Category Archives: Health & Medicine

At last, hope for ALS patients?

TORONTO, ON — U of T researchers have found a missing link that helps to explain how ALS, one of the world’s most feared diseases, paralyses and ultimately kills its victims. The breakthrough is helping them trace a path to … Continue reading

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Low-carb diet cuts risk of colon cancer, study finds

TORONTO, ON — Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drives a common form of colon cancer and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. Researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into … Continue reading

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One third of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused during their childhood

TORONTO, ON – Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the … Continue reading

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Fast, portable device for ‘on-the-go,’ laboratory-quality cocaine testing

TORONTO, ON – Testing for cocaine and other drugs usually involves two steps: a quick on-site prescreen and then a more accurate confirmatory test at a laboratory. This process can often take days or weeks — far too long in … Continue reading

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U of T student spearheads Ally Blood Donor clinics

TORONTO, ON – University of Toronto PhD student Stephen McCarthy, along with Canadian Blood Services, is hosting an Ally Blood Donor clinic during World Pride activities in Toronto.  These clinics invite people who are ineligible to donate to bring an … Continue reading

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U of T to launch new institute to focus on indigenous health

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto announced today that Michael and Amira Dan have donated $10 million to support the creation of an institute dedicated to improving the health of Indigenous peoples. The donation is being announced today in … Continue reading

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March of Dimes Canada Invests $1.5 million to Advance Research in Acquired Brain Injury at the University of Toronto

TORONTO, ON – Today, March of Dimes Canada and the University of Toronto  (U of T) signed a $1.5 million agreement to advance research in recovery from brain injuries and stroke, making the donation to the University the largest made … Continue reading

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Research suggests benefits of canola oil for people with Type 2 diabetes

TORONTO — Canola is Canada’s oil, and new research from the University of Toronto suggests it should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes. David Jenkins, a Professor in the Departments of Nutritional … Continue reading

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University of Toronto biologists pave the way for improved epilepsy treatments

TORONTO, ON – University of Toronto biologists leading an investigation into the cells that regulate proper brain function, have identified and located the key players whose actions contribute to afflictions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia. The discovery is a major … Continue reading

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U of T-based Structural Genomics Consortium and CHDI Foundation announce open-access collaboration to discover new drug targets for Huntington’s disease

Toronto, Canada & New York City, USA – The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and CHDI Foundation have entered into a unique open-access research collaboration to discover and characterize new drug targets for Huntington’s disease (HD) using structural and chemical biology. … Continue reading

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