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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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Winter vitamins

As we age, we may need fewer calories to preserve our healthy weight, but we will require more vitamins and nutrients. Here are a few tips.

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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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Vaccination best way to avoid shingles virus

It is estimated about four to 12 people out of 1,000 healthy individuals over the age of 65 will be affected by shingles every year. It is also estimated about 50 per cent of people who reach 85 years of age will have had shingles at least once (you can get shingles more than once in a lifetime).

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Do you have COPD?

It is estimated that about 28,000 Manitobans have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a debilitating condition that constricts the airways and damages the small sacs in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. And some don't even know it.

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