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New jobs in regenerative medicine

Canada is a hotbed for the commercialization of regenerative medicine and stem cell discoveries. How appropriate, since two Canadian doctors, James Till and Ernest McCulloch discovered transplantable stem cells at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto in 1961. Accelerated growth in this industry sector is opening up new job opportunities for medical laboratory technologists. The […]

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Beyond gender stereotypes in medical labs

Much has been written this year about the need to move beyond gender stereotypes to improve women’s leadership and participation in various health and science fields. In this story for the Winter 2014 issue of the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, I look at the other side of the coin and explore gender diversity issues […]

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Digital health tech startup dos & don’ts

At the recent Health 2.0 Toronto: Product Innovation in Digital Healthcare event held at Toronto’s MaRS Centre on September 16, 2014, Palo-Alto based Geoffrey Clapp (CEO of Better and Health Hero, and Advisor at Rock Health) delighted the room full of 100 digital health startup entrepreneurs. Clapp drew from his experience with healthcare startup business models and the challenges […]

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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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low cost artificial knee

$50 Artificial Knee Wins Global Health Innovation Award

When people in a war-torn developing country lose their legs above the knee due to a landmine blast injury, many cannot afford an artificial limb that costs $100. Even if they can afford one, most of the artificial knees available use older technology developed in the 1950s and only provide minimal functionality. In North America, […]

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breakthrough kidney-matching program

Breakthrough Kidney Matching Program to Save Hundreds More Lives

What happens when Good Samaritan donors and a new high-tech computer algorithm get together in a breakthrough kidney matching program? Hundreds more lives can be saved in the ultimate pay-it-forward plan. A Good Samaritan donor is someone who donates a kidney to a stranger; perhaps because he or she wants to help someone they know, […]

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Zeo Sleep Manager

Zeo Sleep Manager: The Science of a Sleep Lab at Home

Are you tired of waking up tired? Almost half of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights and more than half say they have a sleep problem every night, including snoring, waking up in the middle of the night, waking too early, […]

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Pain Squad App Helps Sick Kids Fight Cancer Pain

A new iPhone app called Pain Squad is helping kids with cancer fight pain, by helping them track how much pain they have, how long it lasts, where it hurts and what helps to keep it in check. Each year in Canada, 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer and they have to fight both the […]

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advances in knee surgery

Advances in Knee Replacement Surgery for Active Boomers

Meeting the demand with 30-year knee implants and new surgical techniques “The majority of people coming into my office for knee replacement surgery are in their 50s,” says Steven Haas MD, Chief of Knee Surgery and Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. This is a big shift in […]

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Cardiio App: Hands-Free Heart Rate Check

Now you can measure your resting heart rate hands-free with Cardiio, a mobile app developed by scientists and engineers at the MIT Media Lab. The technology works by turning your iPhone or iPad into a biosensor that measures how much light your face reflects.  Every time your heart beats, blood is pumped into your face, […]

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