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  • How researchers and institutions can help stop the spread of fake science

    December 4, 2017 5:35 PM 8

    A team of Canadian researchers that studied so-called predatory journals is suggesting a “co-ordinated response” from scientists, institutions and patients to combat the spread of illegitimate or questionable science. The predatory journals operate on a for-profit basis, and often publish poorly researched or bogus science that could endanger scientific

  • Motorcycle injuries in Ontario twice as costly to treat as those from car collisions: study

    November 20, 2017 7:23 PM 21

    TORONTO - A new study suggests motorcyclists in Ontario are three times more likely to be injured in a collision than people in automobiles, 10 times more likely to suffer serious injuries, and those injuries will cost more to treat. The study from researchers at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Institute for Clinical

  • Florida confirms second local Zika virus infection for 2017

    November 17, 2017 8:54 PM 32

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Health officials are reporting Florida's second case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito. Florida's Department of Health said Friday that a case had been identified in Miami-Dade County. Officials wouldn't say where the person was bitten, but did say there's no evidence of an ongoing, active transmission zone. Zika causes

  • Bill Gates invests $50M in fight against Alzheimer's disease

    November 13, 2017 5:44 PM 47

    SEATTLE -- Bill Gates says he's giving US$50 million to help fight Alzheimer's disease. The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation. The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks new treatments for the progressive

  • Ottawa's plan for excise tax on medical marijuana draws ire of patients, producers

    November 10, 2017 8:28 PM 29

    OTTAWA - The federal government's proposed plan to impose excise tax on medical marijuana as well as recreational cannabis has left patient advocate groups and a licensed producer fuming. Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana and the Arthritis Society say medical pot should be treated the same way as all other prescription medications and be exempt

  • Plant-based drinks shouldn't be main beverage for young kids: experts

    November 8, 2017 2:37 PM 33

    Canada's dietitians and pediatricians are discouraging parents from relying on plant-based drinks -- such as rice, coconut and almond milks -- as the main beverage for babies and young kids. Dr. Catherine Pound of the Canadian Paediatric Society says some plant-based beverages are not fortified with any minerals or vitamins and often contain sugar as the second

  • Stop using antibiotics in healthy farm animals, WHO warns

    November 7, 2017 10:44 PM 26

    Antibiotics in food contributing to rise of drug-resistant infections in humans, UN agency says The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. Describing a lack of effective antibiotics

  • Ontario centre to research uses and effectiveness of medicinal marijuana

    November 7, 2017 4:13 PM 17

    As the use of medicinal cannabis grows, a new Ontario research centre says it plans to look into whether pot is actually an effective treatment for various ailments. The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research has been launched by McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. The centre says it will focus on conducting

  • Two confirmed mumps cases at Dalhousie University

    November 2, 2017 11:41 PM 23

    Dal officials say they have notified the university community There are two confirmed cases of mumps at Dalhousie University, and perhaps more across the Halifax area, according to officials with the school. Spokesperson Brian Leadbetter said in an email that the school sent a memo to the university community on Thursday outlining the symptoms of mumps

  • Texas Will Require Insurers To Cover 3-D Mammograms

    November 1, 2017 3:56 PM 20

    A new law in Texas will require all insurance companies to include 3-D mammograms as part of their coverage plans, reports The Texas Tribune. The new law was introduced into the Texas Legislature by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a Democrat from Houston. Congresswoman Thompson is herself a breast cancer survivor. She stressed the importance of the advanced