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Amputee Filing G20 Human Rights Complaint

John Pruyn – a 57 year old Thorold, Ontario amputee – is filing a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission after an incident during the G20 protests when police tore off his prosthetic leg. He says it appears he was violated simply for not being able to stand up fast enough for the charging… Keep Reading

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York University: Bilingualism Combats Onset of Alzheimer’s

Several Canadian researchers have discovered that bilingualism presents potential delaying effects to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, possibly for a period of up to five years. The team, which includes York University professor Ellen Bialystok, has had a study published in the Neurology Journal that indicates prolonged bilingualism can actually minimize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s… Keep Reading

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Radiation from Cordless Phone Base Station Can Affect the Heart

A new study by Dr. Magda Havas – Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario – and her colleagues reveals that radiation from a digital cordless phone base station has an affect on the heart. Their double-blind provocation research was published recently in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Oncology… Keep Reading

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McMaster University Scientists Turn Skin into Blood

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario has announced that researchers have discovered how to create human blood from adult human skin. This Canadian discovery may eventually enable hospitals to have blood made from a patch of skin from the patient’s own body to provide transfusions in surgery or to treat cancer or other blood conditions such… Keep Reading

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American Heart Association Announces New CPR Guidelines

For over four decades, First Aid students being taught Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were told to stick to their ABC’s – a mnemonic device that stands for “Airway, Breathing and Compressions”. However, in the recently released 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR the American Heart Association in San Francisco now trains students to remember “CAB” – representing… Keep Reading

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Seniors with Physical Limitations Live Longer by Volunteering

As the youngest members of the baby boom generation approach 65 years old, a new study by the Arizona State University will help ensure that even the onset of physical limitations doesn’t need to affect their mortality. The University study discovered that older adults with physical functional limitations – such as cooking food, carrying groceries,… Keep Reading

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San Francisco Puts Limits on McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

San Francisco has now passed a law cracking down on the practice of including free toys in unhealthy restaurant meals aimed at children. It became the first major American city to do so this week when the Board of Supervisors passed the law, which comes into effect on December 1,  with a 8-to-3 vote. Just… Keep Reading

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Implanted Retinal Chip Gives Sight to the Blind

Three blind people, who had a subretinal implant inserted under their retina, were able to see shapes and objects within days of the operation. The results of these surgeries were reported by German scientists in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. According to the presentation, one patient surprised researchers by recognizing and locating… Keep Reading

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Neurosurgeon Broadcasts Surgeries Live Over the Web

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, a neurosurgeon with Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, is using the latest internet technologies to webcast his surgeries live online to train other doctors remotely. In a recent conference of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in San Francisco, 200 of the country’s best neurosurgeons logged in to view the live surgery taking… Keep Reading

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Study Reveals Alcohol More Damaging than Heroin

In a study published in the medical journal The Lancet today, Alcohol is reported to be the most damaging drug to the imbiber and to others overall, with heroin and crack coming in second and third most harmful. The report, authored by Professor David Nutt and his associate collaborators, states that when all factors related… Keep Reading

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