Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor What mysterious critters and creatures are lying dormant, frozen beneath the Arctic’s surface, and what will emerge as a result of thawing permafrost and melting ice in a globally changing climate? Recently, pop culture has taken notice of the threat of ancient diseases in the age of […]
Cannabis is NOT a dog’s best friend
Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor Now that cannabis has been legalized, Canadians don’t have to hide their stash. But dog owners need to be aware of the dangers that cannabis can pose to their pooches. Research shows that dogs are more sensitive to cannabis than humans. Specifically, dogs are harmed by delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol […]
If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?
Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor Is your cat a catnip user? Should you be worried about Princess Fuzzbottom’s drug use? What is catnip? It’s the common name of Nepeta cataria, a plant in the mint family that grows wild in many regions, including Canada. Domestic cats generally encounter dried catnip as […]
Un nouveau test sanguin pour dÃ©tecter le cancer pourrait-il changer la donne au Canada?
Ainslie Butler, Ã©ditrice SantÃ©, MÃ©decine et science vÃ©tÃ©rinaires Un rÃ©cent rapport publiÃ© dans la revue Science prÃ©sentait un nouveau test sanguin de dÃ©pistage du cancer, nommÃ© CancerSEEK, lequel promet d’amÃ©liorer dramatiquement le taux de diagnostic cancÃ©reux. Cet outil de dÃ©pistage, qu’on appelle une Â« biopsie liquide Â», a Ã©tÃ© dÃ©veloppÃ© Ã l’Ã©cole de mÃ©decine de […]
Could a new blood test change the Canadian cancer landscape?
Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor A recent report in Science described a new cancer screening blood test, CancerSEEK, that promises to dramatically improve rates of cancer diagnosis. This screening tool, developed at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is called a ‘liquid biopsy’ and it tests for eight common types […]