Karen Osborn was supposed to be exploring hidden worlds in the Turks and Caicos, cataloguing the mysterious creatures that thrive in pools connected to the ocean by deep underwater caves. But instead of barcoding blind crustaceans on a trip she’s planned for six months, the marine biologist is stuck at home in Fairfax, Virginia. Osborn is one of roughly 800,000…
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On long-term disability leave, 54-year-old flight attendant Janet Uribe jokingly says she now volunteers as a ‘brain model’ at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, where she regularly takes part in clinical trials and studies. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 25 years ago, Uribe enjoys participating in research. “As a patient, who has lived with a chronic illness for…
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Canada’s chief veterinary officer says test results from a case of bovine tuberculosis found in a cow in British Columbia last November show a strain not seen before in Canada or the United States. Jaspinder Komal says this TB isn’t connected to any cases previously detected in wild animals or domestic livestock. Komal says a majority of the animals on a…
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The 47-year-old mother from Tennessee had chosen to forgo traditional cancer treatments for her late stage breast cancer and rely on natural therapies instead. “I am a cancer patient, NOT a chemo patient,” she posted on the online fundraising site GoFundMe. “Chemo is a serious poison” that destroys bones, kidneys and livers, and “decimates” the immune system, she said. So…
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Mary De Vera has researched asthma, arthritis and pregnancy. She doesn’t specialize in a particular medical condition, she specializes in methods. Whether it’s scouring big data for patterns that explain how disease spreads, or surveying patients about their needs, De Vera can apply her expertise to almost any ailment. Essentially, she gets to pick her diseases. But sometimes, the disease…
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Protein Switch Identified in Connection with Disability Progression in MS

Researchers know that the loss of neurons and their axons is responsible for disability in multiple sclerosis (MS), and inflammation associated with immune cells is thought to be implicated in this process. But to truly understand how the brain’s cells are affected by oxidative stress, researchers led by Dr. Jacqueline Quandt have been looking closely at the mechanisms behind this immune-mediated degeneration.…
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Vancouver-based medical maverick Dr. Michael Klein has released an autobiography, Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo, describing his five decades in medicine. Klein graduated from medical school at Stanford University in 1966, doing practical training in pediatrics and maternity care in Mexico and Ethiopia, before fleeing to Montreal with his wife Bonnie Sherr Klein to avoid being drafted…
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The legalization of cannabis in Canada has heightened the need to understand more about this once forbidden plant. But after decades of prohibition, only a small amount of research is available compared to other botanicals, and researchers still have a way to go to fully understand how exactly cannabis interacts with the chemistry and physiology of the brain, as well…
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hree members of the Faculty of Medicine have been named recipients of the 2019 Certificate of Merit Award by the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME). The award recognizes and rewards faculty members who are committed to medical education in 17 medical schools across Canada. Maria Hubinette, Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice and scholar with the Centre…
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