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Heart, stroke: family history is important for you

One-third of Canadians have close relatives who have had heart attacks or strokes, but many have not talked to their doctors about their own increased risk. The Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation is on a campaign to get them to» 

Animals, Environment, Science and Technology, Society

Tagging endangered belugas to find winter habitat

A non-profit group is tagging beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River to try to find out where they spend the winter and further the goal of preventing their decline. Two of the small white whales have been tagged so far» 

Health, International, Science and Technology

Leishmania parasite study could help find vaccine

Research lead by McGill University has found an important mechanism behind leishmaniasis, a sometimes deadly parasitic disease transmitted by sandflies. The researchers found that molecules known as exosomes boost the ability of the parasite to infect humans and other mammals.» 

Health, Science and Technology

Gut bacteria influences celiac disease: study

Canadian researchers have discovered that the bacteria that live in our intestines may affect the body’s response to gluten, and that could eventually lead to treatments for celiac disease. This disease affects about 300,000 Canadians. When they eat wheat, rye» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Don’t put kids on diets, warn dietitians

Childhood obesity rates have not gone down in the last decades and are at their highest level ever, according to a recent study. But dietitians say it is a mistake to put children on diets. Danger of eating disorders “I» 

Animals, Society

In spite of bad press, drones useful to biologists

Drones have been getting some bad press in Canada recently, but biologists say, properly used, they are important for collecting information about wildlife. A drone flying near a wildfire disrupted firefighting operations last week. And a recent study found that» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Bats need natural habitat beside farmland: study

Bats are under threat in North America but new research suggests a way to help them survive. Bats are important because they eat huge quantities of mosquitos and other insects, sometime acting as a natural pesticide on farmland. Bat numbers» 

Health, Sports

Cheerleading injuries increasing: study

Cheerleading is becoming more popular in Canada and at the same time the number of injuries has doubled in the last 20 years, according to a recent study. ‘Throwing a person in the air’ “It’s a sport where… you usually» 


Major decline in seabirds: ocean ecosystem in trouble

It seems shocking, but a study of seabird populations shows that since the 1950’s there has been a 70 percent decline in seabird populations. Michelle Paleczny is currently a biologist working with Parks Canada, but researched the decline in seabirds» 

Environment, Science and Technology, Society

Ocean acidity could collapse food chain, scientist

The world’s oceans absorb carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels, making them more acidic and less hospitable to micro-organisms that support the marine food chain, says Alfonso Mucci, a professor of geochemistry and oceanography at McGill University. Ultimately, acidification could»