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Simple tips could help more aging Canadians to live at home independently

Adding coloured tape to the edge of stairs could help prevent falls, the main cause of accidental death among those aged 65 plus.

6 overlooked risks of falls for seniors and how to prevent them

Falls are the No. 1 cause of injury-related hospitalization for Canadian seniors aged 65 and older, according to a 2014 report by the Public Health Agency of Canada. White Coat, Black Art reached out to fall prevention experts to learn about overlooked risk factors.
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What we know about kids and COVID-19 vaccines

With the possibility of COVID-19 vaccination getting closer for children ages five to 11, pediatricians say they're getting questions from parents about how safe and necessary they are, and are ready to discuss any concerns with compassion.

Off work for 8 years, woman says she got her life back with unique kind of talk therapy

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy, a type of talk therapy that digs into the emotional roots behind a person's physical ailments, is gaining notoriety for helping some long-suffering patients with unexplained medical symptoms.
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What we know about Merck's experimental pill to treat COVID-19

Infectious disease specialists who spoke with CBC News have 'cautious optimism' about the new experimental pill-based treatment for COVID-19, molnupiravir, but say vaccination is still the most effective way to reduce risk.

Out of hospital, COVID-19 survivors must learn to breathe again

An innovative new after-care program oversees home oxygen support and other follow-up care for COVID-19 patients who leave the hospital with a long road to recovery still ahead.
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As experts call for more rapid tests, how accurate are they and when should you use them?

Canadian doctors and experts say rapid testing could play a bigger role in controlling the pandemic in this country, especially if rapid antigen tests were used in settings like schools, northern communities and workplaces where outbreaks are a concern.

Inside Alberta's front lines amid COVID-19 surge

Alberta's fourth wave means the province is running out of ICU beds. It has asked for federal help and plans to transfer patients to other provinces. Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with an ICU nurse and doctor to find out how it’s going inside the hospitals at ground zero.

'Our health-care system is collapsing right in front of our eyes,' say Alta. nurse

As Alberta battles COVID-19 surge, ICU nurse Mike Gaerlan grapples with long hours, heavy patient loads and staff shortages.
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The familiar viruses that make us sick are back, say experts

With public health measures easing in many places and more people travelling, a variety of non-COVID respiratory viruses are rearing their heads again this fall, experts say.

6 million Canadians live with a disability. Advocates say federal parties need to listen to them

Rabia Khedr and her family have first-hand experience of the gaps in Canada's health-care system when it comes to people with disabilities. She hopes the federal parties are listening to the millions of people with a disability, like her, and what they have to say.
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Third COVID-19 shots: Who needs them and why?

Toronto infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says Canada’s approach to third doses is a "reasonable first step."

Canada was already desperately short of nurses before COVID-19. Now nurses say they're hanging on by a thread

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened Canada’s already critical nursing shortage, and experts say it’s going to take strategic planning, incentives and a lot of effort to make work life more sustainable for nurses to build a bigger workforce.
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As delta surges among unvaccinated, how a focus on science can counter misinformation

With the majority of COVID-19 cases appearing in unvaccinated people, experts say it's as important as ever to increase vaccination rates across Canada to stem a delta-driven fourth wave.

Parents of kids with long-COVID warn that children can develop severe symptoms

Parents whose children have developed long-haul COVID are urging others not to underestimate the virus’s impact on kids as they prepare for the return to class this week.

Cases are rising across western Canada. Does that mean the return of COVID-19 lockdowns this fall?

Delta has become the predominant strain of COVID-19 across the country. Nazeem Muhajarine, professor of community health and epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, says a more regional response to COVID-19 flare-ups is more likely than a return to lockdowns.

These paramedics are helping give Canadians the choice to die at home

A Canadian Institute for Health Information report found that most Canadians with a terminal illness would choose to die at home if they could access palliative care, but only 15 per cent are able to do so. Community paramedics aim to be part of the solution.

'Like the roaring '20s,' but not for everyone: What history tells us about life after COVID-19

Post-COVID life will eventually be “like the roaring ’20s” that followed the 1918 influenza pandemic, but it’ll be a bumpy ride to get there, says a doctor and medical sociologist who studies the impact of pandemics.

ER a 'last resort' for sickle cell patients who face racism when seeking care, says advocate

People who have sickle cell disease, one of the most common inherited blood disorders, face racist barriers to appropriate treatment in hospital emergency departments, patients and their physician allies say.

'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.

To prepare for future heat waves, classify air conditioners as medical devices, UBC expert says

Advocates say the devastating heat dome in B.C. in June through early July should be a wake-up call for health authorities to develop new measures to better protect the elderly and other vulnerable populations from future extreme weather emergencies.

From victims to advocates: People with developmental disabilities are changing the health-care system

Dr. Brian Goldman explores how medicine has treated people with developmental disabilities, and what's being done to remedy the cruelty of the past.

'Most important part of that job is the people part of it': Meet Iain White, dietary aide and health-care hero

Iain White’s mother says her son and other dietary aides are unsung health-care heroes of the pandemic because they plate, prep and serve food to residents while offering connection and companionship.

Prescription for Resilience: How Canadians are coping with COVID

Canadians reveal how they’ve coped with loss and isolation during the pandemic, in big ways and small.

Maria Boutilier: housekeeper and health-care hero

Maria Boutilier is an unsung hero of the pandemic for keeping up with the frenetic pace of cleaning and getting rooms and stretchers ready for patients sick with COVID.