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English Bulldogs Face Extinction, Says New Study

English Bulldogs Face Extinction, Says New Study

Could the English Bulldog be nearing extinction? With the face of a lovable grump, the popular English Bulldog has one of the sweetest temperaments around. But now he has genuine cause to look so worried. A new research by scientists at the University of California, Davis’ Center for Companion Animal Health has discovered that the breed is sorely missing the ... Read More »

Air Pollution Could Affect Survival in Lung Cancer, Says New Study

Air Pollution Could Affect Survival in Lung Cancer, Says New Study

Exposure to air pollution after a diagnosis of lung cancer can have a negative effect on survival, according to a new study published online in the medical journal Thorax. The trends were most noticeable for early stage disease, particularly adenocarcinoma–the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 80% of lung cancer cases–the findings show. Air pollution ... Read More »

Group accuses Ontario of under funding hospitals, Report

Group accuses Ontario of under funding hospitals, Report

Hospital funding in Ontario is much lower than hospital funding in the rest of Canada – $4.8 billion lower. There should be about 1,600 more staff at London hospitals according to the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions of CUPE. The council’s president Michael Hurley says local hospitals have shortfalls of 406 nurses and 1,200 hospital staff because of a $129-million ... Read More »

Three Zika Cases Have Been Confirmed In Pregnant Illinois Women

Three Zika Cases Have Been Confirmed In Pregnant Illinois Women

Three pregnant women are now among 46 confirmed cases of Zika virus across the state, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Eight women in Illinois are listed in the Zika Virus Pregnancy Registry, but an IDPH statement says five of those cases have not been confirmed, and those women may have Zika virus or Dengue fever. This news ... Read More »

New Research Shows Veg Diet Reduces Mortality and Heart Disease

New Research Shows Veg Diet Reduces Mortality and Heart Disease

Chew on this: new study offers more evidence that vegetarians not only live better, but also longer. Scientists led by Mingyang Song at Massachusetts General Hospital analysed data from two major studies with more than 150,000 participants to determine whether people who consumed protein from red and processed meats had a significantly higher mortality rate than those who got their ... Read More »

Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals, Study

Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals, Study

Generic forms of a biologic drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis appear to be as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts, a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analysis suggests. Biologics, or medical products made from living cells, are the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical market. These drugs are complicated to ... Read More »

Scientists Find Biological Explanation for Wheat Sensitivity

Scientists Find Biological Explanation for Wheat Sensitivity

People with a wheat sensitivity, but not celiac disease or a wheat allergy, are not imagining symptoms they feel after eating wheat, according to a new research. “Our study shows that the symptoms reported by individuals with this condition are not imagined, as some people have suggested,” said study co-author Peter H. Green, MD, the Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg Professor ... Read More »

Meet Ludwig: Robot designed to assess dementia “Video”

Meet Ludwig: Robot designed to assess dementia

Developed by a research team at the University of Toronto with the support of Mitacs, a national non-profit organization, Ludwig was unveiled at One Kenton Place, a retirement home in North York that cares for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The 60-cm-high mechanical boy can talk and move to keep patients socially engage. His real job is to monitor the ... Read More »

Bathroom sign in Medicine Hat bar causing online controversy

Bathroom sign in Medicine Hat bar causing online controversy

A bar in Medicine Hat, Alta., is facing backlash after it told a transgender woman she could not use the female washrooms and later posted a controversial sign that some say is discriminatory. The Calgary woman, River Rising, said she was also asked many inappropriate questions by the staff. She says a bar manager told her it would make people ... Read More »

UBC researchers develop alternative to blood tests

UBC researchers develop alternative to blood tests

A microneedle drug monitoring system has been developed by a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) in Switzerland. This new system is capable of enhancing patient comfort and could potentially replace expensive, invasive blood draws. The new system consists of a small, thin patch that is pressed against a patient’s ... Read More »