Montreal’s wastewater could track the next COVID-19 wave
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(Linda Gyulai/ Montreal Gazette) — Wastewater samples that have been collecting in the freezers of two Montreal university research labs since late February offer the potential of an early warning system before the next wave of COVID-19 infections hits the province.

Researchers Sarah Dorner and Dominic Frigon, respectively of École  …

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An important notice to all CME patients
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There is nothing more important than your and your family’s health. That is Clinique Medicelle’s priority, too.

Therefore, we have put the following measures in place:

Appointments are only virtual, we will see only essential cases.

Due to COVID-19, Clinique Medicelle will be contacting patients who have appointments and   …

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Ontario mining company 1st to try new mobile test that diagnoses COVID-19 in as little as an hour
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(Sarah Bridge & Ioanna Roumeliotis/ CBC News) — Even at the height of summer and amid a global pandemic, days start early at New Gold Inc.’s silver and gold mine in Rainy River, Ont.

As a precaution these days, there are fewer workers on any given shift, but shortly after sunrise a stream of cars and buses begins to arrive at the   …

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Study: The best and worst face masks for preventing COVID-19 spread
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(Adam Uren/BringMeTheNews) — A study at Duke University has determined which face masks are the most of effective at preventing the spread of droplets emitted by people when talking, a crucial aspect of limiting exposure to COVID-19.

The results of the low-cost study into 14 different styles of face mask were shared in Science Advances,  …

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A business spends $800 a week to test staff for COVID-19. Could rapid, cheap tests help?
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(Akshay Syal & Patrick Martin/ NBC News) —  Sara Polon spends $800 dollars each week on coronavirus tests for the staffers at her Washington, D.C., business, but sometimes the test results don’t come back for weeks.

Polon, 43, owns Soupergirl, a small soup company that has managed to stay open during the pandemic. Polon wanted  …

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Convalescent plasma could reduce death from COVID-19, early data suggests
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(Nicoletta Lanese / LiveScience) — COVID-19 patients treated with the blood of those who have recovered from the infection die at significantly lower rates than those given standard treatments alone, according to a preliminary analysis.

In their analysis, posted July 30 to the preprint database bioRxiv, the researchers looked at  …

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32% of Canadians may hold off on getting eventual COVID-19 vaccine, survey shows
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — For months, governments around the world have imposed lockdowns and travel bans, shuttered schools, and blocked visitors from hospitals and long-term care homes, all in the name of slowing transmission of the new coronavirus.

But most members of the medical community agree widespread uptake of an eventual  …

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New obesity guidelines focus on root causes, bias against overweight patients
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(Canadian Press) — New guidelines published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal stress the need to focus on root causes when treating obesity rather than weight loss alone.

That means working with patients to understand the “context and culture” that underlie the issue, which could include genetics, trauma   …

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How to stay fit into your 60s and beyond
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(Julie Broderick/ The Conversation) — Ageing is inevitable and is influenced by many things – but keeping active can slow ageing and increase life expectancy. Evidence shows that ageing alone is not a cause of major problems until you are in your mid-90s. And strength, power and muscle mass can be increased, even at this advanced age.  …

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From ‘brain fog’ to heart damage, COVID-19’s lingering problems alarm scientists
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(Jennifer Couzin-Frankel/ Science) — Athena Akrami’s neuroscience lab reopened last month without her. Life for the 38-year-old is a pale shadow of what it was before 17 March, the day she first experienced symptoms of the novel coronavirus. At University College London (UCL), Akrami’s students probe how the brain organizes memories  …

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