Planting the seed for the future of vaccine development

By Amanda Scanga, guest contributor One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is the accelerated development of new vaccines. Researchers quickly created, tested, manufactured and administered new vaccines, most of them based on messenger RNA (mRNA). mRNA is a knowledge base that has been in development for decades. Many people remain hesitant to get vaccinated for […]

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Contaminant bioaccumulation in fish and aquatic environments

By Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Have you ever been told that you should be careful about how much tuna you eat? Part of the reason why is bioaccumulation, which is when the level of certain toxins (for example, DDT or mercury) increases in concentration in the bodies of organisms as you […]

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The benefits of learning to forget

by Jenna Finley, Biology & Life Sciences editor You may have heard it said, “Elephants never forget,”—but maybe they should. New research suggests that forgetting is a form of learning! This apparently contradictory statement could very well prove true in unpredictable environments. To understand why, let’s first take a look at how memory works. Memory […]

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Why is your doctor still using a fax machine? Barriers to electronic health records in Canada

by Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor In our day-to-day lives, we access digital information with such ease that we don’t really stop and think about the underlying infrastructure that makes it all possible. When we encounter the edges of this digital ease—say, when one of our trusted messaging apps goes offline unexpectedly—it can be […]

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The diabetes gap: Why are Black Canadians more likely to develop type 2 diabetes?

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Michael Ralph Limmena, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Sciences editor The year 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Diabetes was once a fatal condition, but in the past few decades, we have learned to manage it through medication, frequent exercise and strict dieting. Even so, diabetes is one of Canada’s most prevalent […]

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