Why health experts discourage ‘hacking’ rapid tests with throat swabs

Health experts are discouraging people from using self-administered rapid antigen COVID-19 tests in their throats instead of their noses.The hack is gaining popularity on spaces like TikTok, where some users have uploaded videos of themselves using a rapid test in their nose and...

Dole recalls salad kits for possible Listeria contamination

Dole Canada is recalling some salad kits sold nationally under the Dole and President's Choice brands because of possible Listeria contamination.  A recall notice issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Saturday said food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell...

COVID-19 testing in Nova Scotia to be restricted as demand surges

With demand for COVID-19 testing surging and capacity reaching its limits, Nova Scotia is imposing new restrictions on who will be tested for the virus, a major shift for a province that has prided itself on a widespread testing regime.Starting Dec....

Suicidal and waiting 2 years for help. A look at N.S.’s growing mental health crisis

As vibrant red and orange leaves fall to the ground, painting a picturesque backdrop in late October, Janis Keirstead admits she can't see past the darkness in her own mind.She's consumed with thoughts of ending her own life. But even...

N.S. surgery backlog may take 2 years to clear after COVID cancellations

It will take more than two years to clear a backlog of hip and knee replacement surgeries in Nova Scotia created, in part, by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to newly released records.By September 2021, 78 per cent of the surgical...

N.S. presumes people want to donate organs when they die, but program uptake unclear

Nearly a year after Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in North America to assume residents agree to donate their organs when they die, there are challenges in getting an idea of the uptake of the program.Under Nova Scotia's Human Organ...

Pandemic showed need for national physician licence, doctors argue

Dr. Monika Dutt was just adjusting to her new role as the medical officer of health for the central and western parts of Newfoundland and Labrador when COVID-19 reached the province.As the regions turned to her for guidance, she faced an...

Doctor wait-list nears 78,000 as N.S. government gets to work on health-care promises

Colin Heighton had been in the waiting room for eight hours when he couldn't take it anymore.It was early September and he was violently ill. He had a fever and was constantly throwing up. It was the sickest he had been in his...