Shamona Harnett

  • Babies' diapers could be key to unlocking allergy mystery

    The poop in a baby's diaper could be key in determining whether he or she develops allergies in the future, says a team of Canadian scientists. In a first-of-its-kind study, the scientists -- some of whom are at the University of Manitoba -- found that babies with fewer varieties of gut bacteria were more prone to develop food sensitivities -- and, in some cases, allergies -- by age one.
  • Remember your resolutions?

    It was only a few weeks ago when you resolved to make 2015 your healthiest year ever. Yet data show 35 per cent of people break their resolutions by the end of January -- and even more turn their back on their New Year's promises by the end of February.
  • Medicine for the mind

    It didn't take long for pediatric exercise scientist Jonathan McGavock to realize that his years of education were virtually useless in preventing obesity and Type 2 diabetes among kids most at risk. In an effort to keep children healthy, McGavock used to teach the kids he worked with how to exercise effectively and eat nutritiously.
  • 'Take two orgasms and call me in the morning'

    "NOT tonight dear. I have a headache.” It turns out the old cliché could be harmful to our health.
  • Shake it off

    Winnipeg will soon be the scene of a giant Zumba class led by one of the fitness brand’s most recognizable figures. Her name is Loretta Bates and she’s featured in several popular video games, including Zumba Fitness World Party. The ultra-toned American also teaches Zumba instructors how to excel at one of the globe’s most popular fitness trends.
  • Reasonable resolutions

    The slate is clean. The year is fresh. You've made your vows to live a better life. You're not alone. Millions of Canadians have made New Year's resolutions -- and according to statistics, most are health-related.
  • Here's to a healthier 2015

    There was a time when eliminating fat from our diets and working out with leg warmers was all the rage. Fitness and health trends have, thankfully, become more down to earth.
  • Curb your urge to splurge with these healthy tips for the festive season

    You've worked hard all year to stay relatively fit. Now you're worried about the holidays. But the onslaught of holiday cocktail parties with their buttery appetizers and sugary beverages don't have to ruin your healthy ways.
  • Chronic condition and obesity inspire local woman to join reality show about bodybuilders

    Kim Gallant would do anything to walk upright -- without a cane or a walker -- for more than five minutes at a time. So the 52-year-old Winnipegger is taking action in a way some would consider bizarre.
  • Sweet poison

    More than 1,500 American soldiers lost limbs during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During that same period, more than 1.5 million people in the United States had their limbs amputated owing to complications of Type 2 diabetes. This startling idea was put forth by primary-care physician Dr. Dean Schillinger in his Oct. 5, 2014, opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Bam (sniff)! Pow (cough)!

    Once you have a cold, fighting it takes some work. Put no effort into the war, and you could end up with a secondary infection that leaves you sick for weeks.
  • Facing the facts about diabetes

    How much do you know about diabetes and why should you care? More than two million Canadians have the condition, says Health Canada. And those numbers are growing -- by 60,000 annually. It's a big deal because of the consequences of diabetes: heart disease and other vascular complications.
  • Experts from across North America gather in city for professional conference on diabetes

    Insulin-producing stem cells that reverse Type 1 diabetes. Gut bacteria that control blood-sugar levels.
  • 'Yuck! I hate that!'

    Lately, yellow foods can make Myrddin Wiltshire, 6, burst into tears. "Not too long ago we had a chicken-flavoured rice cooked in a chicken broth," says his mother, Margaret Wiltshire, a Winnipeg office manager. "He sat at the table and cried."
  • Nutrition whiz? Take our quiz

    You eat a healthy breakfast every morning, try to limit your sugar intake and follow the headlines on health. But do you really know all your nutrition facts?
  • The bitter truth

    Artificial sweeteners could be spiking blood sugar levels -- the very problem they are often used to prevent -- according to new research published last Wednesday in the journal Nature. In the study, Israeli researchers fed mice the most widely used sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose and saccharine. The mice that consumed the fake sugar had increased glucose intolerance, another term for high blood sugar levels.
  • The breakfast test

    You're rushing to get your children ready and out the door so they can make it to school on time. A sit-down breakfast is the furthest thing from your mind as you pop frozen waffles in the toaster and feed them to your kids while you comb their hair and get them dressed.
  • Eat by example to take fuss out of food time

    THEY were both hungry, cranky and teary-eyed. But they refused to eat the food available -- a healthy, tasty soup and a savoury watermelon salad. Instead, one kid wanted cheese quesadillas -- hold the vegetables -- and the other wanted a piece of candy from the jar sitting on the kitchen counter.
  • Blasting away at concussions

    A team of Winnipeg researchers is the first in the world to blast the brain with controlled levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen in a quest to develop a definitive test to diagnose concussions. The cutting-edge work appears in the current edition of Plos One, a peer-reviewed, online medical journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS).
  • Massage therapist on call to help ease labour pains, support birthing mothers

    A woman with her feet spread apart in stirrups -- sweat dripping from her brow -- moans in pain while the doctor urges her to breathe and push. It's the popular image that comes to mind when thinking about a woman in labour.
  • Proposed daily limits, labelling rules to give consumers better handle on sugar intake

    Three glasses of orange juice or two small containers of vanilla yogurt would set you at your daily sugar limit if Health Canada's proposal pans out. Last week, the federal agency announced its plans to set a daily limit on sugar intake as well as revamp nutrition labels so consumers can easily spot how much of the sweet stuff manufacturers have added to packaged foods.
  • Your health, your info

    In a 1996 episode of the classic sitcom, Seinfeld, Elaine sneaks a peek at her medical file while waiting alone on an examination table in her doctor's office. "Difficult?" she reads aloud, as she discovers that a medical staffer once described her with the unfavourable adjective and wrote it down in her file. That's when her physician walks in and scolds her.
  • Despite struggling with lung disease, Winnipeg's Ian Fish plans to scale B.C. mountain

    As a little boy, Ian Fish would lie, frightened, in a plastic oxygen tent, while his mother reached into its zippered opening to hold his hand. Back then, in the late 1960s, the young boy would battle asthma with visits to the hospital several times a year for oxygen treatments -- a way to help his lungs get the air they needed. It's an experience that Fish, now 52, can't forget.
  • Companies are coming clean about claims their products promote healthy lifestyles

    Last week, Dr. Mehmet Oz faced tough questions from American lawmakers during a hearing on deceptive advertising and weight-loss scams. The celebrity host of TV's popular The Dr. Oz Show -- and Harvard-educated heart surgeon -- admitted during questioning that many of the products he promotes on his show "don't have the scientific muster to pass as fact" even if he "believes in" and uses them.
  • Marathon runners have to worry about more than mere muscle pain

    German-born runner Uta Pippig made history in 1996 when she won the Boston Marathon for the third consecutive year. Her win seems even more spectacular considering she crossed the finish line of that race with diarrhea dripping down her legs for all to see, including a live television audience. If you completed Sunday's Manitoba Marathon, you know what running 26 miles (42 kilometres) does to your body.

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