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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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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Lipid nanoparticles: The underrated invention behind the vaccine revolution

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Nada Salem, Chemistry editor The race to develop vaccines for COVID-19 marks the beginning of a new chapter in medicine: one where we have solutions for previously incurable diseases, more precise therapies, and phenomenally faster drug development. New frontiers in ribonucleic acid (RNA) medicine play a prominent role in this development. Ribonucleic acid is a short […]

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Beating covidsomnia

Nada Salem and Zahra Nasser, Chemistry co-editors Google searches for ‘insomnia’ have surged in the last few months, reflecting people’s concerns about their changing sleep patterns. Sleep is a complex process involving a network of mechanisms. When one mechanism falters, our sleep is negatively affected. An extreme example of this disruption is insomnia – a […]

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