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How 'scary' ER visit led to an app that allows Indigenous patients to share stories of racism in health care

The incoming president-elect of the CMA invented the Safespace app with his brother after a “scary” ER experience. They hope to spur action on racism in Canada’s health-care system with a pseudonymous platform for Indigenous patients to share their experiences.
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How the pandemic impacted vaping and smoking rates — and why it showed vaping is 'here to stay'

The pandemic contributed to a drop in the rates of smoking and vaping tobacco. But while smoking rates continue to fall, vaping rates especially in teens, appear to be creeping up again. David Hammond, a professor of public health, outlines the risks and why we also can't forget the 'old pandemic' of smoking.

Doctors worry they won't be able to help every cancer patient diagnosed, treated late due to COVID-19

As Canada begins to emerge from the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, specialists who work with cancer patients say they’re concerned they won’t be able to help everyone whose serious cancers have either gone undetected or been diagnosed late because of the crisis.
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Are you having a 2-dose summer? Expert weighs in on what's safe to do when you're fully vaccinated

More and more Canadians are getting their second dose of COVID vaccine. So what's safe for you to do if you're heading into a two-dose summer? Can you travel? Hug your grandkids? Go to restaurants? Infectious diseases specialist Lynora Saxinger has the answers for what life can look like if you're fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 shows pharmacists have bigger role to play in Canada's health-care system, experts say

The pandemic has demonstrated how pharmacists can and should play a bigger role in Canada’s health-care system, because they’re an easily accessible source of essential medications, medical advice and referrals.
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Canada has a 'narrow window' for containing delta variant, also known as B1617, warns U.K. expert

U.K. epidemiologist Dr. Deepti Gurdasani says the delta variant, also known as B1617, is driving a new COVID wave in the U.K. — and warns Canadian officials that with delta already in Canada, they need to act fast and roll out those second doses to as many people as possible.

How the pandemic sparked a new program that connects rural Ontarians to rapid-response health care

A new pilot program in rural Ontario is providing health-care services to thousands of people who don't have family doctors — and much of it is being done remotely, partly as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Made-in-Canada solution: 'Hockey hub' vaccine clinics are getting the job done faster

There’s a new — and distinctly Canadian — way to run a vaccine clinic, and it’s getting the job done faster and more efficiently, say public health workers.
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The psychology of post-pandemic life — why you might feel anxious about re-entry

Feeling anxious about re-entering society when pandemic restrictions are lifted? Or are you looking forward to some "hypersociability?" Psychology Prof. Steven Taylor walks us through the psychology of post-pandemic life.

Hospital social workers help COVID-19 patients, grieving families get through some of their worst days

For hospital social workers in the thick of the pandemic, these days, their job involves everything from providing emotional support to ailing COVID-19 patients and their families to helping them arrange video calls and access vital services.
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Coronavirus is airborne so stop disinfecting everything: expert

Stop cleaning and start ventilating — that's the message from Michael Brauer, a professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Given the scientific consensus that the coronavirus is airborne, Brauer is calling for a shift in COVID prevention strategies.

This critical care paramedic worked a week of 12-hour shifts to help keep Ontario's ICUs from overflowing

In order to make room in crowded hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area, critical care paramedics with Ornge are transferring COVID patients to facilities in Kingston, London, St. Catharines, Barrie, Peterborough, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Sudbury.
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Focus on vaccination rates, not herd immunity as the way out of the pandemic: expert

Catherine Hankins, the co-chair of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, explains why achieving herd immunity may be elusive, but stopping transmission with vaccines can lead to a similar return to some semblance of normalcy — and that should be the focus.

These medical residents are learning to be better doctors during a pandemic

Medical residents across the country have faced unprecedented challenges as residents working in a pandemic. And that has an effect on patient care.
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Cannabis use rose over the pandemic, so what do you need to know about the risks?

Whether we're smoking, vaping, eating, or even drinking it, we've used cannabis more over the course of the pandemic, recent data suggests. So what are the risks of cannabis use? And how can you minimize those risks? Neuroscientist Sarah Konefal, a research and policy analyst with Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, has the lowdown on the reducing the harms of getting high.

Doctor urges more vaccines for Brampton to quell sky-high COVID-19 cases

In hard-hit Brampton, Ont., where COVID cases are among the highest in the country, there are too few vaccines and too many barriers to getting an appointment, say community health experts who live and work in the area.
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Evidence suggests outdoor COVID-19 transmission is low. Here's what you need to know

The risk of catching coronavirus outdoors is very low, yet new pandemic restrictions in Ontario ban most outdoor sports and gatherings. Infectious diseases physician Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti joins Dr. Brian Goldman to debunk myths about outdoor transmission and explain why being outside is much safer than being inside.

'The stress, the anxiety, the nightmares': What it's like to work in the country's strained ICUs

Acute care nurses and doctors say the influx of third-wave patients is taking a huge toll on them and other health-care professionals who care for the sickest patients in hospitals across the country.
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Shut down travel between provinces to control spread of variants, experts say

The coronavirus variant P1 is surging in B.C. and spreading east. Infectious diseases and critical care specialist Dr. Srinivas Murthy joins Dr. Brian Goldman to break down what you need to know about P1 — and what can be done to stop it. One suggestion? Restrict interprovincial travel.
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How to breathe better and why it matters, especially in a pandemic

Learning how to breathe better can have real impacts on your overall health, according to James Nestor, author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. He shares tips on how we can harness the power of our breath, and feel better physically and mentally as a result.

3 steps to break the bad habit of worry

People who are anxious can rid themselves of the habit of worry by first learning to recognize the unhelpful thoughts and replacing them with more openness and curiosity, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist says. 

'I could do it all so well before': Patients struggle with brain injury after fentanyl overdose

Advocates say more support is needed for opioid overdose survivors left with brain damage.
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'What if I've already had one dose?' Your AstraZeneca vaccine questions answered

Canadians have been on a roller-coaster with changing guidance on the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, but an infectious disease specialist says there’s reason to be optimistic.

'You have patients say the N-word': Black nurses call for support against racism on the medical frontlines

Nurses are calling attention to anti-Black and other racism they face on a regular basis from some patients, and are calling for better support in the workplace from their colleagues and officials.
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Confused wading through all the COVID-19 vaccine info? Here's help

There's a lot of confusing information around the COVID-19 vaccines. It's hard to figure out what's accurate and what's misinformation or deliberate disinformation. Infectious diseases expert Tara Moriarty joins host Dr. Brian Goldman to talk tips for spotting misinformation.

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