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Animals, Environment, Politics, Society

Minister ‘stalls’ on species at risk: scientists

Canada has a law to protect species in difficulty but government delays mean it is not being implemented, say some scientists. The Species at Risk Act was enacted in 2002 and is supposed to be implemented in two stages. First,» 

Environment

Interactive atlas shows unique land, animals, maps

A new interactive website will offer spectacular views of the land and animals in Canada’s eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and provide important geographical information. The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Memorial University collaborated to create the Newfoundland and» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

New test could predict return of prostate cancer

Some men respond well to initial treatment for prostate cancer, but a new test could soon help predict those who will need further and more aggressive treatment. Across North America 260,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. 50,000» 

Health, Science and Technology

Why general anesthetics can cause memory loss

Canadian researchers have discovered why anesthetics can cause prolonged cognitive impairment such as memory loss. Scientists know that about one third of patients who have general anesthetic for surgery suffer some kind of cognitive impairment when they are discharged from» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

One million people may have undiagnosed diabetes

Every hour, every day, 20 Canadians are diagnosed with diabetes. So far, 3.3 million Canadians have this serious chronic disease and it’s estimated another million have it, but don’t know. ‘A bit of an epidemic’ “There is a bit of» 

Animals, Environment, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

New pesticide bad for bees, ecosystems: coalition

Conservationists have called for the withdrawal of neonicotinoids saying they are killing bees and other insects and are bad for ecosystems, and now groups of farmers and doctors have joined them in condemning a new, related class of pesticide. Flupyradifurone» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Gluten-free is big business and misunderstood

Companies are making billions of dollars selling gluten-free products around the world when there is little evidence they are a healthier choice for anyone but few who have celiac disease. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Breast cancer common but some is preventable

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Canadian women, but up to one third of cases can be prevented, according to research. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada and a time when inventive events are» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Doctor explains why diets don’t work

One in four adult Canadians are clinically obese and while many will diet, the vast majority will put the wait back on, say recent studies. Dr. Yoni Freedhoff says that can have dramatic psychological consequences and he’s written a book» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Deal to conserve original prairie is finalized

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has finalized the largest conservation easement in the country. It has made deal with 72 ranchers who own a huge parcel of land in western Canada whereby they can continue to use it to graze»