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Scientist makes improvements to surgical masks

Scientist makes improvements to surgical masks

A Scientist at the University of Alberta has found a way to improve one of the most fundamental pieces of medical equipment, and he did it using something you’d find on your kitchen table. Hyo-Jick Choi, a professor in the University of Alberta Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, noticed that many people wear a simple surgical-style mask for protection ... Read More »

Life in heavy traffic zones causes dementia, says new research

Researchers Think Heavy Traffic Could Be Causing Dementia

A study on six million adults in Canada indicated that living next to a crowded motorway or highway raises dementia risk by 7 percent. Researchers from the University of Toronto and Public Health Ontario tracked 6.6 million people in Ontario, Canada, over the decade to 2012. They found that the closer people lived to busy roads, the greater their risk ... Read More »

Flu season is on its way: Here’s what you need to know

Flu season is on its way: Here's what you need to know

Annually, the flu impacts more and more people each year. There are various causes of this, including our dependence on our cell phones, which harbor far more germs than we’d like to believe. The key to beating the flu in 2017 is to get a 2017 flu vaccine. Question: Is this year worse than other recent years? This seems to ... Read More »

Saskatchewan moving to consolidate 12 health regions into 1

Saskatchewan moving to consolidate 12 health regions into 1

The Saskatchewan government has announced it’s moving to consolidate the province’s 12 health regions into one provincial health authority. Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter announced on Wednesday the province plans to consolidate the existing 12 Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) into a single Provincial Health Authority. “One Provincial Health Authority that is focused on better co-ordination of health services across the ... Read More »

NIH: Infants should be fed peanuts to stave off allergies, Report

NIH: Infants should be fed peanuts to stave off allergies, Report

New research suggests the method to stopping a lifelong peanut allergy is to, well, feed your infants peanuts. Roughly three million Americans are living with peanut allergies, but new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergies and Disease (NIAID) suggest that early introduction of peanuts into infants’ diets may prevent a potentially life-threatening allergy from developing in the first place. ... Read More »

New Research Raises Concerns About ‘Morning Sickness Drug’

Despite being prescribed for pregnant women for over 40 years, a new study that looked at the trial on which the effectiveness of the drug, Diclectin, found the original trial’s outcome was based on flawed research. According to a worrying new study published by PLOS One by researchers in Toronto, Canada, the combination of two of this medication’s key elements ... Read More »

Scientists develop new system to perform precise “surgery” on the human genome

Scientists develop new system to perform precise ‘surgery’ on the human genome

Molecular biologists at Christiana Care Health System’s Gene Editing Institute have developed a new system that allows them to not only repair damaged DNA within human cells, but also to determine when the DNA repair machinery has introduced unwanted genetic changes alongside, or instead of, the desired repair. A team of researchers led by Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., director of the ... Read More »

New human organ discovered – and you’re going to love it!

New human organ discovered - and you're going to love it!

Researchers recently discovered what they are calling a new human organ that exists in the digestive system. The “new” organ is called the mesentery, which connects the digestive tract together and basically holds everything in place within the abdominal cavity. The thing is, we’ve known about the mesentery for a long time now, but only now will it be properly ... Read More »

Blood donors needed year-round, Report

Blood donors needed year-round, Report

United Blood Services is asking the community to donate blood and help correct a blood shortage caused by recent storms and the holiday season. Winter storms across the region have forced blood drives to cancel and blood centers to close impacting the blood supply. While they don’t want anyone to risk their lives getting to a donation center, they are ... Read More »

Chain restaurants must post calories starting January 1st

Chain restaurants must post calories starting January 1st

Starting Jan. 1, 2017 restaurants that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations will need to display calorie information for all their menu items. “This is a great tool to help consumers make informed choices,” said Thunder Bay District Health Unit registered dietitian and public health nutritionist Victoria Holla. “It’s one tool of a lot of different ... Read More »