Limits to drug decriminalization may make matters worse: advocates

As Canada’s death toll rises from a toxic drug supply, advocates say it’s ‘unconscionable’ that the federal government has yet to make a decision on demands to decriminalize drug possession. drugs in some parts of the country. Not only is the delay worrying, but there is also a growing fear that the government’s final decision … Read more

Health Canada lifts ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men

Canada’s ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men is finally lifted, after Health Canada announced on Thursday it was ending a policy that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “discriminatory and objectionable”. But questions remain about who will still be excluded under the new policy, which is expected to come into effect … Read more

Unvaccinated people increase risk of COVID-19 infection in vaccinees: new study – National

Even with high vaccination rates, unvaccinated people threaten the safety of those vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, suggests a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “We really tend to forget that we are in a communicable disease pandemic, which means that our actions affect those around us,” said study co-author and professor … Read more

Man’s chewing caused a cyst to form behind his eye: case report

A 21-year-old man went to the doctor after noticing that his left eye was increasingly protruding from his skull, only to find out that he had a cyst behind his eye, which had been caused by his chewing. The rare situation, described in a case report published BMJ Case Reports last week, occurred due to … Read more

No known Canadian cases of mysterious liver disease reported in children in Europe, US

There are currently no Canadian cases of the severe liver disease that has been reported to be striking children in Europe and the US, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The agency confirmed to in an email that they have not seen any cases yet of the acute hepatitis — a type … Read more

Mysterious liver illness seen in kids

NEW YORK — Health officials in several countries are investigating mysterious cases of severe liver disease in children, and they think it may be related to a kind of virus usually associated with colds. The UK has been investigating at least 74 cases in which children came down with hepatitis, or liver inflammation, the World … Read more

Canada approves COVID-19 prevention drug Evusheld

Health Canada has approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 prevention drug Evusheld for individuals with weaker immune systems, offering another layer of protection for those at high risk of getting severely ill with the virus. The approval, announced Thursday, clears the way for physicians to prescribe the drug to people whose bodies cannot mount a strong immune response … Read more

COVID-19 test using breath samples authorized

The first COVID-19 diagnostic test, which identifies chemical components in breath samples unique to the coronavirus, received emergency use permission from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday. According to the FDA, the test takes less than three minutes to get results and can be administered by a certified, trained operator under the … Read more

Gonorrhea: Vaccines for meningitis could provide some protection, studies say

A trio of studies are suggesting that vaccines already in use to prevent meningitis could also provide some level of protection against untreatable gonorrhea, something that could be key considering rising rates of the disease in Canada. The three research papers, all published Tuesday in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that a specific meningitis vaccine … Read more

Medical assistance in dying: Woman with chemical sensitivities thing death

A 51-year-old Ontario woman with severe sensitivities to chemicals died by medically-assisted suicide after her desperate search for affordable housing free of cigarette smoke and chemical cleaners failed, advocates say. The woman’s assisted death appears to be a first in the world for someone diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), a chronic condition also referred … Read more