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The Game Changers: MaRS EXCITE

All too often, innovators develop breakthrough technologies and then hit a major roadblock when they go to market because their brilliant new medical tools don’t fit well into the healthcare system. Ontario’s MaRS EXCITE (Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation) program hopes to change that by providing comprehensive pre-market assessments to enable new technologies to […]

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Are e-cigarettes safe?

They are gaining in popularity but are e-cigarettes safe? After spotting a young woman ‘vaping’ on the Toronto subway line a few weeks ago, I decided to take a look at the topic. An electronic or e-cigarette is a cylinder-shaped canister made of plastic or stainless steel that looks like a regular cigarette. A little […]

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Many people think that breast cancer is the number one cancer killer, but actually, respiratory cancer tops the list; followed by digestive cancer, then blood cancers. Breast cancer is actually in fourth place; due in large part to significant medical advances over the last several decades. Right now, you might be surprised to learn that […]

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Is the gluten-free diet just a fad?

Thirty percent of adults are now avoiding gluten, but less than 1% actually have celiac disease. So do the rest have gluten sensitivity or are they just jumping on the latest health bandwagon? Gluten is a protein commonly found in whole grains like wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where […]

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Is Cocoa the Brain Drug of the Future?: Scientific American

Could cocoa really be the brain drug of the future by improving cognitive function in the elderly? Hope springs eternal for studies trying to find that chocolate is good for you! Researchers at the University of L’Aquila in Italy with scientists from Mars Inc. (that’s right, the candy company) conducted a study among elderly people […]

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Run to Quit Smoking

Do you want to quit smoking or know someone who does? This spring, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room are collaborating on a new program called Run to Quit, to help people learn to run while quitting smoking and substitute a healthy habit for a destructive one. Despite the great strides in awareness […]

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New Canadian Heart Monitor for Atrial Fibrillation to Prevent Strokes

February is Heart Month and atrial fibrillation is making headlines again. A year ago, I spoke with Dr. David Gladstone about his EMBRACE trial for a new device, the first 30-day cardiac monitor for stroke patients. The monitoring belt tracks heart rhythm data continuously for a complete month rather than the standard Holter-monitor 24-hour test, […]

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Yoga for Pain Relief – Free Webinars

For some people who suffer from chronic pain, yoga can provide much needed pain relief and help increase functional movement. The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD), Pain BC and The Canadian Pain Coalition are offering a series of five free webinars called Yoga for People with Pain. The series starts […]

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2011 Breakthrough of the Year – HIV Treatment as Prevention

2011 will be remembered as the year the game changed forever in the battle against HIV/AIDS. A breakthrough study known as HPTN 052 found that treatment as prevention can reduce the risk of HIV transmission.  The news is a long time coming – it has been thirty years since the contagion was first discovered and […]

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High Blood Sugar Linked to Colon Cancer

A new study suggests that a surprising factor, high blood sugar, may be a key culprit for fuelling the disease among older women. Researchers have previously suspected that there could be a link, but the handful of other studies to date has been inconclusive, with some showing a relationship and some not. According to the American Cancer […]

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