Right Turn: Four STEM women to watch

  If I say the names Kirsty Duncan, Mona Nemer, Julie Payette and Molly Shoichet, what comes to mind? There are many ways to answer that question, of course, but the answer I’m looking for is that they are all female scientists or engineers who hold significant posts in government with the ability to influence Canada’s science agenda. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan is the federal Minister of Science. As of the September 2017 announcement, she…

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Number of patients on wait lists decrease for some organs as deceased donor numbers jump in Canada

New data released this week by Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Institute for Health Information sheds light on organ donation and transplantation system progress   Close to 3000 lifesaving transplants were performed in Canada in 2016 of which 758 donations came from deceased donors, and 545 from living donors, according to the latest numbers released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Canadian Blood Services.

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Art meets regenerative medicine in the hands of Toronto artist

Ann Perry is senior communications officer at Medicine by Design at the University of Toronto. She previously held strategic communications roles in the Ontario government and not-for-profit sector, and was an editorial writer, reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. You can follow Medicine by Design on Twitter @MbD_UofT. Please click here to read the original version of the article that first appeared on Medicine by Design’s site and is reprinted with permission.   Artist…

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How to Make the World Better for Cats

Cat experts – including Mikel Delgado, Pam Johnson-Bennett, Sandra McCune, Kersti Seksel and Nicky Trevorrow – weigh in on the one thing that would make the world better for cats.Photo: JRJfinWe love our feline friends, but at the same time there’s a lot that we, as a society, could do to make cats happier. So I asked several experts on cats to answer the question, “What’s the one thing that would make the world better…

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Are toddlers meeting the New Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years?

Today’s post comes from Dr Eun-Young Lee. More on Dr Lee can be found at the bottom of this post.  New Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years were launched in November 20171. The new guidelines include general and specific recommendations for three movement behaviours, namely, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep, for three different age groups (i.e., infants, toddlers, and preschoolers). For toddlers (aged 1 to 2 years) in particular, the specific recommendations include:…

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A Capella Science : les délires géniaux de Tim Blais

Ça y est, le temps des Fêtes arrive et avec lui tous les airs de Noël qu’on connait bien et qu’on entend partout. Loin de moi l’idée d’assombrir votre cœur d’enfant qui « tressaille d’espérance » en imaginant le petit renne au nez rouge conduisant dans le ciel le chariot du père Noël, mais avouons que d’un point de vue scientifique, ça ne fait pas très sérieux… « Ben quoi, c’est la « magie de…

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Myth of liberation therapy for MS finally put to rest

If you've been following the story of liberation therapy for MS, we have now come to what is conceivably the end. Eight years after the original W5 segment made this dubious MS treatment widely popular, the scientific evidence is in. Read the full story in the Montreal Gazette here: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-myth-of-liberation-therapy-fo... ********************************************************************************************************************************************** Well, it's finally over. It took eight years, but I think we might actually be done. Liberation therapy will hopefully fade into obscurity as…

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Right Turn: CCRM’s holiday science gift guide for kids

The holidays are right around the corner. If you have a child or pre-teen in your life, the pressure is on to find that perfect gift. Since you’re reading Signals, you probably understand the value of encouraging kids to be enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). After all, a STEM education, both at school and in the home, has a positive impact on overall academic success. So, why not give a STEM-related gift…

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Right Turn: CCRM’s holiday science gift guide for kids

The holidays are right around the corner. If you have a child or pre-teen in your life, the pressure is on to find that perfect gift. Since you’re reading Signals, you probably understand the value of encouraging kids to be enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). After all, a STEM education, both at school and in the home, has a positive impact on overall academic success. So, why not give a STEM-related gift…

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