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The Ontario Medical Association deploys experts to myth-bust anti-vaccination sentiments
a month ago

The Ontario Medical Association deploys experts to myth-bust anti-vaccination sentiments

At a virtual news conference this week, doctors addressed some of the most prevalent online theories regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
Federal government provides $6 million in funding for national clinical trials network on COVID-19
a month ago

Federal government provides $6 million in funding for national clinical trials network on COVID-19

Dr. Rob Fowler of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto is heading up the network along with the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.
Canadian-made vaccines are in development, utilizing new genetic technology
a month ago

Canadian-made vaccines are in development, utilizing new genetic technology

Vancouver-based nanomedicine company Precision NanoSystems Incorporated (PNI) is developing a vaccine in the same class as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Toronto lab processes its one millionth COVID-19 test
a month ago

Toronto lab processes its one millionth COVID-19 test

Technicians at Shared Hospital Laboratory have been working 24/7 since March 2020 to process COVID tests for four of Toronto’s largest hospitals.
By Canada Day, more than two-thirds of Ottawans may be vaccinated against COVID-19
a month ago

By Canada Day, more than two-thirds of Ottawans may be vaccinated against COVID-19

The city’s public health officials expect to receive enough doses to vaccinate around 680,000 people by July 1.
Just how safe is your bubble?
2 months ago

Just how safe is your bubble?

The Canadian Medical Association has launched testyourbubble.ca to help Canadians better understand how to protect themselves against COVID-19.
Pandemic worries keeping you awake? Insomniac doctor shares the tips that work for him
2 months ago

Pandemic worries keeping you awake? Insomniac doctor shares the tips that work for him

Dr. Brian Goldman says these five things can improve your nightly rest and help you cope with sleeplessness.
A new aerosol containment device may help reduce COVID-19 exposure for healthcare personnel
3 months ago

A new aerosol containment device may help reduce COVID-19 exposure for healthcare personnel

Developed in Edmonton by healthcare solutions start-up company MACH32, the Aerosol Containment Tent creates a negative pressure zone around a patient’s head during airway procedures, to protect healthcare personnel from infectious aerosols.
Need info about COVID-19 in Punjabi? This med student has you covered
3 months ago

Need info about COVID-19 in Punjabi? This med student has you covered

Surrey, B.C.is home to a large Sikh community and Sukhmeet Singh Sachal wanted to make sure they knew how serious the pandemic was and what they should be doing to take care.
New study shows face masks don’t reduce your ability to breathe while exercising
3 months ago

New study shows face masks don’t reduce your ability to breathe while exercising

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have shown that healthy people get enough oxygen and perform equally well during masked exercise
100,000 rapid COVID-19 tests have arrived in Canada
4 months ago

100,000 rapid COVID-19 tests have arrived in Canada

The federal government says the tests, which do not need to be sent to a lab for processing, are being distributed to provinces as needed, and many more are on the way
Public health units offer Canadians advice for a COVID-safe Halloween
4 months ago

Public health units offer Canadians advice for a COVID-safe Halloween

Health officials remind people to continue mask use, hand-washing and physical distancing but offer some tips for safe ways to have fun
Flu shot rollout in Saskatchewan a trial run for COVID-19 vaccinations
4 months ago

Flu shot rollout in Saskatchewan a trial run for COVID-19 vaccinations

This year the province is ordering more flu vaccines and making them available in more locations than ever, in a widespread approach that health authorities are considering practice for a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Crowd control efforts at Kemptville testing site modelled after those at Disney theme parks
4 months ago

Crowd control efforts at Kemptville testing site modelled after those at Disney theme parks

Dr. Suzanne Rutherford, a fan of Disney theme parks, has designed the appointment system at the North Grenville COVID-19 testing site to function like the FastPass system, cutting down on long lines and wait times.
New family immunity study at CHEO
4 months ago

New family immunity study at CHEO

Researchers at CHEO are investigating why some family members do not contract COVID-19, despite living in the same house with someone who has tested positive for the virus. The study aims to help scientists better understand individual immune response, including how long it lasts.
Containing an outbreak in remote communities: lessons learned from Canada’s largest COVID-19 outbreak in an Indigenous community
5 months ago

Containing an outbreak in remote communities: lessons learned from Canada’s largest COVID-19 outbreak in an Indigenous community

Establishing frank, clear communications, collaborating with local leaders, and employing creative problem solving are among the most effective efforts employed in containing an outbreak in northwestern Saskatchewan, and the lessons learned could help other remote, rural areas.
Health Canada approves first COVID-19 rapid test
5 months ago

Health Canada approves first COVID-19 rapid test

Abbott Diagnostics' ID Now test can produce results in under 15 minutes, and does not require a specimen to be sent to a lab for analysis.
Remdesivir has more than one mechanism for treating patients with COVID-19, according to new research from the U of A
5 months ago

Remdesivir has more than one mechanism for treating patients with COVID-19, according to new research from the U of A

The antiviral drug remdesivir inhibits the virus’ ability to replicate, researchers now say it can act as a roadblock against the spread of coronavirus in the body.
Lambton County opens student-only assessment centres
5 months ago

Lambton County opens student-only assessment centres

A county in southwestern Ontario has opened COVID-19 testing sites dedicated to school children, in order to reduce the waiting time kids have for test results.
Swish, gargle and spit: a made in B.C. solution for COVID testing kids
5 months ago

Swish, gargle and spit: a made in B.C. solution for COVID testing kids

A less invasive procedure than the nasal swab test, a new mouth rinse test is being introduced in B.C. for testing students from kindergarten to grade 12.
Pooled testing shown to reduce labour, increase capacity
5 months ago

Pooled testing shown to reduce labour, increase capacity

Alberta Health Services is looking to introduce a widespread pooling strategy for COVID-19 testing, to save resources and increase turnaround time.
Studying the spit test: research suggests saliva testing could still play a role in COVID-19 assessments
5 months ago

Studying the spit test: research suggests saliva testing could still play a role in COVID-19 assessments

A researcher at the Ottawa Hospital studied the feasibility of saliva testing as an assessment tool in remote communities or other challenging populations.
New initiative facilitates translation of COVID-19 information into Indigenous languages
6 months ago

New initiative facilitates translation of COVID-19 information into Indigenous languages

"Since the pandemic began, many Indigenous Peoples have been left behind due to COVID-19 information not being accessible in their languages. Our goal is to bridge this gap by working directly with Indigenous community members to facilitate the translation of accurate COVID-19 information into their local languages."
Antibody study out of Iceland renews hope of lasting immunity
6 months ago

Antibody study out of Iceland renews hope of lasting immunity

Tests on over 30,000 Icelanders have revealed that coronavirus antibodies last for at least four months, which is good news for vaccine development.
Healthcare providers offer advice for kids and parents worried about back-to-school
6 months ago

Healthcare providers offer advice for kids and parents worried about back-to-school

Staff from Trillium Health Partners offered some tips and advice for parents and children preparing to return to the classroom.
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