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$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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Musicians Have Better Hearing as They Age

Pardon me? Hearing loss as we age may be common, but difficulty hearing speech in noisy places is one of the most common complaints among healthy older adults, regardless of ability to hear pure tones in an audiogram test. Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association celebrates Better Speech and Hearing Month, so here are some surprising […]

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No More Drill and Fill with Canary Dental System

New Canadian device offers a radical shift to detect early dental caries Hate the dentist’s drill? A new Canadian dental device, the Canary Dental System, detects the size and depth of early cavities so that they can be treated, rather than needing to be drilled and filled later. The Canary System is the brainchild of […]

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FDA Approves INCIVEK to Treat Hepatitis C

This story was published on GE Healthy Outlook last spring after the FDA approved INCIVEK. I spoke with Jordan Feld, MD MPH, hepatologist at the Toronto Western Hospital Liver Clinic and clinician scientist at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health at the University of Toronto, to find out what this new drug could mean for patients […]

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Epigenetics – Ending the Nature versus Nurture Debate

Is it nature or nurture? That was the theme of a recent Café Scientifique in Toronto, hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Three experts talked about the field of epigenetics and how the ‘nature or nurture’ debate is a futile argument. Recent spectacular advances in genetic research may make you think scientists […]

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