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Scientists in British Columbia say they have created an enzyme that could one day transform any human blood into a type that could safely be transfused into any patient.
Big companies in the U.S. are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or heart disease develop.
Remember how your stomach flipped when you got your first big kiss? The surge of exhilaration when you scored that game-winning goal? The chest-burst of joy the first time your firstborn gripped your finger? These types of memories are branded on most brains.
But not all brains, scientists in Toronto and elsewhere are discovering.
Researchers have identified one of the genes linked to hereditary breast cancer, in a Canadian-led study that could open the door to future gene therapies for women susceptible to the disease.
An Airdrie man is the first in the province to undergo a surgical procedure to insert a pacing device in his diaphragm that will allow him to breathe without the help of a ventilator.
Prerecorded messages from family members are part of an apparently unique pilot program at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale aimed at helping victims of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia break through the morning fog of forgetfulness that can often cause them agitation and fear.
The work suggests if all the 12-year-old boys in Canada had been vaccinated in 2012, between $8 million and $28 million might have been saved because of oropharyngeal cancers averted in that group.
The recall earlier this week of a batch of Alesse birth control pills sold past their expiry date has raised questions about whether it's safe to take over-the-counter and prescription medications beyond their best-before marker -- and just how long past?
There are many things we can do to keep our memories sharp as we get older, including getting a good regular night’s sleep, staying physically active to maintain brain health, and making use of lists and apps to keep our busy lives organized. But recent science has found a few other tricks that can give our brains a boost, helping us better retain and recall what we learn.
A new study out of the University of Calgary suggests that fibre supplements can control weight gain.
A nasty stomach bug that sickens thousands of people in Canada each year is growing resistant to most of the medicines used to kill it and could begin to pose serious threat in this country, says a Canadian microbiologist.
Researchers are warning that, while rare, it is possible for children who receive blood transfusions to develop new, potentially deadly food allergies.
A blood test for pregnant mothers that detects an unborn child's DNA is better than standard tests at detecting Down syndrome, and returns fewer false positives, US researchers said Wednesday.
With more than 400 doctors taking their lives each year in the United States, the issue of physician suicide in Canada is of growing concern to the medical community.
The province will commit $3.4 billion for health facilities over the next five years and announced on Monday that it will create a new cancer centre at the South Health Campus and expand cancer services at Foothills Medical Centre.
A new instrument dubbed Globorisk, unveiled Thursday, will allow you to determine your risk simply by inputting your age, gender, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, whether you have diabetes or smoke, and which country you live in, its developers say.
Researchers at Rush University in Chicago have developed the MIND diet, which their recent study suggests could significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
The European Space Agency announced this week that a high-speed camera used to monitor vegetation from space is being tweaked to discern abnormalities in human skin cells in the early stages.
500 "super seniors" have been selected to take part in a new study that will analyze the genetic factors that have helped them live cancer-free into their 80s, 90s and beyond.
The World Health Organization says it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in history.