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June 26th marks the second edition of National Cancer Wellness Awareness Day. The goal of the day is to get Canadians talking about cancer wellness. This year, COVID-19 makes including wellness in the oncology treatment plan more important than ever.

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The following column appeared in an August 2005 edition of The Suburban. I think we are all gamblers, taking unnecessary risks, being lulled into complacency by declining numbers of new COVID-19 cases. I believe we may still get another round of infections that can lead to many more deaths.

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National Blood Donor Week (June 8-14) was an opportunity to extend heartfelt thanks to all donors and partners across the country for their commitment, agility and lifesaving contributions to Canada’s Lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout the year.

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Smoking is the best-known risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a debilitating lung condition that can severely limit a person’s day-to-day activities. But curiously, only a minority of lifelong smokers develops the disease, while non-smokers represent more than 25% o…

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As if there wasn’t already enough to deal with, our emergency rooms are back to the overcapacity situation that they had been in pre-pandemic. The daily number of new patients coming to be seen in our emergency rooms is lower than they were back in January and early February, but the hospita…

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I wrote this column several years ago when we had the H5N1 virus. Certain conditions that existed then still do now with COVID-19. We got out of that one, as for this one, we can only keep our fingers crossed – that is after we wash them!

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The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) is currently looking for 300 health professionals and workers in Quebec to participate in a unique study on the “ Factors associated with burnout in Quebec health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study”.