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  …

‘It’s too late’: Alabama doctor shares final moments of Covid patients
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(Antonio Planas/ NBC News) — A doctor in Alabama pleaded on Facebook this week for Covid-19 skeptics to get vaccinated — unlike some of her patients who paid the ultimate price.

Dr. Brytney Cobia’s impassioned and sobering Facebook post from Sunday has been widely circulated on social media. The Birmingham physician said  …

The four most urgent questions about long COVID
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(Michael Marshall/ Nature) — When Claire Hastie fell ill in March of last year, she reacted the way she usually would to a minor ailment: she tried to ignore it. “It started off incredibly mild,” she says. “I would normally have paid no attention to it whatsoever.”

But within a week she was flattened. “I had just never felt ill  …