Research supports equipment change and process improvements

Research supports equipment change and process improvements Plasma Transfusion Blood Thursday, August 22, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Two pieces of equipment at the core of our component manufacturing process were recently replaced: the centrifuge, used to spin blood into layers of components; and the blood extractor, used to separate these layers. This was a necessary change as the old equipment was nearing end-of-life. In late Spring 2019, the process of rolling out this new equipment…

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Fellow Creatures: New Post on Animal Cruelty

A recent court case in Nova Scotia considered the role of emotional suffering in an animal cruelty case. It's a first for Nova Scotia, but not the first time courts in Canada have considered emotional  harm as part of an animal cruelty case.Read more about the science behind this in the role of emotional harm in animal cruelty at my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures.Photo: Lynette C/Pixabay

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Companion Animal Psychology News August 2019

The importance of play, chickens as domesticated animals, and beautiful cat photos – this month’s news.My favourites this month“It took two weeks for her to start greeting friends normally (people she knows and loves). Before that, when they would come, she would run up to my bed and hide.” An important post from Eileen Anderson with a story from a dog owner about what happened when a trainer used a shock collar on her dog,…

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Because we all want to see life-saving cell and gene therapies saving lives

Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay Cell and gene therapies are a game changer for patients. As academics and industry have been saying for years now, these therapies offer the promise of cures for previously incurable diseases and disorders. There were over 1,000 clinical trials underway worldwide at the end of the first quarter of 2019.[1] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 17 products, making it the “leader” in this area so…

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Fellow Creatures: New Post on Animal Hoarding

Over at my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures, I have a new post on animal hoarding.Photo: amandanunetzejera/PixabayIt looks at a study of a new, integrated approach taken in Wake County, North Carolina, where multiple agencies now work together on animal hoarding cases. Animal hoarding is a mental health issue recognized in the DSM-5, and many hoarders simply start again once their animals are taken away.The new approach includes guidelines on how many animals they can keep…

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Special – The Healthcare System

Chris and Jonathan discuss "the" healthcare system and how medicine is being practiced, with all its flaws and needs for improvement. Chris quickly starts going into too many details, but fear not: Jonathan pulls him back. This conversation will be of particular interest to Canadians, but we welcome anyone with open hearts (especially if you bring food). 01:29  There is no Canadian healthcare system04:24  How do doctors get paid08:16  Who decides how many patients a…

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Special – The Healthcare System

Chris and Jonathan discuss "the" healthcare system and how medicine is being practiced, with all its flaws and needs for improvement. Chris quickly starts going into too many details, but fear not: Jonathan pulls him back. This conversation will be of particular interest to Canadians, but we welcome anyone with open hearts (especially if you bring food). 01:29  There is no Canadian healthcare system 04:24  How do doctors get paid 08:16  Who decides how many…

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2018-2019 Centre for Innovation annual progress report now available

2018-2019 Centre for Innovation annual progress report now available Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, August 15, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Housed within Canadian Blood Services’ Medical Affairs and Innovation division, the Centre for Innovation conducts and supports research, development, and knowledge mobilization to ensure a safe, effective, and responsive blood system. This last year was another outstanding one for the Centre for Innovation – the heart of Canadian Blood Services’ research…

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How to advocate for science this fall – using the #VoteScience campaign

Science doesn’t usually get a lot of attention during elections, and we think that this needs to change. That’s why, on August 8th, a coalition of science groups, including Evidence For Democracy, the Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) and the Science & Policy Exchange, launched a national non-partisan #VoteScience campaign to advocate for science during the upcoming federal election. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through some of the #VoteScience actions you can take…

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