Carly Weeks, The Globe and Mail

Carly Weeks

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Past articles by Carly:

At a virtual long COVID clinic, patients across Ontario access care and find support

Providence Healthcare’s virtual program has helped hundreds of long COVID patients connect and navigate life with a condition scientists are still trying to figure out → Read More

B.C.’s universal contraception coverage inspires call for funded birth control across Canada

At an estimated cost of $119-million, B.C.’s new plan taking effect April 1 will cover the cost of contraception, including birth-control pills and emergency contraception medication Plan B → Read More

Queen’s University to open satellite campus in the James Bay region to train Indigenous youth in health care careers

Queen’s Weeneebayko Health Education Program will make it easier for people to start careers as nurses or other health professionals, while helping ensure people have improved access to health services → Read More

Executive director of federal drug-pricing agency to step down

Second high-profile resignation hits Ottawa’s drug-price regulator amid assertions government is interfering with reform process → Read More

Board member of federal drug-pricing agency resigns over concerns about panel’s independence

In resignation letter, former member of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board says Ottawa has undermined the group’s independence, and appears to be caving to pharmaceutical industry interests → Read More

Routine school-based vaccinations plummeted in Ontario during the pandemic, new report finds

Decreases in routine childhood immunizations put many people at heightened risk of illness and disease → Read More

Paxlovid still offers high-risk COVID-19 patients protection against hospital admissions, study says

New study suggests that higher-risk individuals will continue to benefit from taking Paxlovid after testing positive for COVID-19 during the Omicron era → Read More

Medical regulatory bodies say they’re facing more abuse, harassment as public frustration mounts

Experts say harassment of health workers a concerning sign of eroding trust in medical institutions → Read More

If your kids don’t watch Disney, should you go to Disney World?

The magic is that it’s a place where you can relive parts of your childhood, finding your inner, forgotten, fun self → Read More

Vaccine hesitancy, COVID conspiracies led to thousands of deaths, high cost for health care system, report finds

Report published by Ottawa non-profit, Council of Canadian Academies, shows how misinformation is eroding trust in public institutions and exacerbating health crises → Read More

Pediatricians can accurately diagnose autism spectrum disorder in many cases, new study suggests

The Canadian study’s findings suggest there is a pathway to make the process easier and faster for families as children won’t have to wait to be diagnosed by an accredited medical professional → Read More

Nova Scotia hospitals to add more staff to ER departments in response to health care crisis

The government’s announcement follows two recent cases where patients waited hours in ER and died before they were able to see a doctor → Read More

Emergency room deaths in Nova Scotia rose 10% to 558 in 2022, data show

According to Nova Scotia’s health authority, the deaths represent less than 1 per cent of the total number of patients who attended ERs in the province last year → Read More

A weight-loss drug everyone wants is exposing myths about obesity

People living with obesity and clinicians say discussion around Wegovy and Ozempic has veered down a toxic road, highlighting long-standing biases against people whose health is severely affected by carrying extra weight → Read More

Requirement of negative COVID-19 test for travellers from China will not reduce the spread in Canada, experts say

The policy could be a way to force China to be more transparent in the way they share COVID-19 related data, epidemiology professor says → Read More

Ontario’s new drug plan will require a swap of brand-name biologic medications for cheaper versions

The mandatory switching policy - already adopted in B.C. and Alberta - will save money and better ensure the long-term sustainability of the province’s drug plan, according to a government official → Read More

Hospitals prepare for the holidays with surge clinics and second ICUs

Physicians and health leaders are adapting their operations to ensure the system is there for those who need it as the holidays approach → Read More

Premiers call for meeting with Trudeau on health care funding, demand more cash with no strings attached

The premiers made clear on Friday that they will not accept any accountability measures attached to new spending → Read More

Unions discuss court ruling labour bill unconstitutional

Nursing groups and teaching organizations have been speaking out against the legislation since it was passed → Read More

New Ontario law for hospital bed shortages worsens situation for patients, advocates say

Experts and advocates say the law is making a hospital admission the only route to securing a care-home bed → Read More