'We're in uncharted waters': Doctors adjust as virtual appointments become the new norm
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Alberta doctors to rapidly reshape their practices, treating patients from a distance when providing hands-on care isn't possible or worth the risk of coronavirus exposure. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

This pandemic has made refugees of us all
Today the whole world lives in a condition of uncertainty and anxiety — a condition that became quite familiar to me during my time stuck in an airport in Malaysia as a Syrian refugee, writes Hassan Al-Kontar. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Pharmacists struggle to fill gaps in strained health-care system
Some Canadian pharmacists say they are struggling to fill in gaps in a strained health-care system, leaving them to deal with patients who are anxious to avoid medical clinics and the ER. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'It breaks my heart': Doug Ford's mother-in-law in Toronto care home with COVID-19 outbreak
A woman living in a long-term care home in Ontario, which houses 200 seniors including the premier’s mother-in-law, has confirmed what loved ones of residents fear most: basic care needs are not being met amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Families shaken as questions mount over deaths at Montreal's Herron nursing home
The Herron long-term care institution in Montreal's West Island is now the subject of a police investigation, as well as a coroner's inquest. A coroner's report into the 2017 death of a 94-year-old resident there points to longstanding shortcomings. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

FDA Approves Koselugo (selumetinib) for Pediatric Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Plexiform Neurofibromas
13 April 2020 -- AstraZeneca and MSD Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., US (MSD: known as Merck& Co., Inc. inside the US and Canada) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the kinase inhibitor Koselugo (selumetinib)... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - April 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Canada's Quebec to ramp up inspections of homes for elderly after 31 die in Montreal facility
The Quebec government on Monday said it was putting the safety and general conditions of the province's 2,600 long-term care and nursing home facilities under the microscope following the deaths of 31 people in a single home for the elderly since March 13. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Laundromat etiquette: A laundry list of best practices during COVID-19
"Nice hot water with a good standard laundry detergent will kill any virus you might have come in contact with." (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

'Everyone wants them': Rapid COVID-19 test kits made in Canada approved for use
The first shipments of a made-in-Canada, rapid COVID-19 test will begin arriving at federal and provincial health agencies this week, following approval of the new technology by Health Canada over the Easter weekend. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Autistic advocates say 'it's a start' after Canada takes action on naturopath's fecal transplant biz
A Vancouver naturopath who charges thousands of dollars to give fecal transplants to autistic children is no longer accepting Canadian clients after receiving a letter from the federal government. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

The impact of childhood emotional abuse on pain interference among people with chronic pain who inject drugs in Vancouver, Canada - Prangnell A, Shoveller J, Voon P, Shulha H, Grant C, Milloy MJ, Kerr T, Hayashi K.
OBJECTIVE: High levels of chronic pain interference with daily activities are known to negatively impact quality of life. Although mental health conditions have been associated with pain interference and child abuse, research has been mixed regarding it ac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Coronavirus survivors may carry 'superhero' antibodies and hope they can help others
Coronavirus survivors are emerging from their illness with powerful antibodies in demand by researchers and physicians across the world. Multiple trials are underway in the U.S., Canada and Europe in the hopes of harnessing the protective powers of antibodies for convalescent plasma that could benefit sick patients or front-line workers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Coronavirus survivors may carry 'superhero' antibodies and hope they can help others
Coronavirus survivors are emerging from the illness with powerful antibodies in demand by researchers and physicians across the world. Multiple trials are underway in the U.S., Canada and Europe in the hopes of harnessing the antibodies for convalescent plasma that could benefit sick patients or front-line workers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on Law Enforcement Agencies (Wave 1)
Source: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Published: 4/13/2020. This four-page joint report between the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University, summarizes a multi-wave panel survey to document the impacts of COVID-19 on law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. The report reflects preliminary results from the first panel of data collection, implemented between March 25 and April 3, 2020. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Guardian view on the climate and coronavirus: global warnings | Editorial
Steep falls in emissions have been the pandemic ’s immediate effect. But what’s needed is a green recoveryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSo far, discussions of a coronavirus exit strategy have mainly focused on the steps that could bring an end to the lockdown. In the short term, both in the UK and elsewhere, there is nothing more desirable than letting people resume their lives, once it is safe to do so.But the speed of the “return to normal” is not the only thing that matters. The manner in which the world’s leaders manage the colossal economic and politica...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Climate change Biodiversity Environment Oil Infectious diseases Wildlife Science Conservatives Politics US news Canada Air transport Pollution Business Commodities Source Type: news

Canada coronavirus toll rises, officials probe seniors' home deaths
The number of Canadian deaths from the new coronavirus rose by more than 12% to 674 in a day, official data showed on Sunday, and Quebec officials opened a probe into the deaths of 31 people in a seniors' residence. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Health Canada says rapid blood test for COVID-19 remains under review
Health Canada says a rapid blood test for COVID-19 that’s being manufactured in Canada and shipped to the United States is not ready for use here. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Cree-speaking raven puppet gives COVID-19 health information
A Manitoba researcher is using part of his $500,000 federal grant to not only study how COVID-19 is affecting Indigenous communities but also to help them survive it. One of his first projects is a public health video delivered in Cree by a raven puppet. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Alberta to send personal protective equipment to Ontario, Quebec, B.C.
Premier Jason Kenney announced Alberta will send medical supplies to other provinces as the provincial total for COVID-19 cases hit 1,569. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

What's happened in Canada since WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic
Here are some key developments for Canada since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic a month ago. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Quebec premier says death toll at Montreal seniors' residence 'looks a lot like major negligence'
Quebec Premier François Legault said 31 people have died at a private Montreal-area seniors' residence since March 13 — five, so far, confirmed from COVID-19. Legault said the situation "looks a lot like major negligence." (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Feds promise new measures to protect long-term care home residents, workers from COVID-19
Politicians and public health officials promised new measures to further protect long-term care home residents and workers are coming very soon, as facilities caring for some of Canada's most vulnerable grappled with "horrific" COVID-19 outbreaks over the weekend. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Initial indicators of the public health impacts of non-medical cannabis legalization in Canada - Fischer B, Lee A, O'Keefe-Markman C, Hall W.
On 17 October 2018, Canada implemented the legalization of non- medical use and supply of cannabis - a significant policy reform mile- stone internationally. Canada was the first high-income nation to do so with a public health rationale [1]. As studie... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

How the Spanish flu compares to COVID-19: Lessons learned, answers still being pursued
The learned experiences from a devastating flu pandemic 100 years ago that staggered the world don't make it any easier this time around, says a historian and author who specializes in health and infectious disease. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Some hospitals across Canada could face significant shortage of ICU beds, projections reveal
With an increasing number of COVID-19 patients expected over the next few months, some Canadian hospitals could face significant shortfalls of ICU beds, according to projections from a team of researchers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

How Quebec's nursing homes became ground zero for COVID-19
The scale at which COVID-19 has spread through Quebec's long-term care homes could have been prevented, experts say, pointing to problems that predate the crisis. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

B.C. could be reaching the 'maintenance phase' of its COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what that means
British Columbia is continuing with its current methods to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but it is also preparing for when certain activities can be allowed again. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Canada Expects Coronavirus Deaths to Soar; Job Losses Hit 1 Million Canada Expects Coronavirus Deaths to Soar; Job Losses Hit 1 Million
Canada's coronavirus death toll is set to soar from more than 500 currently to as high as 22,000 by the end of the pandemic, health officials said on Thursday, while the economy lost a record 1 million jobs last month.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Reduced Infant Antibiotic Use Tied to Lower Childhood Asthma Incidence Reduced Infant Antibiotic Use Tied to Lower Childhood Asthma Incidence
Reduced incidence of pediatric asthma in recent years might be an unexpected benefit of prudent antibiotic use during infancy, a population-based prospective cohort analysis in Canada suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 10, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Health-care workers have safe, clean temporary homes thanks to this company
Haidee Anderson's husband is a paramedic, working every day with all kinds of patients as the COVID-19 crisis continues to rock Alberta. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Assessing the impact of the 2015 introduction of increased penalties and enhanced public awareness and enforcement activities on texting while driving among adults in Ontario, Canada - Wickens CM, Ialomiteanu AR, Cook S, Hamilton H, Haya M, Ma T, Mann RE, Manson H, McDonald A.
Objective: Texting while driving (TWD) is considered a particularly hazardous form of distracted driving. It is highly prevalent among young drivers, but fewer studies of TWD among adult drivers exist and these prevalence rates may approach those of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Thefts in hospitals lead to lockup of masks, protective gear amid COVID-19 supply shortage
Many hospitals across the country are being forced to keep precious supplies of protective masks, gloves and sanitizer under lock and key, in part due to fear of theft, CBC News has learned. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

3 people linked to Winnipeg's National Microbiology Laboratory infected with coronavirus
Two employees at the National Microbiology Laboratory and one of their close contacts have tested positive for the coronavirus, staff at the Winnipeg facility were told via email Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Prison staff say lack of COVID-19 preparations leave them feeling 'disposable'
Workers at Maritime prisons say the way Corrections Canada has been handling COVID-19 is putting staff, inmates and the small communities where they live at risk. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

People who need addiction services feel 'abandoned' during pandemic
British Columbia's former provincial health officer says he has "grave concerns" about reduced services for people struggling with drug addiction, while the manager of a supervised consumption site in Toronto says people are feeling abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Testing at Ontario's COVID-19 assessment centres slows to a trickle
Ontario's COVID-19 assessment centres are mostly empty, with only a handful of people showing up to be tested each day, according to research by CBC News. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Canadians with disabilities left with few alternatives amid COVID-19 shutdowns
People with disabilities and those who care for them face special challenges during the COVID-19 crisis as services they rely on shut down and respite care becomes harder to access. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Families face 'difficult decisions' about sending elderly COVID-19 patients to hospital
Some of Ontario’s long-term care homes are now asking families to make a heart-wrenching decision about whether or not to send elderly relatives who contract COVID-19 to hospital. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Why isn't Canada testing everyone for coronavirus?
Patients are pleading for coronavirus tests. Front-line doctors want everyone coming into the hospital to get a test, while nursing homes can only test people with symptoms. Ontario has a backlog of tests one day and an excess capacity the next. How did this happen? (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

The impact of end-demand legislation on sex workers' access to health and sex worker-led services: a community-based prospective cohort study in Canada - Argento E, Goldenberg S, Braschel M, Machat S, Strathdee SA, Shannon K.
This study aimed to e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

A new suicide risk assessment tool in Nova Scotia, Canada - Sadek J, Pyche M, Theriault S, Delva N, Chehil S, Pilon D.
Suicide is a major public health concern. In Canada, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in all ages, with a rate of 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people. In Nova Scotia, Canada, 137 suicides were reported in 2016 [1]. Suicide risk assessment (SRA) and m... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Why are so few Albertans in hospital with COVID-19? Here are some possible explanations
In the COVID-19 models that Alberta has been working on since January and just released on Wednesday, the "probable" scenario forecasts that 200 people would be in hospital by April 8. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Immunizing with plasma to combat COVID-19
(University of Montreal) Canadian institutions are pooling their scientific expertise to develop an extraordinary immunization program using passive plasma to fight COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canada lynx disappearing from Washington state
(Washington State University) Canada lynx are losing ground in Washington state, even as federal officials are taking steps to remove the species' threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. A massive monitoring study led by WSU researchers has found the big cat on only about 20% of its potential habitat in the state. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 9, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

'I could barely get out of bed': Vancouver woman diagnosed with COVID-19 without test
Katie Berlinguette was admitted to Vancouver General Hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19. She was never tested for the disease. The 33-year-old says her symptoms were so obvious doctors didn't need to. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Number of COVID-19 cases reported in Indigenous communities more than doubles
The number of positive cases of COVID-19 on reserves and among Inuit has more than doubled since last week, according to Indigenous Services Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Indigenous Source Type: news

Lynx Numbers Are in Decline in the West
While the federal government weighs taking the Canada lynx off the list of threatened species, a new study points to reduced populations in Washington State, Colorado and Montana. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Weintraub Tags: Lynxes Endangered and Extinct Species Wildfires Conservation of Resources Journal of Wildlife Management King, Travis Research Washington (State) Colorado Montana Canada your-feed-science Source Type: news

Doug Ford blasts 'unacceptable' level of COVID-19 testing as Ontario cases top 5,000
Ontario Premier Doug Ford blasted the "unacceptable" number of daily COVID-19 tests being done in the province, as the province confirmed 550 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Canada nursing home reels from death of almost half its residents
Facility in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, emerges as one of most tragic stories in country ’s struggle against Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA retirement home in Canada that lost nearly half its residents to coronavirus is scrambling to protect the remaining healthy inhabitants who lived alongside infected neighbours for nearly two weeks.Pinecrest nursing home, a privately run facility in the town of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has emerged as one of the country ’s deadliest Covid-19 hotspots.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 8, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Leyland Cecco in Toronto Tags: Canada Coronavirus outbreak Americas Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Ontario conducting fewer COVID-19 tests daily as cases keep climbing
The number of COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario each day has dwindled steadily over the past week, raising concerns that the province is failing to capture the true spread of the coronavirus. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news