Superbugs in Space

 By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-Editors   In mid-February, NASA launched a superbug into space. The idea was to study how methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, mutates in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. Using space to predict the future of this deadly pathogen could give us […]

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Link between traffic and dementia points to urban planning challenges ahead

By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Co-Editors Growing up across the street from the Queen Elizabeth Way, a busy highway outside of Toronto, Ainslie Butler’s mother often worried that the noise and pollution would affect her family’s health. Highway dust, as her family called it, left its grungy mark on their […]

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Inspiring a nation to raise healthy kids

By Lindsay Jolivet & Ainslie Butler,  Health, Medicine, & Veterinary Science Editors ParticipACTION’s physical activity report card calls on governments, parents, schools and communities to drive change. Canadian kids are failing playtime. Sedentary behaviour earned Canada an F grade from ParticipACTION in its most recent report card on physical activity for children and youth. The […]

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Can our own immune system defeat cancer?

By Nick Mitrousis and Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering Editors Cancer. For most of us, that word conjures up memories of a friend or family member who succumbed to the disease. Despite decades of scientific work and billions of dollars spent developing new treatments, cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide. So it’s no surprise […]

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