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Influenza and heart disease » The surprising connection that might convince you to get your flu vaccine

Science Daily »

It’s well-known that the flu can lead to significant respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia, bronchitis and bacterial infection of the lungs. The virus’ effects on the heart have historically been harder to parse out, in part because many patients already have a known predisposition to cardiac events and in part because the cardiac event often occurs weeks after the onset of the flu.

But here’s what recent research has shown:

  • Cardiovascular deaths and influenza epidemics spike around the same time.
  • Patients are six times more likely to experience a heart attack the week after influenza infection than they are at any point during the year prior or the year after the infection.
  • In one study looking at 336,000 hospital admissions for flu, 11.5% experienced a serious cardiac event.
  • Another study looking at 90,000 lab-confirmed influenza infections showed a strikingly similar rate of 11.7% experiencing an acute cardiovascular event.
  • One in eight patients, or 12.5%, admitted to the hospital with influenza experienced a cardiovascular event, with 31% of those requiring intensive care and 7% dying as a result of the event, another study found.

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Canadians with mixed-dose COVID-19 vaccines eligible to enter U.S.

Canadian Press »

People who received doses of two or more different COVID-19 vaccines will be considered eligible to enter the United States next month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This will apply to Canadians crossing the land border, which reopens for non-essential travel Nov. 8. There are nearly four million Canadians who have received doses of two or more vaccines.

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The new U.S. policy will will require foreign national travellers from 33 countries to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days prior to boarding an airplane. The policy applies to both those travelling by plane and over land from Canada and Mexico. » NY Times / CBS News / NBC News

Tour de France for Women has been announced

Fred Dreier, Outside Magazine »

The event broadcasted the details of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes, the highly anticipated new stage race for pro women. The eight-day Tour de France Femmes will replace the old La Course by le Tour de France, which was a single-day event held in various locations across from 2014 until 2021.

For years, critics have blasted Tour de France organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) for not building La Course by le Tour de France into a stage race on par with the men’s event. After all, there used to be a women’s Tour de France that ran from 1984 until its demise due to financial difficulty in 1989. And these days, other race promoters operate multi-day events for pro women, such as the Giro d’Italia Donne, which is ten days long.

The race packs in 640 miles and plenty of climbs as it traces a route from Paris, across northeastern France, and into the Vosges mountains, where it concludes with back-to-back climbing stages.

The race kicks off on July 24, the final day of the men’s Tour de France, with a fast and frenetic route on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The peloton then tackles a series of hilly and flat stages across northeastern France, before heading into the Vosges.

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