Marcy Cuttler

Marcy Cuttler is an award-winning journalist and producer with 35 years of experience at CBC.

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Why doctors think you should get the flu shot this year — and soon

As COVID-19 cases climb in many provinces, flu season is also on the horizon. Doctors say there’s more interest in the flu shot this year — and there should be. But they’re warning patients to get the shot sooner rather than later. Here's why.

No more nose swabs? Why a saliva test for COVID-19 could be a 'game changer'

Good news — spitting into a cup may soon be an alternative to having an extra-long swab pushed up your nose to test for COVID-19. Unfortunately, it isn’t yet available in Canada, but here’s why the test, and its emergency authorization in the U.S., could be a big step forward in keeping the pandemic under control.

How scientists aim to make a safe COVID-19 vaccine in record time

Vaccine development normally takes years, if not decades. But scientific teams around the world are aiming to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in 12 to 18 months. Here’s how they’re speeding up the process and why they think a vaccine produced this fast will be just as safe as any other.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 findings dim hopes for 'herd immunity' and 'immunity passports'

A closer look at people who tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed symptoms has found that such asymptomatic carriers have few to no detectable antibodies just weeks after infection, suggesting they may not develop lasting immunity.

Testing for COVID-19 in sewage could serve as 'advance warning,' help prepare for 2nd wave

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in the feces of infected people, but in a way, it’s a good thing. It means that testing sewage may be a convenient way to track outbreaks. Here’s a closer look.

'It was shocking because it came so quick': Patients and doctors cope as flu season ramps up

Flu season in Canada is already affecting both young and old people, yet it's too early to tell how severe it will ultimately be.

Added sugar found in the diets of many babies and toddlers

A new American study finds that more than half of infants and almost all toddlers exceed their recommended daily sugar intake.
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'It is not harmless:' Dentists voice concern over vaping

As concerns about vaping continue to grow, dentists are worried that many people don't know the harm it can do to your teeth.

Eco-anxiety spurs youth to take action on climate change

With fires, floods, and pollution growing faster and more serious every year, children and young people are scared that they'll be bearing the brunt of this crisis. It's spawning a condition called eco-anxiety, a fear of environmental catastrophe. And while it's not officially recognized as a medical diagnosis, experts say it's real.

Colorectal cancer rates rise among Canadians under 50

Although fewer Canadians over 50 are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, cases among younger adults are increasing.

How some doctors want to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the operating room

In the moments before a patient undergoes surgery, chances are climate change isn't top of mind. Yet, the anesthetic gases used to put them to sleep leave a big carbon footprint. Some Canadian doctors are trying to do something about it.

Being transgender is not a mental health problem, WHO says

Doctors and activists are pleased that the WHO is now classifying transgender under sexual health instead of mental health, but some believe the definition needs to be further broadened.

Walking without pain: How a new surgical procedure is giving hope to some amputees

Jason Simunic is one of a handful of Canadian amputees who have undergone osseointegration surgery — a technique that's growing in popularity around the world.

Nature offers serious benefits to our physical and mental health, research suggests

More evidence is pointing to how nature plays a role in diminishing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as improving mental well-being.

Transforming health care: How artificial intelligence is reshaping the medical landscape

Computers that think like humans are changing hospitals and will soon play a role in giving diagnoses. But some experts warn that serious ethical questions remain.