Category Archives: Health

ER patients report reduction in pain, anxiety after visit from therapy dogs: study

Therapy dogs may help reduce pain and improve well-being for emergency room patients, a new study from researchers at the University of Saskatchewan suggests, but authors say further analysis is needed to determine why and how the animals seem to help. The study, conducted in 2019 with nearly 200 emergency department patients at Saskatoon’s Royal […]

WHO issues COVID testing advice, long after critics’ call

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it has issued guidance advising people on how to test themselves for the coronavirus, months after critics said the lack of recommendations was compromising efforts to stop the pandemic in poor countries. At a press briefing on Wednesday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the agency was […]

WHO says COVID boosters needed, reversing previous call

GENEVA (AP) — An expert group convened by the World Health Organization said Tuesday it “strongly supports urgent and broad access” to booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine amid the global spread of omicron, capping a reversal of the U.N. agency’s repeated insistence last year that boosters weren’t necessary for healthy people and contributed to vaccine […]

Study: concussions associated with higher risk of mental health concerns in kids

Children who suffer concussions may be at a 40 per cent increased risk of developing mental health problems, a new study suggests, with researchers urging doctors to pay closer attention to possible mental health symptoms during concussion recovery. The study, done by scientists at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa, examined rates of mental health […]

Boston’s indoor mask mandate for businesses is lifted

BOSTON (AP) — A city order that required people to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces in Boston, including restaurants, shops, museums and entertainment venues, was lifted Saturday. Boston follows New York, Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities that are relaxing pandemic restrictions as officials push for more normalcy after two grueling years […]