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‘Avery Keeps Me Going:’ Survivor Recalls 10 Freezing Hours with Young Daughter

‘Avery Keeps Me Going:’ Survivor Recalls 10 Freezing Hours with Young Daughter

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Kristen Hiebert
Kristen Hiebert, who almost died in a car crash in January, 2016 is photographed in her home in Boissevain, Manitoba, Thursday, November 16, 2017. Almost two years after the crash, the 28-year-old continues to adapt to life without her lower legs – amputated due to frostbite – and continues to work to build a better life for herself and her daughter Avery, now 6. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

BOISSEVAIN, Man. – Kristen Hiebert has a tattoo on her arm, written in Arabic, that sums up her outlook since the night she and her young daughter almost froze to death on the side of a rural Manitoba highway.

“I lived. I suffered. I changed,” she says, reading it to a visitor.

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Tentative Deal Reached in Case of Canadian Firm That Sold Cancer Drug Online

Tentative Deal Reached in Case of Canadian Firm That Sold Cancer Drug Online

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Robert Fraser
A tentative plea agreement has been reached that would see a Winnipeg-based online pharmacy and two affiliated businesses fined millions of dollars for selling misbranded and counterfeit drugs in the United States. CanadaDrugs.com Director of Pharmacy Robert Fraser, left, takes then-Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty, second from left, on a tour of the internet pharmacy, in Winnipeg on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ruth Bonneville)

WINNIPEG – A tentative plea agreement has been reached that would see a Winnipeg-based online pharmacy and two affiliated businesses fined millions of dollars for selling misbranded and counterfeit drugs in the United States.

The agreement, which still has to be approved by a U.S. district court in Montana, would see Canada Drugs and two subsidiaries plead guilty, pay a US$5 million fine and forfeit US$29 million.

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Flu Season Prompts Visitor Restrictions at HSC Children’s Hospital

Flu Season Prompts Visitor Restrictions at HSC Children’s Hospital

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A flu vaccine is injected in Montreal, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has put visitor restrictions in place in the neonatal intensive care units at HSC Winnipeg to prevent the spread of influenza.

Flu season is well underway, despite the warmer than normal winter temperatures, affecting babies with severe respiratory infections such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

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8 Food Trends to Make Your Mouth Water in 2018

8 Food Trends to Make Your Mouth Water in 2018

Food - Table(NC) — This past year has been a big one on the Canadian food scene as we’ve seen trends like alternative proteins, accessible vegan, clean eating, simple ingredients and global-Canadian fusion come to life. And charcoal, lots of charcoal. After meeting with a council of Canada’s top chefs, academics and food writers, Mark Russell, executive chef for Loblaws, shares a taste of a few trends that will be big in 2018.

Zero food waste. “This trend kicked off in restaurants in 2017, but you can expect it to go mainstream in the New Year as consumers try to further reduce household food waste,” says Russell.

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Manitoba Premier Says Some Rural Hospitals to Close, Be Converted to Care Homes

Manitoba Premier Says Some Rural Hospitals to Close, Be Converted to Care Homes

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media at an embargoed press conference before the provincial throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Premier Brian Pallister says some hospitals in rural Manitoba will be closed or converted into personal care homes as part of the Progressive Conservative government’s plan to reform health care.

The province is dealing with an aging population, some rural communities are shrinking, and people who could be in a personal care home are instead in hospital in some cases, Pallister said in a year-end news conference Thursday.

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Manitoba Falling Behind Nationally in Kidney Donations

Manitoba Falling Behind Nationally in Kidney Donations

Organ DonationWINNIPEG — Manitoba and Saskatchewan are lagging behind in kidney donations compared to the rest of Canada, but the number of kidneys from deceased donors is on the rise.

Data released Thursday by Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Institute for Health Information show the donation rate for the two prairie provinces was 13.4 donors per million people last year, up from 7.4 in 2015.

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Review of Scientific Studies Suggests ‘Man Flu’ May Be More Intense: Researcher

Review of Scientific Studies Suggests ‘Man Flu’ May Be More Intense: Researcher

By The Canadian Press

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A nurse working for Vancouver Island Vaccine loads a syringe with flu vaccine for injection at the Victoria Clipper Terminal in Victoria Saturday Oct. 23, 2004. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody)

A review of scientific literature suggests those who believe “man flu” is more intense than the female version have some evidence to back up their views.

An article published by a Canadian physician in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal reviews medical studies going back to the 17th century on the role of gender in influenza.

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Flu Cases Showing Up Earlier Than Usual, Could Be Harbinger of Bad Season: Experts

Flu Cases Showing Up Earlier Than Usual, Could Be Harbinger of Bad Season: Experts

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

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A flu vaccine is injected in Montreal, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

TORONTO – The influenza season in Canada could be shaping up to be a potentially nasty one, with a mixed bag of viruses already circulating in much of the country, say infectious diseases experts.

There are also concerns that this year’s flu shot may not be all that effective in preventing the respiratory illness.

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WRHA Shifts QuickCare Health Services to Access Centres

WRHA Shifts QuickCare Health Services to Access Centres

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If you were a regular user of QuickCare Clinics, you’ll have to go to an Access Centre for the same health care beginning in 2018.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is shifting services away from QCCs, as well as staff, resources and equipment, to the St. Boniface, Nor’west and Fort Garry Access locations. The only exception will be McGregor Avenue Quick Care location, which will remain operational.

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