COVID-19 deaths are accelerating, WHO warns, as world records most cases ever in a single week

COVID-19 infections have been rising at an alarming rate for eight consecutive weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, as the virus sweeps unabated through hotspots in several corners of the globe. More than 5.2 million new cases were...

‘At a breaking point’: Some B.C. hospitals at capacity as warnings grow

VANCOUVER -- Frontline medical workers, administrators and others are painting a troubling picture of the state of B.C. hospitals, with some intensive care units full and contingency plans underway as staff struggle to keep up with incoming COVID-19 patients. In...

This much virtual health care wasn’t intentional, but experts say it may be here to stay

TORONTO -- During the pandemic, the way health care was delivered was forced to change abruptly, with more integration of telehealth, virtual check-ups, remote bookings and even new concepts such as at-home kits for patients to collect samples for laboratory...

National vaccine panel puts off briefing where AstraZeneca advice update was expected

OTTAWA -- As some provinces begin expanding eligibility for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) was set to release updated guidance about the usage of the two-dose viral vector injection on Tuesday but has now...

C-section babies, those born to Asian parents more likely to develop food allergies: study

TORONTO -- Researchers at the University of Alberta say that C-section babies and babies born to mothers of Asian descent are more likely to develop lower levels of a bacteria critical to immune development and have a higher risk of...

Recall: Oven mitt sold at Giant Tiger could melt and catch fire

TORONTO -- Health Canada has issued a recall for oven mitts sold at Giant Tiger following reports of the mitts melting and catching on fire. According to the recall, the Proctor Silex Pantone oven mitt “may melt or catch on...

‘I’m still a zero’: Vaccine-resistant Republicans warn that their skepticism is worsening

Although more than half of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, more than 40 percent of Republicans have consistently told pollsters they’re not planning to be vaccinated — a group that could threaten efforts to...

Study looks at how HIV self-tests can help queer people overcome health-care hurdles

Researchers are sending out thousands of free HIV self-test kits as part of a study to help gay men and queer people overcome barriers to getting screened. The Community-Based Research Centre says longstanding issues such as stigma and lack of...

EU regulator backs use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine despite finding possible link to blood clots

Europe's drug regulator has found a possible link between Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine and rare blood clotting issues in adults who received doses in the United States, but backed its overall benefits against any risks.The European Medicines Agency (EMA)...

UVA Health will wipe out tens of thousands of lawsuits against patients

UVA had been suing patients for decades, many with unpaid bills in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, KHN (Kaiser Health News) reported in 2019. Once the health system won cases in court, it could seize wages and...
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