Skin cancer on the rise in Canada, study finds
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(Solarina Ho/ CTV News) — Canadians living in southern and coastal parts of the country are at higher risk of developing a deadly form of skin cancer, according to a new study led by McGill University, which also found that rates of this type of cancer are rising in Canada.

The population-based study, published on Monday in  …

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,   …

Canada took a step toward decriminalizing hard drugs to fight overdose crisis
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — When British Columbia decriminalizes small amounts of some illicit drugs next year, Canada will join a growing number of countries that have taken strides toward removing penalties for drug use.

But as many Canadian public health experts call on lawmakers to go a step further — and replace  …

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  …

Severe hepatitis of ‘unknown origin’ in children being investigated in Canada
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — Public health officials say they’re investigating cases of severe liver disease “of unknown origin” among children in Canada as global scientists race to understand a mysterious hepatitis outbreak that has affected nearly 200 youths around the world.

“The Public  …

Health Canada approves Pfizer anti-viral pill for treatment of COVID-19
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(Ryan Tumilty/ The National Post) — Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s drug Paxlovid as the first take-home treatment for COVID-19.

The drug, which is a treatment involving a total of six pills taken daily for five days, has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by almost 90 per cent. The course of treatment includes  …

How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame, experts say
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — Pandemics do eventually end, even if Omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: the world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that’s not going away, experts say.

The ultra-contagious Omicron variant of the  …

Canada ‘grossly underutilizing’ rapid tests, experts warn — even as COVID-19 cases tick up
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(Stephanie Dubois, Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — When Dr. David Juurlink joined some friends for dinner in the U.K. during a September vacation, he was surprised to learn they had a stockpile of rapid COVID-19 tests at their home. Hundreds, in fact — all provided for free by British public health officials.

Those friends gave  …

Canada’s doctors call for better protection from harassment, threats
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(Lisa Grant/ CityNews Toronto) — The Canadian Medical Association wants Ottawa and social media platforms to step up and protect health-care workers.

The organization says online harassment and threats of violence targetting doctors and other healthcare workers are escalating.

The CMA wants Prime Minister Justin  …

What Canadians can expect from COVID-19 this fall and winter
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(Marc Gollom/ CBC News) — With the beginning of fall and a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus than last year’s taking hold, Canadians may wonder about the outlook of the pandemic over the next few months.

Some epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists are expressing cautious optimism,  …

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