Why COVID is a key suspect in severe hepatitis cases in kids worldwide

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly health and medical science newsletter. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here.Unexplained severe acute hepatitis cases among children continue to emerge in Canada and around the world, and...

After a 5-year fight to lower drug prices, Ottawa’s pledge quietly falls apart

The first clue was the timing — late afternoon before a long weekend. It's a classic move for governments to make controversial announcements when fewer people are paying attention. So when an innocuous-sounding news release from Health Canada about "proceeding with amendments to...

7 cases of severe acute hepatitis reported at Toronto children’s hospital

One of Canada's largest children's hospitals is reporting seven cases of severe acute hepatitis identified in recent months, which may be part of an unexplained outbreak impacting youth in multiple countries, CBC News has learned.It's still unclear how many cases...

COVID-19 vaccine makers shift focus to boosters

COVID-19 vaccine makers are shifting gears and planning for a smaller, more competitive booster shot market after delivering doses as fast as they could over the last 18 months.Executives at the biggest COVID vaccine makers, including Pfizer and Moderna, said...

Previous COVID infection provides an ‘edge’ over Omicron — especially with vaccination

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. A new Canadian study found catching COVID-19 provided strong protection against future Omicron reinfection...

Most kids who identify as transgender at a young age retain their affirmed gender, study finds

Children who begin identifying as transgender at a young age tend to retain that identity at least for several years, a study published Wednesday suggests.The research involved 317 youngsters who were three to 12 years old when they were recruited to...

Pandemic death toll at end of 2021 may have hit 15 million people, WHO estimates

The World Health Organization is estimating that nearly 15 million people were killed either by the coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems in the past two years, more than double the official death toll of six million. Most...

Why COVID-19 and flu could be in a ‘tug of war’ in the years ahead

For more than two years, as Canadians experienced a roller coaster of COVID-19 infections, influenza seemed to take a backseat.The family of viruses that causes the flu was barely spreading across the country until a recent, belated return of Influenza...

What could ‘COVID season’ actually look like?

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. As wave after wave of COVID-19 crashes over us, the hope is that we'll...

Moderna expects to seek Canadian approval of COVID-19 vaccine for children under 6 ‘shortly’

Moderna says it's working on a submission to Health Canada for the approval a COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of six.The biotech company on Thursday asked U.S. regulators to authorize low doses of its vaccine for children between...
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