Body weight has surprising, alarming impact on brain function: Higher BMI is linked to decreased cerebral blood flow, which is associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness – Science Daily – 2020-08-05

As a person’s weight goes up, all regions of the brain go down in activity and blood flow, according to a new brain imaging study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. One of the largest studies linking obesity with brain dysfunction, scientists analyzed over 35,000 functional neuroimaging scans using single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) from … Read more

Americans are dying after drinking hand sanitizer, CDC says – CTV News – 2020-08-06

People are getting sick and even dying after swallowing hand sanitizer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Four died and others have suffered impaired vision or seizures, the CDC says. Hand sanitizer is everywhere and is useful for cleaning the hands during the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s not safe to swallow, … Read more

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid – CTV News – 2020-08-06

Karyn Keith says she isn’t asking for much. All she wants is the same support she’d receive if she was out of a job because of the pandemic, rather than unable to work because of her disabilities. The 44-year-old mother in Brampton, Ont., said she lives with constant pain and fatigue from multiple chronic conditions, … Read more

Social circles of 10 people will likely last until 2021, Ontario premier says – CTV News – 2020-08-04

Social circles of up to 10 people will likely be sticking around until at least the new year, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says. “This pandemic is not over,” Ford warned residents during his afternoon news conference on Tuesday. “It’s going to continue going and in my opinion – I could be wrong, I’m no medical … Read more

Even if there’s a vaccine, pandemic may persist for years to come: Tam – CTV News – 2020-08-04

Shooting down some of the optimism around a COVID-19 vaccine being discovered spelling the end of the pandemic, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says that vaccine or not, health officials are preparing to deal with the presence of the novel coronavirus and prevention of further spread for years to come. While some … Read more

COVID-19 conspiracies creating a ‘public health crisis’ in Canada, experts say – CBC News – 2020-08-03

A lively crowd gathered outside François Legault’s office in downtown Montreal in mid-July to send a message to the Quebec premier: His government cannot force them to wear masks in indoor public spaces to fight the spread of COVID 19. “Long live freedom without a mask,” read one sign at the rally, which drew several … Read more

The Canada-U.S. border could be closed for months. Here’s what you need to know now – CBC News – 2020-08-02

Gone are the days when Canadians and Americans could freely drive across their shared border for a quick shopping trip or to visit family and friends. Now, the Canada-U.S. land border that was once wide open is closed to non-essential travel, affecting the lives of many people on both sides. Here’s the latest on what … Read more

Fake journals in the age of fake news: the dangers of predatory publishing – Healthy Debate – 2020-07-20

The emergence of “predatory journals” has clouded the available health information needed for sound, evidence-based advice to support decision-making for patients and the public. Health research has led to improved therapies, new medicines, new surgeries and improved patient safety. According to Statistics Canada, average life expectancy in Canada is now 82 years and much of … Read more

Try ‘glory holes’ for safer sex during coronavirus, B.C. CDC says – Global News – 2020-07-22

B.C. health officials are recommending an age-old, occasionally cutting-edge tactic for sex during the coronavirus pandemic: “glory holes.” The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added new recommendations for socially distant sex to its COVID-19 website this week. One of those tips was to try using a “glory hole” — a hole cut into a wall … Read more