Replacements for banned CFCs polluting Arctic: study

Researchers find degraded, toxic compounds from CFC replacements in ice core sample from summit of Devon Ice Cap

Replacements for banned CFCs polluting Arctic: studySubstances used to replace ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) may be as problematic as their predecessors, a new study shows. “The degradation products from these substances may be just as concerning as the original chemicals they were meant to replace,” said Alison Criscitiello, director of the University of Alberta’s Canadian Ice Core Lab. “We are seeing significant levels of…

Earlier intervention could help Canadians with autism avoid crises

More resources in the community and better training for emergency services are needed

Earlier intervention could help Canadians with autism avoid crisesBy Yona Lunsky University of Toronto and Jonathan Weiss York University The long wait times at hospital emergency rooms across the country are not just a cause for complaint. The high costs associated with emergency services also affect the finances of our publicly funded health system. What’s often lost in these discussions are the ways…

Health Canada breaks its own rules on pharmaceutical advertising

New study shows repeated infractions for wide range of drugs over a decade

Health Canada breaks its own rules on pharmaceutical advertisingBy Barbara Mintzes University of British Columbia and Joel Lexchin York University A handsome man struts over to the office water cooler with a smirk on his face. When his colleagues ask about his weekend, he replies enthusiastically, with audio muted. A large blue pill appears with the tagline, “Viagra, Ask Your Doctor.” Vibrant, energetic…