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First rural Manitoba COVID-19 case reported

Rural testing centres set to open in the next week

Three more “presumptive” cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the province, including one in the Interlake. That brings the total number of Manitoba cases of the novel coronavirus that’s sweeping the globe to seven, the province announced Sunday. The Interlake case is the first one that’s been logged outside of Winnipeg. The province will

There really is a connection between being hungry and mood.

Researchers reveal link between hunger and mood

Studies show not eating properly really can have an effect on your mood

It seems “hangry” isn’t just a made-up term. University of Guelph researchers have revealed that the sudden drop in glucose we experience when we are hungry can impact our mood. “We found evidence that a change in glucose level can have a lasting effect on mood,” said Prof. Francesco Leri, department of psychology. “I was


A compound in milk appears to protect appetite in chemotherapy patients.

Milk protein could help cancer patients

Researchers say lactoferrin can help maintain appetite giving patients better outcomes

A major problem for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy is weight loss due to loss of appetite. There are many reasons for this, but one important one is that these types of cancer therapy destroy the delicate interplay between the senses of smell and taste that make food appealing. In a new paper published in the

Rikard Landberg says it’s eating enough whole grains, not what type, 
that fights diabetes.

All whole grains fight diabetes

New research says the most important thing is 
that you eat enough of them

It doesn’t matter if it’s rye, oats, or wheat. As long as it is whole grain, it can prevent Type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of a new study from Swedish researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology. The ability to use whole grains for prevention of Type 2 diabetes — previously sometimes known

Recent research says fish, like these chinook salmon, may be the better source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Not all omega-3s are created equal

It turns out the source of these healthy fatty acids is important

Fish or flax? That’s the question researchers from the University of Guelph have been trying to answer when looking at the cancer-prevention qualities of various sources of omega-3 fatty acids. David Ma, a professor in the university’s department of human health and nutritional sciences, says so far fish is coming out on top. His work


Plants crave light and even grow towards it. Now researchers understand how they do that.

Shine a light on plant growth

Researchers have discovered how plants respond to changes in light 
at the molecular level

Plants don’t have eyes, but it would seem they do “see” their surroundings using light. That’s made possible by proteins called photoreceptors that absorb light and convert it into a signal that turns genes on or off. Until now, scientists haven’t fully understood the molecular mechanism underlying that process, which allows plants to recognize when

Diabetes can sneak up on you without warning, but it can also be managed effectively and even prevented.

Are you among the one in three with prediabetes?

Millions in North America have prediabetes and most don’t even know it

Millions of North Americans have this condition and 90 per cent do not know they have it. Do you know what it is? Here’s a hint: The condition occurs when the cells in your body do not respond normally to insulin, which is made by your pancreas. The answer is “prediabetes.” Having prediabetes means you

Tammie Myers (l to r), Tess Lelond, Grace Melvin and Melvin’s mother, share discussion on various topics.

Mental Health Awareness Day recognized in Shoal Lake

Young woman shares her personal struggles with students

Depression, anxiety and substance use aren’t weaknesses — they are illnesses to be overcome — as acknowledged at a Mental Health Awareness Day in Shoal Lake last month. And no one knows this better than keynote speaker Grace Melvin of Brandon, who shared her personal struggle with depression and anxiety with Grade 10 and 11


Rural living good for your gut

Canadian researchers say children raised in the country 
have lower rates of inflammatory bowel disease

Living in rural households decreases a person’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), particularly for young children and adolescents, according to a new study by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and the Canadian Gastro-Intestinal Epidemiology Consortium (CanGIEC). “Our findings show that children,

The Glenboro Health Centre is one of many in rural Manitoba to have reduced staff. A local volunteer group is hoping to mitigate that problem.

RMs looking for a few good medical recruits as doctor offices sit empty

Faced with perpetually rotating medical staff, RMs in southwest Manitoba 
have started taking recruitment in their own hands

The medical centre’s doors are open, but the doctor is not in at Baldur in the RM of Argyle. According to Bob Conibear, chair of the Baldur Health Care Committee, the community lost its single physician last year to health problems. The void was then filled by a part-time nurse practitioner and a decision will