Some scientists taking ‘DIY inoculations’ instead of waiting for COVID-19 vaccine

TORONTO -- Nearly 200 COVID-19 vaccines are in development, and more than 60 of those are at various stages of human testing. But for some, a vaccine isn’t coming soon enough, so they have taken to making their own and...

‘My brain doesn’t work like it did’: COVID-19 ‘long-hauler’ describes persistent symptoms

TORONTO -- More than 130,000 Canadians have recovered from COVID-19, but some patients say they’re experiencing debilitating side effects months after infection. Before the pandemic, Lorraine Graves juggled a busy schedule working as a journalist in Richmond, B.C. But in...

Last-resort life support option helped majority of critically ill COVID-19 patients survive

It saved lives in past epidemics of lung-damaging viruses. Now, the life-support option known as ECMO appears to be doing the same for many of the critically ill COVID-19 patients who receive it, according to a new international study. The...

Faced with shortages, researchers combine heat and humidity to disinfect N95 masks

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept around the world early this year, shortages of protective equipment such as N95 masks left healthcare workers little choice but to reuse the masks they had -- increasing the risk of infection for both them...

Southern Alberta group plans to operate its own supervised drug site

CALGARY -- A grassroots movement aimed at curbing overdose deaths in Lethbridge, Alta. is asking for volunteers to help but warns of significant "backlash from the community." The organization, called the Lethbridge Overdose Prevention Society (LOPS), is headed by Tim...

Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows. Most people who took part in the research perceived their pets to be a source of considerable support during...

Carriers of two genetic mutations at greater risk for illness and death from COVID-19

Tel Aviv University researchers suggest that carriers of the genetic mutations PiZ and PiS are at high risk for severe illness and even death from COVID-19. These mutations lead to deficiency in the alpha1-antitrypsin protein, which protects lung tissues from...

This is what happens to your body over months in isolation

Since the pandemic officially began in March, we've been told staying home is the best way to avoid catching COVID-19. And it is. But life in confinement can cause physical ailments on its own. Being homebound for so long contorts...

Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem

NEW YORK -- At a University of Maryland lab, people infected with the new coronavirus take turns sitting in a chair and putting their faces into the big end of a large cone. They recite the alphabet and sing or...

COVID-19 spurs anxious, upsetting dreams

The anxiety, stress and worry brought on by COVID-19 is not limited to daytime hours. The pandemic is affecting our dreams as well, infusing more anxiety and negative emotions into dreams and spurring dreams about the virus itself, particularly among...
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