A sleeping pill temporarily helped a man talk for the first time in 8 years

TORONTO — A Dutch man who could not move or talk for eight years due to a serious brain injury spontaneously started to chat with his family for a temporary period after... Read more »

Benefits for Winnipeg paramedics, firefighters dealing with trauma and stress well below those in other cities

Winnipeg does not provide adequate mental health support for firefighters and paramedics, say two former emergency responders. Josh Klassen and Jennifer Setlack say as a result, many of the city’s first responders... Read more »

Canada tops 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

The latest: The total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada has passed 200,000. The latest cases from Saskatchewan lifted the national tally over the bleak milestone. The development comes just over four... Read more »

N.L.’s COVID-19 travel ban decision to be appealed, Canadian Civil Liberties Association says

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is appealing a decision by the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to uphold the province’s controversial travel ban, which was introduced this spring to restrict the spread of... Read more »

COVID-19 can survive on skin up to 9 hours, versus 2 hours for the flu, study finds

TORONTO — Japanese researchers have found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can last on skin for up to nine hours, highlighting the need for frequent hand washing to help limit... Read more »

‘Toxic’ label will spur research into impact of plastics on human health, experts say

TORONTO — A proposed ban on some single-use plastics should serve as a wake-up call to Canadians concerned about the potential harms everyday items may pose, say experts who expect the move... Read more »

Fear and anxiety share same bases in brain

Anxiety, the most common family of mental illnesses in the U.S., has been pushed to epic new heights by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that... Read more »

Scientists find medieval plague outbreaks picked up speed over 300 years

McMaster University researchers who analyzed thousands of documents covering a 300-year span of plague outbreaks in London, England, have estimated that the disease spread four times faster in the 17th century than... Read more »

Restoration of retinal and visual function following gene therapy

A breakthrough study, led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, results in the restoration of retinal and visual functions of mice models suffering from inherited retinal disease. Published today in... Read more »

Canadian research shows plague spread accelerated in centuries after Black Death

Plague outbreaks in London spread four times faster in the 17th century than they did in the 14th century, researchers have estimated after studying troves of wills and death records. Researchers from... Read more »