Health & Wellness
TORONTO—International influenza vaccine experts apparently are not convinced Canadian researchers have found a true link between getting a seasonal ’flu shot and catching swine ’flu.
TORONTO—Ontario Health minister David Caplan yesterday urged Ottawa to speed up approval of the H1N1 vaccine amid concerns a second wave of the swine ’flu already may have arrived in the province.
Ontario is equipped to deploy the vaccine quickly, but the province can’t get it until Health Canada issues a licence to the manufacturer, Caplan said.
TORONTO — A new study suggests surgical masks protect health-care workers from flu as well as N-95 respirators do, at least in most settings.
The work, led by Dr. Mark Loeb of McMaster University in Hamilton, may be the first known randomized control trial putting the two methods of protecting health-care workers to the test.
TORONTO — Adults who were exposed in-utero to the H1N1 influenza virus of 1918 were significantly more likely to have cardiovascular disease later in life, a U.S. study has found.
WASHINGTON — It’s a nightmare scenario for drivers — you pull your foot off the gas pedal but it sticks to the floor, causing the car to speed up. How do you get it to stop?
TORONTO—With the school year well underway, those first-day jitters most children experience are now a thing of the past.
But for some kids, meeting the intellectual demands and navigating social relationships at school can trigger ongoing stress and anxiety.
And parents need to be on the lookout for signs their child is having difficulties coping, experts say.
TORONTO — The Toronto Star reports that a new portable device developed by a group of University of Toronto researchers can accurately diagnose prostate cancer in 30 minutes.
The researchers say the BlackBerry-sized device will be able to determine the severity of the tumours through a simple urine sample and produce quick diagnosis with no need for painful biopsies.
TORONTO—Faced with puzzling but unconfirmed evidence that suggests a seasonal ’flu shot may raise the risk of catching swine ’flu, Ontario announced yesterday it is rescheduling its seasonal ’flu vaccine program to delay most of it until after pandemic vaccine has been administered.
TORONTO — His speech is a bit slurred and his body has a mind of its own, but Michael J. Fox’s passion for finding a cure for the disease that has afflicted him and millions of others worldwide is clear and unequivocal.
Unpublished Canadian data are raising concerns about whether it’s a good idea to get a seasonal ’flu shot this fall and fuelling a drive by some public health officials in Canada to delay, reduce, or scrap altogether campaigns to vaccinate against seasonal ’flu this year.