service have announced a new protocol for transferring patient care from paramedics to hospital emergency departments.

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The public's role

Interim President & CEO RĂ©al Cloutier discuses the role of citizen panels play in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's ongoing effort to build a patient-centred health-care system.

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Where to go for care

Wondering where to go for health services in Winnipeg? Check out this video.

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