Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst

Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst

Editorial Let’s hope for the best  and prepare for the worst The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to mas’ makers in 2020 but as we face the prospect of a second wave of the deadly virus, the Festival Management Committee  (FMC) which runs the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, is looking forward to better days […]

Pesco-Mediterranean diet, intermittent fasting may lower heart disease risk

Pesco-Mediterranean diet, intermittent fasting may lower heart disease risk

FOCUS ON HEALTH Pesco-Mediterranean diet, intermittent fasting may lower heart disease risk   A Pesco-Mediterranean diet rich in plants, nuts, whole grains, extra-virgin olive oil, and fish and/or seafood is ideal for optimizing cardiovascular health, according to a cumulative review published last week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Intermittent fasting is […]

Immigrants and refugees comprise nearly half of Ontario’s COVID-19 cases – report

Immigrants and refugees comprise nearly half  of Ontario’s COVID-19 cases – report

 Immigrants, refugees and other newcomers accounted for nearly 44 per cent of Ontario’s COVID-19 cases in the first half of the year, according to a report released last week by the ICES, a non-profit research institute based in Toronto. ICES examined provincial health administrative data collected between Jan. 15 and June 13, 2020. Immigrants and […]

TAIBU to receive $800,000 for mental health programs for Black Canadians

TAIBU to receive $800,000 for mental health programs  for Black Canadians

TAIBU Community Health Centre (TCHC) in Malvern, Ontario will  receive $800,000 in funding from the federal government to help provide culturally appropriate and focused mental  health programs for Black Canadians. The multidisciplinary, non-for-profit health centre is  one of 22 community organizations across Canada which will benefit from an investment of $11.5 million to promote mental […]

Church events in Toronto, Vaughan linked to COVID-19 cases

Church events in Toronto, Vaughan linked to COVID-19 cases

Public health units in Toronto and York regions are warning of a COVID-19 outbreak linked to two church events held in the Greater Toronto Area last month. In a joint release issued on Friday, Toronto Public Health and York Region Public Health said the Miracle Arena for All Nations events took place on August 16 […]

Black Canadians hit harder by COVID-19 – national study

Black Canadians hit harder by COVID-19 – national study

Black Canadians are being hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19 physically and financially, according to a new study  which was carried out by the Edmonton-based African Canadian Civic Engagement Council and Innovative Research Group. The study looked at the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 from the perspectives of Black Canadians and those in the broader […]

Making your home office posture friendly

Making your home office posture friendly

By Virginia Nsitem During  the current COVID-19 outbreak, many people transformed their dining rooms and kitchen tables to their home office. Unfortunately, these home work-spaces are not designed for sitting and working on the computer for over eight hours per day. This can lead to headaches, neck and back pain, and joint pain in the […]

What you need to know about vaccines

What you need to know about vaccines

Vaccines save lives. That’s the message Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic, wants the public to know. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Sampathkumar says it is doubly important that everyone get a flu vaccine. While getting a flu vaccine won’t protect against COVID-19, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce […]

Project launched to test members of the Black community in Ontario for COVID-19 immunity

Project launched to test members of the Black community in Ontario for COVID-19 immunity

A team of researchers has started testing persons in the Black community in Ontario  for COVID-19 infection “as indicated by antibody responses. ” Lead  investigator Dr. Upton Allen, head of the is the Infectious Diseases Division  at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, says persons  with antibody responses to COVID-19 are more likely than […]

How vitamin C could help over 50s retain muscle mass

How vitamin C could help over 50s retain muscle mass

Vitamin C could be the key to better muscles in later life—according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). A study published  last week shows that older people who eat plenty of vitamin C—commonly found in citrus fruits, berries and vegetables—have the best skeletal muscle mass. This is important because people tend […]

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