Tag Archives: Coping strategies

Scientists study wasps that may protect British Columbia’s berries

Every year, invasive insects gnaw on Canadian farms, gardens and wild plants, spreading disease and disrupting ecosystems. But tiny wasps that lay eggs that burst into invasive insects could potentially help berry growers in British Columbia protect their crops. “It’s like nature is giving us a free service to help control crop pests,” said Paul Abram, a researcher with Agriculture …

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Baby cereal recalled in Canada over concerns of rare bacterial disease

A baby cereal is being pulled from shelves across Canada over concerns about a rare bacterial disease that could potentially be fatal to babies. The Canadian Food Inspection Service announced a nationwide recall on Saturday for Baby Gourmet Organic’s Banana Raisin Oatmeal, an organic whole grain baby porridge, due to possible contamination with Cronobacter. According to the CFIA, the recall, …

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Think your grocery bill is high? Try eating gluten-free

When Ashley Hickey’s 7-year-old son Alex was diagnosed with celiac disease last month, she knew she had to overhaul the family’s entire diet to become a gluten-free household. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that causes people to become ill when they eat wheat, rye, or barley. As a celiac herself, Hickey is familiar with the risk of cross-contamination …

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Amid housing and addiction crisis, temporary help in Thunder Bay, Ontario, offers hope

Ruth Winter bursts into tears as she recalls the moment she learned she had secured a spot in temporary housing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. “I just felt so much weight lifted off my shoulders,” Winter said. “It’s home, where I can shower every day, where I can eat.” The member of Kingfisher Lake First Nation, an Oji-Cree First Nation about …

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Alberta’s emergency room staffing shortages are getting worse in cities big and small, doctors warn

Alberta Health Services is looking for dozens of emergency physicians to fill vacancies across the province. The health authority says it is hiring 39 full-time equivalent ER physicians for regional and large urban hospitals. It is also trying to recruit 29 GPs for rural areas, who would be given priority in the emergency department of smaller hospitals. The shortage of …

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How climate change affects when, where and even whether people run

Toronto resident Danielle O’Hanley runs early in the morning to beat the heat. “I saw it was going to be 30 or 35 degrees after work, so I got up early and went for a run at 7 a.m. so it would be a little cooler,” she told CBC News last week. She’s used to adjusting her schedule to icy …

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Two more Colorado poultry workers infected with H5N1 bird flu: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed two additional cases of bird flu in poultry farmers in Colorado on Friday. Last week, Colorado reported four confirmed infections with H5N1 avian influenza and the status of a fifth suspected case was mapped. The two new cases occurred among poultry workers who were exposed to infected poultry during culling and …

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An HIV patient is in remission after a unique stem cell transplant. Why it could be a path to a cure

A German HIV patient in remission after a stem cell transplant from a donor with genes partially resistant to the disease is giving researchers new hope that more people can benefit from the treatment. The first step in a stem cell transplant for people with cancer is to wipe out a patient’s immune cells with chemotherapy. When patients also have …

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Rabies in Canada: A look at the disease risk amid new US dog regulations – National

While Health Minister Mark Holland wants to exempt Canada from the stricter U.S. dog border regulations because of our low rabies risk, experts warn the disease could still pose a serious domestic threat. If left untreated, rabies is 100 percent fatal. Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Holland described Canada as a “rabies-free country.” However, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious …

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CrowdStrike outage hits Canadian hospitals and clinics. Here’s where

A large-scale outage on Friday, believed to be linked to problems at global cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike and Microsoft, disrupted operations at airports, airlines, banks and even hospitals, including some in Canada. A CrowdStrike software update appears to have caused system problems worldwide, with many hospitals reporting that they were affected by the outage. Some health networks in Canada used social …

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