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Islet transplantation may correct type 1 diabetes; new study shows

Islet transplantation may correct type 1 diabetes, new study shows

New clinical trial results show that transplantation of pancreatic islets—cell clusters that contain insulin-producing cells—prevents severe, potentially life-threatening drops in blood sugar in people with type 1 diabetes. Northwestern Medicine researchers found that the treatment was effective for people who experienced episodes of severe hypoglycemia—low blood sugar levels that can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness and death—despite receiving expert ... Read More »

Canadian Woman makes statement about true beauty

Canadian Woman makes statement about true beauty

A Canadian woman has flawlessly fought back at unrealistic beauty standards after a salesman attempted to convince her she needed anti-ageing products. Annick Robinson says she was traveling through the Calgary International Airport when she was stopped by a salesman trying to sell her some anti-aging cream— who told her it would prevent her wrinkles from getting deeper by the ... Read More »

Common heartburn drugs may cause kidney damage, Study Finds

Common heartburn drugs may cause kidney damage, Study Finds

A popular drug used to treat heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux that is available without a prescription has been linked to kidney damage and failure, new research has found. These drugs are called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, and you might even have one or two in your medicine cabinet right now. They’re sold under the names Prilosec, Nexium and ... Read More »

New treatment that cures Hepatitis C in Six weeks

New treatment that cures Hepatitis C in Six weeks

A team of researchers has found a new treatment to cure acute hepatitis C within six weeks. The study found that all patients with acute HCV, who were treated with a direct-acting antiviral treatment over a ‘short-duration’ of 6 weeks, had undetectable HCV after a 12-week follow-up. The investigator-initiated study, presented at The International Liver CongressTM in Barcelona, Spain, demonstrated ... Read More »

Nature’s Touch recalls frozen fruit over Hep A concerns, Report

Nature's Touch recalls frozen fruit over Hep A concerns, Report

Nature’s Touch is recalling Organic Berry Cherry Blend due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. The product has been sold exclusively at Costco warehouse locations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Consumers have reported suffering from illnesses after consuming this product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued the recall after an investigation into a foodborne illness ... Read More »

More pasta sauces need sugar and fat warnings, Says Mars Foods

More pasta sauces need sugar and fat warnings, Says Mars Foods

Mars Food, the company behind popular food products like Dolmio’s and Uncle Ben’s, will now have a warning on some of their products advising consumers to eat them no more than once a week. Mars Food is introducing new labels to distinguish between “everyday” and “occasional” products. All Dolmio lasagne meal kits, lasagne sauces, oven bake kits and pesto will ... Read More »

Deadly fungus a concern for bats, Report

Deadly fungus a concern for bats, Report

Discovery of white-nose syndrome in a dead bat found in the Seattle area has alarmed people worried about survival of the mammal. The find was recently confirmed by Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Jullet Craig, co-ordinator of the B.C. Community Bat Program, called the find “worrisome.” “We knew this deadly fungus that kills bats was moving westward across North ... Read More »

WHO: Diabetes rises fourfold over last quarter-century, Report

WHO- Diabetes rises fourfold over last quarter-century, Report

The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries, the World Health Organization said. In its first report on diabetes, the WHO says the hundreds of millions of people around the world who are living with diabetes are mainly in developing countries. The organization puts the surge ... Read More »

First scans show how LSD affects the brain, Study

First scans show how LSD affects the brain, Study

The first brain scans of people on LSD have revealed that the drug causes different regions of the brain to become more entangled and connected. In a series of experiments, scientists have gained a glimpse into how the psychedelic compound affects brain activity. The team administered LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) to 20 healthy volunteers in a specialist research centre and ... Read More »

Ontario parents protest ‘devastating’ autism funding changes

Ontario parents protest 'devastating' autism funding changes

Controversial changes to how the province handles children with autism were being debated at Queen’s Park today. Parents of autistic children watched from the gallery as MPP’s from all sides argued the merits of the Liberals new plan which now limits intensive behavioural intervention therapy to children between two to four. The Liberal government recently announced a new Ontario Autism ... Read More »