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Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Methane emissions in Arctic Ocean have long been overestimated, study claims

A new study from UiT The Arctic University of Norway revealed that estimates of methane emissions released from the Arctic Ocean floor are calculated without taking into account seasonal variability and may therefore be overestimated. “Because we only go [in »

Economy, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

‘Superbugs’ could kill hundreds of thousands, cost billions in just 30 years

A dire report from Canadian medical, veterinary and economic experts begins with the words, ”Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognized as a global threat that if not addressed will have a devastating impact on the health and welfare of the »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Household disinfectants and childhood obesity

New study shows a possible link The commercials say over and over, protect your family from bacteria and use our disinfectants and eliminate all those nasty bacteria. Parents of course want to protect their children from all harm or danger, »

Health

Plastic patch will detect e-coli in food

Canada has strict measures in place to assure the safety of food, but new technology may further reduce the chances that people eat contaminated food and get sick. Researchers at Western University in London, Ontario are developing a transparent plastic »

Health, International

Renewed warning about antibiotic overuse in Newfoundland

The over prescription of antibiotics is a danger around the world but is of particular concern in Canada’s eastern-most province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Health Minister John Haggie recently said the overuse of this class of drugs could lead to »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

‘Yucky duckies’ only of concern for the very young, says researcher

A recent study about bacteria in bath toys should not alarm parents unduly, says Lori Burrows, a researcher in infection diseases and professor at McMaster University. The Swiss study found that bacteria can form inside rubber duckies and other bath »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Potentially huge breakthrough in treating infections

Canadian researchers have made what holds promise as an enormous advance in fighting infections. Teams in Toronto (Sick Kids Hospital/U of T)  and Montreal combined their skills to develop a way to break through microbial defences, their “biofilm” which has »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Maple syrup extract could cut antibiotic use: study

It makes a great sweetener for your pancakes and springtime visits to the maple sugar shacks have been a rite of passage for generations of children and immigrants in eastern Canada. However, according to a new study, Canada’s sweetest export »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

UN health agency releases list of world’s 12 most threatening superbugs

The World Health Organization has released a list of 12 antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health to prompt governments to invest in research and development of new antibiotics. These “priority pathogens” are resistant to multiple antibiotics »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Health concerns over critical heart surgery machine

A critical piece of equipment used especially in open heart surgeries is now in question. A warning has been issued that the equipment may transmit a rare slow-developing bacteria known as  non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM). Letters have been sent to thousands »