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When the opioid epidemic met the coronavirus pandemic

Opioids are prescribed as painkillers. Over prescription can lead to addiction or worse. Photo by Halacious, on Unsplash, CC0.

Sonja Soo, Communications, Education & Outreach editor The opioid crisis in Canada has been a public emergency since 2016. According to the Government of Canada, there have been more than 22,000 opioid toxicity deaths in the last five years. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened opioid-related deaths in Canada—in the months that followed the beginning of […]

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Defining ‘novel’: Health Canada modernizes its regulations for plant breeding

Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor When it comes to the plants and plant-derived foods that we eat, what does novel mean? When is something so different from the existing items on grocery shelves that regulators need to assess its safety before it goes to market? In the world of plant breeding, the line between […]

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Kids and COVID-19: How other coronaviruses may be giving them a leg up

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Jenna Finley, Biology and Life Sciences co-editor Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve all been aware that exhibiting symptoms is not an equal opportunity game. Some people don’t even know they have the COVID-19 virus, while others are fighting for their lives in intensive care units. One group that is more likely to be […]

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Cytomegalovirus: The virus I wish I had known about

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Rana Semaan, Science in Society editor   I was 18 weeks pregnant when I received the following call from my gynecologist: Doctor: Hi, Rana. How are you feeling today? Do you still have a fever? I had elevated liver enzyme levels and a two-week-old low-grade fever. My doctors were trying to find out why. Me: […]

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Lidar and archeology: Modern technology for a historical purpose

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Mary Anne Schoenhardt, Science in Society editor You may know that the iPhone 12 Pro contains a lidar (light detection and ranging) sensor. A remote sensing technique originally developed for space exploration and military defence, lidar is more than just a fancy gadget for your new phone. One of the lesser-known uses of lidar is […]

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