Vik Adhopia

Vik Adhopia is a senior reporter with the Health Unit at CBC News. He joined CBC National Radio News in Toronto in 1995 and then began his coast-to-coast-to-coast journalistic odyssey, reporting from Iqaluit, Prince George, B.C., Vancouver, St. John's, N.L., and finally back to Toronto again.

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Will Canada have COVID booster shots this year? Probably, but not for everyone, experts say

Canadian physicians and scientists say a third dose will likely be helpful for people who are most vulnerable to illness.

Why doctors want Canada to collect better data on Black maternal health

Black women in the U.S. and U.K. have worse maternal and pregnancy health outcomes than white women in those countries. But in Canada those indicators are not measured. That's a problem, according to physicians and patients.

Study suggests vaccines may improve symptoms for some COVID-19 long-haulers

Emerging research suggests vaccines may reduce symptoms for some of those suffering from “long COVID,” where health concerns persist for months after the infectious stage of the illness has passed.
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Women in Canada turn to courts in fight for compensation over birth control implant complications

The permanent birth control device Essure has been off the Canadian market for four years — but pain and serious complications linger among some women who are seeking compensation from a manufacturer that says it intends to defend its product "vigorously."

Black Canadians get sick more from COVID-19. Scientists aim to find out why

Race-based data shows that Black Canadians are far more likely to get sick and be hospitalized for COVID-19 than other ethnic groups. A new study looking at antibodies in the blood of Black Canadians aims to understand the reasons in an effort to reduce the impact of the disease on Black communities.

It's time to rethink police wellness checks, mental health advocates say

Integrated units with police and mental health workers are being used for wellness checks in some jurisdictions, but it's only a small solution to a more systemic problem. Critics say things can only really improve when something radical happens, like changing how we think of mental health crises.

How one of Toronto's COVID-19 hot spots is struggling through the pandemic

The Toronto neighbourhood of Thorncliffe Park has a higher rate of COVID-19 infections than all surrounding neighbourhoods. Health officials say cramped housing and other social factors put it risk of a larger outbreak.

Is Taiwan's impressive response to COVID-19 possible in Canada?

Taiwan has limited the outbreak of COVID-19 using big data and other emergency measures despite its close proximity to mainland China.

2 Canadian fertility supplements among those under fire from U.S. watchdog

The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest has called on regulators to take enforcement action against 27 companies — including two Canadian ones — that sell fertility supplements after its investigation found there's no scientific evidence the products help women get pregnant.

Why doctors need to walk a 'fine line' when talking to parents about alternative therapies for autism

Given that many parents of children with autism seek out complementary and alternative therapies, the Canadian Paediatric Society says it's important that doctors get informed and talk about them — especially since those therapies are often expensive, unproven and even potentially harmful.