Hyperventilating touted as possible treatment for alcohol poisoning
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(The Canadian Press) — Canadian researchers say they’ve developed a game-changing method to treat alcohol poisoning — and it involves literally breathing alcohol out of the body by hyperventilating.

They say it’s three times faster than relying on the liver alone.

Lead researcher Joseph Fisher, a senior scientist at  …

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COVID-19: Quicker recovery may indicate long-term immunity
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(Kimberly Drake/ Medical News Today) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been more than 9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States since January 2020.

With that number increasing every day, scientists remain focused on uncovering how the immune system responds to SARS-CoV-2,  …

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Coronavirus has made health-care shortfalls ‘obvious’ to Canadians: poll
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(Saba Aziz/ GlobalNews.ca) — As the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soar across Canada, a new poll shows that a majority of Canadians want a boost in the health-care system and innovation.

A survey of 1,150 Canadians conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), found that 88 per cent said there  …

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Huge meta-study: this food appears to actually make you live longer
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(Dan Robitzski/ Futurism) — According to the preliminary results of a massive review study, regularly eating chili peppers could have major medical benefits including a lowered risk of heart disease, cancer, and a longer lifespan in general.

The results haven’t yet been evaluated and published in an academic journal, but will be presented  …

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Pfizer claims its COVID vaccine is 90 percent effective. Here’s what that actually means.
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(Claire Maldarelli/ Popular Science) — On Monday, pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced the latest results for their coronavirus vaccine, which is now in late-stage clinical trials. The results, which were evaluated by an independent committee of experts (though not yet peer-reviewed), show that based on the information they  …

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Weather doesn’t affect Covid’s spread
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(Monica Kortsha-Ut Austin/ Futurity) — The link between weather and COVID-19 is complicated. Weather influences the environment in which the coronavirus must survive before infecting a new host. But it also influences human behavior, which moves the virus from one host to another.

“The effect of weather is low and other features such  …

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New recommendations outline who in Canada could get a COVID-19 vaccine first
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(Ryan Flanagan/ CTV News) — Essential workers and others who face increased risks related to COVID-19 should be vaccinated against the disease before everyone else, according to new recommendations submitted to the federal government.

Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that all Canadians will be able to get an  …

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Dr. Tam now recommends three-layer masks
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(Christopher Reynolds/ The Canadian Press) — The country’s top doctor unveiled new recommendations Tuesday for non-medical masks, saying they should be made of at least three layers and stressing their importance as the country heads indoors for winter amid a surging COVID-19 case count.

Face masks should comprise two layers of tightly  …

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1st HIV self-test approved in Canada
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(Canadian Press) — Federal regulators have approved the first HIV self-test in Canada, a long-awaited move that experts have said is critical to reaching people who don’t know they have the virus.

Health Canada granted a medical device licence on Monday to a one-minute, finger-prick blood test manufactured by Richmond, B.C.-based  …

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Scans show covid-19 patients experience wide variety of brain abnormalities
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(Jack Dunhill/ IFL Science) — Covid-19 doesn’t seem to act like most other viruses. Since the pandemic began, an increasing number of strange neurological symptoms have appeared in Covid-19 patients alongside the typical flu-like symptoms, and doctors are striving to understand exactly what the virus does to the brain.

In a systematic  …

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