Six Nations in Ontario overhauling how it fights opioid crisis — and that includes changing policing

Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario is overhauling its response to the opioid crisis, and it includes plans for a new team pairing police with crisis workers.Eve Kahama, Six Nations Health Services integrated drug strategy co-ordinator, said it took two...

Illustration of Black fetus has Canadian parents, educators calling for diversity in medical resources

Syrus Marcus Ware, an assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, was "immediately struck" by an image shared several days ago by his cousin in California.The illustration of a pregnant Black woman, showing a Black fetus inside her belly, was created by Nigerian medical...

Human trials for 2 inhaled COVID-19 vaccines to start in Hamilton in 2022

Human trials are set to begin early next year at an Ontario university for two next-generation COVID-19 vaccines that can be inhaled.Fiona Smaill is a professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton and lead researcher for the clinical trials. She said...

A rise in postpartum mental health challenges sparks new supports

When Robyn Currie pictured having a baby, she imagined mom-and-baby yoga classes, hanging out with other new parents and relaxing in coffee shops while her new child took a nap.Instead, she got social isolation, physical distancing and a bunch of...

2 potential omicron variant COVID-19 cases in Hamilton under investigation

Ontario's chief medical officer of health says the province is investigating two potential cases of a new COVID-19 variant in Hamilton.Dr. Kieran Moore said, during a Monday news conference, the two omicron cases are awaiting whole genome sequencing and Hamilton public health said...

Post-surgery patients monitored virtually do better than those seeing doctors in person, study indicates

Patients who underwent non-elective surgery and used technology for regular remote monitoring with health-care providers had better outcomes a month after leaving hospital, compared to people who were asked to go see their doctors for followup concerns, according to a new Canadian...

Vaccine allergy? Experts say most past reactions not valid reason for exemptions

Dr. Mariam Hanna noticed an uptick in requests for allergy assessments in her Burlington, Ont., clinic after the province began implementing COVID-19 vaccine certificates last month.Whether people have held off on getting vaccinated because of a past reaction or are seeking...