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The Economist - How to disguise red blood cells so that their blood group is invisible

There are 29 possible combinations of human blood groups, and for a patient to be given a safe transfusion the right one needs to be available.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2011

Times of India - Alcohol medication works best in some people

A new study has found that naltrexone (Revia), one of the only medications approved for treating people with alcohol abuse problems, might only be effective in women and those with a specific genetic variation.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2011

Multiple Sclerosis: risk factors in children

Canadians have one of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the world with approximately 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

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Published on : 16 Mar 2011

Earthquake in Japan

The extent of devastation and loss of life from the enormous earthquake that struck Japan Friday morning (eastern time) may not be known for a number of days.

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Published on : 11 Mar 2011

ScienceBlog - An advance toward blood transfusions that require no typing

Scientists are reporting an "important step" toward development of a universal blood product that would eliminate the need to "type" blood to match donor and recipient before transfusions.

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Published on : 10 Mar 2011

Ethicists outline ways to improve risk/benefit estimates in new drug trials

Shortcomings in the way researchers interpret pre-clinical studies may be creating inflated expectations about new drugs

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Published on : 09 Mar 2011

Postmedia - The 'physical,' a dying art

In an age of MRIs and CT scans, the physical exam is becoming a dying art. Sharon Kirkey discovers what's being lost - from an ability to diagnose to the human touch that says: 'You are more than a broken body to me. You matter.'

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Published on : 05 Mar 2011

Discover - Exposing the memory engine: The story of PKMzeta

We’re used to the idea that we become more forgetful with age. As time passes, our memories naturally fade and weaken, and that’s if we’re lucky enough to avoid traumatic accidents or diseases like Alzheimer’s. But Reut Shema, from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, has found a possible way of preventing this decline, and even reversing it…

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Published on : 04 Mar 2011

Cancellation of incomplete applications to the Med-P program (PRE-MED-ADM)

ATTENTION APPLICANTS TO THE FALL 2011 ENTRY OF THE PRE-MED-ADM (Med-P) PROGRAM: Only applications which are READY FOR REVIEW will be reviewed. Applications found to be incomplete on Monday, March 7th, 2011 will be cancelled. You can verify the status of your application using your Minerva account.

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Published on : 03 Mar 2011

Nature - Canada: Quebec's research ambitions

The biopharmaceutical industry has long been a staple of Quebec's science community, but it hasn't fared as well as optics and photonics. Clusters of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including spin-offs and multinationals, have assembled around Montreal.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2011

E-health must be a priority, researchers say

System would bolster chronic disease management and improve access to care

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Published on : 23 Feb 2011