Study tracks hospital readmission risk for COVID-19 patients in Alberta, Ontario

A new study offers a closer look at possible factors that may lead to some hospitalized COVID-19 patients being readmitted within a month of discharge.At roughly nine per cent, researchers say the readmission rate is similar to that seen for...

Alberta reporting two probable cases of mystery liver disease in patients under 16

Alberta's chief medical officer of health says there are two probable cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children in the province.Dr. Deena Hinshaw says both children are under 16. She says one of the patients was treated,...

What this mountain town can teach health officials about COVID-19 vaccinations for kids 5-11

Jasper is known for its snow-capped mountains, wildlife and abundance of family-friendly activities.But it also has something that is drawing the attention of public health officials: the town has the highest rate in Alberta of five- to 11-year-olds with at...

Pregnant, unvaccinated people vulnerable to severe COVID-19 outcomes, says new study

For Canadians who were pregnant during the pandemic, those who were immunized against COVID-19 were less vulnerable to severe outcomes than those who had not gotten a vaccination, according to new research published this week. The research by the University of British Columbia and...

Alberta expands access to COVID-19 treatment, with new test criteria and more prescribers

The Alberta government has doubled down on its efforts to get the COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid to eligible Albertans, by loosening its testing criteria and expanding the number of health-care professionals who can prescribe it.The requirement for eligible Albertans to have...

For Canadians with long COVID-19, recovery remains a heavy burden

Every morning, Samantha Cover wakes up and braces for what the day will bring.For two years, the mother of four has been living with the post-COVID-19 condition known as long COVID, which has limited her abilities to engage in physical...

Some new doctors who trained during the pandemic worry about gaps in their knowledge

The pandemic has disrupted life in many ways for Canadians, but it has also interrupted learning for a group dedicated to the country's health-care system: medical students and residents.Some residents who finished medical school during the pandemic say COVID-19 restrictions...

Albertans must embrace 2 realities, Hinshaw says on province’s second COVID-19 anniversary

On the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic reaching Alberta, Dr. Deena Hinshaw tried Tuesday to reconcile an "extraordinary" past two years with an uncertain future."Two years ago today, I shared the news that we had our first officially confirmed case of...

Premier calls for end to vaccine mandate for Alberta Health Services staff

Premier Jason Kenney says a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers should be scrapped, but critics say the policy continues to provide important protection for vulnerable patients.The province has directed Alberta Health Services (AHS) to "come back with options" to...

Alberta lifting almost all remaining COVID-19 restrictions March 1

Almost all remaining public health restrictions in Alberta will be lifted on Tuesday as the province proceeds with the second phase of moving to an endemic approach to COVID-19.The "vast majority" of restrictions will end, Premier Jason Kenney said Saturday, during a ribbon-cutting at...
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