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,   …

Quebec to start vaccinating those under five years old as of today
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(Lilian Roy/ CTV News) – Young children in Quebec will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination next week, the province announced Thursday.

Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau said Quebecers between six months and four years old will be able to receive Moderna’s Spikevax mRNA COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.

Speaking  …

Ultrasounds no longer required in Quebec before getting abortion pill
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(Selena Ross/ CTV News) — A group of Quebec doctors has successfully pushed for a big change to how abortions are given in the province, widening access to abortions by medication.

Until now, Quebec has required patients to have ultrasounds before obtaining the two-pill regimen that induces a medical abortion.

In the rest  …

Hema-Québec lacks blood donors for Black patients
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(Touria Izri / CJAD News) — Akelia Campell is just 30 years old, but she already has arthritis severe enough to rival the condition of people decades older.

Her joints are so worn out that she’s already had a hip replacement. She’s wearing a sling to help recover from recent shoulder surgery.

“I couldn’t  …

Menopause: access to bioidentical hormones expanded in Quebec
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(The Canadian News) — Quebec announced Wednesday that it has facilitated access to hormone therapy in the general drug insurance plan to treat the symptoms of menopause.

Easy access to two bio-identical hormones, estradiol-17B in the form of a topical gel and micronized progesterone, covered by the Régie de l’assurance  …

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  …

The importance of making your wishes known regarding organ donation
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(Marie Defay/ Turned News) — Annie Gendron, from Val-d’Or, is extremely grateful to the person who allowed her to have a liver transplant in the fall of 2020, after a three-year wait.

“I had a really yellow complexion, yellow eyes, I felt like a curiosity so I didn’t go out of the house much. Now I can go out, I can eat whatever  …

Withheld information on Quebec mammograms putting patients at risk
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(Christine Long/ CTV News) — Annie Slight’s breast cancer battle began a decade ago. Since then, she’s endured a bilateral mastectomy, a full hysterectomy, 16 chemotherapy treatments and more.

The Saint-Constant resident wonders if it all could have been avoided if her cancer diagnosis came earlier — if she had been told  …

Opinion: Equity needed in Quebec’s distribution of family doctors
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(Mark Roper/ The Montreal Gazette) — Every year the government releases its figures for family doctors. The latest figures date from Dec. 31, 2020, and show very uneven access to primary care.

Province-wide, 79 per cent of Quebecers were registered with a family doctor, far from the government’s target of 85 per cent. This  …

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  …

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