Losing weight, increasing fitness in old age

After my last article on intermittent fasting, which you can read below, a reader contacted me to ask what can older people do to lose weight? What’s the best form of exercise? Well here’s the answer. My latest for the Montreal Gazette: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-losing-weight-increasing-fitn... **************************************** The other day I got an email from a reader who had a bone to pick with me regarding my article on intermittent fasting. He asked me why all my articles were…

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What time zone is your heart tissue In?

By Sun Ladder (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsOur lives our governed by our concept of time. Whether you are relatively spontaneous or a micromanager of your daily schedule, how we coordinate our work and interactions with other people comes down to the 24-hour clock we picture in our minds. Of course, this 24-hour clock is more than just a social construct. It is engrained into our very cells.…

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Right Turn: Primers on cell therapy regulation

Understanding cell therapy regulation is an essential component of the bench to bedside pipeline. Without approval from a country’s regulator (Health Canada, FDA, EMA, PMDA, etc.), a product cannot be sold to consumers and the millions invested in research and development, manufacturing and clinical trials is media down the drain. Cell therapies present a range of challenges for regulators and, of course, for the companies developing them. In advance of an

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Bactérie de l’espace

Chronique science du 2 juin sur CIBL.   Des chercheurs ont découvert une nouvelle espèce de bactérie. Pas sur Terre, mais dans la Station spatiale internationale, à 400 km d’altitude. S’agit-il d’un nouvel Alien ? Pas selon ce que dit l’article de Aleksandra Checinska et coll. Solibacillus kalamii – c’est son petit nom – est […]

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My 20-minute workout plan

I don’t love lifting weights.  But I am currently doing my best to lift weights on a regular basis, because strength is really important for both health and quality of life.  We naturally lose muscle mass as we age, and since I don’t have a ton to begin with, this seems like a pretty important thing for me to do. Like a lot of people, I don’t have much time for lifting weights.  And yet, I’ve…

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Dr. Lawrence Bruce Robertson and blood transfusion in the trenches of World War I

Innovation150 series on the RED blog: As Canada celebrates 150 years we look back on Canadian innovations in transfusion medicine over the years.  A series of posts over the next few weeks feature remarkable Canadian progress in transfusion medicine past, present and future. #Innovation150.

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The 2017 Train for Rewards Blog Party

Welcome to the Train for Rewards blog party! The party aims to encourage people to use rewards when training their dogs or other companion animals.Check out all the wonderful blog posts from some amazing trainers. As well as lots of great posts, you will find new bloggers to follow.The blog party celebrates what we can do with reward-based dog training, encourages people to use rewards in training their pets, and inspires people to improve their…

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Spreading the Word on Reward-Based Training

Sometimes, we all need a little encouragement.The Train for Rewards blog party is all about encouraging people to use rewards when training their companion animals (here's why it's such a good idea).And although it’s mostly about dogs – because they are the species we devote most time to training – any companion animal can be trained with rewards.The best reward to use is food. Good food, in fact.As a society, we have this mythology around…

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Une conférence sur Henri Laborit

Un peu comme je l’ai fait la semaine dernière, la pièce de résistance d’aujourd’hui arrivera… demain ! C’est que je donne mardi le 13 juin ma dernière conférence de la saison qui a pour titre « Henri Laborit, un précurseur en neurobiologie » et que sa préparation ne me laisse pas vraiment le temps pour un billet original aujourd’hui. Je vous renvoie donc pour l’instant à celui que j’ai écrit vendredi dernier sur mon autre…

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Location, location, location – stem cells need the right neighbours

Copyright CCRM, 2017. Last month two papers created a pretty big wave in the blood stem cell field: Work from Harvard Medical School and Cornell University showed that functional human blood stem cells could be created from reprogrammed cells. While it is most certainly the closest that researchers have come to creating blood stem cells in large numbers outside the body from using reprogramming technologies, there is still significant “T crossing and I dotting” that needs…

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