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Vitamin D: Pros and Cons Redux

Given that fall is just around the corner and those of us who live in northern latitudes are heading back into the seasons where we will have little to no chance to get natural vitamin D from the sun, I am revisiting a story I wrote more than a year ago: Vitamin D: Pros and […]

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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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BAHFest humour for science nerds

Do you laugh out loud when you encounter headlines about health or science topics that are unsupported by scientific evidence? Then you will like the humour of BAHFest, a satirical competition held every October. At BAHFest (the Bad Ad hoc Hypotheses Festival), speakers present well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect theories. Presenters speak before live […]

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What’s really in supplements?

Would you trust prescription medication that only contained the active ingredient 21-48% of the time? Would you trust medication that contained undisclosed ingredients 40% of the time? Not a chance? Then why do so many people trust unproven, unregulated supplements? On February 3, 2015, the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a series of […]

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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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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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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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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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Does Having a Sweet Tooth Make You Sweeter?

A quirky study suggests that people with a sweet tooth do indeed have sweeter dispositions. Even more surprising, those who momentarily savor sweets are more likely to volunteer and actually help others. We often refer to a loved one or someone who is caring and compassionate as “sweet,” “sweetheart,” or “sweetie.” The word “sweet” can […]

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Professional Athletes Have Higher Visual Processing Intelligence

Physical ability is one thing, but new research suggests that professional athletes have higher visual processing intelligence. The ability to process complex dynamic visual scenes is what separates them from the pack. The study compared the performance of 308 people using NeuroTracker, a visual processing program that measures how participants respond to different identification tasks after […]

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