Zombies and miracles: What lingers below the frozen surface of the warming Arctic?

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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 […]

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Cannabis is NOT a dog’s best friend

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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 […]

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If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

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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 […]

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Un nouveau test sanguin pour détecter le cancer pourrait-il changer la donne au Canada?

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Ainslie Butler, éditrice Santé, Médecine et science vétérinaires Un récent rapport publié dans la revue Science présentait un nouveau test sanguin de dépistage du cancer, nommé CancerSEEK, lequel promet d’améliorer dramatiquement le taux de diagnostic cancéreux. Cet outil de dépistage, qu’on appelle une « biopsie liquide », a été développé à l’école de médecine de l’université Johns […]

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Could a new blood test change the Canadian cancer landscape?

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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 […]

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