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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 »

Brain game could reduce dementia risk, says new research

Brain game could reduce dementia risk, says new research

Brain training with simple and entertaining online games can cut the risk of dementia by a third according to a scientific breakthrough which experts have described as “spectacular”. In the most rigorous study to date, researchers compared different types of cognitive training head to head and report that a speed-processing-based training can indeed lower rates of cognitive decline and dementia. ... Read More »

Drinking Alcohol Can Cause Seven Kinds Of Cancer, finds study

Drinking Alcohol Can Cause Seven Kinds Of Cancer, finds study

Like a bit of a tipple? You may be increasing your risk of seven types of cancer. According to a new study published today in the journal Addiction, alcohol causes cancer in the oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast. “There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others,” Jennie Connor, ... Read More »

It’s Tick Season: Protecting Yourself Against Lyme Disease

It's Tick Season: Protecting Yourself Against Lyme Disease

Summer is the time for gardening, hiking, relaxing at the lake and traveling to wooded and coastal vacation sites. It’s also the time for ticks, putting people and pets at risk of exposure to infections such as Lyme disease, a condition which often is misunderstood. Lyme disease is an infection caused by being bitten by an infected tick. The first ... Read More »

Brain stimulation may reduce snacking, says new research

Brain stimulation may reduce snacking, says new research

Non-invasive stimulation of a specific brain area can reduce food cravings, particularly for high-calorie appetite foods, revealed a study. The scientists analyzed previous studies evaluating the effects of noninvasive brain stimulation on food cravings and food consumption. Stimulation studies have targeted a brain area called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), which appears to play a role in the “conscious regulation ... Read More »

Scientists produce world’s first wood bison using in vitro fertilization

Scientists produce world's first wood bison using in vitro fertilization

Four bison calves frolicking around a University of Saskatchewan research farm could hold the key to rejuvenating the world’s threatened wood bison population. Three calves are the first bison ever born using in vitro fertilization. Researchers produced them in a laboratory, then transferred the embryos into surrogate mothers more than nine months ago. The bison cows gave birth to the ... Read More »

Actress Pamela Anderson joins fight against fish farming

Actress Pamela Anderson joins fight against fish farming

Pamela Anderson is part of the latest anti-salmon farming campaign with an organization helmed by a man who has argued that the global population should be reduced by several billion people. The 49-year-old erstwhile ‘#Bay Watch#’ actor turned social activist joins hands with renowned environmental activist David Suzuki for convincing people to chose wild and natural grown Salmon over farmed ... Read More »