Joanna Frketich, Hamilton Spectator

Joanna Frketich

Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Joanna:

COVID in Hamilton wastewater increasing

One in five Hamiltonians had a COVID booster in the last six months → Read More

COVID outbreaks with more than 100 infections persist at Hamilton seniors’ homes

So far in 2023, three Hamilton long-term care homes have had nearly half of their residents test positive in large outbreaks → Read More

McMaster study finds childhood abuse accelerates aging in adults

‘Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with poor health outcomes in later life’ → Read More

Hamilton study looks at N95 masks for all face shapes

The research looked at whether the existing standard masks offer the same fit, comfort and breathability for women and people of diverse backgrounds → Read More

McMaster researchers look for alternatives to opioids for acute dental pain

Of dental visits between 2011 and 2015, 29 per cent of prescribed opioids exceeded the recommended morphine equivalent → Read More

Highly transmissible COVID subvariant Kraken spreading in Hamilton

The city has reported the COVID death of a Hamiltonian in their 40s, the 10th local pandemic fatality in this age group. While overall COVID spread continues to decrease locally, new data from Public Health Ontario details the fast spread of the highly transmissible subvariant Kraken in Hamilton. The variant — officially named XBB.1.5 — made up three per cent of Hamilton’s cases from Dec. 18 to… → Read More

McMaster research looks into origins of bubonic plague

The origin, evolution and dissemination of the plague have been difficult to pinpoint. → Read More

McMaster study on COVID treatment one of CMAJ’s most-read articles of 2022

The McMaster systematic review and meta-analysis of antiviral drug treatments came in at number 19. → Read More

Federal NDP leader calls for fix to nursing crisis in Hamilton

Call out timed to line up with upcoming health care deal negotiations → Read More

Commercial truck crashes into Stoney Creek car wash

Highway 8 closed after large truck damages bay at MJ’s EZEE Clean car wash → Read More

Winds up to 80 km/h forecast for Sunday in Hamilton

Special weather statement issued hours after cold weather alert cancelled → Read More

COVID outbreak tops 100 cases at second Hamilton long-term care home

A Hamiltonian in their 60s is one of seven COVID deaths reported in a week → Read More

Will private clinics drain Hamilton’s already short-staffed hospitals?

Hamilton Health Sciences had to create a controversial new job because of staff shortages in operating rooms → Read More

Four Hamilton youth a week go to ER for self harm

Child health is one of four priorities for public health in 2023 → Read More

Can Hamilton change public health governance on its own?

Councillors look to bring diverse voices to board of health — without waiting for provincial approval → Read More

Grace Villa COVID outbreak tops 100 cases

Long-term care home was site of city’s worst pandemic outbreak → Read More

Backlog of 2,332 surgeries at McMaster Children’s Hospital

Hospital leaders call for urgent investment and expansion of McMaster → Read More

Respiratory outbreaks have more than doubled in three weeks, new Hamilton data shows

Wastewater samples show COVID is also rising. → Read More

McMaster Children’s Hospital gets ICU beds to cope with crisis

Questions around how to staff the beds as hospital considers asking for outside help → Read More

Cuts coming to Hamilton mental health and addiction services

Budget frozen by province will lead to reduced staffing in city programs. → Read More