THE MEDUCOM POST

January 31, 2020

​You can’t turn on the news without hearing an update on the growing concern surrounding the spread of the latest coronavirus (known as the 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV). Since December 2019, over 9800 cases of the viral infection have been confirmed in China, w...

January 23, 2020

Since Vancouver declared a state of emergency in 2016, the city has been infamously known as the opioid-overdose capital of Canada. With hundreds of people dying from opioids every year, the question remains, what is being done to protect Canadians from this crisis? 

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January 17, 2020

​Agitation constitutes up to 10% of psychiatric intervention. Summarized by 5 behavioural elements (poor impulse control, tension, hostility, uncooperativeness and excitement), agitation affects a significant proportion of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, dementi...

September 3, 2019

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), of which concussions are most common, are considered an invisible epidemic. An analysis of self-reported TBIs among Canadians demonstrated an annual percent change of 9.6% over the years 2005 to 2014. Although the majority of Canadians...

August 27, 2019

​Last week, more than 1,200 health care and public policy experts signed an open letter to the federal party leaders, asking them to commit to implementing a national pharmacare system in Canada. Though this has been in the talks for over 50 years, experts say it’s nec...

August 23, 2019

Nicotine isn’t the only thing in e-cigarettes that’s harmful to your health.

Vaping with e-cigarettes has become increasingly popular and is often considered a safe alternative to smoking. Vaping involves heating mixtures of propylene glycol, flavor, glycerol and oftent...

August 1, 2019

Last week on July 25th Alnylam announced the Health Canada approval of Onpattro (patisiran) for the treatment of polyneuropathy in adults with hereditary transthyretin-mediated (hATTR) amyloidosis. Onpattro is the first RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutic approved in C...

July 26, 2019

Imagine being told you need medical treatment but must wait more than two months before you can receive it. This is the case for more than 900,000 Canadian patients. While some can withstand waiting for medical care, others are in considerable physical pain and mental...

July 19, 2019

In 2017, approximately 36.9 million people were living with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the current standard of care for these patients; however, treatment effectiveness is limited by the inability to remove viral DNA on...

July 11, 2019

Worldwide, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are approaching 40%-50%. As published in Nature Medicine,researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital have identified the species of bacteria that protect...

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