Albertans protest ending mandatory COVID-19 isolation, masking and testing changes

Medical professionals helped organize two rallies Friday at noon showing opposition to the Alberta government’s plan to lift mandatory isolation rules, scale back contact tracing and COVID-19 testing. Read more: … Read More

Are fake vaccine cards being used to enter Canada?

The debate surrounding the need for COVID-19 vaccine passports continues, but it seems some people are already looking for ways around the system. There are multiple reports of fake vaccine … Read More

‘Now is the perfect time to be involved in space’: Edmonton physician and space scientist

It’s been an exciting week for Dr. Shawna Pandya and her “space friends.” The Brandon, Man.-born, Edmonton-raised physician, aquanaut and scientist-astronaut candidate has been fascinated by space travel as long … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine trials for children are ongoing. How do they differ from adults?

Eight months since the first COVID-19 vaccines began rolling out in Canada, safety and efficacy of the shots among babies and younger children are still being investigated. In Canada, so … Read More

Will Canada’s COVID-19 babies face ‘immunity debt’? Here’s what experts say

For Leeanna Palumbo, maternity leave during a global pandemic has been secluded and mostly homebound. “I kept my bubble just to my parents and my inlaws,” the Burlington, Ont., first-time … Read More

Many tattoo inks mislabelled, raising allergy concerns: international study

A Sweden-based international study led by a researcher from Western University in London, Ont., found that the majority of tattoo samples tested contained pigments of concern and failed to meet … Read More

Chinese gene company using prenatal tests to harvest data from millions of women

A Chinese gene company selling prenatal tests around the world developed them in collaboration with the country’s military and is using them to collect genetic data from millions of women … Read More

Fish can get hooked on meth in drug-polluted waters, study suggests

Are fish getting addicted to the drugs that humans flush down the toilet? Researchers in the Czech Republic seem to think it’s possible after they deliberately tried to get dozens … Read More

Study finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccine immunity lasts longer. Do we still need booster shots?

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have set off an immune system response that likely offers longer-lasting protection against the coronavirus, according to a new study released on Monday. … Read More

‘It broke my heart’: ER doctor aims to fight loneliness ‘epidemic’ amid COVID-19

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto emergency room physician Jacques Lee was met with an elderly man who felt he was dying from loneliness. “He begged me … Read More

‘Miraculous’: Ontario man’s COVID-19 recovery inspires health-care workers

It was just a cough. Or so Jaime Vargas thought, moments before he collapsed in his Scarborough, Ont., driveway in March. It would be months before he learned how close … Read More

Can COVID-19 vaccines cause post-menopausal bleeding?

Fifty-year-old Diana Davison has not had a period for more than a year. So when she started experiencing bleeding 12 hours after her first COVID-19 vaccine she was shocked. “I … Read More

Can COVID-19 vaccines cause post-menopausal bleeding? Here’s what we know

Fifty-year-old Diana Davison has not had a period for more than a year. So when she started experiencing bleeding 12 hours after her first COVID-19 vaccine she was shocked. “I … Read More

What are the odds of a COVID-19 lab leak? Re-examining the virus origins theory

It almost seemed like a joke and far-fetched conspiracy to many — the idea that COVID-19 could have accidentally escaped, or even been intentionally released, from a lab in China. … Read More

Here’s what we know about PFAS, the toxic chemical found in Canada and U.S. cosmetics

Calls are mounting for Canada and the United States to ban a toxic industrial chemical compound that can contaminate water systems for generations after a study revealed it was found … Read More

2 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines more effective than AstraZeneca against Delta variant, data says

Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine are more effective against the Delta COVID-19 variant than two doses of the AstraZeneca shot, preliminary observational data suggests. A research letter, published by … Read More

Psychiatric symptoms like depression, anxiety exhibited by COVID-19 patients: study

The list of COVID-19 symptoms has been expanding as scientists learn more about the virus, ranging from feeling feverish to a loss in taste and smell. According to a new … Read More

Coronavirus: Science shines a light on COVID-19’s long-term health risks

Saskatoon harbours one of the brightest lights on Earth. And, as a scientist in the midst of a global health crisis, Jake Pushie was drawn toward it. When the pandemic … Read More

The particles, gases and organisms in wildfire smoke — and what they mean for your health

When wildfire smoke blanketed Vancouver in September 2020, the effects were soon felt in the city’s emergency rooms. “We do see it at the peak of the wildfire season,” said Dr. … Read More

COVID-19: Potential sepsis treatment moves to human trials in London, Ont.

A potential treatment for sepsis more than two decades in the making is another step closer to reality, with the launch of a clinical trial involving COVID-19 patients in London, … Read More

Very ill COVID-19 patients still had robust antibody response: London, Ont. researchers

Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University researchers, in partnership with local company Diagnostics Biochem Canada Inc. (DBC), say new data suggests the antibody response to COVID-19 is robust in … Read More

Canadian study to look at effects of mixing COVID-19 vaccines

As COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up across the country, a new study in Canada will now look at the safety and effectiveness of mixing and matching different types of shots. Some … Read More

How do you spot an adverse reaction following a COVID-19 vaccine? Experts explain

Many of us know someone who has no intention of taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Controversy surrounding the drug that was manufactured in record speed continues to balloon as the pandemic … Read More

Mixing COVID-19 vaccines appears safe — but no data on whether it works, U.K. study says

New preliminary data suggests that mixing Pfizer-BioNtech and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines is safe, but it’s still too soon to tell whether combining doses will provide protection against the virus. The … Read More

Why are people reporting irregular menstruation after the COVID-19 shot? Experts explain.

As you’re about to head home from your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, your care provider might warn you of a sore arm or even a fever. But what about an irregular … Read More

Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy in COVID-19 infections caused by B.1.351 variant

Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51 per cent against infections caused by the South African variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43 per cent in a … Read More

COVID-19 mutations that could ‘evade immune response’ flagged by Indian scientists

A forum of scientific advisers set up by the Indian government has told authorities about minor mutations in some samples of the coronavirus that could “possibly evade immune response” and … Read More

Canadian doctors, Ryan Reynolds and other celebs team up to tackle vaccine hesitancy

Doctors and other front-line professionals, backed by Canadian celebrities, have banded together to get accurate vaccine information to those most at risk of contracting COVID-19. Read more: Have a vaccine … Read More

Why is opposition to lockdowns, masks and science growing? The psychology of defiance explained

You’ve probably witnessed them in Calgary, Barrie, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Peterborough or several other cities across Canada. Many Canadians have swapped out their masks for protest signs that call for … Read More

COVID-19 variant first detected in India found in Canada. What we know so far

A so-called “double mutant” variant of COVID-19 feared to be driving a record surge in new cases in India has now been found in Canada. On Wednesday, British Columbia confirmed … Read More

#GenX wins social media as 40+ crowd flocks to get AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Several provinces lowered the eligible age bracket for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine this week, prompting Gen X’ers to proudly share their vaccination journeys on social media. Read more: Ontario, Alberta … Read More

What you can and can’t do once you’ve received your 1st COVID-19 vaccine dose

To date, more than 10.3 million people in Canada have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. With roughly 25 per cent of the Canadian population now vaccinated against the … Read More

Is it time to ditch disinfecting? CDC updates data surrounding COVID-19 surface transmission

If you look back at the past year, how much of your time has been dedicated to disinfecting alone? Minutes? Hours? Days? Well some recent CDC data seems to suggest … Read More

Should you get the vaccine if you’ve already had COVID-19?

More than one million Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Should they also be signing up to get the vaccine when they’re eligible or does their prior infection … Read More

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 90% effective 6 months after booster shot, data shows

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective against the virus at least six months after receiving a second dose. Referencing data released Tuesday from its … Read More

‘It feels like nothing’s changed’: Are COVID-19 lockdowns effective? Experts weigh in

As cases of COVID-19 continue to soar across the country, some provinces are locking down in a desperate effort to curb a third wave of the virus. But as Canadians … Read More

‘A gift’: Behind the double lung transplant that saved an Ontario COVID-19 patient’s life

Surgical director Dr. Marcelo Cypel has had his hands full during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University Health Network’s Ajmera Transplant Centre in Toronto, where he works, is the largest lung … Read More

Why rare blood clots could be a side effect of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The European Medicines Agency has ruled a link is “possible” between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and rare but serious blood clots. Now the EU drug regulator says the disorder should … Read More

Want to get ahead of COVID-19 variants? Vaccinate young people, experts say

The imminent threat of COVID-19 variants has Canada, and much of the rest of the world, scrambling to ramp up its vaccination rollout. If provincial governments wish to curb their … Read More

With diabetes on the rise, Canadian doctor awarded for advancing treatment

A Canadian doctor has been awarded for his decades-long research on gut hormones that has advanced the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and intestinal disorders. Dr. Daniel Drucker, a … Read More

Why does AstraZeneca vaccine guidance keep changing? Experts weigh in

There is growing uncertainty around the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) issued new guidelines recommending that the shot should not be … Read More

Can vitamin D lower the risk of COVID-19? Here’s what we know so far

More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, the jury is still out on the link between vitamin D and COVID-19. Vitamin D is well-known for its role in keeping … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Will cleaning air ducts curb COVID-19 transmission?

Are you really having a regular pandemic week if your phone hasn’t buzzed at least two to three times with sales calls from air duct cleaners? This sudden interest in … Read More

Severe COVID-19 infections linked to higher stillbirth, preterm birth risks: study

New data from a Canadian study links COVID-19 to increased risk of pregnancy complications including preterm birth and stillbirth, with the risks rising if infection is severe. Montreal researchers conducted … Read More

Science says AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe. But will that ease concerns?

After initially saying AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be given to people above the age of 65, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) reversed its stance on Tuesday, announcing that … Read More

London, Ont., team researching COVID-19 impacts on brain zero in on ‘microbleeds’

Experts in brain imaging, cognitive neurology, infectious disease and other fields based in London, Ont., are working together to use an ultra-high-field MRI scanner to try to find out whether … Read More

Does AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine cause blood clots? Here’s what we know so far

Early Monday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vouched for the safety of Oxford University’s AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as reports of blood clots prompted several other countries to temporarily ban the … Read More

Moderna begins testing new COVID-19 vaccine that can be stored in refrigerators

By Manojna Maddipatla and Vishwadha Chander Reuters Posted March 15, 2021 5:08 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Moderna Inc said … Read More

AstraZeneca defends COVID-19 vaccine, says ‘no evidence’ of increased risk of blood clots

By Radhika Anilkumar Reuters Posted March 14, 2021 2:47 pm     Updated March 14, 2021 2:55 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font … Read More

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines under investigation ‘not shipped to Canada’, officials say

Canada has not received any AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that were part of the batch under investigation for blood clots, Health Canada confirmed on Sunday. The agency said it had been … Read More