Is your home killing you?

Radon is an invisible, silent, odourless killer. But it can be easily detected with this device

Is your home killing you?It lurks in your home but you can’t see or smell it. And it may just be putting your life at risk. No, it’s not carbon monoxide – it’s radon gas. According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Smokers are at even a higher risk. Radon is…

Patients being kept in the dark about best treatment plans

To fight costs, Canadian patients are being denied coverage for biologics until all other (less expensive and less effective) measures are explored

Patients being kept in the dark about best treatment plansAs a stem cell biologist, I was very excited when Nobel laureate Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University developed cellular reprogramming, which enables us to generate patient-specific, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Being pluripotent, these cells have the potential to make any cell or tissue type in the body. Being patient specific, tissues derived from…

Blankets wrap cancer patients in comfort

Saskatchewan's Heather Wall created Visanbre Angel Blankets in honour of her aunts, all cancer victims

Blankets wrap cancer patients in comfortBy Kevin McBain and Anna Polsfut The Kindersley Clarion It’s a deadly disease and it’s guaranteed you know someone affected by it. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada – one in four sufferers will die of the disease this year. It’s estimated that 206,200 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this…

For colon cancer, the best test is the one you’re willing to do

New immigrants and those from poorer neighbourhoods screened at lower rates in Canada

For colon cancer, the best test is the one you’re willing to doIf you live in Ontario and you’re turning 50, expect to receive a birthday letter in the mail. It’s not from your loved ones (though they may send one, too) – it’s from the province’s cancer agency, Cancer Care Ontario. These letters represent a paradigm shift. A health-care agency is reaching out to people at risk…

HPV vaccine must be given to all Canadian children

Recent statistics show an alarming increase in mouth and throat cancers caused by the human papillomavirus, especially among men

HPV vaccine must be given to all Canadian childrenBy Juliet Guichon Cumming School of Medicine University of Calgary and Gilla Shapiro Doctoral student McGill University CALGARY Alta. Oct. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The evidence of the need to administer the HPV vaccine to all Canadian boys and girls is irrefutable. For 30 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has partnered with Statistics Canada…

Anti HPV vaccine article troubling and disappointing

The risks associated with HPV infection much greater than the risks associated with vaccination

Anti HPV vaccine article troubling and disappointingAnti HPV vaccine article troubling and disappointing FREE to subscribers TORONTO OUT By Juliet Guichon University of Calgary and Dr. Rupert Kaul University of Toronto CALGARY, AB, and TORONTO, ON, Feb 17, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The HPV (Human papilloma virus) vaccine was created to prevent an infection that causes cancer. That is pretty exciting.…

Testing your home for radon exposure could be a lifesaver

Radon exposure is responsible for 16% of lung cancer deaths in Canada

Testing your home for radon exposure could be a lifesaverDownload Testing your home for radon exposure could be a lifesaver VANCOUVER, BC, Feb 5, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In late January, the BC Lung Association released results of Canada’s largest-ever community-wide home radon testing project, conducted in Castlegar and Prince George, two of B.C.’s radon hot spots. In more than half the Castlegar homes…

The worst health advice you’ll get today

Misinformation about breast cancer screening still a problem

The worst health advice you’ll get todayVICTORIA, BC, May 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - I was about to call it a day when an email arrived with the following in the subject line: “The Best Health Advice You’ll Get Today.” That caught my attention. I was curious. And I’m a sucker for free health advice. I’ve got more than just a…

The unintended consequences of celebrity health endorsements

The “Angelina Jolie effect” led to an increase in unnecessary genetic tests for breast cancer

The unintended consequences of celebrity health endorsementsVICTORIA, BC, Jan 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Is it a good idea to embark on a genetic hunting expedition to see if you’re at “high risk” of developing a particular disease? That question was examined once again last month when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) – an independent group of scientists making…