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World first: blasting heart blockages

Innovation in medical procedure (video illustration at bottom) A new Canadian invention has been used to clear blocked heart arteries. The new technology has been used successfully for the first time at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Stéphane »

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Patches and the medical advances of 3D printing

Patches is a 9-year-old who had a massive problem, one that would likely have killed her eventually. The small dachshund had a large tumour on the skull. Approached by a colleague at Cornell University in the U.S., it was decided »

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Medical marvel: first face transplant in Canada

A man who suffered a serious accident while hunting was living with what was left of a badly disfigured face. A bullet had blown away much of his face in 2011. Several rebuilding surgeries over the years had helped but »

Economy, Health, Society

Soaring health care needs for seniors require big money, say doctors

A huge proportion of Canada’s population is getting old and the country’s doctors are urging the federal government to increase funding to meet their health care needs. Health care is free for patients in Canada and is funded by the »

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TB infections: Developing tolerance vs.the battle to resist

Bacterial infections have been around since, forever. Sometimes they’re deadly, yet sometimes the human body can control them. Considering drug-resistance pathogens are becoming an ever-increasing concern, new research is tackling the question of how the body develops tolerance to pathogens »

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Research into new directions to understand and treat Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. It often affects children and adolescents with 20-30 percent of patients showing their first symptoms before age 20.  These symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, poor growth, and sometimes »

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Revolutionary finding may rewrite thousands of research studies, science textbooks.

It seems so obvious, yet somehow, it hasn’t been. Anyone performing almost any kind of experiment knows that if you alter a variable just a tiny bit, you can, and likely will, alter the outcome. This is true whether mixing »

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Oops, wrong patient, wrong operation, missing clamp: surgical mistakes in Canada

Between 2004 and 2013, there were just under 3,000 cases of malpractice complaints and settlements from medical errors in Canada The information comes from a new study by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), in conjunction with key healthcare stakeholders, »

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Ontario’s only marijuana “vaping” lounge may forced to close

It has only been open for about a little over a month, and already the Windsor Ontario establishment may be forced out of business by a new provincial anti-smoking law. John Liedtke is the owner of “Higher Limits” a vaping »

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Medical first for Canada

Toronto hospital performs hand and forearm transplant It is still a relatively new procedure worldwide with only a little over 100 such operations having been performed in several countries to date This month surgeons in Toronto have performed the first »