How scientists aim to make a safe COVID-19 vaccine in record time
Vaccine development normally takes years, if not decades. But scientific teams around the world are aiming to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in 12 to 18 months. Here’s how they’re speeding up the process and why they think a vaccine produced this fast will be just as safe as any other. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Inquiry into racism in B.C. health care must hear from two-spirit people, nurse says
The provincial health ministry has launched an investigation into systemic racism faced by Indigenous peoples in the health care system. People are asked to share their experiences via an online survey by Aug. 6 (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease in children
Health experts say the coronavirus pandemic might disrupt another disease: a rare paralyzing illness that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Third inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Edmonton Remand Centre
A third inmate who was released Monday from the Edmonton Remand Centre has tested positive for the coronavirus. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

NSGEU report highlights problems at Northwood during COVID-19 outbreak
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) released a report Tuesday showing the union and the Nova Scotia Health Authority raised concerns about Northwood with the Department of Health and Wellness, but at the time both were unsatisfied with the response. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Ottawa keeps lid on company names, dollar amounts in some COVID-19 contracts
The federal Liberals have given companies more than $5.8 billion in pandemic-related contracts for personal protective gear and medical supplies. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

When it comes to COVID-19 misinformation, even some health-care workers fall prey, study finds
A survey by the institute for public health research finds a quarter of Quebecers believe COVID-19 was created in a lab. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Kanesatake confirms its first 5 cases of COVID-19
Six months into the coronavirus pandemic in Canada, Kanesatake's Emergency Response Unit announced its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Mohawk community northwest of Montreal this week. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Indigenous Source Type: news

New obesity guidelines shift focus to root causes rather than weight loss
New Canadian guidelines for treatment of obesity call for a shift in focus to the root causes rather than weight loss alone, which means doctors working with patients to understand underlying issues like genetics, trauma and mental-health issues. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'Quadmesters' for teens and no sports: Reopening plans for Toronto public schools revealed
Families with children in Canada's largest school board are getting a glimpse of what learning could be like once students return to class in September. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Use your COVID-19 awareness to help First Nations kids breathe easier, doctor urges
The new public understanding of how COVID-19 spreads could help Canadians grasp the perils of overcrowded houses in First Nations, says scientist behind award-winning study. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After harsh privacy report, N.W.T. health authority reviewing how it stores patient files
The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority says it’s reviewing how it stores personal documents in the wake of a privacy commissioner’s report into a records breach in Fort Simpson. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

As COVID-19 survivors face months of complications, experts studying long-term costs
With mounting evidence that some COVID-19 survivors face months, or possibly years, of debilitating complications, health-care experts are beginning to study possible long-term costs. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

New online tool helps Nova Scotians manage tick risk
A new citizen-science tool, eTick, aims to ensure more Nova Scotians identify the ticks they find — and whether those ticks pose a risk to their health. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Government-sanctioned safe supply not enough to get some off fentanyl-laced street drugs
Nearly 2,000 people in B.C. have been prescribed hydromorphone, a synthetic opioid, under the province's safe-supply program, but fatal overdoses continue to rise and reached a historic high in June, with 175 deaths. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to lower the birth rate. Here's why that matters
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely lower Canada's already declining birth rate, and that has implications for everything from how competitive it will be for a child to get a spot on a soccer team to how healthy the Canada Pension Plan will be in 2050, economists say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Fewer than a third of Canadians willing to travel without a COVID-19 vaccine, says new poll
Most Canadians and Americans aren’t rushing to travel anywhere, even within their own countries, before a vaccine is developed against COVID-19, according to a new online survey. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Some countries may get faster access to a COVID-19 vaccine than others. Here's why
Countries around the globe are anxious to get their hands on a COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a closer look at what countries are doing to ensure supplies when a vaccine becomes available, how that might affect other countries, how Canada might fare and efforts to distribute the vaccine more fairly. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

California company likely source of North American salmonella outbreak linked to onions
U.S. federal health officials say an outbreak of salmonella infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and they identified a California company as the likely source. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

When a COVID-19 vaccine arrives, which Canadians will get it first?
When the first COVID-19 vaccines become available, there won’t be enough for everyone who wants it. Within Canada, who should get it first and how will that be decided? Here’s a closer look. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Technology & Science Source Type: news

Fauci rebuts Republican claims about hydroxychloroquine in Capitol Hill session
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci resisted efforts by Republicans to criticize recent protests against racial injustice while pushing back on their continued promotion of hydroxycholoroquine as a possible coronavirus remedy in Congress on Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to American red onions
Health officials have tracked a salmonella outbreak in Canada reported earlier this week to red onions imported from the United States and are asking residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to avoid any products that contain them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

He got into the best shape of his life in fear of COVID, now he's infected and struggling to breathe
When COVID-19 cases began popping up across Canada, Saskatoon attorney and athlete David Samuel decided to treat it like the other physical challenges he’d overcome and started training to be in the best shape of his life. Now he's sick. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Rural Canadians face greater disparities from lack of anesthesia care, doctors say
Canadians living in rural or remote communities are at risk of poorer health outcomes due to a shortage of anesthesia services, say researchers calling for a national strategy to address inequitable access to care. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Black people and other people of colour make up 83% of reported COVID-19 cases in Toronto
Black people and other people of colour make up 83 per cent of reported COVID-19 cases in Toronto, while only making up half of the city's population, data shows.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

More countries around the world are seeing a resurgence in coronavirus infections
Spikes in coronavirus infections in the Asia-Pacific region have dispelled any notion the worst may be over, with Australia, India and Hong Kong reporting record daily cases, Vietnam testing thousands and North Korea urging vigilance. Here's what's happening in Canada and the rest of the world on Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Elementary students will be in class full-time come September, Ontario says
Elementary students in Ontario will be heading back to school full-time come September, the provincial government revealed today, while most high school students will split their time between the classroom and online learning.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Elementary students will be in class full time come September, Ontario says
Elementary students in Ontario will be heading back to school full time come September, the provincial government revealed today, while most high school students will split their time between the classroom and online learning.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Manitoba businesses introduce, or reintroduce, safety measures after surge of COVID-19 cases
A number of Manitoba businesses are ramping up their health and safety policies in light of the surge of cases of COVID-19 in the last few weeks, following a nearly two-week-long period with no new cases in the province. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Getting a COVID-19 test to see family or friends? Good intentions come with risks, experts warn
Many Canadians are now able to get tested even without symptoms,even if it's just to see friends and loved ones. Ontario's health minister says it's a "responsible" approach, but public health experts warn it comes with risks. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Family seeks answers after woman suspected of having COVID-19 restrained and later dies in hospital
The family of a Toronto woman admitted to hospital on suspicion of having COVID-19 is demanding answers after she had an altercation with security, which they say left her unconscious and in intensive care. She later died. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

The 2nd wave is coming. Here's what public health experts say we should expect
We asked dozens of physicians, epidemiologists and public health experts what to expect from a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Most said the severity of a second wave will depend on what infection-control measures governments put in place and whether or not people adhere to public health guidelines. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Medical experts led by SickKids release new back-to-school recommendations
SickKids has released new proposed guidelines for reopening schools in Ontario come September, including recommendations like staggered lunch times, no large assemblies, and mandatory masks for older students. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Stigmatizing Hutterites about COVID-19 will harm response: public health officer
Canada's chief public health officer says discrimination against Hutterites will not help build trust as some colonies across the Prairies experience outbreaks of COVID-19. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Nursing homes a 'perfect storm' for COVID-19 in Alberta, nursing expert says
In dealing with a new illness such as the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes and care centres can be a recipe for disaster, according to one University of Alberta expert. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Toronto, Peel Region get green light to move to Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 recovery plan
Toronto and Peel Region will move into Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 recovery plan this Friday, the provincial government said Wednesday morning.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Most B.C. students to return to school full time in September
Most B.C. students from kindergarten to Grade 12 will return to class full time in September, Education Minister Rob Fleming announced Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Ottawa teeters on knife edge as COVID-19 cases mount, says epidemiologist
Ottawa is seeing a persistent rise in the number of cases of COVID-19, a sign that residents are approaching a potential tipping point, says an epidemiologist who provides modelling to Ottawa Public Health. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Ex-staff, clients concerned about treatment at GTA addiction centres owing $96K in unpaid wages
Former employees and clients of Addiction Recovery Network are calling on the Ontario government to regulate private addiction treatment centres after raising concerns about the quality of services provided to clients by the Greater Toronto Area company. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

COVID-19 hospitalizations in B.C. drop below 10 for 1st time since public health emergency declared
A total of 23 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and one more person has died in the past 24 hours, B.C. health officials reported Tuesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Health Canada authorizes drug remdesivir for severe COVID-19 cases
Health Canada has authorized with conditions the drug remdesivir for patients with severe COVID-19, although Canada's top doctor says the supply is limited. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

U.S military personnel in St. John's accused of not isolating, as confusion swirls around exemption rules
The manager of a St. John's hotel says American military members have been leaving the building and telling staff they were given the OK to do so by the Canada Border Services Agency as confusion grows over whether federal or provincial rules and exemptions should apply. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

Nunavut woman who flew to N.W.T. for surgery turned away due to hospital's equipment issues
Last week, Brenda Ongahak travelled from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, to Yellowknife for knee surgery — only to be told the hospital would be delaying her procedure due to faulty equipment. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

More people calling mental health help line as pandemic drags on
The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington says calls to the organization’s mental health helpline have increased about 20 per cent in the last four weeks above pre-pandemic levels.   (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Kitchener-Waterloo Source Type: news

COVID-19 risks for kids are low, must be balanced against cost of being out of school, doctors say
Most studies examining kids and COVID-19 are trying to answer two questions: What is the likelihood of children getting the infection? And what is the likelihood of them spreading it? But being out of school also comes at a cost, doctors tell CBC News. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Calgary doctor says 'dramatic' 40% drop in preterm births during lockdown could be global trend
Doctors in countries including Denmark, Ireland, Australia, the U.S. and Canada have been reporting that fewer preterm babies are being born. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Alberta added 8 more COVID-19 deaths, 304 new cases over past 3 days
Alberta reported 304 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days and added eight more deaths to a growing total that has now reached 186. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Cat tests positive for coronavirus in U.K.
A pet cat has tested positive in England for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the government said on Monday in the first confirmed case of an animal being infected with the virus in Britain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Anti-masking groups draw from anti-vaccination playbook to spread misinformation
As more regions across the country adopt mandatory masking policies in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, some anti-masking groups are joining forces with anti-vaccination proponents and adopting their techniques to spread misinformation and amplify their message.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

'We hugged and hugged': Families reunite at N.W.T. seniors' homes after COVID-19 rules loosen
Cailey Mercredi didn't expect to see her grandparents again in person this year because of COVID-19, but a recent change of rules made for a lovely family surprise. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news