The Pet People to Follow in 2019

The canine and feline scientists, pet professionals, bloggers, and organizations to follow on social media in 2019.Are you looking for some new pet-related accounts to follow in 2019? I’ve updated my list of some of the best people and organizations to follow on Twitter and Facebook if you’re interested in companion animals, science, and the human-animal bond.These are people or groups who produce great content of their own AND also have a varied feed that…

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Faut-il avoir peur du sucre et de l’intelligence artificielle ?

Je voudrais cette semaine essayer de faire quelques liens entre deux sujets qui ne semblent pas en avoir de prime abord : le sucre et l’intelligence artificielle (IA). Plus précisément, d’une part, la trop grande quantité de sucre de la nourriture industrielle qui a quelque chose d’effrayant tellement on découvre à quel point elle est néfaste pour la santé (directement ou par l’excès calorique qu’elle entraîne). Et d’autre part une seconde peur, celle d’une IA…

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045 – Fitness Trackers and Baby Powder

  Don't mind Chris' newfound psychic powers; do fitness trackers like Fitbits actually work? They monitor our heart beats, they count our steps and calories burnt, but do they do it accurately? And can they help us lose weight? Also: you'll never believe what actually motivates people to exercise; early detection is not as easy as it sounds; does Johnson & Johnson's baby powder cause cancer and should you even use baby powder in the…

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Right Turn: Churchill, Marx (Groucho!) and appealing to a scientist’s vanity

It’s a new year and my email inbox is brimming with invitations addressed to “Dr.” Stacey Johnson to be a speaker at a scientific conference, be on a scientific editorial board, submit an article based on my research – you get the idea. So what, you say? You also get these invitations? Congratulations. My point isn’t to brag. I am questioning why these conference organizers and journals are so desperate they will invite anyone without…

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Annual progress report highlights the Centre for Innovation’s impactful research, development, education and training

Annual progress report highlights the Centre for Innovation’s impactful research, development, education and training Transfusion Blood Thursday, January 10, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh #WeDoResearch! Through our Centre for Innovation, our engaged network of scientists, medical experts, partners, and collaborators conduct and disseminate high quality, impactful research for the benefit of Canadian patients and the Canadian healthcare system.    The Centre for Innovation’s goal is to drive innovation to improve the blood system by facilitating the creation, translation, and application of new knowledge to support a safe, effective, and responsive…

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There’s no single true path to weight loss

In what is going to be the first in a regularly appearing column in the Montreal Gazette, I tackle the issue of why no one diet works for everyone and why losing weight is so hard.  https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-theres-... ************************************************************************************************************************** I was once asked why I don't go out and write a diet book to make some easy money. It seems like it would be fairly simple. There are dozens of diet books out there, though many…

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Despite all the media fuzz, goats are not the new dogs

Why people should not keep goats in a dog environment, and what to do instead.Guest post by Christian Nawroth, PhD.Photo: Christian NawrothMedia coverage of recent goat cognition research gives the impression that goats might be the new dogs when it comes to communicating with humans, and so can make good pets. But can you keep a goat in a dog environment? Short answer: You shouldn’t, if you care about their welfare.Recent media coverage on research…

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National organ sharing leads to 500 kidney transplants for highly sensitized patients

National organ sharing leads to 500 kidney transplants for highly sensitized patients Transplantation Organs and Tissues Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Jenny Ryan “The gift of transplantation has meant so much to the patients within the highly sensitized patient registry in Saskatchewan and all of Canada.” – Dr. Rahul Mainra, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon The Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) program is a national organ sharing program operated by Canadian Blood Services in collaboration with all provincial…

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Daniel Glaser: A Neuroscientist Who Explains

This week I’d like to tell you about a little gold mine of easy-to-understand explanations of neuroscience. It’s a weekly blog and podcast called “A Neuroscientist Explains”, by Dr. Daniel Glaser, and you can access it on the website of the newspaper The Guardian. Glaser has had an interesting career as a scientist who always places great emphasis on sharing his knowledge with the general public. He has also taken an interest for many years…

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Une nouvelle voie neuroanatomique au cortex visuel (plus deux outils pédagogiques)

Pour débuter cette année 2019 (que je vous souhaite excellente), un menu varié : d’abord la pièce de résistance avec une découverte récente démontrant une fois de plus que le cerveau n’a jamais fini de nous étonner; ensuite un outil de référence en neuroanatomie; et finalement un rappel à propos de « l’École des profs ». La science ne prend donc pas de vacances. C’est ainsi qu’il y a quelques jours, le 4 janvier 2019,…

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