Health Canada reviews RSV vaccine candidate as cases spike across country – National

As doctors worry older adults will be the next wave to become seriously ill by respiratory syncytial virus, Health Canada is reviewing a vaccine to help protect the elderly. Health Canada said it received a submission from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Oct. 25 for an RSV vaccine for adults 60 years of age and older. In … Read more

RSV cases in Canada on the rise, stretch children’s hospitals

Coming down from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s hospitals across Canada are struggling to handle a new surge of young patients with viral infections in what pediatric health-care workers are calling their version of 2020. Pediatric health-care professionals warn most children’s hospitals are operating at or over 100 per cent occupancy, that emergency … Read more

Vaccination Increases Risk of COVID-19 Infection, But Infection Without Vaccination Gives Immunity: Study

Having two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine has been linked with negative protection against symptomatic infection with the disease, scientists say, while a previous infection without vaccination offers around 50 percent immunity, according to a study analyzing the Omicron wave in Qatar. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 15, … Read more

No known Canadian cases of mysterious liver disease reported in children in Europe, U.S.

There are currently no Canadian cases of the severe liver disease that has been reported to be striking children in Europe and the US, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The agency confirmed to in an email that they have not seen any cases yet of the acute hepatitis — a type … Read more

Man’s chewing caused a cyst to form behind his eye: case report

A 21-year-old man went to the doctor after noticing that his left eye was increasingly protruding from his skull, only to find out that he had a cyst behind his eye, which had been caused by his chewing. The rare situation, described in a case report published BMJ Case Reports last week, occurred due to … Read more

Mysterious liver illness seen in kids

NEW YORK — Health officials in several countries are investigating mysterious cases of severe liver disease in children, and they think it may be related to a kind of virus usually associated with colds. The UK has been investigating at least 74 cases in which children came down with hepatitis, or liver inflammation, the World … Read more

COVID-19 test using breath samples authorized

The first COVID-19 diagnostic test, which identifies chemical components in breath samples unique to the coronavirus, received emergency use permission from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday. According to the FDA, the test takes less than three minutes to get results and can be administered by a certified, trained operator under the … Read more

Pfizer booster for kids 5 to 11 helps protect against Omicron variant, company says – National

A third dose of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine produced significant protection against the Omicron variant in healthy children aged between five and 11 years in a trial, the companies said on Thursday. Blood serum analysis of a few pediatric participants who received a booster dose in the study showed a 36-fold increase in … Read more

Gonorrhea: Vaccines for meningitis could provide some protection, studies say

A trio of studies are suggesting that vaccines already in use to prevent meningitis could also provide some level of protection against untreatable gonorrhea, something that could be key considering rising rates of the disease in Canada. The three research papers, all published Tuesday in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that a specific meningitis vaccine … Read more

Woman with chemical sensitivities chose medically-assisted death after failed bid to get better housing

A 51-year-old Ontario woman with severe sensitivities to chemicals died by medically-assisted suicide after her desperate search for affordable housing free of cigarette smoke and chemical cleaners failed, advocates say. The woman’s assisted death appears to be a first in the world for someone diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), a chronic condition also referred … Read more