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Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine licensed to Merck 24.11.2014 Calgary Herald: Top news
The small U.S. company that holds the rights to a Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine has agreed to licence it to vaccine giant Merck, which should speed the development of the product that scientists hope will eventually end the outbreak in West Africa.
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Ontario falling behind its own poverty reduction goals 24.11.2014 Toronto Star: Living
One in five Ontario children still faces life in poverty, according to a new study. This remains true despite a pledge in Ottawa, made exactly 25 years ago today , to eliminate child poverty by 2000 and the province’s promise in 2008 to reduce poverty by 25 per cent by 2013. The national problem has not just lingered. It is worse than it was in 1989. More than 1.3 million children across the country — 550,000 of them in Ontario — live this way, according to authors of the 2014 report card on child and family poverty. The odds only get worse for single-parent homes with one child, where the rate of poverty is 44 per cent in Ontario. The numbers are also bleak for First Nations children living on reserves, those with disabilities and children of colour. According to one calculation, half of all Ontario children born to immigrant parents live in poverty. For all these children, poverty can mean a lack of access to healthy food, affordable shelter and other basic necessities. It means more than half a ...
$200M boost announced for military mental health programs over six years 24.11.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
Edmonton-based military members said the federal government’s announcement Sunday to boost mental health supports for military members, veterans and their families by $200 million over six years is vital for the future of the forces. “There are so many broken young guys out there,” said master warrant officer Dave Burgess, who is based in CFB Edmonton and did two tours in Afghanistan to lay cables and set up communications technology on and for the front lines. “It’s like the Second World War and the First World War and even Korea. We have broken kids coming home.
Lees: Charity fight night preparations not exactly as planned 24.11.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
Gloom and fear hung over me on the weekend after Scotty (Bulldog) Olson told me my Wednesday fight with Jelena Mrdjenovich might be over in 13 seconds. “She’s the six-time women’s world featherweight champion,” said Bulldog, my second and the former world light flyweight champion.
Why some victims become bullies: Q&A with bullying expert Tracy Vaillancourt 24.11.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
Eddie Haskell, Draco Malfoy, Regina George, Nelson Muntz. The bully is a stock character in television and film. But too often pop culture gets it wrong. The happy-ending imperative demands that a bully get his or her comeuppance before the credits roll. But in life, victims are more likely to move on to become bullies […]
Additional $200M announced for military mental health programs over 6 years 24.11.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
The federal government has announced $200 million over six years to support mental health needs of military members, veterans and their families.
HIV prevention drug Truvada focus of controversy 23.11.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Len Tooley remembers anxiety-filled days as his next HIV test approached, time spent racking his brain, trying to recall if he’d done something against his better judgment that could have exposed him to infection. Tooley, 33, is a sexually active gay guy living in downtown Toronto. As someone who works as an HIV educator, tester and counsellor and did a master’s degree in public health focused on gay men and HIV, he understood the importance of using a condom during sex. He just wasn’t, he readily admits, perfect at it. “We all want to mitigate risks in our lives,” he says. “But it’s not as easy as it looks on paper.” So two years ago, he convinced his doctor, after a thorough assessment, to provide him with Truvada, a drug already being used to treat people who are HIV-positive and one shown to be highly effective at preventing the transmission of HIV. Some consider it a revolution in protection against HIV, but it has also led to some polarizing debates in the world of AIDS activism. Last week, the ...
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Feds to spend $200M more on military mental health programs 23.11.2014 Toronto Star: Living
OTTAWA—The federal government has announced $200 million over six years to support mental health needs of military members, veterans, and their families. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces also announced Sunday that an additional $16.7 million in ongoing funds will be available to support forces members, veterans, and their families. The government says some of the money will fund completely digitizing the health records of all serving personnel, investing in brain imaging technology, and extending access to Military Family Resource Centres. It also says there will be additional investments in research aimed at finding better treatments and faster recoveries for serving members and veterans with mental health conditions. The announcement says the Canadian Forces will hire additional staff to help educate serving members and their families in managing their reactions to stress, and recognizing mental duress. The announcement comes just days after veterans learned that the ...
Inside the career of Motherisk founder Dr. Gideon Koren 23.11.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Dr. Gideon Koren is as complex as his field of work. To some, he is a prominent doctor and workhorse who built the Hospital for Sick Children’s Motherisk program into a leading world authority on drugs and pregnant and lactating women, who has authored or co-authored hundreds of articles and book chapters and has travelled to numerous speaking engagements around the world. To his young patients at Sick Kids, he’s the jolly man with the guitar singing at hospital theatrical events he organizes that it’s OK to be different. To others, Koren, 67, is a prickly person who does not take well to criticism, has adopted a controversial stance on the use of antidepressants for pregnant women and who was disciplined for authoring anonymous and infamous “poison pen” letters to a former colleague and her supporters in the late 1990s. Koren’s name surfaced against last month after the Ontario Court of Appeal cleared a mother of convictions of administering a near lethal dose of cocaine to her 2-year-old son. A crucial ...
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Common toxins make big difference in brain development 23.11.2014 Toronto Star: Living
A conversation has started in Canada that could mean a brighter future for our children. And not just by investing in education. This new conversation is about focusing our collective attention on a serious threat to tiny developing brains: toxic exposures. Since the Second World War, there has been a dramatic increase in the production and use of chemicals, including many that are now known or suspected to be toxic. We have been studying the impact of these toxic chemicals, or toxins, for over 30 years and reached an inescapable conclusion: little things matter. Toxins can have a lifelong impact on children, and that extremely low levels of neurotoxic chemicals can permanently alter brain development. Pregnant women and children are regularly exposed to toxins such as mercury, lead, PCBs, bisphenol A and pesticides. Moreover, these toxic exposures do not occur in isolation; we are all continually exposed to many toxins and dozens of inadequately tested chemicals. The amount of toxins in a typical child, ...
What causes your child's diarrhea? Researchers want to find out 22.11.2014 Health
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Doctors say more there are more than 30,000 children hospitalized for intestinal infections in the province each year but they don't always know much about the specific virus or bacteria causing the illness.

Why immigrant kids become homeless: study finds cultural clash with parents is the top reason 22.11.2014 Toronto Star: Living
At age 12, Cheyanne Ratnam began couch-surfing to keep herself housed. By 14, she was a ward of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. After she grew out of care, the young immigrant still faced the prospect of becoming homeless. “My mother had multiple jobs to support the two of us. I grew up in the Canadian culture and there was a difference between cultures. My mom did not approve of the choices I made. I was well adjusted, and I didn’t understand why mom could not,” said Ratnam, now 27. She describes a family life filled with emotional conflicts. “In her eyes, I was rebellious. And I just wanted to run away from home and get away.” According to a groundbreaking Toronto study to be released Tuesday, intergenerational conflict over cultural differences is the most common reason immigrant youth end up homeless — followed by family disapproval of the young person’s sexual orientation. “The main precipitant of their homelessness is the clashes between the new culture people are coming to, which is freer ...
B.C. Politics this week: Showdown between NDP and Premier Christy Clark and health ministry research firings 22.11.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
This week on Inside the Ledge, Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer and reporter Rob Shaw discuss developments in the health ministry’s firing of eight researchers, as well as a question period showdown between the NDP and Premier Christy Clark.
Viral campaigns raise questions about future of fundraising 22.11.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
The Movember campaign arrives at the end of a year in which a handful of fundraisers pulled in millions in donations as they spread through social media.
Want to hibernate? A long, cold sleep could have benefits 21.11.2014 Health
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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could skip winter by hibernating? Humans can go into a hibernation-like state called torpor, and it has a number of potential benefits, including delayed aging, CBC's Torah Kachur reports.

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Young climbers may be injured as often as kids in other sports 21.11.2014 Health
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Rock-climbing teens suffer about as many injuries as young ice hockey or soccer players, most often straining or spraining their hands and fingers and developing tendonitis, a new Canadian study says.

You call that a %@$%! science paper? Journal offers to publish profanity-laced rant 21.11.2014 Calgary Herald: Top news
How suspect are the thousands of "predatory" websites masquerading as science journals?
Yedlin: Incoming U of A president keen on collaboration 21.11.2014 Calgary Herald: Business
Incoming University of Alberta president David Turpin is under no illusions about having big shoes to fill when he takes over from Indira Samarasekera on July 1, 2015. “There’s no question about that,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “She has done a truly remarkable job. It’s a real tribute to Indira that the University of Alberta has reached […]
How shovelling snow can 'shock' your heart 21.11.2014 Health
Wintry Weather

There's something gentle and peaceful about a snowfall — that is, until it comes to shovelling the stuff, at which point it can actually become deadly.

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Review of B.C. health ministry firings ‘tainted,’ says former deputy minister 21.11.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
A review into the controversial firings of government health researchers is “tainted” because the same officials who crafted the review were involved in the terminations, says former deputy minister of health Graham Whitmarsh. Whitmarsh, whom officials hope to interview as part of the review, was deputy minister of health at the time of the firings in 2012. He cited a short timeline, limited terms of reference and the conflicted involvement of several senior officials Thursday as shortcomings of the ongoing independent review.
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