Avoid all social gatherings as COVID-19 community transmissions rise, health minister urges Quebecers

(Colin Harris/ CBC News) — Health Minister Christian Dubé appealed to Quebecers to cancel all their plans to gather with friends and family over the next few weeks — including Thanksgiving dinner. He said the … Read More

Canadian clinical trial looks to acai berries in hopes of preventing severe cases of COVID-19
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(CTV News) — In the search for new drugs to fight the novel coronavirus, Canadian researchers have turned their attention to a popular super fruit.

Researchers at the University of Toronto have begun a clinical trial testing whether an early intervention of acai palm berry extract can help prevent severe complications caused by inflammation  …

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Obesity raises the risk of Covid-19 complications
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(Ralph Ellis/ WebMD) —Researchers say obesity increases a person’s chances of becoming infected with coronavirus and raises the risk of several complications, including hospitalization and death.

People who are obese had a 46% higher chance of becoming infected than those who were not obese. There was a 113% higher risk for hospitalization,  …

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Why UK coronavirus deaths are falling even as cases are rising
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(Martin Stabe, Clive Cookson & Chelsea Bruce-LockhartIn/ Financial Times) —  Britain, as across Europe, coronavirus infections have been increasing for several weeks — but the resurgence has so far proven notably less deadly than the original pandemic.

Since the beginning of July, when the decline in newly confirmed cases  …

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COVID-19 could have a lasting, positive impact on workplace culture
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(Erica Pimentel/ The Conversation) — The COVID-19 lockdown has become synonymous with working from home for many people. While some research has suggested that remote work can be isolating, it also makes the competing priorities that workers are juggling very visible — even sometimes literally so due to the popularity of video calls.  …

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Facebook funnelling readers towards Covid misinformation – study
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(Emma Graham-Harrison & Alex Hern/ The Guardian) — Websites spreading misinformation about health attracted nearly half a billion views on Facebook in April alone, as the coronavirus pandemic escalated worldwide, a report has found.

Facebook had promised to crack down on conspiracy theories and inaccurate news early in the   …

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You can get reinfected with Covid-19 but still have immunity. Let’s explain
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(Brian Resnick/ Vox) — Researchers in Hong Kong have reported that a 33-year-old man has been reinfected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus the causes the Covid-19 disease. There have been anecdotal reports of reinfections in the US, but this time researchers have clearer evidence: They determined the genetic signature of the second infection  …

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No more nose swabs? Why a saliva test for COVID-19 could be a ‘game changer’
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(Emily Chung, Christine Birak & Marcy Cuttler/ CBC News) — Instead of having an extra-long swab pushed way up your nose, you could soon just spit into a cup to get tested for COVID-19.

SalivaDirect, a cheap, saliva-based test for the disease developed by researchers at Yale University, received emergency authorization for use from  …

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High Viral Load Makes Kids COVID ‘Silent Spreaders’
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(E.J. Mundell/ HealthDay News) — The largest study of its kind finds that children can carry exceedingly high amounts of the new coronavirus, even in the absence of symptoms.

Researchers say that could make them ideal “silent spreaders” of COVID-19, throwing the safety of reopening schools into question.

“If schools  …

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The ten factors linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
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(Mark Dallas/ The Conversation) — Although there’s still no cure, researchers are continuing to develop a better understanding of what increases a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study that looked at 396 studies has even been able to identify ten risk factors that are shown to increase the likelihood of developing  …

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