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May 16, 2019

Friday, May 17th is World Hypertension Day. This year’s theme is “Know Your Numbers”: 

  • High blood pressure or hypertension is a 'silent killer' — it often has no warning signs or symptoms. 

  • High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and ki...

February 4, 2019

​Real-world evidence (RWE) is the collection of information about a drug’s safety and efficacy outside structured clinical trials, e.g. registries, chart reviews, cohort studies, cost-effectiveness studies, etc. This data is often viewed as lower quality and more biase...

November 23, 2018

Did you know playing with or simply petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol? The list of benefits of pets is a long one and backed by scientific evidence. Pets can decrease blo...

November 14, 2018

November is diabetes awareness month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. The number of people with diabetes is expected to rise to 522 million by 2030. This year, the focus is on family, as detecting, preventing and caring for diabetes concerns every family.

  • De...

October 12, 2018

Now that cannabis is being legalized, Health Canada has put in place some strict requirements on how products (recreational and medicinal) can be packaged and labelled. Packaging must be uniform-coloured with a standardized stop sign-like cannabis symbol at a minimum s...

August 7, 2018

Manipulating a patient’s DNA to effectively treat disease has now become a reality. In 2017, we saw the first gene editing therapies approved by the FDA (i.e. CAR-T cell therapies for cancer and adenovirus-vector based gene therapy for retinal dystrophy). Clinical tria...

December 8, 2017

​​The modern world revolves around technology; unsurprisingly companies are leveraging the expertise of the digital tech industry to aid in the prevention of chronic diseases. Among one of the most common chronic diseases in Canada is diabetes. A growing number of tech...

October 6, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease has proven a very difficult area for drug development. In the last decade many drugs have failed in late-stage clinical trials and Axovant’s 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) 6 receptor antagonist, intepirdine, faced the same misfortune earlier this week....

July 21, 2017

Cancer has traditionally been treated with surgery, harsh chemotherapy and radiation. The emergence of targeted biologic therapies has set a new standard for treatment in terms of safety and efficacy; however, much more could be done in the battle against cancer. Immun...

May 12, 2017

Drugs are safest and most effective when taken as prescribed; however, it can be difficult for patients with complex treatment regimens to keep track of their medication. Non-compliance with prescribed regimens remains a large issue in the pharmaceutical industry and d...

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