Long COVID risk falls only slightly after vaccination
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(Sarah Reardon/ Scientific American) — Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 lowers the risk of long COVID after infection by only about 15%, according to a study of more than 13 million people1. That’s the largest cohort that has yet been used to examine how much vaccines protect against the condition, but it is unlikely to end  …

Quebec opening 15 long-COVID and Lyme disease clinics
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(The Montreal Gazette) — Quebec will open 15 clinics specialized in long-COVID and Lyme disease across the province, health minister Christian Dubé announced on Thursday.

The network, to be coordinated by the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), is to include five referral centres and 10 satellite  …

Antihistamines to treat long COVID: What you need to know
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(Nicoleta Lanesi/ Live Science) — Over-the-counter antihistamines, typically taken for allergies, may help relieve the debilitating symptoms of long COVID in some people, a new case report suggests.

The report, published Feb. 7 in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, included two middle-age women with long  …

Does COVID virus or vaccine mess with the menstrual cycle?
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(Stacey Colino, Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — It’s completely normal for menstrual cycles to vary slightly from month to month, but sometimes stress can really throw things out of whack. If you’re someone who’s usually very regular, even slight differences are noticeable.

There’s no question that the coronavirus  …

Expert tips for tackling Omicron anxiety over the Christmas period
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(Ellen Scott/ Metro UK) — After last year’s crushing low of Christmas plans canned due to Covid, we started to raise our hopes for a far more festive 2021.

Then, just as we were on the home stretch, Covid cases began to climb, Omicron became a thing, and we were chucked right back into a state of lockdown limbo.

Chuck in   …

Long COVID gets little attention in Quebec
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(Jesse Feith/ Montreal Gazette) — Last December, when Dr. Anne Bhéreur contracted COVID-19 in the palliative care unit where she works, she expected to recover and be back among her patients within 10 days.

Nearly a year later, however, this still hasn’t happened for the 45-year-old family doctor.

Short of breath and with  …

Delta variant has 235% higher risk of ICU admission than original virus
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(Katharine Lang/ Medical News Today) — A Canadian study has found a link between the new variants of SARS-CoV-2, particularly the Delta variant, and an increased risk of severe disease and death.

The retrospective study, by the University of Toronto and appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal  …

The scientific process needs to be better explained for the vaccine hesitant
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(Marc-Antoine De La Vega/ The Conversation) — When I first wrote about the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in early March 2020, the question was whether or not the new virus would become a pandemic. At the time, most experts believed that we had already reached the point of no return.

Today, 18 months later, the answer is clear. You don’t  …

Referrals for eating disorder treatment for teens tripled during the pandemic
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(Marianne Klowak/ CBC News) — Social isolation and a loss of structure during the pandemic has left adolescents more vulnerable to developing eating disorders and exacerbated already existing ones, a Winnipeg psychiatrist says.

Dr. Jonathan Boman, a psychiatrist and staff chief at the child and adolescent eating  …

Medical groups decry protesters’ ‘bullying, attacks’ against health-care workers
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(Cameron French/ CTV News) — Several days of protests at hospitals around the country drew rebukes from medical industry groups on Friday, who raised concerns about the actions of protesters interfering with people seeking to access care.

Protests snarled traffic near hospitals in several cities this week, as demonstrators  …

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