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We Must Preserve Our Last Antibiotics

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise. At the same time, antibiotic drug development has slowed to a crawl. We’re definitely in trouble and must preserve our last antibiotics. Little did I know when I set out to report this story last February for the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science that within days, the World […]

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The best gifts: Join the stem cell registry or donate blood

Tired of the excess commercialism around the holidays? This year, give a selfless gift instead: join the bone marrow stem cell registry or donate blood.

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The Gene: An Intimate History Book Review

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a fascinating read about the journey scientists have traveled to unlock the mysteries of the gene, the master code that defines all forms of life. As with his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Mukherjee interweaves dramatic stories about scientific discoveries and patient journeys […]

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The Death of Cancer

The Death of Cancer: Book Review

Cancer affects everyone. Maybe you have had a personal experience, or perhaps you know a family member, friend or colleague who has faced cancer head-on, or you’ve had a positive screening test or biopsy result that kept you up at night. In spite of media headlines lamenting that we don’t yet have a cure for […]

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AnoDyne microneedle for pain-free injections

I love writing about health innovations that can help people, especially if they are simple solutions with thoughtful design. The anoDyne™ microneedle is a nifty Canadian innovation that promises pain-free injections. If you know someone who has to take daily medication injections, or just plain hates getting poked with needles anytime, read on. Inventor Dr. […]

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Ebola Scare in Saskatoon

You have probably heard about the Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa in early 2014 and continues today. But I bet you have never heard about an Ebola scare in Saskatoon that happened only a few days after the outbreak began in March 2014. For this story for The Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, I […]

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AHCJ Stem Cells Session – Part 1

At AHCJ’s Health Journalism 2015 conference, it was a sincere privilege to hear global leaders in the field of stem cells discuss the latest advances and challenges in the field. As a journalist and as an advocate for a family member who donated stem cells in 2013, I found this session fascinating. Many thanks to […]

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Is Sugar Toxic?

Is sugar toxic? The new documentary Sugar Coated explores how the food industry has hoodwinked us to stop asking this important question. The documentary zeroes in on how eating too much sugar is a key culprit driving alarming increases in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and likely dementia too. I watched the show this week and thought it was […]

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Vaccines and the honour system

My son emailed me this week to ask if he had been immunized for measles when he was little. He’s working for a Silicon Valley tech company for a co-op work term. His employer had issued a notice that an employee in another building has contracted measles, so he wondered if he is at risk. His concern is valid […]

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Revisited: Should men have a PSA test?

In many ways it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I wrote the post Should Healthy Men Have a PSA Test for GE’s Healthy Outlook blog. At the time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force was on the brink of recommending against routine screening for men who have no symptoms of prostate cancer, regardless […]

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