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- Pregnant women who received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were not more likely to experience miscarriage, stillbirth or other severe health events compared to unvaccinated pregnant women, a new study says
- ‘It’s hard to explain how much we’ve seen and how much we’ve been through’: A growing number of health professionals have been harassed and abused by individuals promoting COVID-19 conspiracies online and in person – despite a federal law that makes it illegal
- The Canadian economy was losing between $2.6-billion and $5.2-billion a week as a result of the countrywide trucker convoy blockades, newly disclosed cabinet documents show
An increasing number of health agencies have changed how they’re reporting data on the coronavirus. A look at the current numbers in Canada for reported cases, deaths from COVID-19 and for hospitalizations can be found here.
COVID-19 updates from Canada and the world
- With pregnant women having a lower vaccination rate than the general population, a new study sheds light on the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines when administered to expectant moms. Vaccinated pregnant women were not more likely to experience miscarriage, stillbirth or other severe health events compared with unvaccinated pregnant women, according to the study. “If you get sick with the infection, it actually has really adverse effects on pregnant people,” said Julie Bettinger, senior study author and a pediatrics professor at the University of British Columbia.
- Nurses and doctors say the spread of pandemic-related conspiracy theories and false information is increasingly turning people against the health care system, causing them to reject vaccines and exposing health professionals to a barrage of abuse.
- Ottawa produced an internal estimate of the GDP impact of countrywide blockades, projecting that they caused economic losses of 0.1 per cent to 0.2 per cent of GDP per week, newly disclosed cabinet documents show. The documents also included the revelation that the Prime Minister’s national security adviser, Jody Thomas, told the full cabinet on the evening of Feb. 13 that there was a potential for a breakthrough with the protesters who had blockaded downtown streets in Ottawa for weeks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet invoked the Emergencies Act the next day.
- Moderna is announcing that it has agreed to purchase land in a biotechnology park near Montreal, to serve as the site of its biomanufacturing facility for its mRNA vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines.
- The U.S.’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines yesterday – dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.
- The European health regulator has started a rolling review of a variant-adapted COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech – adding that officials plan to use bivalent shots in their autumn vaccination campaign, with most cases in the region now linked to the BA.5 variant.
- North Korea’s Kim Jong-un declared victory in the battle against COVID-19 yesterday, even though the country has never confirmed how many people caught COVID-19, apparently lacking testing supplies.
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- The pandemic has changed a lot about how we work, but it hasn’t changed when we are most productive, according to the results of a new survey. Daniel Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, says that these patterns provide a strong argument for greater autonomy and flexibility in the workplace. While research has proven that workers are equally or more productive when they get to choose their work location, he believes there’s even more productivity to be gained by providing employees with greater control over when they work.
- Outdoors activities were among the many things that got more expensive and difficult to enjoy when the pandemic hit. Here’s a list of a few relatively low- and medium-cost outdoor activities to pursue, as the pandemic heads further into recovery.
- New Zealand welcomed the first cruise ship to the country since the coronavirus pandemic began, signalling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation’s tourism industry.
- Manulife missed analyst profit expectations after a $1.6-billion drop in earnings owing to market turmoil and extended COVID-19 restrictions in Asia.
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B.C. pharmacists to renew, issue prescriptions as part of reworked health plan
VANCOUVER — British Columbia is expanding the power of pharmacists to renew and issue some prescriptions as part of a wide-ranging plan to relieve pressure on the province’s struggling health-care system.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday the five-year health human resources strategy aims to redesign how health staff work, as well as retain, recruit and train workers through 70 action items.
“We intend to work together with every aspect of the health-care system and with patients to develop solutions that will make a career in health care a more sustainable and rewarding opportunity for people,” Dix told a news conference.
The past three years have added demands to an already overburdened system, Dix acknowledged. The COVID-19 pandemic, toxic drug deaths and aging population contributing to exhaustion and burnout among health workers, he said.
The problem isn’t limited to B.C., with the World Health Organization forecasting a global shortage of 15 million health workers by 2030, he added.
Starting Oct. 14, B.C. pharmacists will be able to administer more vaccines and renew prescriptions for up to a two-year period for people with chronic illnesses whose family doctors have retired or left their practices.
Next spring, pharmacists will begin prescribing drugs for minor ailments like urinary tract infections, allergies and indigestion, as well contraception, meaning patients won’t have to visit a doctor first.
The changes bring B.C. in line with guidelines set out by Health Canada and other provinces.
Jamie Wigston, a practising pharmacist and president of the BC Pharmacy Association, said the shift won’t require new training for pharmacists, whose skills have been underused.
“We’ve been trained to do much more than what we’ve been able to do for a long time,” Wigston said.
Empowering pharmacists to renew prescriptions is especially important for patients with mental health and substance use disorders, who need access to medications in a timely manner, he said.
The announcement will also help patients in rural areas who may have community pharmacies, but where a medical clinic or prescriber may be hours away, he added.
The government said renewing prescriptions for patients without family doctors would be at the discretion of the pharmacist. If uncomfortable, the pharmacist could consult with a doctor by phone or send the patient for a medical assessment.
The move comes amid an ongoing crisis in health care that has seen emergency department closures due to staffing shortages and long wait times to see specialists.
About one in five residents don’t have a family doctor.
The plan will also see paramedic training expanded to include pain management and enhanced airway management techniques. Firefighters and other first responders will be equipped to take blood pressure, use medication for life-threatening allergic reactions and prepare patients for transport by ambulance.
The plan does not cover pay for health workers, but Dix said the province is in ongoing talks with Doctors of BC, representing 14,000 physicians in B.C., to create a new compensation model for family practice doctors. Pay and benefits for workers like paramedics would generally be dealt with during bargaining, he added.
Another action item in the plan includes 128 new seats to the University of B.C.’s faculty of medicine and $1.5 million to help establish a previously announced new medical school at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.
Redesigning the system will include establishing clear workload standards, using technology more efficiently and adopting team-based models of care, the government said during a technical briefing.
It said it’s also working to lower “artificial barriers” to verify international qualifications for nurses, doctors and other health workers, reducing what is typically an 18-month to two-year process.
Expanding employer-based training will also allow health workers to earn and learn at the same time, officials say.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.
Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
Java Burn Reviews – Effective Ingredients for Weight Loss or Bogus Claims – Maple Ridge News
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Java Burn is a weight loss supplement that comes in a tasteless powder form. The product is only available on the official website. A pouch of Java Burn costs $49; its organic ingredients instantly dissipate in coffee or other beverages stimulating metabolism. The product’s creator suggests you put one bag of the supplement in coffee, stir it well and sip. The powder is flavorless, so it does not alter the aroma or taste of brimming coffee. When your body’s metabolism rate increases, it burns the stubborn fat cells rapidly, and you shed that extra body weight.
The components of Java Burn are vegetarian and non-GMO, with no side effects, and a third party examines its effectiveness and safety. A pouch contains thirty sachets; drink one daily with an aromatic brimming cup of coffee.
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As metabolism is partly genetic, to change it, you need outside influence; people with higher metabolism feel more vigorous. On the other hand, people with poor metabolism feel lethargic; the body resists the fat burning process and the stored fat cells in the belly and thigh do not shed. As the body burns fewer calories, less energy is produced, and the person feels sluggish. Java Burn, coupled with coffee, claims it increases the user’s metabolic rate. Consequently, the mulish stored fat starts to disintegrate. If you achieve a higher metabolic rate, the body will burn more calories at rest and daily errands. Lean people are more active than obese ones as their metabolic rate is higher in the no exercise period than the latter.
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Bad flu season predicted for B.C. – Kamloops This Week
After two years of record-low influenza rates, experts are warning the flu will likely be back in full swing this season.
That’s because of a general lifting of pandemic health measures, such as required masking, gathering size limits and travel restrictions, according to pharmacist Kim Myers.
“It definitely increases the spread of germs and colds,” said Myers, who works in the Greater Victoria area.
Health Canada estimates that in a non-pandemic year, about 12,200 Canadians are hospitalized with the flu or flu-like symptoms. Getting an exact number is difficult as only nine of the country’s provinces and territories report hospitalizations to the national flu surveillance system, FluWatch.
Flu hospitalizations dropped during pandemic
of those which do report — Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan — 5,176 influenza-related hospitalizations were reported during the 2017-2018 season and 3,657 were reported in 2018-2019.
During the 2019-2020 season, half of which occurred within the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 2,493 hospitalizations. That number dropped to zero in 2020-2021, again not including Ontario, Quebec, B.C. or Nunavut.
Myers said it’s hard to tell whether this year’s flu season will be as bad as pre-pandemic years, but that it will almost certainly be worse than the last year or two. She said the awareness the pandemic has raised around the importance of vaccines makes her hopeful more people will get the flu shot this year. Already, Myers said, people coming into her pharmacy are asking when shots will be available.
Possible correlation between COVID-19 and influenza vaccine uptake
B.C. did see a small spike in flu vaccine uptake in the first year of the pandemic. In 2018, 34.6 per cent of people got the shot, followed by 37.2 per cent in 2019 and 42.1 per cent in 2020, according to Statistics Canada. 2021 rates are not yet available.
A 2021 research paper published in medical journal Vaccine found the primary indicator of whether Canadians will get a vaccination is whether they have been vaccinated before, suggesting those who got the COVID vaccine may be more likely to get the influenza one.
More than 87 per cent of British Columbians have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine as of Sept. 26.
Beginning in early October, B.C. residents will have the option of receiving COVID vaccine boosters and flu shots at the same time. The province said it will have the capacity to vaccinate about 250,000 people per week that way.
Who is most impacted?
For the majority of people, the flu means up to a week of sickness, but for young children, elderly people and the immunocompromised the virus can make it significantly harder for them to fight off infections.
Health Canada said 3,500 deaths are influenza-related each year, although that number is based off a mathematical estimate, rather than actual yearly data.
Myers said the best thing people can do to stop the spread of the virus and protect those most vulnerable to it is to follow many of the same precautions put in place for COVID-19: get vaccinated, wash your hands, wear a mask, stay home if you’re sick and minimize your number of crowded public outings.
“It’s not just for themselves, it’s trying to do it for those around them who are vulnerable and for those who aren’t able to receive vaccines. It’s important that we try and do that to help protect them,” Myers said.
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