Standing three feet apart and wearing a mask cut coronavirus transmission risks by up to 80 percent
A new study from McMaster University in Canada found that standing at least three feet lowered the risk of coronavirus transmission, but standing six feet away cut the risk by half. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wearing Face Masks and Social Distancing Actually Work to Contain COVID-19, According to a New Study
The best practices for controlling an infectious disease like COVID-19 aren’t easy to follow—keeping six feet apart from others, wearing face masks in public, and, if you’re a health care worker, wearing shields to protect your eyes as well. But in a study published Monday in The Lancet, researchers provide the strongest evidence yet that these practices do indeed lower the risk of spreading the virus. An international group of scientists, led by senior author Dr. Holger Schunemann, professor of clinical epidemiology and medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, analyzed 172 studies conducted in...
Source: TIME: Health - June 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Hospitals failed to flag 700 positive COVID-19 tests to Ontario's public health units
Some 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Toronto area were not flagged to public health officials because of a mixup between two hospitals, CBC News has learned. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Researchers to test up to 10,000 Canadians for immunity to COVID-19
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - June 1, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Canada's new drug price rules pushed to next year
Canada's drug pricing agency said on Monday that new regulations aimed at lowering costs would come into force in January next year instead of next month after receiving extensive feedback on its proposed rules. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Ombudsman launching investigation into Ontario's oversight of long-term care during pandemic
Ontario's ombudsman is launching an investigation into the province's oversight of long-term care homes during the pandemic in the wake of a scathing military report released last week and concerns over outbreaks across the province.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

The current status of disaster preparedness in Canadian trauma centers - Nantais J, Gabbe BJ, Nathens A, G ómez D.
Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) put substantial stress on loco-regional resources, and trauma centers are critical to responding to these events. Our previous evaluation of Canadian centers helped to identify several weaknesses in disaster responsiveness. I... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

B.C. teachers raise alarm about going back to classes after COVID-19 cases in Quebec schools
As students from across British Columbia head back to class on a voluntary basis today, some teachers say their employer is giving them little choice but to return to work in what they call an unsafe environment. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Strange symptoms, flare-ups, weeks-long illnesses for some COVID-19 survivors
In most instances, people with COVID-19 recover at home, outside the health-care system. What's growing clear, both patients and clinicians agree, is that some of those people wind up facing a long, rocky road to recovery. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Hand sanitizers packaged in beverage containers create alcohol poisoning risk: experts
Sherif Mohsen doesn’t consider himself to be the complaining type, but he knew he had to speak up after coming close to drinking 70 per cent alcohol thinking it was water. Turns out it was hand sanitizer packaged in beverage bottles.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy being overdiagnosed, overtreated
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) The current practice of testing most pregnant women for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) may be leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.191664 (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ribociclib for HR+/HER2- ABC: cost effective in Canada or USA?
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - June 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Why doctors say it's crucial to focus on COVID-19 spread in working-class neighbourhoods
Toronto doctors say they’re optimistic politicians are beginning to turn their attention to the spread of COVID-19 in working-class neighbourhoods full of essential workers, and that Ontario's new testing strategy could help tackle one of the virus' 'last bastions' in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/The Weekly Source Type: news

Our lockdown is only a glimpse into the difficult lives of the war-torn and displaced
At least in Canada and other western countries we know that our isolation will end eventually, in contrast to those displaced by conflict and living in camps and shelters around the world, writes Marwa Awad. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Opinion Source Type: news

Lessons from a Canada-China cross-national qualitative suicide research collaboration - Lam JSH, Links PS, Shera W, Law S, Fung WLA, Tsang AKT, Eynan R, Zhang X, Liu P, Zaheer J.
A cross-national qualitative suicide study was conducted by Tsinghua University and the University of Toronto with two samples of Chinese women in Beijing and Toronto. The aim of this article is to reflect on lessons learned from this collaborative study. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Should B.C. remain an outlier when it comes to releasing locations of COVID-19 cases?
Henry has been consistent in her explanations for why releasing city-by-city data isn’t helpful but says “more data” will likely be provided next week.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

COVID-19 border closures worry Americans who come to Canada to buy insulin
Many Americans rely on going up north to buy insulin, where a vial costs roughly a tenth of the price it does in the U.S. But the COVID-19 border restrictions have meant that option is no longer available. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

COVID-19 has Calgary seniors walking around province, across country but virtually
Marion Rogers says people in the southwest Calgary seniors home where she lives were getting a little squirrely after being forced to stay on the facility's grounds when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in southern Alberta in March. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31
Canada’s transport minister says large cruises will continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Globally, Women Less Likely to Develop Heart Disease Than Men
FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 -- Women are less likely to have or die from cardiovascular disease than men, according to a study published online May 20 in The Lancet. Marjan Walli-Attaei, Ph.D., from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

In Canada's COVID-19 capital, bone-weary nurses plead for summer break
Quebec nurses and orderlies are pleading for time off this summer, ahead of a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in the fall, as Canada's hardest-hit province from the virus wrestles with a staffing crunch in its health sector. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

‘We Know What Is Best for Us.’ Indigenous Groups Around the World Are Taking COVID-19 Responses Into Their Own Hands
When Eric Freeland, 34, started coughing at the end of March, he didn’t think much of it. But when his symptoms grew worse, Freeland’s mother began to worry. Freeland is a Native American living with his family in the Navajo Nation in the southwestern U.S., where access to healthcare is limited. He is also diabetic, putting him at greater risk to the coronavirus. When Freeland’s breathing became short and stuttered, his mother drove him to the nearest hospital where within minutes of arriving, he lost consciousness. He awoke three weeks later, hooked up to a ventilator, from a medically induced coma. &l...
Source: TIME: Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mélissa Godin Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Londontime Source Type: news

Long-term care worker among 2 new COVID-19 cases in Campbellton region linked to doctor
A long-term care worker is among two new cases of COVID-19 in northern New Brunswick linked to a family doctor who contracted the coronavirus outside the province and didn't self-isolate when he returned. That brings the cluster of active cases in the Campbellton region to eight. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Reversing course, Ford says he is now considering regional reopening of Ontario
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he's considering a regional, phased approach to reopening the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic — an option he had previously resisted. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Liberal MPs call for national standards for long-term care homes
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being pressured by some of his own Liberal backbenchers to implement enforceable national standards for the operation of long-term care homes in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

COVID-19 testing in New Brunswick below 'minimum' prior to new outbreak
The discovery of six new cases of COVID-19 in the Campbellton area over the last week may trigger increased testing for the virus throughout New Brunswick, which had been slowing noticeably in the province in recent days to the point of falling below "minimum" amounts it set for itself. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Updated data demonstrate Roche ’s Alecensa increases overall survival rate for people with ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer
Basel, 29 May 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today presented updated data from the pivotal phase III ALEX study, showing an increased five-year survival rate with Alecensa ® (alectinib), compared with crizotinib, in people living with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). These data confirm the longer-term efficacy of Alecensa already demonstrated across three phase III clinical trials. Full findings were presented at the ASCO2 0 Virtual Scientific Programme, on 29 May 2020.“These data further support Alecensa as the standard of care for people with metastatic AL...
Source: Roche Media News - May 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Seek Safe Strategies to Diagnose Gestational Diabetes During Pandemic Seek Safe Strategies to Diagnose Gestational Diabetes During Pandemic
Professional societies in the UK, Canada, and Australia have issued guidance for modifying GDM diagnostic criteria during the pandemic that aim to reduce the need for the oral glucose tolerance test both during and after pregnancy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - May 28, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

At least 150 people had contact with COVID-positive medical professional in N.B. region
Three more COVID-19 cases in northern New Brunswick have been linked to a doctor at a hospital who contracted the coronavirus outside the province and didn't self-isolate when he returned. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Ford says he's done 'taking bullets' for union members who wouldn't inspect care homes
Premier Doug Ford said Thursday that he's sick of "taking bullets" for union members who, he says, refused to go into the province's long-term care homes to carry out inspections in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic because of safety concerns. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Newlyweds deal with double diagnosis of rare cancer
Describing it as "the worst luck ever," newlywed couple Luke and Lindsey Belding are coming to terms with each receiving a rare leukemia diagnosis, completely unrelated to each other. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Babies developed blisters, swelling after touching disinfected shopping carts, Manitoba moms say
Three Manitoba mothers are warning other parents not to let their children near shopping carts that have been sanitized with disinfecting chemicals, after they say their children developed blisters, rashes and swelling from touching carts. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

'Invisible disability': Masks making it harder to communicate, deaf and hard of hearing say
The task of communicating has become increasingly difficult for the deaf or hard of hearing because so many people have begun wearing masks during the pandemic. Many who are hard of hearing rely on lipreading and 70 per cent of sign language relies on facial expressions and body movements. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Leaving out long-term care was medicare's original sin — and we're paying for it now
We should be appalled by the reports coming from the Canadian Forces about the wretched conditions in some long-term care homes — appalled, but not surprised. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Employers need to get serious about preventing workplace injuries in the home during pandemic, expert says
Canadians working in improvised workspaces in their homes are beginning to get neck, back and shoulder pains. A Regina chiropractor has dubbed it "work-from-home syndrome" and warns that employers need to get serious about preventing workplace injuries in the home. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Ontario needs to be more transparent with COVID-19 data, critics say
Three months into the COVID-19 crisis, one of Canada's hardest-hit provinces is still unable to share some basic details about the spread of the disease. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Wanyama, Thierry Henry Arrive for Training in Masks
[Nairobi News] Victor Wanyama and his Montreal Impact teammates on Wednesday resumed contact training after the Canadian national government eased down coronavirus restrictions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Changes in cropping methods, climate decoy pintail ducks into an ecological trap
(Penn State) After a severe drought gripped the Prairie Pothole Region of the U.S. and Canada in the 1980s, populations of almost all dabbling duck species that breed there have recovered. But not northern pintails. Now, a new study by a team of researchers suggests why -- they have been caught in an ecological trap. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 28, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why it took an outside-the-box use of the military to rip the lid off Canada's long-term care crisis
An outside-of-the-box use of the Canadian military has helped focus the attention of political leaders on a long-standing crisis in the care of the elderly. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

No Link Between ARBs, Increased Suicide Risk No Link Between ARBs, Increased Suicide Risk
A Veterans Affairs study fails to confirm the results of an earlier Canadian, population-based, nested case-control study, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - May 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Toronto breaks down geographic spread of COVID-19, showing local hot spots in detail for first time
Toronto has unveiled detailed, geographic information about the spread of the novel coronavirus, marking the first time such data has been made available in Ontario during the pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Alberta auditor general will review government response to COVID-19 pandemic
Alberta's auditor general will assess the provincial government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and review his office's outstanding recommendations related to seniors care as he determines the scope of the audit. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Overdose and risk factors for coronavirus disease 2019 - Slaunwhite AK, Gan WQ, Xavier C, Zhao B, Buxton JA, Desai R.
BACKGROUND: There have been significant efforts to respond to the two public health emergencies of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and overdose in British Columbia (BC), Canada. The purpose of this study was to quantify the prevalence of known risk fac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Mesoscale spatiotemporal predictive models of daily human- and lightning-caused wildland fire occurrence in British Columbia - Nadeem K, Taylor SW, Woolford DG, Dean CB.
We developed three models of daily human- and lightning-caused fire occurrence to support fire management preparedness and detection planning in the province of British Columbia, Canada, using a lasso-logistic framework. Novel aspects of our work involve (... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Risk assessment for wildland fire aerial detection patrol route planning in Ontario, Canada - McFayden CB, Woolford DG, Stacey A, Boychuk D, Johnston JM, Wheatley MJ, Martell DL.
This study presents a model developed using a risk-based framework that is calibrated by experts, and provides a spatially explicit measure of need for aerial detection daily in Ontario, Canada. This framework accounts for potential fire occurrence, behavi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Why B.C.'s containment and recovery from COVID-19 is going smoother than Ontario's
Over the past seven days, B.C. announced 84 new COVID-19 cases. In Ontario, over the same period, there were 2,807 cases. Epidemiologists say there are likely a number of reasons for that divide. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

How COVID-19 pushed a Hamilton man fighting fentanyl addiction to the brink of relapse
There's no data to indicate if drugs are causing more deaths in Hamilton now, but with less structure in the day and a sense of anxiety in the air, one expert said there are concerns of more drug use among people battling addiction during the pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Staffing, protective equipment still a challenge in Quebec long-term care homes, military report says
A report prepared by the Canadian military about Quebec's long-term care homes says the division between "hot" and "cold" zones, proper use of protective equipment and staffing shortages remain major challenges in the facilities. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Antibody drug tech firm AbCellera raises $105 million as it works on COVID-19
Canadian drug discovery technology company AbCellera, which analyzes and identifies antibodies for pharmaceutical companies working on a coronavirus treatment and other medicines, said on Wednesday it had raised $105 million in funds. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Killed the Handshake and the Hug. What Will Replace Them?
Dr. Mark Sklansky has always hated shaking hands. He can think of about a dozen better ways to greet patients than the icky exchange. “Hands are warm, they’re wet, and we know that they transmit disease very well,” says Sklansky, chief of pediatric cardiology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “They’re a phenomenal vector for disease.” He’s also tried to avoid this form of greeting because he knows that some patients don’t want to shake hands for religious or cultural reasons but feel compelled to when their doctor sticks out a hand. For a long time, though, being anti...
Source: TIME: Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news