Canada is seeing an early rise in flu cases. Is a ‘tidal wave’ of infection coming?
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — Canada is on track to face its first full flu season in several years — one that’s starting earlier than usual, all while the country’s healthcare system is already grappling with respiratory infections like COVID-19 and RSV.

It’s hard to know how the months ahead will play  …

Controlling monkeypox: The time for Canada to act is now
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(Kevin Woodward/ The Conversation) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It’s likely that until about two months ago, many Canadians had not even heard of this disease.

Since May, monkeypox has been in the news everywhere, including Canada,   …

Monkeypox can ‘masquerade’ as other conditions, with wide range of symptom severity
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — As global outbreaks of monkeypox made headlines, Dr. Antoine Cloutier-Blais’s Montreal clinic began seeing patients with unusual — and often painful — bodily lesions.

By early June, the family physician and his colleagues had treated around 15 patients with confirmed infections,   …

Monkeypox outbreak questions intensify as cases soar
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(Jon Cohen/ Science) — The sudden appearance of monkeypox in 13 countries on four continents has jolted the public health community into action. A much milder cousin of smallpox that sporadically causes small outbreaks in Africa, monkeypox is thought to spread slowly and is unlikely to be a pandemic in the making.

But scientists  …

Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut
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(Heidi Ledford/ Nature) — In the chaos of the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, oncologist and geneticist Ami Bhatt was intrigued by widespread reports of vomiting and diarrhoea in people infected with SARS-CoV-2.

“At that time, this was thought to be a respiratory virus,” she says. Bhatt and her colleagues, curious  …

Two years later, coronavirus evolution still surprises experts. Here’s why.
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(Priyanka Runwal/ National Geographic) — Raul Andino knows his pathogens. For more than 30 years the University of California, San Francisco researcher has studied RNA viruses, a group that includes the virus that causes COVID-19. And yet he never imagined he’d witness a pandemic of this scale in his lifetime.

“The magnitude  …

Remember COVID? Why many of us are suffering from brain fog
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(Adam Hussain/ Healthing) — As Canada reopens amid loosening pandemic restrictions, some people are finding it hard to recall words or names or compute things in their heads. Maybe you don’t remember all the steps to your morning routine anymore or your child’s teacher’s name.
 
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Strongest evidence yet that MS is caused by Epstein-Barr virus
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(Michael Le Page/ New Scientist) — It has long been suspected that the common Epstein-Barr virus can trigger multiple sclerosis (MS). Now, a study of 10 million military personnel in the US has shown that virtually every case of MS is preceded by infection with the virus. The finding suggests a vaccine against the Epstein-Barr   …

Covid-19: Can ‘boosting’ your immune system protect you?
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(Zaria Gorvett/ BBC News) — “Spanish Influenza – what it is and how it should be treated,” read the reassuringly factual headline to an advert for Vick’s VapoRub back in 1918. The text beneath included nuggets of wisdom such as “stay quiet” and “take a laxative”. Oh, and to apply their ointment liberally, of course.

The 1918  …