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Stereotypes about the elderly having more than their fair share can be heightened during times of crisis when resources are seen to be scarce. (Shutterstock)

The pandemic played into ageist stereotypes, but intergenerational contact and co-operation can overcome them

To reduce ageist perceptions of older people, we should encourage collectivist norms and the importance of acting for the common good.
COVID-19 emergency status prompted coordinated vaccination efforts by health care providers, paramedics, volunteers and others. Wesley Lapointe / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Biden’s plan for ending the emergency declaration for COVID-19 signals a pivotal point in the pandemic – 4 questions answered

President Joe Biden’s intention to end the national COVID-19 emergency will have long-lasting ripple effects on federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Exemptions from funding cuts are needed to ensure trans and non-binary people can get medical care. (Shutterstock)

Cuts to telehealth in Ontario mean fewer trans and non-binary people will have access to life-saving health care

The closure of the virtual Connect-Clinic means fewer trans and non-binary people will get the vital health-care services they need.
Regular physical activity helps to prevent and manage many chronic diseases. Amorn Suriyan/Shutterstock

Children and teens aren’t doing enough physical activity - new study sounds a health warning

Factors such as having supportive family and friends, safer communities, positive school environments and adequate resources, are often associated with more physical activity.
The FDA advisory committee discussed vaccine safety, effectiveness of the current shots, potential seasonality of COVID-19 and more. wildpixel/iStock via Getty Images Plus

FDA advisory committee votes unanimously in favor of a one-shot COVID-19 vaccine approach – 5 questions answered

Many questions remain about next steps for US vaccine policy. But the FDA advisory panel’s hearty endorsement of a single-composition COVID-19 vaccine represents a pivotal step.
An accurate count of COVID-19 deaths is critical both scientifically and politically. Douglas Rissing/iStock via Getty Images Plus

COVID-19 deaths in the US continue to be undercounted, research shows, despite claims of ‘overcounts’

Taking into consideration the number of excess deaths caused by COVID-19 compared with pre-pandemic years is critical to getting an accurate accounting of the pandemic’s real toll.

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