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Photos: Ride for Dad roars on 30.5.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
The 15th Ottawa Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad got under way with grins and revving engines at the Canada Aviation Museum on Saturday morning. Hundreds of riders gathered to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. Since 2000, the Ride for Dad has donated more than $15 million dollars to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, […]
How media swallowed a study about chocolate that was too good to be true 30.5.2015 Toronto Star: Living
This spring, the journal International Archives of Medicine published a delicious new study: according to researchers at Germany’s Institute of Diet and Health, people who ate dark chocolate while dieting lost more weight. The media coverage was instantaneous and jubilant. “Scientists say eating chocolate can help you lose weight” read a headline in the Irish Examiner. “Excellent news: chocolate can help you lose weight!” Huffington Post India boasted. “Dieting? Don’t forget the chocolate” announced Modern Healthcare. It was unbelievable news. And reporters shouldn’t have believed it. It turns out that the Institute of Diet and Health is just a website with no institute attached. Johannes Bohannon, health researcher and lead author of the study, is really John Bohannon, a science journalist. And the study, while based on real results of an actual clinical trial, wasn’t aimed at testing the health benefits of chocolate. It was aimed at testing health reporters, to see if they could distinguish a bad ...
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Canada 5 years behind Europe when it comes to banning neonic insecticides 30.5.2015 Health

A French scientist and pesticide expert says there is a a "clear connection" between what happened decades ago with DDT and what is happening now with neonics, referring to the controversial pesticide that many scientists blame for the widespread death of bees.

Alicia Nash’s beautiful, complex, rebellious life 30.5.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Alicia Nash, who studied physics in the 1950s and worked in computer science at a time when few women entered the profession, once aspired to be the next Madame Curie. That she did not accomplish that goal didn’t seem to matter to her. What did was the well-being of her son and her husband. The stabilizing force behind John Nash, the mathematician and Nobel laureate who was plagued by schizophrenia for a number of years, Nash died May 23 along with her husband when the taxi in which they were riding crashed in New Jersey. She was 82. He was 86. The couple, and their complex life together — they were married, divorced and then married again — was the subject of a best-selling biography by Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind, in 1998. The book was made into an Oscar-winning film three years later. Jennifer Connelly, who won the Academy Award for best supporting actress, and Russell Crowe, who was nominated for best actor, played the Nashes. Although the movie was criticized for glossing over some of the facts ...
Ottawa researchers share $30M in new federal funding 30.5.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Since she was a baby 10 years ago, Sienna Knapp of Kingston has struggled with seizures. Her terrified mother, Samantha, would bring her into the hospital — “my little child, an infant, and you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong, and nobody knows.” As time went by she learned that Sienna is one of a handful […]
Why the demand for blood is going down 29.5.2015 Toronto Star: Living
“Blood: it’s in you to give,” one famous pitch goes. But how much blood should you get? A growing number of studies suggest that the answer to that question is: as little as viably possible. Ironically, at a time when Canada’s blood supply is safer than ever in terms of viral perils like HIV and hepatitis C, there is a building consensus among experts that transfusions themselves can often cause more harm than good. “There, are papers coming out every week on this,” says Dr. John Freedman, a St. Michael’s Hospital hematologist and the key founder of the province’s successful ONTraC blood conservation program. The new thinking on blood transfusions is among the reasons blood donor clinics have been closing recently, continuing a trend that began a few years ago as scientists and doctors began finding ways to use less blood, prodded by worries over blood shortages. Make no mistake, Freedman says, transfusions are often lifesavers, especially during surgeries where blood loss is significant or the fluid’s ...
U of A study ‘flawed’ that found no heavy metal contamination in oilsands region: scientists 29.5.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
A controversial University of Alberta study that found no evidence of airborne pollution from oilsands operations is “misleading” and “fundamentally flawed,” say two scientists who study pollution.
Ontario needs to prepare for driverless cars: Minister 29.5.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Ontario needs to start planning its transportation network and its regulations for new automotive technology, including driverless and electric cars , Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said on Thursday. Twelve U.S. states already have regulations or are contemplating legislation governing driverless vehicles, he said. "The potential reductions in vehicle collisions, the implications for the auto insurance industry or the litigation or the health care industry are enormous," said Del Duca. Ontario also needs to embrace the job creation value of the new technology, he told reporters following a lunch speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. "Cars are really computers on wheels now. The state of Michigan is very aggressively pursuing this as a concept," he said. Michigan has allowed the testing of driverless cars since 2013. That's in part because it recognizes those vehicles will fuel jobs in its automotive sector in the next 10 to 20 years, putting it in competition with states like ...
Eels' recovery slowed by their own genes 29.5.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Once kings of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers, eels have nearly disappeared here. Now a Canadian study says their genes are one reason why it's hard to help them recover.
Oil-price drop has put Alberta’s economy into ‘tailspin,’ Conference Board of Canada says 29.5.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Alberta will see a recession this year but the impacts won’t be as severe as in 2008-09, the Conference Board of Canada reported Thursday. The province’s economy is expected to contract by 0.7 per cent in 2015 but will rebound slightly in 2016 with moderate growth of 1.1 per cent as the health of the oil sector gradually improves, the research organization said in a spring outlook.
Fast-food diners fuel additive-free revolution 28.5.2015 Health
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More fast-food companies that have fed our guilty pleasures are changing their menus. But they aren't necessarily moving away from their high-calorie, high-fat roots. Instead, they're embracing a version of health today's consumers demand: transparency about how their food is made and what goes into it.

Risk of Trans Mountain pipeline spill could hurt Vancouver's green brand 28.5.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
A major oil spill from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project would expose up to 1 million Metro Vancouver residents to unsafe levels of chemicals, as well as deeply hurt Vancouver’s cherished brand, city council was told Wednesday.
Frequent blood donors too often at risk, study shows 28.5.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
In her health care job, Jackie Hannaford is well aware of the need for blood donations and willingly rolls up her sleeve to donate 500 millilitres four or five times a year. But last fall she had to take a break when she discovered her altruistic act was making her sick.
Chianello: Add council to formal list of critics against location for Memorial 28.5.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
It’s been a rough week for the Memorial for the Victims of Communism. First, an EKOS Research poll indicated overwhelming opposition to the memorial, with more than three quarters of respondents from across the country giving it the thumbs down. (In the capital region, where more people are aware of the controversial project, resistance to […]
U of A study promises a better way of identifying skin cancer 28.5.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the country, with thousands of Canadians finding out they have it each year. A new study from the University of Alberta will soon help medical students better identify melanomas in the early stages, using only their eyes.
Advanced melanoma treated with cold sore virus therapy 27.5.2015 Health
A genetically engineered and harmless form of the herpes virus is showing promise in slowing the progression of melanoma, researchers ...
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Drug to boost women’s sex drive struggles for government approval as debate rages over need for it 27.5.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Twice the FDA has rebuffed flibanserin, dubbed ‘pink Viagra,’ leading to charges that the agency is sexist for approving sexual medicines for men, but not for women
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Kinder Morgan underestimating environmental, health risks of pipeline expansion - report 27.5.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
A small but wealthy B.C. First Nation’s “pioneering” environmental assessment of Kinder Morgan Canada’s $5.4 billion oilsands pipeline expansion could “delay or derail” the megaproject, according to a legal analysis of the report.
Ottawa student wins national science contest 27.5.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
He was 15 years old, a Grade 10 student writing letters to one medical researcher after another, asking to come in and do HIV or cancer research in top-quality medical research labs. Aditya Mohan was serious. Since elementary school he had been reading medical literature that most adults can’t decipher — journals including Nature, Cell, and PLOS ONE, where […]
Kids' motor and social skills improve when cord clamping delayed at birth 27.5.2015 Health

Children developed better fine-motor skills when the clamping of their umbilical cord at birth was delayed several minutes compared with just seconds, according to a new randomized trial.

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