Long waits for Toronto-area nursing homes geared to cultural groups reflect need for more of them, report says
Experts say there is great demand for culturally specific long-term care homes, yet there are not enough to serve the needs of Greater Toronto Area's diverse older adult population. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Meet the unvaccinated: Why some Canadians still haven't had the shot
An impressive 80 per cent of eligible Canadians have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That statistic points to a troubling fact, however: more than six million Canadians still haven't had a shot — at a time when experts say we urgently need more coverage to beat back a surge of cases in the fall. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Saturday
Several U.S. states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Canada could avoid the worst of a 4th wave — but we're not out of the woods yet
Canada will likely face a fourth wave of the pandemic as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread ahead of borders and schools reopening, but there’s growing optimism another surge won’t bring the country back to a crisis point. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Exhausted PSWs feel underpaid, lack of respect. One says they're seen as 'the cockroaches of health care'
Understaffing and burnout among personal support workers (PSWs) in the Hamilton area started well before the pandemic, but has been exacerbated by its demands. Many also feel there's a lack of respect for the profession. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Friday
The U.S. is stocking up on vaccines to prepare for children's shots, and the British government has exempted certain food workers from quarantine rules to deal with supply shortages. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Heat waves are increasing across Canada — and hotter nights are also dangerous
As Earth warms, Canada is facing not only more frequent heat waves, but higher nighttime temperatures. That combination is potentially deadly. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Science Source Type: news

Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots effective against delta variant, study finds
Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca-Oxford's COVID-19 vaccines are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant alpha variant, a new study shows. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Thursday
The World Health Organization on Thursday urged Indonesia to implement a stricter and wider lockdown to combat surging COVID-19 infections and deaths, just days after the country's president flagged the easing of restrictions. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

China uninterested in WHO plan for further COVID-19 origins study
China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Why mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for health-care workers could help Canada fight a 4th wave
The debate over mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for health-care workers is growing louder in Canada as more countries move forward with the controversial approach to safeguard health-care settings and fight the spread of more contagious variants. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Vaccine hesitancy, rising R-value mean Alberta can't let up on pandemic fight, expert says
A rising R-value for COVID-19 in Alberta coupled with a stubborn and country-leading rate of vaccine hesitancy are two signs that the province’s battle to beat back the pandemic still has hurdles to overcome, says a Calgary infectious diseases expert. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in Canada — and some fear it could mean tossed doses
Canada's demand for COVID-19 vaccines is slowly dropping, experts say, and they warn those waiting to see whether cases spike before getting their jabs are wasting time the body needs to build sufficient immunity. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Online trolls force closure of pro-vaccine Ontario business website
A new website that was set up to provide Ontarians with a list of businesses with fully vaccinated staff or that require customers to show proof of vaccination has shut down, citing online attacks from a small contingent of anti-vaxxers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

U.S. life expectancy saw biggest single-year drop since WW II
U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since the Second World War, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Wednesday
Tokyo's COVID-19 infections hit a six-month high Wednesday with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. The update came as the WHO chief noted that the Games shouldn't be judged by case numbers but by how cases are handled once they are identified. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

4th wave still possible in Saskatchewan if vaccine effort continues to stall: experts
The percentage of people vaccinated with a first dose has remained in the low 70s since last month, leaving infectious disease experts concerned it won’t be enough to protect the province from the more contagious delta variant. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

As COVID-19 cases tied to Tokyo Olympics rise, experts warn of 'worrying' situation on the ground
COVID-19 cases among Olympic delegates are on the rise and roughly 15 per cent of those staying on site are unvaccinated, prompting warnings from medical experts about potential ripple effects if the world’s largest sporting event doesn’t clamp down on virus transmission. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

80 per cent of new COVID-19 cases in Spain among unvaccinated people, health minister says
The vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in Spain in the past five weeks were detected among non-vaccinated people, Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Monday, as new infections rose by 27,286. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

India's COVID-19 death toll could be 10 times the official count, research suggests
India's excess deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic were a staggering 10 times the official death toll, according to the most comprehensive research done to date. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Tuesday
Health officials in the U.S. say the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge and accounts for more than 80 per cent of the country's sequenced COVID-19 cases. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Protect Canadians from another COVID-19 wave by ramping up vaccination in developing countries, experts say
With an average of one per cent of people vaccinated with at least one dose in the world's poorest countries, 'variant factories' threaten Canada's progress in the battle against COVID-19, doctors and scientists say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Public health experts concerned by Alberta premier's claim that pandemic is over
A maskless Jason Kenney shakes hands, embraces Calgary Stampede visitors and stands shoulder-to-shoulder for photo-ops. On Sunday, the Alberta premier said on social media that the Stampede took place 'after the pandemic' — a message that health experts question. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Fully vaccinated tourists will soon be able to visit Canada again
The federal government announced today it plans to let fully vaccinated tourists visit Canada again soon. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Monday
England's car plants, railways, supermarkets and pubs warned the government on Monday that a COVID-19 tracing app, which has told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate, was wrecking the recovery and pushing supply chains to the brink of collapse. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

England's reopening provokes anxiety for some who have weakened immune systems
The relaxation of England's coronavirus restrictions is stirring concern among some people who have weakened immune systems and are more clinically vulnerable to the possibility of an infection. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Canada needs to jump-start a stalled first-dose campaign to avoid a fourth wave, experts say
Canada has gone from a vaccine laggard to a world leader in COVID-19 immunizations in just a few months' time — thanks to an ambitious vaccination campaign that has so far blunted the spread of the much more virulent delta variant. But experts say we still need to get many more people vaccinated to avoid a fourth wave. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Neutrogena spray-on sunscreens recalled after 'elevated' levels of benzene detected
Johnson & Johnson is recalling several Neutrogena spray-on sunscreens after "elevated levels of benzene" were detected in testing, Health Canada said in an advisory. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson recalls Neutrogena spray-on sunscreens after high levels of benzene detected
Johnson & Johnson is recalling several Neutrogena spray-on sunscreens after "elevated levels of benzene" were detected in testing, Health Canada said in an advisory. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Yes, vaccines curb COVID-19 transmission — but that's not enough to protect those without a shot
Even as highly contagious coronavirus variants are circulating, experts say leading vaccines are not only preventing infections but likely curbing transmission as well. But that doesn't mean the vaccinated can fully protect the unvaccinated, particularly in areas with lower vaccination rates. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'Pandemic of the unvaccinated': COVID-19 deaths up 26% over previous week in U.S.
The delta variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain worldwide and is driving a surge of deaths around the United States, almost entirely among unvaccinated people, U.S. officials said Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Nursing shortage leads to temporary closures at Nunavut health-care centres
Two of Nunavut's northernmost health centres are set to close for part of the summer due to a health-care staffing shortage, and five more will have reduced services. Virtual health, fly-in clinics and paramedics will be available instead. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Sask. RCMP pilot embeds psychiatric nurses in 911 centre to handle mental health calls
The RCMP in Saskatchewan is putting psychiatric nurses in its emergency call centre as part of a one-year pilot project to better help people in mental distress, as well as the frontline officers who don't have the mental health expertise to deal with them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Outspoken health experts say racist social media attacks have taken a toll
Even as restrictions ease across the country, Canadian health professionals say the racism and trolling they face on social media isn't going anywhere. If anything, it's stronger than ever. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Children's viruses that disappeared during pandemic lockdowns are back, doctors say
Public health measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 also stopped other respiratory viruses in their tracks — and now kids' immune systems aren't used to them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Fully vaccinated Americans could be allowed into Canada by mid-August, Trudeau says
The federal government is aiming to allow fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents into Canada again by as early as mid-August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said late Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

B.C.'s prescribed safer supply program expands to reduce overdoses and deaths from illicit drugs
People in B.C. who use toxic illicit drugs and are at risk of overdosing or dying will soon be able to access alternative drugs, the minister of mental health and addictions announced Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Black Canadians more likely to be hesitant about COVID-19 vaccines, survey suggests
A new survey confirms unpublished public health data that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is higher among Black Canadians than among white or non-Black racialized people. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world Thursday
As many Asian countries battle their worst surge of COVID-19 infections, the slow flow of vaccine doses from around the world is finally picking up speed, giving hope that low inoculation rates can increase and help blunt the effect of the rapidly spreading delta variant. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Ontario weighing COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain jobs
Ontario government officials are considering the pros and cons of requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for health-care workplaces, CBC News has learned. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday
COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for an almost normal summer of fun. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

COVID-19 patients ending up in Saskatchewan ICUs are overwhelmingly unvaccinated
Data from the province indicates that the 15 people who died from COVID-19 in Saskatchewan during June were either unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Quebec ERs 'on the verge of a breakdown' and need help, emergency doctor says
Emergency room physicians in Quebec are demanding immediate action to help cope with high occupancy rates and a critical shortage of nurses that they say is threatening to shutter services across the province and cause irreparable harm to staff and patients. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

What the World Health Organization really said about mixing COVID-19 vaccines
WHO's chief scientist clarifies that public health agencies are equipped to make evidence-based decisions about mixing different vaccines but individual citizens shouldn't. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on July 13
The Red Cross says a surge of coronavirus infections with the delta variant is overwhelming hospitals in Southeast Asia and outpacing vaccinations. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday
The Red Cross says a surge of coronavirus infections with the delta variant is overwhelming hospitals in Southeast Asia and outpacing vaccinations. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

J&J COVID vaccine may pose 'small possible risk' of rare neurological syndrome, CDC says
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that it has received rare reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome among people who got Johnson & Johnson's Janssen shot. The vaccine has been approved in Canada but never used. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

France's Emmanuel Macron makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all health workers
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday ordered all French health-care workers to get COVID-19 vaccine shots by Sept. 15 and urged all of his compatriots to get vaccinated as soon as possible, to fight resurgent infections that are threatening the country's economic recovery. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news