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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: 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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Addyi FDA Approval: Premature Approbation?

On August 18, 2015, the FDA approved Addyi (flibanserin), a drug to treat “acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.” The FDA defines HSDD as “low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is not due to a co-existing medical or psychiatric condition, problems within the relationship, or the […]

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Vitamin D Pros and Cons

In the last several years, there has been a flood of health news about studies linking vitamin D deficiency with cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic disorders, depression, infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, mortality and even autism. A search on PubMed for vitamin D finds more than 1,400 papers listed from January to April 2014 alone. As […]

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The ethics of using stem cells for enhancement

On October 9, 2014, the Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) held a Café Scientifique called Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger — Are Stem Cells the Answer? at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto, sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Three experts discussed the ethics and likelihood of using stem cells to enhance human performance. Stem […]

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No harm, no foul: The benefits of simulation education

After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, there was a huge influx of patients to local hospitals, yet all of the 140 victims treated in the aftermath of the incident lived, thanks in part to mass casualty simulation training that had taken place years before. Simulation education is a vital tool for all healthcare […]

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Biotech Firm Wins FDA Approval for C. Difficile Antibiotic

The number of newly approved antibiotics has declined significantly since the 1980s as large pharmaceutical companies have mostly withdrawn from research and development in this critical market segment. Fortunately, the biotech industry is now stepping up to the plate to develop much-needed antibiotics to fight a rising number of drug-resistant superbugs, such as Clostridium difficile (or C. […]

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Research Finds Faster Treatment for Latent TB

3-month weekly therapy as safe and effective as 9-month daily therapy If you had latent tuberculosis—infection with TB bacteria that could flare up into active disease–which treatment therapy would you choose: a three-month therapy of 12 weekly doses or a nine-month therapy of 270 daily doses? According to a multinational study by the Centers for […]

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Is My Cancer Different?

Cancer patients benefit from new molecular testing advances that inform individualized, targeted treatment plans. We all know someone whose life was severely impacted by or ended by cancer. In fact, the words we may fear hearing the most are, “You’ve got cancer,” a diagnosis that can be scary, confusing, stressful and overwhelming. More than 12.7 […]

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