Right Turn: Ethics, Australian culture and more when ISCT 2019 goes to Melbourne

Australian culture and pride were very much on display at ISCT 2019, the annual meeting of clinicians, regulators, researchers, technologists and industry who claim membership in the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT). While it was my first time attending an ISCT meeting, CCRM has had a presence there for several years now. Like many scientific conferences, ISCT began with a pre-conference day and the official opening event began in the evening. At…

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Creating platelets 2.0: stronger, faster, and with twice the life-saving power

Creating platelets 2.0: stronger, faster, and with twice the life-saving power Transfusion Blood Thursday, June 06, 2019 Stefanie Novakowski The ability to genetically modify a cell is a powerful tool. Genetically modified cells have advanced our understanding of how the body works and how diseases develop. They are currently used as treatments for a range of diseases, from cancers to bleeding disorders. Yet not all cells are easily modified. This is true of small cells that are indispensable…

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Confidence and Emotions Affect People’s Use of Positive Reinforcement to Train Reactive Dogs

Confidence in being able to use the technique, perceptions of the effectiveness of positive reinforcement, and the emotional toll of having a reactive dog all influence people’s choice of dog training method, a new study shows.Photo: Balakate/ShutterstockIf you’ve never had a reactive dog, then you’ve not experienced those grim moments of hanging on to the leash while your dog lunges and growls at other people or dogs. Feelings of anxiety and embarrassment are often compounded…

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L’illusion de la main en caoutchouc

L’impression d’avoir un corps et de distinguer ce qui en fait partie ou pas est quelque chose que l’on expérimente à chaque instant. C’est un sentiment si familier qu’on s’imagine difficilement comment il pourrait en être autrement. Et pourtant plusieurs expériences, comme celle de l’illusion de la main en caoutchouc dont on va parler dans ce billet, démontrent que c’est une sensation complexe construite par notre cerveau à partir de multiples informations sensorielles qui lui…

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Gastronomie, technologie et diabète: le chef Jérôme Ferrer et Abbott unissent leurs efforts

Mener une vie active et profiter des plaisirs de la table peut constituer un défi pour les personnes atteintes du diabète qui doivent gérer diverses contraintes liées à leur condition de santé. Si l’importance d’une saine alimentation est bien connue, la technologie offre aussi des nouveaux outils qui procurent une plus grande liberté aux personnes diabétiques,

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club June 2019

“How did wolves evolve into dogs? Persuasively."--Kirkus Reviews.This month the Companion Animal Psychology Book Club is reading Once a Wolf: The Science Behind our Dogs Astonishing Genetic Evolution by Bryan Sykes.From the back cover,"The author of Seven Daughters of Eve returns with a lively account of how all dogs are descended from a mere handful of wolves. How did wolves evolve into dogs? When did this happen, and what role did humans play? Oxford geneticist Bryan…

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Interview – Timothy Caulfield Returns

  Chris and Jonathan interview Timothy Caulfield, former guest of the show, health policy expert, and one of the major pro-science voices quoted in the Canadian media. They discuss solutions to vaccine hesitancy; "dancing" on Twitter; the rise of "bro science"; what recently made Tim very happy (hint: it involves the government); and Tim's new TV show.   Timothy Caulfield on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaulfieldTim   Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.…

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How Hungarian Dog Owners Perceive "Dominance" Between Their Dogs

New research investigates how Hungarian dog owners with two or more dogs describe “dominance” in the dogs’ relationship, and which pairings are most likely to involve conflict.Photo: Gerard Koudenburg/Shutterstock“Dominance” is a loaded word in dog training. A new scientific paper by Enikő Kubinyi and Lisa Wallis (Family Dog Project, Eötvös Lorand University) begins by noting how contested the term is in ethology and psychology, before reporting on an investigation into the factors that influence Hungarian…

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Iron deficiency in pregnancy – a matter of public health

Iron deficiency in pregnancy – a matter of public health Transfusion Blood Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Heather VanderMeulen Red blood cells are like delivery trucks. They deliver oxygen to the vital organs in our body. Iron is the flatbed of the truck which holds the oxygen in place. Iron is a key ingredient to build red blood cells and when you don’t have enough iron, your body doesn’t make enough red blood cells. This is…

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The Bald Truth About Hair Loss

A reader's letter about platet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat female pattern hair loss, inspired this latest Gazette article. PRP does have some evidence behind it, although from incredibly small trials that involved mostly men. But before you go injecting concentrated blood products into your scalp, there are easier, cheapter, more evidenced based options available. Read the full article here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-the-bal...   Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay 

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