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Alberta should brace for fall flu and COVID-19 waves: Hinshaw
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Alberta should brace for fall flu and COVID-19 waves: Hinshaw

Alberta’s healthcare system is bracing for a combined wave of increased COVID-19 and influenza cases this fall and winter. “We do recognize that we’re going to get another flu season that is going to come in that will impact capacity, as well as potentially another wave of COVID,” Health Minister Jason Copping said Wednesday at an unrelated news conference. “We are putting plans in place to be able to manage that.”In a written statement, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said it’s “reasonable to expect” more respiratory viruses like influenza, RSV and COVID-19 to circulate in the fall and winter. She pointed to the influenza season Australia is dealing with right now – a season that runs from May to October in the southern hemisphere. Read more: Ontario Scie...
"Back to the office"? Not so fast…
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"Back to the office"? Not so fast…

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies are transitioning their employees back from working remotely to working in the office, or some hybrid of the two – and many workers are saying no. Correspondent David Pogue looks at how employers and employees are responding to a new business paradigm. Source link
Exercise Rates Still Haven’t Recovered From Pandemic, Global Study Shows – Consumer Health News
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Exercise Rates Still Haven’t Recovered From Pandemic, Global Study Shows – Consumer Health News

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic stopped people in their tracks, reducing their physical activity. And daily "step counts" still haven't reached previous numbers, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco examined worldwide trends in physical activity by measuring step counts in the two years following the start of the pandemic. Step counts were distinctly lower early in the pandemic compared to pre-pandemic levels and remained lower for the first two years of the global crisis, the study team found."As the global pandemic persists, understanding its long-term ramifications on physical activity is crucial," said cardiologist and study co-author Dr. Geoffrey Tison. Exercise guidelines for Americans call for at ...
States tap historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates to offset inflation hit on residents
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States tap historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates to offset inflation hit on residents

Stoked by the largest surplus in state history, Missouri's Republican-led Legislature devised a $500 million plan to send one-time tax refunds to millions of households. In a shock to some, GOP Governor Mike Parson vetoed it. Parson's objection: He wanted a bigger, longer-lasting tax cut. "Now is the time for the largest income tax cut in our state's history," Parson declared as he called lawmakers back for a September special session to consider a $700 million permanent tax reduction. Upon the plan's likely approval, Missouri will join at least 31 states that already have enacted some type of tax cut or rebate this year — an astounding outpouring of billions of tax dollars back to the people. Idaho lawmakers are convening Thursday to conside...
Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate protest at Western University sees hundreds
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Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate protest at Western University sees hundreds

Hundreds in London, Ont., spent yesterday at a protest against the University of Western Ontario‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Demonstrators marched around the southwestern Ontario campus and listened to speakers denounce the school’s decision to mandate booster doses of the vaccine for staff, students and some visitors.Organizer Kendra Hancock says she hopes the demonstration will lead to public negotiations and more student consultation over the university’s rules, which also include mandatory masking in classrooms. Trending Stories Western is the only university in Canada to mandate booster shots for all staff and students on campus. 1:12 ...
Western University warns anti-COVID-19 mandate protest could be ‘dangerous’
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Western University warns anti-COVID-19 mandate protest could be ‘dangerous’

A group of Western University students is planning to hold a protest Saturday against the school’s COVID-19 mandates. The London, Ont., university announced Monday that anyone on campus in the fall must have at least three COVID-19 shots and wear masks in classrooms.In a statement, Western said it’s aware of the planned student protest. Read more: UWOFA applauds Western’s COVID booster mandate as Brescia charts own policy course “It has also come to our attention that groups not associated with our campus community are looking to use this peaceful protest as a platform to express their own grievances,” the statement read. “We are concerned that this event will be used for reasons other than what our students have planned, creating a risk of it becoming disru...
CDC: 72% of Americans Should Be Masking or Considering the Mitigation Measure | Health News
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CDC: 72% of Americans Should Be Masking or Considering the Mitigation Measure | Health News

The number of Americans who should be masking while indoors in public is on the decline, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.According to the CDC’s COVID-19 community levels, nearly 24% of the population should be masking while indoors. Almost 48% of the U.S. should consider masking while inside public spaces based on their risk for severe COVID-19.The total percentage of people who should be masking or considering the measure – close to 72% of the U.S. population – has been declining for weeks. Last week, the number was 78%, while the week before that it was 82%.The declining percentages come as new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are also decreasing, suggesting that the latest coronavirus wave in the U.S. has peaked. The U.S. is averaging abo...
Japan Govt Calls for Officials to Review Ties With Unification Church
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Japan Govt Calls for Officials to Review Ties With Unification Church

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese cabinet members need to check and review their ties with the Unification Church to alleviate public concerns, a government spokesperson said on Monday, in a response to tumbling approval ratings for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida."Regarding the issues related to the Unification Church, we should pay enough attention to relationships with organizations that are socially criticized, so people won't have concerns," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a regular news conference.Longstanding links between the strongly anti-communist church, which critics call a cult, and Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, have come into spotlight, hurting the popularity of Kishida's government, in the wake of the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assassi...
Global Shares Mostly Higher Amid Risks, Volatility Worries
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Global Shares Mostly Higher Amid Risks, Volatility Worries

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business WriterTOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly rose Tuesday, despite investor risk reflected in negative economic data out of China, and analysts warned that volatility may lie ahead.European shares gained in early trading. The benchmark in Tokyo finished little changed, while indexes in South Korea and Australia gained. Hong Kong's benchmark slipped, while Shanghai shares rose.France's CAC 40 added 0.4% in early trading to 6,598.28. Germany's DAX rose 0.6% to 13,904.68. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.4% to 7,539.93. U.S. shares were set to drift moderately lower with Dow futures inching down to 33,869.00. S&P 500 futures fell nearly 0.1% to 4,295.00.Falling oil prices are one positive factor for the region. In Japan, recent economic data have shown a recovery, bu...
Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis
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Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law.San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy chain “continually violated what they were required to do under the federal Controlled Substances Act,” failing to track opioid prescriptions, preventing pharmacists from vetting prescriptions and “nor did they see the many red flags of physicians and others who were dramatically over-prescribing.”“Pharmacists were pressured to fill, fill, fill," he said, “and as a result, Walgreens filled our streets with op...