Month: November 2023

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  • November 28, 2023

Swimmer witnesses surprise fight between octopus and sea lion

CBC News Lindsay Bryant was getting ready for a swim when a sea lion thrashing in the water nearby caught her attention. “At first I thought, “Oh, he’s just catching fish,’” the Nanaimo, BC, woman said. “Then I kind of saw him struggling a bit … so that’s when I pulled out my phone.” Bryant watched this go on […]

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  • November 28, 2023

The last flu season was a bad one. What’s in store this year?

Global News As flu season sweeps in with its familiar symptoms of coughs and sneezes across Canada, a glimmer of relief emerges: health experts say that while cases are on the rise, the increase is notably below average compared with preceding years. Last year at this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said influenza […]

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  • November 28, 2023

Researchers return to Alzheimer’s vaccines, buoyed by recent drug success

The Globe and Mail Breakthrough Alzheimer’s treatments that remove toxic proteins from the brain have revived interest in vaccines to treat the memory-robbing disease, potentially offering a cheaper, easy-to-administer option for millions of people, according to interviews with 10 scientists and company executives. Clinical trials are under way or completed for at least seven Alzheimer’s […]

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  • November 28, 2023

BC avian flu cases rise rapidly in unprecedented, deadly outbreak

Times Colonist Dread slips over Juschka Clarke at the sound of wild geese in the distance. “I bet you don’t even hear that,” the Chilliwack chicken farmer said to a neighbour. “But I do. I’m always listening for the wild birds.” Wild birds are largely responsible for the spread of avian influenza in BC, with […]

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  • November 28, 2023

Special security workers to reduce violence, increase empathy at health care facilities

My Campbell River Now The province has made good on a promise last year to hire more specialized security for BC hospitals. Today Adrian Dix says 320 new “relational security” workers have been hired for all 26 hospitals and health care sites identified last year as priorities, including a mental health facility in Cowichan. The […]

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  • November 28, 2023

Deep sleep, memory formation go hand-in-hand. Scientists are also finding links to dementia

CBC News Shift workers sleeping at erratic hours. Students pulling all-nighters. Menopausal women tossing and turning in bed from hot flashes. There are a host of reasons why people have periods of poor sleep. And anyone who’s endured back-to-back nights of sub-par slumber likely knows the result: Feelings of brain fog, grogginess or even memory issues. In […]

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