COMMENTARY: The U.S. anti-vax movement is contaminating Canada

Well, it has finally happened. News this week of widespread and disruptive anti-vaccine protests at Canadian medical centres means that America’s destructive, self-defeating and totally nonsensical anti-vaccine movement has begun … Read More

COMMENTARY: Hey voters, do not fear the Saskatchewan MRI

Saskatchewan was thrust into the national spotlight this week as Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau threatened to reduce funding to the Prairie province over its private MRI policy. What’s the … Read More

Hey voters: Do not fear the Saskatchewan MRI

Saskatchewan was thrust into the national spotlight this week as Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau threatened to reduce funding to the Prairie province over its private MRI policy. What’s the … Read More

ANALYSIS: Nasal lube, DIY COVID-19 tests and the reality of covering summits in a pandemic

“Ralph Goodale will scrum with reporters at the media centre this afternoon.” Scrum. I couldn’t believe my ears. For 15 months, political reporters across Canada have had little to no … Read More

COMMENTARY: Our overly-cautious approach to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine needs to change

While it was certainly welcome news yesterday to hear of increases in the amount of Pfizer vaccines arriving in Canada next month and in June, it was disappointing to hear … Read More

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 pandemic could be a tipping point in ending stigma around mental health care

This essay is part of a series of perspective-based essays, written by health-care workers at the University Health Network (UHN), that delve into how they’ve survived the pandemic as people, parents … Read More

COMMENTARY: How this past year of COVID-19 changed our lives forever

This essay is part of a series of perspective-based essays, written by healthcare workers at the University Health Network (UHN), that delve into how they’ve survived the pandemic as people, … Read More

COMMENTARY: Nothing compares to what we have lived through in this past year of COVID-19

This essay is part of a series of perspective-based essays, written by healthcare workers at the University Health Network (UHN), that delve into how they’ve survived the pandemic as people, … Read More

COMMENTARY: When is ‘dead’ really dead? What happens after a person ‘flatlines’?

How long should doctors wait after a “flatline” appears before they can declare a person dead? How can they be sure that heartbeat and circulation will not return? The most … Read More

COMMENTARY: The great Yukon vaccine caper — not exactly the perfect heist

The plan allegedly hatched by the casino mogul and his Russian actress wife wasn’t exactly worthy of Ocean’s Eleven when it comes to felonious sophistication. As alleged, the perfect heist, … Read More

Roy Green: We don’t deserve dogs, but we are blessed to have them

It is a relationship developed over millennia: that between dogs and humans. It’s a relationship cemented by wagging tails and wide smiles. A relationship defined by phrases like “dogs are … Read More

COMMENTARY: Coronavirus vaccines and the mismatch between Canada’s expectations and reality

Now that Canadians are getting used to the idea that effective vaccines to fight COVID-19 are a reality, we move on to answering the next big question: when can we … Read More

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 would have been worse without recent advances in science

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has killed approximately 2.2 per cent of those worldwide who are known to have contracted it. But the situation could be a … Read More

COMMENTARY: Should the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory?

The process of vaccinating Canadians against COVID-19 has begun. With the rise in vaccine hesitancy, and many refusing even to wear masks, people are wondering whether COVID-19 vaccination could be … Read More

COMMENTARY: Not even SARS could prepare the hospitality industry for COVID-19

A virulent virus, worried travellers and a tourism sector on the brink. Sounds like 2020? In fact, this was the experience in a few global cities in 2002 and 2003. … Read More

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 ended Trump’s presidency after one term — and here’s why

Did the COVID-19 pandemic doom Donald Trump’s re-election? Our study examining the effect of COVID-19 cases on county-level voting in the United States shows that the pandemic led to Trump’s … Read More

COMMENTARY: How COVID-19 lockdown inactivity can lead to muscle loss

As the world digs in for the second wave of COVID-19, flu season and winter, people also face a serious risk from reduced physical activity — especially older adults. Developing … Read More

COMMENTARY: What scientists look for in COVID-19 clinical trial results

As the second wave of COVID-19 escalates in Canada and around the world, pharmaceutical companies have been announcing vaccine trial results that promise to help ease restrictions and return us … Read More

COMMENTARY: It’s not too late for a creative and aggressive testing and tracing strategy

We may be at the point now in Canada where anything short of more restrictive lockdown measures will be unable to stem the rising tide of COVID-19 cases. It’s frustrating, … Read More

Roy Green: Do not let COVID-19 convince you to ignore any other health concerns

On Oct. 24, 2000, I was roughly on my family’s schedule for a fatal encounter with heart disease as foretold by the deaths of my father at age 40 and … Read More

COMMENTARY: How Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy could impact the world

When the throne speech was delivered on Sept. 23, Canada had already committed over $1 billion in advance purchase agreements with five drug companies for a minimum of 154 million … Read More

COMMENTARY: Why face masks can cause dry eyes and what you can do to prevent it

Face masks help reduce coronavirus transmission, which has prompted mandates and expert recommendations for their use where social distancing is difficult. As the world emerges from shutdowns, wearing face masks … Read More

COMMENTARY: Kinder, gentler approach to COVID put to the test in B.C.

British Columbia has been one of Canada’s most successful jurisdictions when it comes to bending down the curve of COVID-19 transmission. Much of the credit goes to Dr. Bonnie Henry. … Read More

Working parents worry as boards eye back to school plans amid COVID-19

Andrea Moffat can’t decide what will be worse for her five-year-old son in September — keeping him at home or allowing him to make a partial return to school. The … Read More

COMMENTARY: The ‘true’ story of vampires likely arose out of a medical disorder

The concept of a vampire predates Bram Stoker’s tales of Count Dracula — probably by several centuries. But did vampires ever really exist? In 1819, 80 years before the publication … Read More

COMMENTARY: Does wearing contact lenses increase your COVID-19 risk?

Can the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for COVID-19, be transmitted by tears or by touching the eyes? Are contact lens wearers therefore more at risk? As these questions arise, here’s what … Read More

COMMENTARY: There are ways to keep your kids active during the coronavirus lockdown

The battle against the spread of COVID-19 requires social distancing or confinement that radically changes the way we live with our children and adolescents. As physical and health education (PHE) teachers … Read More

COMMENTARY: How Switzerland ended up with the second-highest coronavirus infection rate in the world

Global attention is mainly focused for the moment on the grave coronavirus crisis in Italy and the accelerating crisis that is developing in New York City and across the United … Read More

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