Health Canada set to announce approval of Moderna vaccine for Omicron variant: sources

Health Canada will announce Thursday that it has approved a vaccine to fight the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus, sources tell Radio-Canada and CBC News. Both Pfizer and rival Moderna filed applications for vaccine approval. Sources, including one senior government official, told both CBC News and Radio-Canada that the Moderna vaccine is the one receiving approval on Thursday. Dr. […]

Health officials scramble to trace spice product suspected of poisoning Toronto-area restaurant patrons

Health officials are racing to trace supplies of a spice product suspected of poisoning a dozen diners at a Toronto-area restaurant amid concerns it could be on shelves elsewhere in Canada. At least 12 people fell seriously ill, with four requiring treatment in intensive care, after eating at Delight Restaurant & BBQ in Markham, Ont., on the weekend. Five remained […]

NL reviewing nearly 14,000 more mammogram results for potential errors

Newfoundland and Labrador’s four regional health authorities will review thousands of diagnostic images stretching back to 2018, after confirming patients across the province have been screened for breast cancer on inadequate monitors. Eastern Health’s audit to date has identified 3,800 exams since 2018 that “will require further review,” said Kenneth Baird, interim president and CEO, at a news conference Wednesday. […]

Canada’s monkeypox outbreak showing ‘downward trend,’ WHO head says

Canada’s “sustained, downward trend” of monkeypox cases is “encouraging” to see, as several countries in the Americas deal with increasing numbers of infections, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday. “In the Americas, which accounts for more than half of reported cases, several countries continue to see increasing numbers of infections, although it is encouraging to see a […]

Nationwide suicide prevention hotline launching next year, CRTC says

A long-anticipated three-digit suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline will come online in 2023, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said Wednesday. The CRTC said it will use 988 as the hotline’s number — the same three digits adopted in the United States. MPs voted unanimously in favor of establishing a three-digit hotline in December 2020, as demand […]

Pandemic-fueled virtual health-care boom shows no signs of slowing, experts say

For years, Scott Lear tried to convince BC’s health authorities to adopt a virtual cardiac rehab program he developed for patients recovering from conditions like heart attacks. Participants were monitored from home while they exercised and would consult with specialists online. Promising pilot runs of the program showed they made fewer trips to the hospital and had a reduced risk […]