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Stop washing your mail

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And anything else you don’t ordinarily wash but which you’ve been convinced to wash nonetheless to prevent getting COVID-19. Nearly every expert – including most lately the US CDC, which has been very slow to accept this reality of viral transmission, namely that it is nearly always passed on through air-spread – that you are […]

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I know you’re fed up

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And so am I. But when you get most worked up about what’s going on and how long it’s taking to get things back even close to normal, just consider this. This virus has only been causing havoc here in Canada since February (give or take a few weeks) last year. And work on a […]

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Added benefit of wearing a mask

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Apparently, the New York Times reports, allergy symptoms may also be improved in people who wear masks a lot. This is according to a recent Israeli study on data from 215 nurses who used surgical masks or N95 masks during a two-week period. Among the 44 nurses with severe allergy symptoms, nearly 40 percent said […]

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Most major chronic health problems are linked

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According to a study that analyzed long-term data on over 20,00 people, and which was published online in the journal, JACC: CardioOncology, the same risk factors for major cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which includes heart attacks, heart failure, sudden cardiac death, and strokes, are also linked to a significantly higher risk of future cancer. On what […]

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Why aren’t we doing this?

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A major news announcement from the UK government this week that everyone in England is soon to be offered free, twice-weekly coronavirus tests. Which sounds like a plan that has only an upside to it. And if England can do it, why can’t BC? Sure, it’s costly but surely not nearly as costly as repeated […]

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You may be using your anti-histamines wrong

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According to a new report in the CMAJ, lots of you may be taking your anti-histamines “incorrectly”. That’s especially pertinent at this time of year when so many of us are suffering allergy-associated symptoms, something that for most of us will go on all summer at least to some extent. So here’s the main point […]