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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2020/09/16

Stroke emerging as a symptom of COVID-19 in new research. globalnews.ca, Sept 16: A new research study from Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute linked strokes in novel coronavirus patients as a side effect of the disease caused by the virus. Read more

Pressure mounts on Health Canada to approve rapid COVID testing devices. cbc.ca, Sept 15: With a sudden spike in cases prompting more people to get tested, Canadians are coping with hours-long lineups at COVID-19 testing centres across the country — and some medical experts are calling on Health Canada to approve new devices to deliver faster results. Read more

Four more Quebec regions, including Montreal, at 'yellow' COVID-19 alert level: Legault. montreal.ctvnews.ca, Sept 15: ... The new total of eight represents three quarters of the province's population, with "a few of them...very close to being in the orange zone."  Read more

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday. cbc.ca, Sept 16:  Ontario premier warns province may move some regions back into lockdown. Bloc Québécois leader in isolation after wife tests positive for COVID-19. New UN General Assembly president warns unilateralism will only strengthen the pandemic. Head of WHO says school closures should be a 'last resort.' Global economy not doing as badly as previously expected: OECD report. Read more

Study will test Black Canadians for antibodies to explore racial disparity in COVID-19 cases. ctvnews.ca, Sept 15: A team of top Canadian researchers is launching a large-scale antibody test in hopes of better understanding how COVID-19 affects Black people, a group that in other countries has disproportionately suffered dire consequences of the novel coronavirus. Read more

Health experts criticize Canada vaccine deals, call for international funding. ctvnews.ca, Sept 11: More than 100 Canadian health and policy experts say the federal government has succumbed to "vaccine nationalism" because it has pre-purchased tens of millions of vaccine doses from private companies. Read more

Rise in COVID-19 cases 'very well might be' start of second wave, doctor says. ctvnews.ca, Sept 15: ...Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says that current upward trends in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec may be fuelling Canada’s second wave of coronavirus infections. Read more

Ontario hospitals alarmed by increase in COVID-19 cases, warn province 'losing ground'. ctvnews.ca, Sept 14: Ontario recorded its highest number of coronavirus infections since early June on Monday as the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) warned that the province is "losing ground" in its battle against COVID-19. Read more

Testing is the best way to contain a second wave of COVID-19: study. montreal.ctvnews.ca, Sept 12: …a recent study says the best way to contain a second wave is through testing. Read more

Lilly says antibody reduces need for hospitalization for moderate COVID-19 patients. nationalpost.com, Sept 16: Eli Lilly & Co said on Wednesday that its experimental antibody reduced the need for hospitalization and emergency room visits for patients with moderate COVID-19, according to an interim analysis of a mid-stage clinical trial. Read more

U.S. outline sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccine. ctvnews.ca, Sept 16: The U.S. government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is established and widely accepted though polls show skepticism remains across America. Read more

U.K. to ration COVID-19 testing amid testing failures. ctvnews.ca, Sept 16: The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people around the country were unable to schedule tests. Read more

Germany eyes voluntary COVID-19 vaccine by mid-2021. ctvnews.ca, Sept 15: Speaking to reporters in Berlin, minister Jens Spahn said he wanted to stress there would be no mandatory requirement to get inoculated once a vaccine is ready, "despite what is sometimes said".  Read more

5M people infected, India's virus outbreak still soaring. ctvnews.ca, Sept 16: ...The world's second-most populous country has added more than 1 million cases this month alone and is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.6 million people have been infected. Read more

Widespread Distribution of a COVID-19 Vaccine Could Take As Long as 2024. biospace.com, Sept 15: …experts are increasingly warning that widespread distribution may take a much longer time. Read more

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial. bbc.com, Sept 14: Monoclonal antibodies, which are potent, laboratory-made antibodies, will be given to about 2,000 people to see if they are effective against coronavirus. Read more

CDC: Kids can spread coronavirus to their households. axios.com, Sept 14: Children can and do transmit the coronavirus to members of their household, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms. Read more

Inhaled Versions of Two U.K. Covid-19 Vaccines to Be Studied. bnnbloomberg.ca, Sept 14: Researchers are beginning the first study of whether two of the U.K.’s experimental Covid-19 vaccines can be inhaled, a possible way of raising their ability to prevent the airborne infection. Read more

AstraZeneca to resume coronavirus vaccine trial after unexplained illness in U.K. globalnews.ca, Sept 12: Clinical trials testing a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are set to resume after a six-day pause due to “potentially unexplained illness” in the United Kingdom. Read more

Pension benefits continue to lead growth in Canadian insurance industry: CLHIA. benefitscanada.com, Sept 16: In 2019, insurers covered about $28.7 billion in extended health-care costs, including prescription drugs ($12.5 billion), dental ($8.9 billion), paramedical and vision ($4.3 billion), hospital ($2 billion) and travel ($1 billion). Read more

Employers boost mental health, wellbeing programs. hrreporter.com, Sept 14: More than half of Canadian employers believe COVID-19 will have a moderate to large negative impact on employee wellbeing. Read more

Canada’s New Normal Demands A Stronger Health System. healthcarecan.ca, Sept 15: HealthCareCAN, the national voice of Canada’s healthcare and health research organizations, is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to ensure the Speech from the Throne includes a plan toward strengthening Canada’s health system to steel it against health crises. Read more

Loblaw investing $75 million for minority stake in telemedicine firm Maple. stcatharinesstandard.ca, Sept 15: The company said Tuesday the investment will be made through its Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. subsidiary. Read more

P.E.I. to ban flavoured vape, e-cigarette products effective March 1. cbc.ca, Sept 14: As of March 1, 2021, the sale of flavoured vape and e-cigarette products will be banned on Prince Edward Island. ... [MLA Cory] Deagle would now like to see P.E.I. follow Nova Scotia's lead — capping nicotine concentration in e-liquids at 20 milligrams per millilitre. Read more

Drug users, advocates weigh in on why Sask. overdose deaths are at record high. cbc.ca, Sept 14: Police and people with addictions say fentanyl use was growing before pandemic, but is worse now. Read more

The Pandemic Is Intensifying the Opioid Crisis. thewalrus.ca, Sept 14: ...Public health measures designed to contain the pandemic have worsened the situation for drug users, in large part by trying to protect the general population. Read more

N.S. business owners challenge provincial vape restrictions in court. cbc.ca, Sept 12: Application to Supreme Court claims interference with charter rights. Read more

One in 10 older dental patients inappropriately prescribed opioids. today.uic.edu, Sept 16:  new study by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a significant proportion of older patients receiving opioids at dental visits also use psychotropic medications — a potentially harmful combination. Read more

Dramatic increases in vaping marijuana, nicotine among US college students, young adults. news.umich.edu, Sept 15: Vaping marijuana and vaping nicotine have increased dramatically among 19-to-22-year-olds, with both more than doubling between 2017 and 2019, according to the University of Michigan’s annual U.S. national Monitoring the Future Panel Study. Read more

Vaping DOES raise the risk of breast cancer, warn scientists amid concerns that young women are 'targeted by E-cigarette companies'. dailymail.co.uk, Sept 12: scientists from a group of American universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins and Princeton, found exposure to e-cigarette vapour creates a 'tumour-promoting environment' in the breast and elsewhere in the body. Read more

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