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Young and old more likely to face severe flu. Here's why doctors think it happens

Amina Zafar | News/Health | Thu, 1 Dec 2022 04:00:00 EST

Canadians have been getting sick enough with seasonal flu to land in hospital, say doctors with suggestions on who is most at risk and what it could mean for festive gatherings. read more

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HIV activists hope World AIDS Day marks an end to backsliding on infections, stigma

Dylan Robertson | News/Health | Thu, 1 Dec 2022 11:50:35 EST

HIV activists are marking World AIDS Day by urging Ottawa to help stop a global backslide in progress on stemming infections and stigma. read more

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N.S. doctors want employers to stop asking for sick notes — but the requests keep coming

Carolyn Ray | News/Canada/Nova Scotia | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 17:00:44 EST

Doctors Nova Scotia says physicians are being asked for more and more sick notes, despite a plea from the province's chief medical officer of health for employers to stop using them. read more

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Quebec needs more nurses to answer flood of telehealth calls, health minister says

Antoni Nerestant | News/Canada/Montreal | Thu, 1 Dec 2022 14:42:28 EST

The province's health minister is asking retired nurses, nursing students and those working in the private sector to sign up to answer the flood of calls coming into Quebec's 811 service. read more

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Canada not doing enough with its highly educated immigrants, StatsCan says

Jessica Wong | News/Canada | Thu, 1 Dec 2022 04:00:00 EST

Thanks in part to highly educated immigrants, Canada has the highest percentage in the G7 of working-age people with college or university credentials, according to Statistics Canada. Yet the agency suggests we're 'leaving talent on the table' by failing to recognize their qualifications. read more

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Her son's heart surgery has been cancelled twice. It's happening all over Canada

Padraig Moran | Radio/The Current | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 14:58:19 EST

Children’s hospitals across Canada are facing a tripledemic surge of flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases — leading to long wait times, shortages in beds and staff, and in some cases the cancellation of pediatric surgeries. read more

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Alzheimer's drug slowed cognitive decline overall in trial, but with major side effects for some

Reuters | News/Health | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 08:51:01 EST

An experimental Alzheimer's disease drug from Eisai and Biogen slowed cognitive decline in a closely watched trial but may carry a risk of dangerous side effects for certain patients, according to new data presented on Tuesday. read more

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'Two souls together': St. John's elderly couple fears separation in long-term care

Henrike Wilhelm,Stephanie Kinsella,Alisha Dicks | News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 04:30:00 EST

While one elderly St. John's couple fears a possible separation in long-term care, another family nearby has already gone through this scenario. They ask for solutions, such as a policy similar to Nova Scotia's, which enables couples to stay together once they enter a provincial facility. read more

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Ontario apologizes to miners, families for harm caused by McIntyre Powder

Kate Rutherford,Jonathan Migneault | News/Canada/Sudbury | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 16:23:45 EST

Ontario's labour minister gave a long-awaited apology Wednesday afternoon to mine workers who were exposed to McIntyre Powder for over three decades and their families. read more

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Parents of kids with disabilities demand similar support as B.C. restores autism funding

Lien Yeung | News/Canada/British Columbia | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 09:00:00 EST

Parents and advocates for children with disabilities other than autism are demanding support for their families after the B.C. government scrapped plans to overhaul its autism funding model. read more

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Aging population, pandemic swelled ranks of health-care workers by 204,000, census says

Peter Zimonjic | News/Politics | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 08:58:14 EST

An aging population and the stress of managing the pandemic saw the number of health-care workers in Canada swell by 204,000 between 2016 and 2021, according to newly released census numbers. read more

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Man says it's 'unbelievable' he and 14 others got expired COVID vaccines at Sask. pharmacy

Yasmine Ghania | News/Canada/Saskatchewan | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 06:00:57 EST

A Regina man is angry after learning he, his wife and about a dozen others were recently injected with expired COVID-19 vaccines. read more

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Ontario auditor general finds COVID-19 vaccine wastage, unco-ordinated bookings

The Canadian Press | News/Canada/Toronto | Tue, 29 Nov 2022 19:04:45 EST

Ontario's auditor general says the province wasted 38 per cent of COVID-19 vaccine doses between February and June because it overestimated demand for boosters, and her annual report also identifies that the province is running a disorganized booking system and doesn't fully track adult vaccinations. read more

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B.C. Women's Hospital allegedly accepted photocopy of altered cheque as only ID for fake nurse

Bethany Lindsay | News/Canada/British Columbia | Tue, 29 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EST

When a serial fraudster with a long history of impersonation applied for a nursing job at B.C. Women’s Hospital, administrators accepted a copy of a cheque that had been altered with Wite-Out as her only identification, new court documents allege. read more

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Ford government plans to appeal after Ontario court strikes down Bill 124

CBC News | News/Canada/Toronto | Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:55:22 EST

The Ford government plans to appeal an Ontario court decision striking down a law that limited wage increases for public sector workers, more commonly known as Bill 124. read more

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Staff redeployment possible as Alberta Children's Hospital struggles with wave of sick kids

Jennifer Lee | News/Canada/Calgary | Tue, 29 Nov 2022 16:29:32 EST

Health officials are working on plans to redeploy staff, if needed, and postponing a small number of surgeries as Alberta Children's Hospital struggles to keep up with ballooning demand. read more

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There's a months-long wait for Pap test results from Canadian labs. And it's not just because of the pandemic

Lauren Pelley | News/Health | Mon, 28 Nov 2022 04:00:00 EST

Delays to process Pap test results are being felt across much of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic played a role in creating a backlog of all kinds of screening tests — but industry insiders say the problem is made worse by ongoing long-term staffing issues in the Canadian lab sector. read more

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Alberta premier shelves unvaccinated rights bill, pushes organizations to drop mandates

Michelle Bellefontaine | News/Canada/Edmonton | Mon, 28 Nov 2022 19:23:45 EST

Premier Danielle Smith says the Alberta government has prompted at least one organization to drop its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. read more

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Just how strict are China's COVID-19 rules?

The Associated Press | News/World | Tue, 29 Nov 2022 09:46:58 EST

At the outbreak of the pandemic, China set out "zero-COVID" measures that were harsh, but not out of line with other countries. While most other countries saw the regulations as temporary until vaccines were available, China has stuck steadfastly to its strategy. Here are some of their regulations. read more

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Ontario pharmacists will soon prescribe some medications. But it's not clear who will pay for it

Heidi Hay | News/Canada/Toronto | Tue, 29 Nov 2022 04:00:00 EST

Pharmacists are getting new powers on Jan. 1 that will allow them to prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments. But with the change just five weeks away, it is still not clear if Ontarians will have to pay out-of-pocket for the service. read more

World AIDS Day: HIV activists hopeful for end to backsliding on infections, stigma

World AIDS Day: HIV activists hopeful for end to backsliding on infections, stigma

Canada/Health/World | Thu, 01 Dec 2022 13:13:57 +0000

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimated that 62,790 people in Canada were living with HIV in 2020, and that 10 per cent of them didn't know they had the virus. read more

New kids dental benefit now open to some Canadians. Here’s what to know

New kids dental benefit now open to some Canadians. Here’s what to know

Canada/Health/Politics | Thu, 01 Dec 2022 11:36:04 +0000

The benefit is available for children under 12 in families that earn less than $90,000 a year and ranges from $260 to $650 per child depending on net income. read more

Canada sees ‘steady increase’ in BQ variants as COVID hospitalizations, deaths decline

Canada sees ‘steady increase’ in BQ variants as COVID hospitalizations, deaths decline

Canada/Health/BQ variants | Thu, 01 Dec 2022 02:23:41 +0000

Clinical sequencing found some variants like BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and BF.7 on the rise in recent weeks, but previously dominant BA.5.2 and BA.5.2.1 lineages seem to be declining. read more

China’s zero-COVID policy could remain through 2023 despite vaccine campaign: experts

China’s zero-COVID policy could remain through 2023 despite vaccine campaign: experts

Health/World/China | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 23:17:30 +0000

A vaccination campaign will require months and China also needs to build up its hospitals and work out a long-term virus strategy, health experts and economists warn. read more

‘Silent pandemic’: Antimicrobial resistance a growing threat to Canadians, experts say

‘Silent pandemic’: Antimicrobial resistance a growing threat to Canadians, experts say

Canada/Health/World | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 19:51:46 +0000

A rising threat of superbugs, caused by antimicrobial resistance, has become a 'silent pandemic' contributing to thousands of deaths every year in Canada, experts say. read more

Many Canadians are skipping regular eye exams. What are the risks?

Many Canadians are skipping regular eye exams. What are the risks?

Canada/Health/Canada News | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 16:44:04 +0000

Doctors say eye diseases and disorders can progress without any symptoms and a delay in diagnosis can do long-term vision damage. read more

Experimental Alzheimer’s drug slows disease, researchers say. Will it make a difference?

Experimental Alzheimer’s drug slows disease, researchers say. Will it make a difference?

Health/World/Alzheimer's | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 12:46:24 +0000

An experimental Alzheimer's drug modestly slowed the brain disease's inevitable worsening, researchers reported Tuesday. read more

China vows to crack down on ‘hostile forces’ as zero-COVID protests test Xi

China vows to crack down on ‘hostile forces’ as zero-COVID protests test Xi

Health/Politics/World | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 12:20:29 +0000

Authorities eased some controls and announced a new push to vaccinate vulnerable groups after the demonstrations, but maintained they would stick to the 'zero-COVID' strategy. read more

Lawsuit claims B.C. hospital accepted doctored personal cheque as ID when hiring ‘fake nurse’

Lawsuit claims B.C. hospital accepted doctored personal cheque as ID when hiring ‘fake nurse’

Crime/Health/BC Womens Hospital | Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:00:25 +0000

Brigitte Cleroux, who does not have a nursing degree, worked at B.C. Women's Hospital between June 1, 2020 and June 23, 2021 when she was fired over her false credentials. read more

Canadian veterans can face a ‘recipe for disaster.’ A new police program aims to help

Canadian veterans can face a ‘recipe for disaster.’ A new police program aims to help

Canada/Health/Politics | Tue, 29 Nov 2022 22:43:16 +0000

'No matter what struggle it is they’re struggling with, there is something available to help them,' said one of the creators of a new veterans wellness program. read more

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