Category Archives: Health

Frontline doctor calls Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine deal with China “dangerous”

By Lisa Tanh A frontline physician based in the Greater Toronto Area is warning the public that Canada’s new deal with China to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is “counterproductive” and “dangerous” because of the Chinese government’s longstanding history of secrecy.

Posting photoshopped food selfies on Instagram increases risk of eating disorders but not likes

Posting photoshopped food selfies on Instagram increases risk of eating disorders without increasing the number likes or comments such posts receive, new research reveals. Florida State University scientists found a consistent and direct link between posting edited photos on Instagram

WHO forced to retract “false, irresponsible” statement after expert outcry

The World Health Organization has been forced to retract a statement claiming that there’s no evidence that recovered COVID-19 patients cannot be reinfected. “Earlier today we tweeted about a new WHO scientific brief on “immunity passports”. The thread caused some

MIT superdrug could cure COVID-19 – but nobody wants to fund it

“New drug could cure nearly any viral infection,” read the headline on MIT News nine years ago that heralded the arrival of DRACO, a new antiviral approach that vanquished every single virus that it came up against. Double-stranded RNA Activated

New sensor detects COVID-19 virus in the air within minutes

Swiss scientists have demonstrated a sensor that can detect SARS-CoV-2 in the air within minutes, which could help halt the COVID-19 pandemic in its tracks. Fast and reliable tests for the new coronavirus are urgently needed to bring the pandemic

COVID-19 saving many more lives than its taking, scientists estimate

COVID-19 pandemic is saving many more lives around the world than its taking by reducing harmful air pollution, according to estimates by a group of French and Hong Kong scientists. Writing in the journal Environmental Pollution, Frédéric Dutheil and Valentin

New bird flu spreading in China could jump to humans, scientists warn

Two new types of bird flu infections currently spreading in China could jump to humans threatening global health, scientists warn. The avian influenza virus subtype H16N3, first identified in 1975 and currently detectable among wild birds in many countries, has

COVID-19 twice as contagious as previously thought – CDC study

A person with COVID-19 could infect up to 6 others – not 2 or 3 as previously thought – making measures to control the pandemic ever more critical, according to a new CDC study. Los Alamos National Laboratory in New

Misinformation spreading faster than coronavirus, researcher warns

Misinformation and conspiracy theories are spreading faster than the coronavirus, and malicious actors are exploring the theories for political gain and to commit fraud, warns a Swedish researcher. Sweden’s Malmö University researcher Johan Farkas explains that falsehoods, rumours and conspiracy

Realtor peddles supplements claiming to help protect against COVID-19 as the pandemic slows down real estate market activity

A Vancouver-area realtor is peddling “immune boosting” supplements touted as helping protect against COVID-19 as the coronavirus pandemic slows down activity in Lower Mainland’s hot housing market. “We call our IMMUNE-TAMIN the next level of immune system boosters,” Melissa Wu’s