'A tinderbox waiting to explode': 10 deaths from COVID-19 at northern Alberta seniors' residence
Twenty-nine of the 68 residents at Manoir du Lac seniors' residence in the northern Alberta town of McLennan have tested positive for COVID-19. Ten have died. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Medtronic Braces for COVID-19 Financial Impact
While certain Medtronic products are in high demand due to COVID-19, an update from the company shows that the vast majority of its businesses have experienced declines during the global pandemic. Medtronic said it expects COVID-19 to negatively affect its fiscal fourth quarter financial results, which ends Friday. Given the progression of COVID-19 around the world and the timing of the company’s fiscal quarter, Medtronic’s fourth quarter includes an additional month of impact compared to companies that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year. Like many of its peers, includin...
Source: MDDI - April 23, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: COVID-19 Business Source Type: news

COVID-19 in Quebec: 'We need you,' says Legault of 9,500 workers absent from health-care network
Premier François Legault is asking thousands of healthy workers who have finished their 14-day quarantine period but are still at home to return to work, assuring them that the province has the necessary equipment to protect them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Ford mused about 'loosening' restrictions in May, but getting Ontario back to normal not that simple
While closing much of the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic was quick, reopening it all will take far longer, even beyond a year, epidemiologists predict. And no one knows for certain how it will play out. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Why ending Quebec's COVID-19 lockdown could mean freedom for some, but not all
As Quebec prepares to enter Phase 2 of the pandemic, Premier François Legault faces an ethical dilemma. To avoid another wave of contagion, he will likely have to choose who gets their freedoms back and who must wait. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

OHS investigating Canada's largest COVID-19 outbreak at meat plant after worker's death
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is investigating two outbreaks of COVID-19 at Alberta meat-processing plants, one of which is the largest outbreak linked to a single site in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Canada's mines pose transboundary risks
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - April 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sexton, E. K., Sergeant, C. J., Moore, J. W., Westwood, A. R., Chambers, D. M., McPhee, M. V., Nagorski, S. A., O'Neal, S. L., Weitz, J., Berchtold, A., Capito, M., Frissell, C. A., Hamblen, J., Hauer, F. R., Jones, L. A., Knox, G., Macnair, R., Malison, Tags: letters Source Type: news

Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases spike by 71 to 1,795 in B.C., as new outbreaks detected
Three new outbreaks in long-term care homes in the Fraser Health region have helped fuel a spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Pace of Canada coronavirus deaths slows; provinces mull reopening
Canada's death toll from the coronavirus rose by less than 10% for the third day in a row, data showed on Wednesday, and some provinces prepared to start lifting shutdowns imposed to fight the outbreak. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What Is Contact Tracing? Here ’s How It Could Be Used to Help Fight Coronavirus
In the coronavirus era, a host of epidemiological terms have entered common public use. There’s the now-ubiquitous “social distancing,” and the newly politicized “flatten the curve.” And as states and local governments seek a way out of lockdowns that have brought their economies to a near-standstill, “contact tracing” has made its way into everyday conversation as well. But what exactly is contact tracing, and how can it help society battle the COVID-19 epidemic? Here, the basics of the time-tested public health strategy, and the hopes for its use in the coronavirus pandemic: Wh...
Source: TIME: Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

What Is Contact Tracing? Here ’s How It Could Be Used to Help Fight Coronavirus
In the coronavirus era, a host of epidemiological terms have entered common public use. There’s the now-ubiquitous “social distancing,” and the newly politicized “flatten the curve.” And as states and local governments seek a way out of lockdowns that have brought their economies to a near-standstill, “contact tracing” has made its way into everyday conversation as well. But what exactly is contact tracing, and how can it help society battle the COVID-19 epidemic? Here, the basics of the time-tested public health strategy, and the hopes for its use in the coronavirus pandemic: Wh...
Source: TIME: Science - April 22, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

Doug Ford asks military to help struggling long-term care homes, Ontario COVID-19 death toll tops 700
The Ontario government is calling for help from the Canadian Forces to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in long-term care facilities, where the province says soldiers are needed to help with staffing and medical care. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world Wednesday
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is co-ordinating with provinces and territories about how to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic — but said each will make its own decision, given their different circumstances. Here's a look at what's happening in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world April 22
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is co-ordinating with provinces and territories about how to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic — but said each will make its own decision, given their different circumstances. Here's a look at what's happening in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Current state of fall prevention and management policies and procedures in Canadian spinal cord injury rehabilitation - Singh H, Flett HM, Silver MP, Craven BC, Jaglal SB, Musselman KE.
BACKGROUND: Preventing patient falls is a priority in tertiary spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation. Falls can result in patient or staff injury, delayed rehabilitation, and hospital liability. A comprehensive overview of fall prevention/management poli... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

A growing need for youth mental health services in Canada: examining trends in youth mental health from 2011 to 2018 - Wiens K, Bhattarai A, Pedram P, Dores A, Williams J, Bulloch A, Patten S.
This study assessed trends in mental health among Canadian youth, 12-24 years old. Specifically, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A Global Crisis Like No Other Needs a Global Response Like No Other
Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)By Kristalina GeorgievaWASHINGTON DC, Apr 22 2020 (IPS) I have been saying for a while that this is a ‘crisis like no other.’ It is: • More complex, with interlinked shocks to our health and our economies that have brought our way of life to an-almost complete stop;   • More uncertain, as we are learning only gradually how to treat the novel virus, make containment most effective, and restart our economies; and   • Truly global. Pandemics don’t respect borders, neither do the economic sho...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kristalina Georgieva Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Inside Canada's frayed pandemic early warning system and its COVID-19 response
As COVID-19 quietly incubated in Wuhan, China, last fall, public health officials in Canada were looking for gaps that needed to be closed in their long effort to upgrade this country’s online pandemic early warning system. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

A history of cannabis dependence associated with many negative mental health outcomes
(University of Toronto) More than 1% of Canadians have been dependent on cannabis at some point in their lives. Despite the fact that marijuana use is expected to grow with the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, little research has focused on factors associated with recovery from addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19: Second Interim Guidance for Acute Healthcare Settings
Source: Government of Canada. Published: 4/22/2020. This resource builds on the foundational infection prevention and control guidance for acute healthcare settings and provides guidance specific to the COVID-19 pandemic in acute care settings. Additional clarification is provided on certain issues (e.g., triage and facility entry points, aerosol-generating medical procedures, organizational readiness, and healthcare worker safety and training). (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance for the Health Care Sector
Source: Government of Canada. Published: 4/22/2020. This web page provides planning guidance for the delivery of health care in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to result in a prolonged period of increased demand on the health care system. The primary audience is the federal/provincial/territorial (FPT) health sector, although the guidance may also be of use to regional and local health authorities, health professional associations, and others involved in the delivery of health care. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health and safety inspection of Alberta meat plant linked to 515 COVID-19 cases was done by video call
Days after dozens of cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at a meat plant in southern Alberta, provincial health and safety investigators conducted an inspection by video call and concluded the plant was safe to remain open. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

This Ontario hospital hopes a look inside its ICU will give pause to those urging end to social distancing
Staff at a hospital in the Greater Toronto Area are worried that Canadians are becoming less vigilant about physical distancing and want people to see through their eyes what it's like treating COVID-19 patients in the ICU. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Availability, retail price and potency of legal and illegal cannabis in Canada after recreational cannabis legalisation - Mahamad S, Wadsworth E, Rynard V, Goodman S, Hammond D.
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: There is little objective market data on the price or potency of legal and illegal cannabis products following recreational cannabis legalisation. DESIGN AND METHODS: In the 2  months post-legalisation in Canada (November-December 2... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

"Playing the system": structural factors potentiating mental health stigma, challenging awareness, and creating barriers to care for Canadian public safety personnel - Ricciardelli R, Carleton RN, Mooney T, Cramm H.
There are growing concerns about the impact of public safety work on the mental health of public safety personnel; as such, we explored systemic and individual factors that might dissuade public safety personnel from seeking care. Public safety personnel b... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

21.04.20: Bayer partners with Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) on global clinical research evaluating COVID-19 treatments
Bayer partners with Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) on global clinical research evaluating COVID-19 treatmentsInvestigation of combination therapies including Bayer's chloroquine and interferon beta-1b to foster much needed solutions for patients in fight against coronavirus pandemic / Bayer Canada to make CAD 1.5 million (approximately 1 million euros) financial commitment and to supply products in support of the research / Plans to include more than 60 contributing research locations involving 6.000 patientsmehr ... (Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events)
Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events - April 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Canadian hospitals join fundraising efforts to close COVID-19 'gaps'
Canadian hospitals facing urgent COVID-19 needs are banding together to close funding "gaps" for their institutions and embattled health-care workers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

After ventilators, Xerox now plans to make hand sanitizers
Xerox Holdings Corp said on Tuesday it will make hand sanitizer in its factories in the United States and Canada to fight the spread of coronavirus, and start deliveries to healthcare organizations later this month. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bayer partners with Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) on global clinical research evaluating COVID-19 treatments
Investigation of combination therapies including Bayer’s chloroquine and interferon beta-1b to foster much needed solutions for patients in fight against coronavirus pandemic / Bayer Canada to make CAD 1.5 million (approximately 1 million euros) financial commitment and to supply products in support of the research / Plans to include more than 60 contributing research locations involving 6.000 patients (Source: Bayer Company News)
Source: Bayer Company News - April 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world April 21
Health officials in provinces across Canada are reminding people to stick with public health measures, even as some regions see a drop in new cases of COVID-19. Here's what's happening in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Most Older Adults With New Dementia Die Within Five Years
TUESDAY, April 21, 2020 -- Most community-dwelling older adults with newly identified dementia die or are admitted to a long-term care home within five years, according to a study published online April 20 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Bayer partners with Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) on global clinical research evaluating COVID-19 treatments
Bayer announced today its Canadian organization Bayer Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, will partner with the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) in launching a major clinical research program aimed at identifying potential treatments against COVID-19. The two studies will evaluate the safety and efficacy of different combination therapies including Bayer's chloroquine and interferon beta-1b. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - April 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Bayer Business and Industry Source Type: news

'Your whole life is spent caring': Clinicians over 60 stay on the job during pandemic despite the greater risk
More than one-third of Canada's COVID-19 cases are people 60 and over. Many doctors and nurses are in that age group, which has experts considering about how best to protect them during the coronavirus outbreak, including the use of virtual care and other innovative tools.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Nanostics to develop a simple blood test to predict severe COVID-19 in SARS-CoV-2 patients
(Nanostics) ClarityDX COVID-19 will be a blood test to accurately predict high risk COVID-19 patients.Nanostics will collaborate with the Canadian BioSample Repository in Alberta, Canada, and Century Clinical Research Inc. in Florida, USA, to recruit COVID-19 patients to validate this novel test.ClarityDX COVID-19 test is forecasted to be ready for clinical validation studies in 6 to 8 weeks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canadian province of Ontario sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' on coronavirus
Canada's province of Ontario on Monday forecast 20,000 cases of the novel coronavirus by the end of the month, a quarter of the number it had projected just three weeks ago, as the country's chief medical officer warned that it is not yet time to ease up on quarantine measures. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

B.C. says everyone with COVID-19 symptoms can be tested, as total cases rise to 1,699
B.C.'s provincial health officer says anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested for the disease in an attempt to avoid a spike in disease transmission through the community. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Ontario's new COVID-19 modelling offers hope, but no clear picture of when restrictions will ease
New modelling of COVID-19's future in Ontario offers some light at the end of the tunnel, but doesn't appear to mean imminent changes to the province's restrictions on businesses and public gatherings. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Butterfly Network releases remote working, education tools
Point-of-care ultrasound developer Butterfly Network has released two new tools...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Butterfly Network handheld ultrasound unit approved in Canada Butterfly Network names new CEO Doctors in Italy, Spain using ultrasound for COVID-19 Butterfly Network adds Android access Discommon debuts accessories for Butterfly iQ (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 20, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

B.C. announces new health-care framework to better serve remote and Indigenous communities
The provincial government has announced a new framework for health care in rural, remote and Indigenous communities to improve residents' access to critical and culturally appropriate health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

COVID-19 in Quebec: Non-urgent medical care remains on hold to free up staff for long-term care homes
Hospital workers from Quebec City and Armed Forces medical personnel are among those being assigned to long-term care homes in the greater Montreal area, where health authorities are struggling to find enough staff and to contain COVID-19. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Emergency department visits are down — and this is not a good thing
Our hospitals are generally safe places even with the COVID-19 pandemic. So please don’t stay away if you need care, writes Dr. Goldis Mitra. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

BCG Vaccine Fighting Coronavirus in South Asia
The map from the medical journal Plos Medicine displays BCG vaccination policy by country. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis. Yellow: The country now has a universal BCG vaccination program. Blue: The country used to recommend BCG vaccination for everyone, but now does not. Red: The country never had a universal vaccination program.By Darini Rajasingham-SenanayakeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Apr 20 2020 (IPS) Numerous studies in many parts of the world have linked the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination, widely used in the developing world with fewer Coronavirus cases. T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

New tool helps predict risk of death, admission to long-term care for people with dementia
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) A new tool that predicts risk of death and admission to a long-term care facility for patients with dementia may help conversations between health care providers, patients and their families, according to new research in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New infectious disease paramedics answering Hamilton's highest-risk calls amid COVID-19
Jay Lawrence and Tyler Wall loaded an ambulance with specialized gear Sunday morning and headed out into a city gripped by COVID-19, prepared to spend their entire shift answering Hamilton's highest-risk calls. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Canadian coronavirus data trending in right direction, shutdowns to continue: PM
The number of people with the new coronavirus in Canada is trending in the right direction but strict physical distancing will need to stay in place, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

From pipe dream to prospect: the pandemic is making a case for a universal basic income
Before the pandemic hit, the idea of a universal basic income was fringe policy in much of the developed world. But now that the economy is on life support and Canadians are being paid to stay away from work, the idea is looking more like common sense to many. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

'I choose to be in control': Some seniors weighing medically assisted death because of COVID-19
A growing number of Canadians want to know whether medical assistance in dying will be made available if they end up hospitalized with COVID-19. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/Cross Country Checkup Source Type: news

Alberta health-care workers say new masks don't seal, cause rashes and headaches
Masks delivered to health-care workers in Alberta this week are causing headaches and rashes for some, and don't adequately seal to protect workers from coronavirus, nurses say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

In Italy, a Sharp Drop in Coronavirus I.C.U. Patients; Tehran ’s Lockdown Lifts: Live Coverage
Hong Kong arrests pro-Democracy figures even as it fights the virus. Canada ’s nursing homes are hard-hit. Pockets of people reluctant to take a coronavirus vaccine are emerging. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

The Latest: US, Canada to keep border closed 30 more days
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep the border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news