Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy

James Hinchcliffe, Robbie Wickens and Zachary Claman De Melo are all vying to bring Toronto a Canadian winner

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy[smartslider3 slider=43] The first time I attended the Honda Indy race in Toronto, my friend Scot Cameron, a former race car driver, told me to stand at the wall of the track at the straightaway and look directly across as a car goes past. “All you’ll see is a blur,” he said. “You’ll know it…

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 childrenThe 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 and the Public Health Agency of Canada to publish annual data about cancer in Canada. This year’s report warns of an alarming increase in mouth…

The worst health advice you’ll get today

Misinformation about breast cancer screening still a problem

The worst health advice you’ll get todayI 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 passing interest in health advice, seeing as I…

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 disappointingBy Juliet Guichon University of Calgary and Dr. Rupert Kaul University of Toronto The HPV (Human papilloma virus) vaccine was created to prevent an infection that causes cancer. That is pretty exciting. Given the power of HPV vaccine to prevent disease and death, a recent article in the Toronto Star, which appears to suggest that…