Category Archives: Health & Medicine

Canadian scientist honoured with prestigious international diabetes prize

TORONTO, ON — University of Toronto Professor Daniel Drucker is the recipient of the 2014 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association. The prestigious honour, which is described by some as the Nobel Prize for diabetes … Continue reading

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Sleep behaviour disorder linked to brain disease

TORONTO, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto say a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson’s and many other forms of dementia. “Rapid-eye-movement sleep behaviour … Continue reading

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U of T researchers offer hope for children with previously incurable brain cancer

TORONTO, ON – Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP) have defined potential treatment targets for a previously incurable form of pediatric brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). In groundbreaking research published … Continue reading

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Parental addictions associated with adult children’s arthritis

TORONTO, ON – The adult offspring of parents who were addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to have arthritis, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers. Investigators examined a group of 13,036 adults and found … Continue reading

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New University of Toronto study reveals housing crisis for Toronto’s low-income families

TORONTO, ON – A University of Toronto study has found that low-income families in Toronto who reside in aging apartment buildings face a lack of adequate and affordable housing places, placing many residents at risk of homelessness. The researchers found … Continue reading

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Canada’s most famous moustache is coming to U of T

TORONTO, ON — Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station (ISS), will be speaking to University of Toronto students, staff and faculty at Convocation Hall on Friday, March 14. This event  recognizes the leadership of U of T’s students who raised almost $150,000 … Continue reading

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3D microgels “on-demand” offer new potential for cell research, the future of personalized medicine

TORONTO, ON – Stars, diamonds, circles. Rather than your average bowl of Lucky Charms, these are three-dimensional cell cultures generated by an exciting new digital microfluidics platform, the results of which have been published in Nature Communications this week by … Continue reading

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U of T researchers discover new way to treat deadly childhood brain cancer

TORONTO, ON – Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP) have discovered a new way to effectively target a previously difficult-to-treat form of childhood brain cancer called ependymoma. Professor Michael Taylor (MD,PhD, FRCSC), along … Continue reading

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New research shows the way a room is lit can affect the way you make decisions

TORONTO, ON – The next time you want to turn down the emotional intensity before making an important decision, you may want to dim the lights first. A new study from the University of Toronto Scarborough shows that human emotion, … Continue reading

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Food insecurity leads to increased incidence of tuberculosis in Zimbabwe

TORONTO, ON – The rise of tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-9 has been linked to widespread food shortage, according to a new study led by Canadian researchers from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School … Continue reading

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