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Cancer deaths on the decline in Canada

via National Post | Wed May 09, 2012
The death toll cancer takes in Canada is on the decline, fuelled in large part by the fact that lung cancer is killing fewer Canadian men than it did in earlier decades, the Canadian Cancer Society said Wednesday.

Broadcasters ordered to dial down TV ad volume

via Globe and Mail | Tue May 08, 2012
Canada’s broadcast regulator has been asking TV providers to turn down the racket in loud commercials, and now it is making that an order.

Range of brain diseases could be treated by single drug

via BBC | Tue May 08, 2012
The tantalising prospect of treating a range of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, all with the same drug, has been raised by UK researchers.

California public to vote on GMO Label Act after 1 million signatures

Story contains video via Digital Journal | Fri May 04, 2012
The grassroots petition in California to mandate the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods has garnered almost double the amount of signatures needed to place the issue on the state ballot for the November 2012 election.

Share your status – and your lungs. Facebook tool promotes organ donation

via CNN | Wed May 02, 2012
Facebook on Tuesday unveiled an initiative to use the vast social network to connect organ donors with people who need life-saving transplants.

Pancreatic cancer gene discovery

via BBC | Tue May 01, 2012
Less than one in five people with this form of cancer are still alive a year after being diagnosed. A recent discovery has revealed that a gene was being switched off in the cancerous cells and now new drugs are being developed to switch it back on.

Prostate trial ‘very encouraging’

via BBC | Tue April 17, 2012
A new technique to combat early prostate cancer may have far fewer side-effects than standard treatments, researchers say.

Bringing health care to the world’s most remote areas

Story contains video via CNN | Sat March 31, 2012
Dr. Benjamin LaBrot started Floating Doctors, a nonprofit that travels by sea to provide free health care for people in remote coastal areas. In the last two years, LaBrot and his volunteer team have treated nearly 13,000 patients in Haiti, Honduras and Panama.

Amazon plant yields miracle cure for dental pain

via MongaBay | Sat March 24, 2012
The world may soon benefit from a plant long-used by indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon for toothaches, eliminating the need for local injections in some cases.

Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

via Terra Daily | Mon March 19, 2012
Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer.

Stem cells beat kidney rejection

via BBC | Sat March 10, 2012
An injection of stem cells given alongside a kidney transplant could remove the need for a lifetime of drugs to suppress the immune system, say scientists.

World meets UN safe water goal

via Terra Daily | Wed March 07, 2012
The world has easily beaten a 2015 deadline to halve the proportion of people drinking unsafe water, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.

‘Promising’ pancreas cancer drug

via BBC | Mon February 20, 2012
Scientists say they may have found a new weapon against pancreatic cancer after promising early trial results of an experimental drug combination.

Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first

via BBC | Tue February 07, 2012
A 3D printer-created lower jaw has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman's face in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind.

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