Can mindfulness help anxiety? Study suggests meditation works as well as drugs – National |

Mindfulness meditation worked as well as a standard drug for treating anxiety in the first head-to-head comparison. The study tested a widely used mindfulness program that includes 2 1/2 hours of classes weekly and 45 minutes of daily practice at home. Participants were randomly assigned to the program or daily use of a generic drug sold under the … Read more

U.S. flu hospitalizations spike to highest level in a decade: health officials – National |

An early fall spike in influenza cases has pushed U.S. hospitalization rates for the illness to the highest in a decade for this time of year, officials said on Friday, noting that vaccination rates are down. The rising flu cases come alongside pressure on hospitals from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID cases, officials … Read more

As U.S. abortion bans take midterm centre stage, a clinic helping Canadians faces a crunch – National |

Dr. Warren Hern has clear memories from the years before Roe v. Wade granted women the right to an abortion. He and his medical school classmates would stay up all night caring for sick women. At first, he said he didn’t understand why they were so ill. Then he learned the women had all tried … Read more

Some Pine-Sol products recalled in Canada, U.S. over potential bacteria exposure – National |

If you happen to have a bottle of Pine-Sol all-purpose cleaner among your cleaning supplies, it might be time to throw it out. According to a recent recall issued in Canada and the U.S., that bottle of cleaning liquid might be tainted with a bacteria that could cause serious illness in those with compromised immune … Read more

Pregnancy-related deaths spiked in U.S. amid COVID impacts. Here’s why – National |

COVID-19 drove a dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy or childbirth complications in the U.S. last year, a crisis that has disproportionately claimed Black and Hispanic women as victims, according to a report released Wednesday. The report lays out grim trends across the country for expectant mothers and their newborn … Read more

U.S. should follow Canada and scrap COVID-19 border rules, lawmakers urge White House – National |

Lawmakers from the northern United States are cheering reports that Canada is poised to abandon COVID-19 vaccination rules for foreign visitors, and want President Joe Biden’s administration to follow suit. Montana Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week to urge him to lift the vaccine requirement for truck … Read more

‘The pandemic is over’ Biden says, as hundreds in U.S. die of COVID-19 daily – National |

By Trevor Hunnicutt Reuters Posted September 19, 2022 8:33 am     Updated September 19, 2022 8:34 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ U.S. President Joe Biden said in an interview aired on Sunday that “the pandemic is over,” even though the country continues to grapple … Read more

WHO ‘advises against’ 2 COVID treatments that may not work on Omicron variants – National |

Two COVID-19 antibody therapies are no longer recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), on the basis that Omicron and the variant’s latest offshoots have likely rendered them obsolete. The two therapies – which are designed to work by binding to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 to neutralize the virus’ ability to infect cells – … Read more

Monkeypox death reported in California, believed to be 1st in U.S. – National |

A Los Angeles County resident with a compromised immune system has died from monkeypox, local health officials announced Monday. It’s believed to be the first U.S. fatality from the disease. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the cause of death, and a spokesperson said it was confirmed by an autopsy. The patient … Read more

A Key Solution to Gun Violence Is Sitting on a Desk in the U.S. Senate

We are both survivors of mass shootings. Four years and 140 days apart, on Valentine’s Day in Parkland and Independence Day in Highland Park, gunmen disrupted what should have been days of carnation grams and family barbecues, killing a combined 24 of our classmates, neighbors, and friends. Our hometown communities suffered, and continue to suffer, … Read more