This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Canada’s first case of coronavirus not linked to travel suggests we need to expand our surveillance systems toRead More →

This year’s broadcast started with a six-minute celebration of China’s international Belt and Road infrastructure projects — as interpreted via ethnic dance.  Then came the traditional musical salute to the Lunar New Year, with women waving feathered fans and men dressed like caped superheroes. A pair of comedians took the stage,Read More →

Latest developments: 908 novel coronavirus deaths in mainland China 40,171 confirmed cases in mainland China  66 more coronavirus cases confirmed aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing total to 130  Seven confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada (three in Ontario and four in B.C.) More than 200 Canadians airlifted from Wuhan, China, inRead More →

Medical screening at airports, border crossings and health-care institutions takes on new urgency when a viral threat looms. Tuesday’s announcement of the first infection in the U.S. — a man who returned to the Seattle area last week after travelling to the outbreak’s epicentre in Wuhan, central China — adds to the roughly 440 peopleRead More →