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Jacob Thompson: Cancer patient celebrates holidays early

Jacob Thompson: Cancer patient celebrates holidays early

Jacob Thompson was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma in February of 2014 when he was just 5 years old. Amazingly, Jacob is now 9 but the family says his time is limited and he won’t be leaving the hospital. Jacob was admitted to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, on 11 October 2017. Considering how little ... Read More »

Noticing nature can increase your happiness, says new research

Noticing nature can increase your happiness, says new study

A new study shows a connection between taking a moment to look at something from the natural environment and personal well-being. A UBC scientist says there’s truth to the idea that spending time outdoors is a direct line to happiness. In fact, Holli-Anne Passmore says if people simply take time to notice the nature around them, it will increase their ... Read More »

Researchers develop program to identify suicidal thoughts

Researchers develop program to identify suicidal thoughts

Researchers were able to spot suicidal thoughts on a brain scan – paving the way to new methods for screening people at risk of taking their own life. The groundbreaking study by Carnegie Mellon University showed unique brain activity in suicidal people when they heard death-related words. “There really is a difference in the way [suicidal] people think about certain ... Read More »

Scientists discover ‘sense of touch’ in bacteria

Scientists discover 'sense of touch' in bacteria

A study group at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum has now discovered that bacteria not only respond to chemical signals, but also possess a sense of touch. In their recent publication in “Science”, the researchers demonstrate how bacteria recognize surfaces and respond to this mechanical stimulus within seconds. This mechanism is also used by pathogens to colonize and attack their ... Read More »

Electronic Patch-and-app system prevents premature ejaculation

Electronic Patch-and-app system prevents premature ejaculation

Virility Medical is a privately held Israeli medical device start-up company, committed to the development of climax control of premature ejaculation. The company is in advanced clinical stage, developing an intimate skin patch with neuromodulation capabilities. Premature ejaculation is the most common male sexual dysfunction, causing men to ejaculate in the first minute following penetration. The problem affects an estimated ... Read More »

Stanford research finds link between marijuana and sex

Stanford research finds link between marijuana and sex

Smoking a joint may lead to more than just the munchies and a buzz. According to a new study from Stanford University, pot smokers have significantly more sex than non-smokers —and the conclusions are pretty definitive. The findings, published online Oct. 27 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, are based on an analysis of more than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45. ... Read More »

Hockey research suggests injured kids sent back on ice too soon

Hockey research suggests injured kids sent back on ice too soon

Young hockey players who have suffered concussions may still show changes in the white matter of the brain months after being cleared to return to play, researchers at Western University have found through sophisticated Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques. “During the early teen years, the brain is still not fully developed and as it continues to grow and mature, it ... Read More »

Better food choices near schools for healthier teeth, researchers say

Better food choices near schools for healthier teeth, researchers say

There’s something endearing about the crooked, gapped-tooth smiles of children whose permanent teeth are coming in. While it’s normal for adult teeth to show up at very different times, should we expect the same good oral health conditions for all children at all times? In Québec there has been no impact study on oral health promotion since provincial guidelines were ... Read More »

Ovarian cancer starts 6.5 years before it turns deadly, Says New Study

Ovarian cancer starts 6.5 years before it turns deadly, Says New Study

Ovarian cancer begins in the fallopian tubes six-and-a-half years before it turns into the ‘silent killer’, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins suggests. Some researcherss have suspected that the most common form of ovarian cancer may originate in the fallopian tubes, the thin fibrous tunnels that connect the ovaries to the uterus. The fifth-largest cause of cancer deaths ... Read More »