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‘No shortage of volunteers’ for clinical trial of Canadian-made Ebola vaccine 25.10.2014 Toronto Star: Living
The risk of contracting Ebola virus in suburban Washington, D.C., is vanishingly low. In fact, with the recovery and Friday’s release from hospital there of Dallas nurse Nina Pham, it is actually nil. But that fact isn’t deterring people from stepping forward to volunteer for one of 78 spots in two clinical trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine designed by scientists at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The clinical trials are being conducted in Bethesda, Md., a science hub that is home to the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the two facilities doing the research. Ninety minutes drive away, straight up highway 270, is the U.S. army Medical Research Institute on Infectious Diseases, where one of the strains of Ebola — Ebola Reston — was first identified in monkeys imported from the Philippines. Scientists at USAMRIID, as it is known, collaborated with the Winnipeg lab in the making of the Canadian vaccine. In other words, this is a nexus ...
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'No shortage of volunteers' for clinical trial of Canadian-made Ebola vaccine 25.10.2014 Health
Many of volunteers are stepping forward for one of 78 spots in two clinical trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine designed by scientists at the National Microbiology Laboratory in ...
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Case closed on lawyers in Mike Duffy-Nigel Wright affair 25.10.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Last November, a University of Ottawa law professor filed complaints of professional misconduct against two lawyers for their alleged role in the Senate expense scandal . Beyond questioning the ethics of the lawyers involved, Amir Attaran, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy, said he wanted to probe the effectiveness of the law societies responsible for protecting the public. Suspended senator Mike Duffy is now facing 31 criminal counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, involving a $90,000 payment from Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright. The Star has confirmed that neither of the lawyers who were allegedly aware of the terms of the payment will face a formal disciplinary hearing. But because of the secrecy shrouding complaints against lawyers , very little has emerged about the investigations. Attaran, who only learned the complaints had been dismissed as a result of media inquiries, said there are still many unanswered ...
University graduates in B.C. defy urban myth, find jobs 25.10.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
In a province banking its economic future on the proposed liquefied natural gas industry and other resource projects, it is not just welders and pipefitters who are finding jobs. A report released today finds people who graduated five years ago from B.C. universities have a lower jobless rate than the provincial average, and aims to shatter the myth that people with university degrees are chronically unemployed or underemployed.
Sedentary living is the 'new smoking' and we're paying for it, study says 24.10.2014 Health

Spending the day sitting at your desk and the evening in front of the TV? You could be hurting your health and costing the economy a lot of money, according to a new study.

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Gluten-free market booming, but researchers aren't sold 24.10.2014 Health

Millions of Canadians opt for gluten-free products, but CBC Marketplace found that some scientists are skeptical about the way these products are marketed.

Yale research tempers optimism on stemming Ebola 24.10.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Are the world’s recently intensified efforts enough to turn the Ebola epidemic around? Not even close, according to new research published in the Lancet on Thursday. The modelling study by Yale University researchers suggests that in a single Liberian county called Montserrado, total Ebola cases could reach six-digit figures by mid-December unless containment measures are significantly expanded. Even a two-week delay in scaling up basic interventions in Montserrado — building more beds, identifying more cases and distributing health protection kits — could result in tens of thousands of additional infections, according to Joseph Lewnard, one of the study’s first authors and a Yale University PhD candidate. “The window of opportunity for aversion of calamitous repercussions . . . is diminishing rapidly,” Lewnard and his co-authors wrote in the study, published online on Thursday. “Our predictions suggest that current commitments are grossly inadequate to provide beds for all infected individuals.” A month ...
Movember: A Game-Changing Approach to Men’s Health 24.10.2014 Toronto Star: Living
So a couple of Australian mates go into this pub for a few drinks – and then things get fuzzy. Fuzzy as in reviving the manly art of the moustache, Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds style. The two men challenged their friends into joining them and doing it for charity. Thirty guys became more than four million since 2003 when Movember sprouted in Melbourne’s Gypsy Bar. The movement began with a focus on prostate cancer and, later, testicular cancer, both male exclusive diseases. Eventually, as Movember grew, so did its scope, including mental health as well as physical wellness. Now the annual moustache-growing month, which last year raised $131.8 million (Canadian) worldwide, is a model of gamechanging fundraising – and it’s exclusively devoted to motivating men to look after themselves. No coloured ribbons in this masculine effort. Its symbol is a hairy one. “Our tagline is ‘Changing the face of men’s health,’” says Adam Garone, co-founder and CEO of Movember, from his home in Venice, Calif. “We use the ...
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Health Canada approves Aspirin as emergency heart attack drug 24.10.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Health Canada has approved low-dose Aspirin as an emergency heart attack treatment. Acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient in Aspirin, prevents platelets from sticking together and can help break up blood clots that cause heart attacks, said McMaster University professor Jeff Weitz. Platelets are blood cells that clot and allow the body to heal wounds and stop bleeding. When a clot forms in an artery, it can stop or slow blood flow to the heart and cause a heart attack. “It’s something that we’ve been doing for years. It’s something for which there is very good evidence,” said Weitz, who holds the Canada Research Chair in thrombosis. Aspirin’s manufacturer, Bayer, suggests that people who think they may be having a heart attack call 911 and then chew two 81-milligram tablets. Chewing the tablets before swallowing them will speed up absorption into the body, Weitz said. The drug has few side effects in healthy people, he added, so there is “very little downside to just chewing an ...
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iPad and special app open communication lines between doctors and children 24.10.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
Talking to your doctor isn’t always easy. Difficult or personal topics can be challenging to discuss, yet are crucial to identify health and lifestyle concerns that might need immediate attention. This is especially true for youth and adolescents, who are often uncomfortable sharing personal details with adults.
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Campaign Lie Detector: Doug Ford says 23 inaccurate things at CTV debate 23.10.2014 Toronto Star: Living
The three leading mayoral candidates took part in their second-final debate on Wednesday night, this one televised by CTV and CP24. Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard) said by far the highest number of false or misleading things: 23. Olivia Chow said four, John Tory said three. Since some of the inaccurate statements were repeated from previous debates, we have copied some of our own words from previous Lie Detector articles. Doug Ford 1) “We stood tall for the people of Toronto. When they wanted to build subways, we ended up building subways.” False. No subway has been built under the Ford administration, and no subway has even started construction. The Fords helped win approval for a subway extension to the Bloor-Danforth line, but that is one subway, not subways plural. 2) “I'll tell you what we did do: we promised a subway to Scarborough and we delivered a subway to Scarborough.” Misleading. Mayor Rob Ford (open Rob Ford's policard) also promised a Sheppard East subway extension to Scarborough. He ...
Colic in babies reduced with probiotics, Canadian study finds 23.10.2014 Health
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Babies with colic cry excessively and inconsolably but giving them probiotics could help with bouts of fussiness, according to new Canadian research.

Fortney: Mental health leader to speak on importance of ending stigma 23.10.2014 Calgary Herald: Top news
When Louise Bradley settles into her seat on an airplane, the chit chat with her seatmate invariably turns into something much more meaningful. “When I tell them what I do, every single time they start to tell me about themselves, a family member or someone else close to them,” she says. “Every person has a story to tell — yet it’s the thing we still shroud in secrecy.”
Simons: Falling walls, building futures: Three young U of A researchers prepare to take on the world 23.10.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
Last week, I had two very different meetings, two meetings that made me thing hard about the future and the promise of this province. The first was with Premier Jim Prentice, who met with the Edmonton Journal’s editorial board. Prentice spoke eloquently about Alberta’s economic vulnerability, about the fact that our provincial budget is so closely tied to volatile oil prices. But his only solution was for Alberta do everything possible to increase its pipeline capacity and pipeline networks, to ship that oil to offshore markets.
'Use each day to make a difference,' actor Orlando Bloom tells students at We Day Vancouver (with video) 23.10.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
When Orlando Bloom was 19, he was a drama student in London, enjoying life, until an accident changed everything. Bloom told the story to a crowd of 20,000 students gathered for We Day at Rogers Arena Wednesday.
Breakfast Bylines: LRT shops are hot, how technology impacts kids, low levels of lead in oilsands moss 22.10.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
If you’re driving into work from the suburbs today, there may be some foggy patches. It will be mainly sunny with increasing cloudiness and gusting winds later this afternoon. High of 15 C.
Dietary supplements may contain risky prescription drugs even after safety recalls, study says | video 22.10.2014 Calgary Herald: Top news
Dietary supplements containing potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients may still be for sale even years after safety recalls, a study found.
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Opinion: Economics reaches a new frontier 22.10.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
Imagine the Prairies 200 years ago: Thousands of bison graze, followed by just as many antelope eating sage that grows in their wake. Crisp, blue skies meet endless horizons, promising limitless possibility and a never-ending store of resources. By 1880, the bison are gone and the antelope scarce, depriving indigenous people of the animals they’d relied on for food, clothing, shelter and tools for millenniums.
Most Albertans in favour of fracking, study shows 22.10.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
A substantial majority of Albertans support the continued practice of hydraulic fracturing in the province, a new survey shows. But a smaller yet significant number of people remain “undecided,” indicating policy-makers and industry groups who want to see continued development can’t afford to be complacent.
‘Groundbreaking’ study to follow Alberta children growing up in a digital world 22.10.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
A major new study led by a Harvard professor will follow thousands of Alberta children for years to determine the physical, mental and social consequences of growing up surrounded with screens and smartphones. Dr. Michael Rich, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, is partnering with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the University of Alberta on the Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta project.
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