Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna expect data on shot’s protection against new COVID-19 variant soon

FRANKFURT — BioNTech SE said on Friday it expects more data on a worrying new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa within two weeks to help determine whether its vaccine produced with... Read more »

Merck’s COVID-19 pill is effective, U.S. regulators say

U.S. federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential... Read more »

Liberals introduce bill to provide sick pay, ban intimidation of patients and health-care workers

The Liberal government has introduced legislation to provide workers in federally regulated sectors with 10 days of sick pay — while also making it an offence to intimidate or prevent patients from seeking... Read more »

Dark leafy greens may be key to severe migraine relief, case study suggests

TORONTO — Eating a lot of dark green, leafy vegetables with your meals could be the key to relieving severe, chronic headaches, according to a case study reported by doctors that successfully... Read more »

What we know about the new coronavirus variant omicron

Authorities around the world have reacted with alarm to the recently discovered coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 that the World Health Organization labelled a variant of concern and named omicron Friday.  Britain, the European Union and India are... Read more »

Old Spice, Secret products recalled after cancer-causing chemical detected

HALIBURTON, ONT. — Health Canada is recalling nearly 1.5-million Old Spice and Secret products after the cancer-causing chemical benzene was detected in deodorants and anti-perspirants. The government agency issued the recall Friday... Read more »

Excitement, relief as Alberta children get their first COVID-19 vaccines

There were smiles, some tears and hundreds of Band-Aids plastered on little arms as Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics opened their doors to children Friday.  Appointments for Pfizer-BioNTech’s pediatric vaccine began Friday morning.... Read more »

What we know about the new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa

Authorities around the world have reacted with alarm to the recently discovered coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 that the World Health Organization labelled a variant of concern and named omicron Friday.  Britain, the European Union and India are... Read more »

Old Spice and Secret deodorants sold in U.S. and online recalled after cancer-causing chemical detected

Procter & Gamble Co. issued a recall for more than a dozen Old Spice and Secret-branded aerosol deodorants and sprays, warning that the products could contain benzene, a cancer-causing agent. The recall... Read more »

World Health Organization declares new variant of concern named Omicron

The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa as a variant of concern and named it omicron.    WHO’s technical working group met on Friday to assess... Read more »