Tag Archives: Dietary supplements

Human H5N1 cases are rising in the US, bad timing with flu season, bird migration just months away

The magnitude of the bird flu outbreak in the US is difficult to comprehend. Since 2022, more than 100 million farmland birds have been infected with H5N1, followed by approximately 170 herds of dairy cows, along with virus detections in more than 200 other mammals —including people. Recently, a handful of farmworkers in Colorado became infected, marking the first human …

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Shigella outbreak hits Calgary shelters and camps, 16 hospitalized

An outbreak of a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease is impacting Calgary’s homeless population, resulting in more than a dozen hospitalizations so far. Shigella infections can be serious, and health officials are doing everything they can to limit transmission in shelters and camps. According to Alberta Health Services, 63 people have tested positive for shigella since the outbreak began on June …

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Canadian vaccine advisors now recommend one dose of HPV vaccination for younger groups

Canada’s federal immunization advisory body now recommends that children and adolescents receive a single dose of the HPV vaccine, joining several other countries that have already reduced the number of doses required for adolescents. The new guidelines, which were adopted by the National Committee on Immunization (NACI)strongly recommends that individuals aged nine to 20 years receive one dose of the …

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Scientists monitor Outaouais bat population to combat white-nose syndrome

Many people think that bats are nothing more than unwelcome pests that nest in our attics. But there are scientists working hard in the Outaouais to monitor and preserve the region’s bat population, which has been drastically reduced by a deadly fungal disease. White-nose syndrome, an infection caused by a fungus known as Pseudogymnoascus destructansis responsible for the decline of …

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If too many medications cause too many side effects, tapering off may be the solution

For many people, swallowing a handful of pills is a daily ritual, from young adults struggling with anxiety to seniors dealing with chronic conditions. Overall, 13 percent of people in the US take five or more prescription medications, compared to 42 percent for people 65 and older. However, people who take multiple medications should be aware of potential problems. One …

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Plant-based milk recall: Class action lawsuits filed over Listeria outbreak

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of plant-based milks recalled in Canada due to possible Listeria contamination, which has killed two people. The Food and Drug Administration of Canada issued a nationwide recall on July 8 for 18 Silk and Great Value beverages produced by Danone Inc. and Walmart Canada Corp. The agency urged Canadians not to …

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West Nile virus is a summer reality in Canada. How do you stay safe?

As summers warm up in Canada, mosquito populations increase, increasing the risk of West Nile virus, a potentially fatal disease. The most recent case of West Nile virus in Canada this season was reported in Ottawa. On July 19, Ottawa Public Health confirmed the infection in a resident. The agency also confirmed the first positive mosquito test pool in the …

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Canadian patients’ needs are becoming increasingly complex. Health care should reflect that: CMA

More Canadians should receive their primary health care through teams of professionals so their increasingly complex needs can be met without having to pay privately, the Canadian Medical Association said in a new report released Tuesday. The CMA Recommendations came after a major overhaul of the relationship between public and private health care. 6.5 million Canadians have no family doctor, …

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US scraps rules for dogs from rabies-free countries

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is not requiring Canadians to cross the border into Canada with their dogs this summer. The agency announced new rules in May aimed at eliminating rabies from the country. They stated that dogs must be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by two forms, one signed by a veterinarian. The forms must include photos …

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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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