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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 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 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...

June 20, 2019

More than 1 in 3 heart attacks happen at home. If you have a heart attack during the night and you’re alone or your partner doesn’t wake to call 9-1-1, your chances of survival may be slim to none.

Researchers at the University of Washington wanted to tackle this proble...

June 4, 2019

​Arthritis affects 1 in 5 Canadians – making it the country’s most prevalent chronic health condition. Without a cure, treatment options generally involve managing the symptoms of the disease. 

But what if we could target the root of the problem, instead of the symptoms...

October 1, 2018

With cold and flu season fast approaching, an article in Nature Communication published online last week caught my eye (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-06228-8.pdf). Researchers from Oxford University’s zoology department have identified an epitope of limite...

August 18, 2017

When a problem arises involving behaviour or thought, it is logical to focus on the brain for an explanation. However, depression, anxiety, and Parkinson’s disease are among several neuro-related conditions that have been predominantly studied through brain research, y...

August 5, 2017

A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association was published last week, which estimated the number of measles cases in American children based on varying levels of what the authors refer to as “vaccine hesitancy.” This was defined as either a delay or...

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