Public school teacher in Fraser Health among 20 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.
A public school teacher in the Fraser Health region is among the 20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in B.C., Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Alberta pharmacists to begin offering tests for COVID-19
Alberta will soon begin testing for COVID-19 at community pharmacies, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

LifeLabs failed to protect personal health information of millions, commissioners say
LifeLabs failed to protect the personal health information of millions of Canadians, resulting in a "significant privacy breach," according to a joint investigation by Ontario and B.C.'s information and privacy commissioners. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Canada's proportion of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care double the average of other countries, study shows
A new study finds the proportion of Canadian COVID-19 deaths that have occurred in long-term care facilities is about twice the average of rates from other developed countries. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Talc-Asbestos Verdict Upheld, Award Cut
The Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a landmark jury verdict that said long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products, possibly contaminated with asbestos fibers, had caused ovarian cancer in 22 women. The Court of Appeals also reduced the earlier, record-setting award for punitive and compensatory damages from $4.69 billion to $2.1 billion. A Johnson & Johnson spokesperson said the company would appeal again with the Supreme Court of Missouri. Johnson & Johnson has been flooded with more than 19,000 lawsuits in U.S. state and federal courts over its talc products, the majority of which pertain to ova...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 25, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

Quebec's bid to hire more long-term care staff creates new problems for clients living at home
Home-care operators say Quebec's attempt to recruit more patient care attendants to work in chronically short-staffed long-term care institutions has led to an exodus of staff, making it difficult to meet the needs of their elderly and vulnerable clients who still live at home. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

New strategy for Canada's National Emergency Stockpile System
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) To manage Canada's emergency stockpile of medical supplies and personal protective equipement (PPE), the government could consider several approaches, including a " prime-vendor " model selling directly to health care organizations to minimize financial and equipment waste, according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.200946 (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Managing personal protective equipment in health care settings
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) An article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides an overview on personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care settings, including evidence on effectiveness of N95 masks, as well as the importance of including health care worker perspectives on usage of this equipment. http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.200575 (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI
(Human Brain Project) The new German-Canadian lab HIBALL aims to create a microscopic 3D map of functional neuroanatomy at the cellular level with the help of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. The lab will be officially kicked off this Friday with a virtual satellite event at the annual Organisation of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) conference. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Indirect adverse effects of COVID-19 on children and youth's mental, physical health
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Despite reports that children and young people may be less likely to get coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) than older adults, there may be substantial indirect adverse effects of the disease on their physical and mental health, according to an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.201008 (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Entos Pharmaceuticals announces selection of lead DNA vaccine candidates for COVID-19
(Entos Pharmaceuticals) In preclinical studies, two lead Fusogenix DNA vaccine (Covigenix) candidates demonstrated high immunogenicity and efficacy.Lead candidates to be evaluated in SARS-CoV-2 animal challenge studies and advanced to human clinical trials during summer 2020.Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) awards $4.2M grant to John Lewis, PhD., to be used for development of COVID-19 DNA vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 25, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

USask medical researchers awarded $900,000 to help fight COVID-19
(University of Saskatchewan) The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has awarded three University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams a total of $900,000 to help strengthen Canada's rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic which had killed more than 450,000 people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

USask researchers to develop saliva-based COVID-19 home testing kit
(University of Saskatchewan) University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are part of two COVID-19-related projects awarded major federal funding today -- one to develop a unique saliva-based test for COVID-19 detection and the other to track COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

B.C. to allow 'careful' travel within province as it eases more COVID-19 restrictions under Phase 3
British Columbia is further easing restrictions set in place to control COVID-19, meaning hotels, motels, resorts, spas, and RV parks will soon be allowed to open. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Family doctor from Stratford, Ont. is YouTube hit with COVID videos
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned Stratford-based family physician Sean Blaine into an internet sensation of sorts — as a YouTube commentator with health tips. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Kitchener-Waterloo Source Type: news

Some countries reconsider 2-metre rule for physical distancing, but not here
Canadian health officials continue to recommend people stay two metres apart from others to curb COVID-19 as the economy reopens, while the distancing rule is changing in Britain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Nutrition a key ingredient for cognitive health of midlife and older Canadians
(University of Toronto) A new study, investigating factors associated with verbal fluency among a large sample of anglophone Canadians aged 45-85, found that individuals who consumed more vegetables and fruits and more nuts and pulses (such as lentils and beans) scored higher on tests of verbal fluency. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Should police be on mental health calls?
Ejaz Choudry. D’Andre Campbell. Rodney Levi. In the last few weeks, several Canadians struggling with their mental health have been shot and killed by police after authorities were called. Today on Front Burner, Jennifer Lavoie, a criminology professor who helps train police on how to handle mental health calls, talks to Josh Bloch about why this issue persists, and how it can be stopped. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News Source Type: news

Elder Carole Dawson, champion of Indigenous health, dies from COVID-19 in Vancouver
Carole Dawson, a longtime champion of Indigenous health and rights in B.C., has died from COVID-19, according to the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

FDA Approves Merck ’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the Treatment of Patients with Recurrent or Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC) that is Not Curable by Surgery or Radiation
KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, as monotherapy for the... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - June 24, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Canada's largest mental health hospital calls for removal of police from front lines for people in crisis
Canada's largest psychiatric facility is throwing its support behind mounting calls to remove officers from the front lines for people in mental health emergencies. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

B.C. runs risk of rapid rebound in COVID-19 cases if contacts exceed 65% of normal, health officials say
The latest epidemiological modelling by B.C. health officials shows recent contact rates in the province are at 65 per cent of normal — hovering near the threshold for a potential rebound of new cases of COVID-19. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Number of mental health calls Mounties respond to growing exponentially, Lucki says
The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said today the number of mental health calls her officers respond to is growing exponentially, as she defended Mounties' record amid growing calls to reallocate police funding to better fund social services. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Indigenous people not surprised by reports of racist game played in hospitals
Some Indigenous people say discrimination they've faced by doctors and nurses in British Columbia is so normal that they weren't surprised to hear about allegations of an emergency room "game" in which health-care staff guessed the intoxication levels of Indigenous patients. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Canada taps BlackBerry, Shopify to help it develop COVID-19 contact tracing apps
The new app will use Bluetooth tech and will likely  launch in July in Ottawa.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Ontario reports 216 new COVID-19 cases as Toronto, Peel prepare for Stage 2 of reopening
As has been the trend in recent weeks, the newly reported infections of the novel coronavirus are concentrated in just a handful of public health units. Namely Toronto, Peel and Windsor, as well in York, which confirmed 27 cases after several straight days with fewer than 20. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Suicide Rate 170 Times Higher for People With Schizophrenia
MONDAY, June 22, 2020 -- People with schizophrenia have a suicide rate 170 times higher than the general population, Canadian researchers report. The researchers looked at 20 years of population data, including information on 75,000 patients with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

University Of Toronto, Canadian Biotech Company Collaborate On Cannabinoid-Based COVID-19 Treatment
In an exclusive conversation, the company's CEO shares details of the collaboration and says, “Given our combined expertise and proven track record, this new project is very real and has the potential to save lives.” (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Javier Hasse, Senior Contributor Tags: Vices /vices Lifestyle /lifestyle Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Editors' Pick editors-pick javierhasseblog Source Type: news

School-aged Syrian refugees resettling in Canada: mitigating the effect of pre-migration trauma and post-migration discrimination on academic achievement and psychological well-being - Walker J, Zuberi D.
In addition to psychological trauma and discrimination, discourse on refugees in Canada contributes to the risk of poor psychological well-being and academic achievement for school-aged Syrian refugees. Canadian public schools are a readily available and e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Canadian doctors of colour offer a frank look at racism in medicine
The global pandemic and the widespread protests that erupted in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have laid bare the racial inequities that permeate society. CBC News spoke with five Canadian physicians about the impact of systemic racism in their profession. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Migrant worker who died on Ontario farm identified as Mexican father of four
Politicians had harsh words today for farmers who employ temporary foreign workers after a Mexican father of four, living in Canada to work on a southwestern Ontario vegetable farm, died this weekend.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

Indigenous ontology, international law and the application of the Convention to the over-representation of Indigenous children in out of home care in Canada and Australia - Blackstock C, Bamblett M, Black C.
This paper explores the efficacy of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Convention, UN General Assembly, 1989) through the lens of the over-representation of First Nations children placed in out-of-home care in Canada and Aboriginal a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Multicriteria and multilevel framework for seismic risk management of existing buildings in Canada - Fathi-Fazl R, Lounis Z, Cai Z.
A multicriteria and multilevel seismic risk management framework is presented to ensure an acceptable and consistent level of risk for existing buildings in Canada with a focus on minimizing threats to life safety. The framework consists of three levels: (... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Suicidal behaviors among nurses in Canada - Stelnicki AM, Jamshidi L, Angehrn A, Nicholas Carleton R.
BACKGROUND: Nurses are regularly exposed to potentially psychologically traumatic events, experience high rates of burnout, and may be at an elevated risk of death by suicide. Few studies have assessed for suicidal behaviors among Canadian nurses, and fact... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Effect of firearms legislation on suicide and homicide in Canada from 1981 to 2016 - Langmann C.
Canada implemented a series of laws regulating firearms including background and psychological screening, licensing, and training in the years 1991, 1994, and 2001. The effects of this legislation on suicide and homicide rates were examined over the years ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Negative heritage: the material-cultural politics of the American haunted history tour - Kolk HA.
This article assesses the defining features and cultural significance of the haunted history tour as it has come to be practiced in American urban spaces. A distinctive cultural form that has risen to prominence in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and other pla... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Recreational and Sports Issues Source Type: news

An epidemic within a pandemic: How Thunder Bay Ont., health care professionals are managing the opioid crisis
While the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, health care professionals in Thunder Bay, Ont., are still dealing with a different, deadly public health issue - the opioid crisis. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Thunder Bay Source Type: news

Manitoba to build outdoor shelters for personal care home visits
The Manitoba government plans to build outdoor, all-season shelters at personal care homes to allow residents to safely visit their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Siemens launches Ysio X.pree x-ray system
Siemens Healthineers is launching a new premium digital radiography (DR) system...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Siemens moves ultrasound HQ to Wash. Siemens, Geisinger ink digital healthcare partnership FDA clears Siemens' AI for PET/CT Siemens gets approval for Acuson Redwood in Canada Siemens launches teamplay platform (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 22, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Research indicates attempts to repress sexuality, gender identity, are still widespread in Canada
The practice of conversion therapy — trying to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or expression through counselling, medication or prayer — is still widespread in Canada despite a growing movement to make it illegal, according to recent research published in the Canadian Journal of Psychology. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Sudan, Where Illegal Abortions remain Dangerous and Deadly
The Ibrahim Malik public hospital in Khartoum, Sudan. Abortion is only legal in Sudan under very specific circumstances. As a result a number of women continue to access unsafe abortions. Courtesy: Abdelgadir Bashir By Reem AbbasKHARTOUM, Jun 22 2020 (IPS) Omnia Nabil*, a Sudanese doctor, who worked in one of the largest hospitals in Khartoum, the country’s capital, was devastated to witness the deaths of 50 young women who had unsafe abortions during a space of just three months. “I would see 16 cases of failed abortions on a given day. I would insert my hand and pull out syringes or leaves, unsanitary items t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Reem Abbas Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Sudan unsafe abortions Women Deliver Source Type: news

As cash use falls victim to the pandemic, it's also hurting society's most vulnerable
The COVID-19 pandemic has sped up the already-declining use of cash in Canada as more people have switched to using debit and credit cards, and that change is hurting people whose livelihoods depend on cash. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

News rules will give 911 dispatchers in Ontario list of defibrillator locations
A new registry will give 911 dispatchers throughout Ontario access to the locations of every automated external defibrillator (AED) in their area. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Sudbury Source Type: news

New rules will give 911 dispatchers in Ontario list of defibrillator locations
A new registry will give 911 dispatchers throughout Ontario access to the locations of every automated external defibrillator (AED) in their area. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Sudbury Source Type: news

What countries did right and wrong in responding to the pandemic
Why were some countries better able than others to control the spread of the coronavirus despite having similar measures? CBC News breaks down the numbers and speaks with some top experts to find out. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Med school final exam plagued with technical issues after moving online due to COVID-19
Fourth-year medical students across Canada are reporting stress and 'agony' as the major standardized test that marks their transition from med school to residency has faced technical and communication problems. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

COVID-19 taught Canada a costly lesson — that early border closures can work
In the early weeks of its COVID-19 response, the federal government was insisting that border closures are ineffective against pandemics. Subsequent events have proven that theory to be wrong — and many experts are asking what Canada's late start cost us. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Luck and timing: How B.C. has managed to avoid the worst-case COVID-19 scenario
B.C.'s COVID-19 death rate of approximately 33 deaths per million people is one of the lowest among jurisdictions in Canada, the U.S. and western Europe with populations of five million or more. Officials and health experts credit its success to a combination of sound decision-making and good fortune. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

New poll reveals Chinese-Canadians' experiences with racism
A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute and the University of Alberta suggests the majority of people who identify as Chinese-Canadian have experience some type of racism since the pandemic began.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

'We can't afford to put ourselves out there': Some Nova Scotians not ready for closer contact
Nova Scotia has begun easing restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic, but those with chronic illnesses or who are immunocompromised may continue to be cautious. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news