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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 »

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce asthma risk in infants, Says New Study

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce asthma risk in infants, Says New Study

Pregnant women who take certain omega-3 fatty acid supplements can reduce by one-third the risk that their offspring will develop asthma, according to a new study from the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC) and the University of Waterloo. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that women who were prescribed 2.4 grams of ... Read More »

Newfoundland and Labrador Reaches Health Accord Funding Deal

Newfoundland and Labrador Reaches Health Accord Funding Deal

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has reached an agreement on funding for a new Canadian Health Accord. The agreement will see targeted funding over ten years for investments in home care and mental health. The province was joined by Nova Scotia in the announcement. The federal government will support better home care, including addressing critical home care infrastructure requirements, ... Read More »

Female doctors may have an edge, According to Study

Female doctors may have an edge, According to Study

In a study that is sure to rile male doctors, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Patients cared for by women were less likely to die or return to the hospital after discharge. The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was the first to examine how gender differences ... Read More »