Ontario’s for-profit nursing homes have 78% more COVID-19 deaths than non-profits, report finds | The Star

For-profit nursing homes have a higher risk of COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths than non-profit facilities, the science table advising Premier Doug Ford … — Read on http://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2021/01/20/ontarios-for-profit-nursing-homes-have-78-more-covid-19-deaths-than-non-profits-report-finds.html Fundamental question: Is capitalism less empathetic than democracy?

More Women Are Freezing Their Eggs During COVID-19 Pandemic | Time

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, fertility clinics expected a downturn. But data collected by TIME show that more women are freezing their eggs now. Here’s why. — Read on time.com/5927516/egg-freezing-covid-19-pandemic/ Well, what do you think of this? No really, what do you think of this practice, it’s timing, it’s risks, and it’s outcomes?

Amid an uproar over cancelled tests, some say the body that oversees medical exams for resident doctors seeking licences is ‘obsolete’ | The Star

The Medical Council of Canada, a charity with $54 million in assets last year, is under fire as residents say the way medical education is run means s… — Read on http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/01/04/amid-an-uproar-over-cancelled-tests-some-say-the-body-that-oversees-medical-exams-for-resident-doctors-seeking-licences-is-obsolete.html The world routinely kept from the public.

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COVID-19 has forced big changes on med schools. Will some newly graduated doctors miss out on key experience? | The Star

Students at Canadian schools this year have had fewer opportunities to see patients, attend procedures and explore specialties. First of two parts. — Read on http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/01/03/covid-19-has-forced-big-changes-on-med-schools-will-some-newly-graduated-doctors-miss-out-on-key-experience.html Many issues have yet to be resolved for a smooth predictable curriculum and practice experience to pan out.

Record numbers in Ontario

I strongly suspect the TBDHSC will soon have ‘farm out’ patient rooms into the community, ie, the LSSR Armoury, vacant schools, vacant public and private buildings, Lakehead University, etc. Similar moves may have to occur across the province if ICU numbers skyrocket. http://www.cp24.com/mobile/ontario-reports-record-number-of-covid-19-cases-for-third-straight-day-as-number-of-patients-in-icu-reaches-alarming-new-high-1.5249601

Long COVID guidelines need to reflect lived experience – The Lancet

Long COVID guidelines need to reflect lived experience – The Lancet — Read on http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32705-7/fulltext This is a very important and courageous analysis that needs to be broadcast. Families particularly are affected by the long-term effects not previously talked about.

Holiday pause on COVID-19 vaccinations draws outrage as head of Toronto’s largest hospital network blames limited supply and staff burnout | The Star

As Ontario trails all other provinces in its vaccination rate, healthcare workers took to social media to criticize the closure of some clinics saying… — Read on http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/12/28/holiday-pause-on-covid-19-vaccinations-draws-outrage-as-head-of-torontos-largest-hospital-network-blames-limited-supply-and-staff-burnout.html

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Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses… — Read on apnews.com/article/nurses-wanted-swamped-hospitals-pandemic-0509a4a0b9e9860ad6be60379bc20a41

Canadian military prepares to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution | CTV News

The Canadian military says it is making plans to play a role in the eventual rollout of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide. As positive news about potential vaccines continues to make headlines, there are already military teams “fully integrated” with the Public Health Agency of Canada on planning for what’s set to be a herculean effort: getting … Continue reading

The association between loneliness and depressive symptoms among adults aged 50 years and older: a 12-year population-based cohort study – The Lancet Psychiatry

The association between loneliness and depressive symptoms among adults aged 50 years and older: a 12-year population-based cohort study – The Lancet Psychiatry — Read on http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30383-7/fulltext

Converted shipping containers help in fight against COVID-19 – TBNewsWatch.com

Seniors in care homes able to see family, connect safely — Read on http://www.tbnewswatch.com/spotlight/converted-shipping-containers-help-in-fight-against-covid-19-2853636 Great idea!! Is Thunder Bay next in line?

Unwanted thoughts are easier to control when rested

A recent study concludes that unwelcome thoughts occur more frequently and are harder to suppress when an individual experiences sleep deprivation. — Read on http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/unwanted-thoughts-are-easier-to-control-when-rested A reciprocal relationship.

Family doctor shortage remains critical in Thunder Bay – TBNewsWatch.com

Nearly one in five residents in the city is without a primary care provider, despite ongoing efforts to recruit new doctors to the region. — Read on http://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/family-doctor-shortage-remains-critical-in-thunder-bay-2830888 It’s going to get much worse before it gets better. University grads should well consider applying to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), as their services … Continue reading