Important message regarding VM-Med’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis

At VM-Med, the health and safety of our patients, our staff and our community are a top priority. That is why, in light of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with recommended safety guidelines, we are limiting the number of appointments at our clinic for an indefinite period. Previously Scheduled Non-Urgent Appointments: If you […]

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Women encouraged to still get mammograms during COVID-19 pandemic

(La Presse Canadienne) — COVID-19 forced the cancellation of many mammograms last spring, but they are now back on and women should not put off their screening appointments because breast cancer can’t be put on “pause mode,” warns the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR). Dr. Jean Seely reports seeing more and more patients who put […]

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‘Demand has skyrocketed’ for seasonal flu shots in Quebec amid COVID-19

(Brayden Jagger Haines/ Global News) — Quebec regional health authorities and pharmacies are bracing for a record year as demand for the seasonal flu shot is at a never-before-seen high. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate greater demand from the population for influenza vaccination,” a spokesperson for the West Island CIUSSS said in a […]

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Organ transplants drop dramatically during pandemic

(Brian Owens/ CMA Journal) — Hospitals are slowly resuming non-emergency procedures as outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) wane across Canada. But for thousands of Canadians waiting for replacement organs, the pandemic continues to disrupt transplant operations and the supply of organs. The slowdown of procedures to free up resources for patients with COVID-19 “delayed […]

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Mums with Covid can safely breastfeed and stay with newborn: study

(Naomi White/ Essential Baby) — Babies born to women with coronavirus do not need to be separated from their mothers and can be breastfed, a new study has found. The study followed 101 newborns born to mums in New York who either had or were suspected of having the virus and found no clinical evidence […]

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The COVID-19 crisis has caused a major rise in anxiety for women giving birth

(Canadian Press) — The pandemic has caused increased stress and anxiety among women who have given birth in recent months, according to a report produced by three community organizations that provide support to women during their pregnancy. An online survey found 38.6 per cent of women said they had dealt with a lot of stress […]

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As cases soar, Quebec’s premier must confront a health crisis and fraying social bonds

(Jonathan Montpetit/ CBC News) — Most Quebecers began a 28-day quasi-quarantine period on Thursday in a state of confusion about what, suddenly, they aren’t allowed to do. The five million people living in Quebec’s COVID-19 red zones — which include Montreal and Quebec City — have been ordered to keep their interactions with friends and […]

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One in seven dire Covid cases may result from a faulty immune response

(Claudia Wallis/ Scientific American) — Perhaps the most unnerving aspect of COVID-19 is its startling range of severity: from completely asymptomatic to deadly. Starting early in the pandemic, researchers identified factors that put people at risk of a serious case of the disease, such as advanced age, having certain chronic diseases and being male. But […]

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Quebec abandons opposition to federal COVID app as new cases surge

(Jonathan Montpetit/ CBC News) — Quebec will start using the federal government’s COVID-19 exposure alert app in the coming days, the provincial government said Tuesday, reversing its earlier opposition to the technology in an effort to slow a rapid increase in infections. The ongoing wave of infections has already prompted the Quebec government to shut […]

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Immune system clues to why Covid is easier on kids

(Robert Preidt/ Healthday News) — Kids and adults have different immune system responses to infection with the new coronavirus, which may help explain why severe COVID-19 is more common in adults, researchers report. For their new study, they examined blood and cell samples from patients admitted with COVID-19 symptoms to the Montefiore Medical Center in […]

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