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Health, Science and Technology

Concussion has long-term effect on the brain: study

Doctors expect to see changes in athletes’ brains right after a concussion, but a new study shows there are physical differences in the brains months and years after concussion. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital used advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)» 

Science and Technology

New research may help prevent potholes

Potholes are ubiquitous in Canada. The city of Montreal alone fixes about 50,000 holes in the road every year. It’s estimated about 20.6 per cent of Canadian roads are in poor or very poor condition. Part of the blame is» 

Environment, Science and Technology

Permafrost thawing faster, feeding climate change: study

A new study suggests that frozen ground in Arctic regions of the world will thaw faster than most research predicts and could worsen climate change very significantly. Permafrost is land that is at or below 0 C continuously for at» 

Health, Science and Technology

Problems identifying smells may predict Alzheimer’s: study

A new study out of McGill University suggests that testing someone’s ability to identify smells could reveal the presence of Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms appear. This is important because early detection of dementia could eventually allow for early treatment» 

Health, Science and Technology

Can smartphones track Parkinson’s better than doctors?

Researchers are studying the feasibility and accuracy of having patients use their smartphones to track the progression of their Parkinson’s disease and the effect of medication they are taking to slow it down. Parkinson’s is a degenerative brain disease that» 

Environment, Health, International, Military, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Heat waves could create global instability: professor

A new study published this week found that unless there is a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, climate change will make parts of South Asia uninhabitable by the end of this century. Published in the Journal Science Advances, the» 

Environment, Health, Science and Technology

More deadly heat predicted for South Asia: study

If greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed, climate change could make it dangerous for people in parts of South Asia to be outdoors by the end of this century, according to a recent study. The study from Hong Kong University» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology

Stroke survivor’s risk lasts longer than was thought: study

People who survive a stroke or mini-stroke in Canada are usually followed for about 90 days but new research suggests they are at elevated risk for at least five years. Ron Lacombe may have had mini-strokes before he had a full» 

Health, Science and Technology

High-dose vitamin D does not seem to prevent kids’ colds

Colds and other viruses that settle in the nose and throat are the most common infectious illness among Canadian children. Parents wish they had a way to prevent them, but new research suggests high doses of vitamin D are not» 

Health, Science and Technology

Artificial sweeteners don’t help, may harm, suggests study

Sweeteners linked to weight gain Artificial sweeteners may be associated with increased weight and a higher incidence of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular events, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.»