This Winnipeg scientist is using viruses to fight drug-resistant superbugs
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(Karen Pauls/ CBC News) — Steven Theriault is convinced he has the solution to an urgent global public health threat — antibiotic resistance.

But he can’t get his bacteria-killing viruses approved through what he calls Canada’s rigid and outdated regulatory system.

“The next big focus in science   …

Triple-negative breast cancer: McGill clinical study holds promise
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(McGill University Health Centre) — The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) will host a new Phase 3 randomized clinical trial called TROPION-Breast04, as announced today by the McPeak-Sirois Group, a provincial consortium of cancer centres across Quebec focused on breast cancer  …

Researchers aim to help ovarian cancer survivors be able to have kids after treatment
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(CBC News) — A team at the University of Saskatchewan wants to develop a service to help young ovarian cancer survivors have kids.

Researchers are trying to establish a reproductive cryobiology research program, which would allow girls diagnosed with ovarian cancer to freeze their ovarian tissue, so they could  …

‘Big step forward’: New lab tests may accelerate Parkinson’s diagnosis and research
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(Brenda Goodman/ CNN Health) — A lab test that can tell doctors if someone has Parkinson’s disease is a long-sought goal of researchers.

Doctors currently diagnose the progressive condition by looking for telltale physical symptoms: tremors, a halting gait, stiffness or trouble balancing. About 90,000 Americans are  …

Study shows menstrual blood can be used as a non-invasive way to detect endometriosis
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(Megan Holohan/ Today) — In her 20s, Christie Reuter experienced cramping and heavy periods that worsened over time.

“I was in so much pain that I knew something was wrong,” the 37-year-old from West Islip, New York, told TODAY. “It’s hard to go about daily life just in pain, knowing like it’s more than just a week of   …

Long COVID patients show signs of autoimmune disease a year after infection
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(European Lung Foundation/ Medical Xpress) — Blood samples drawn from patients with long COVID who are still suffering from fatigue and shortness of breath after a year show signs of autoimmune disease in those patients, according to a study published today in the European Respiratory Journal.

Autoimmune disease occurs  …

Discovery reveals blocking inflammation may lead to chronic pain
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(McGill News) — Using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids to relieve pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, according to researchers from McGill University and colleagues in Italy. Their research puts into question conventional practices used to alleviate pain. Normal recovery from a painful  …

Indigenous Amazonians have just 1% dementia rates. Why?
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(David Nield/ Science Alert) — We know about the devastating effect that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can have on people – but what’s less clear is how they get started in the brain and what can be done to cure them or prevent them from happening in the first place.

Some clues could be found amongst  …

Strongest evidence yet that MS is caused by Epstein-Barr virus
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(Michael Le Page/ New Scientist) — It has long been suspected that the common Epstein-Barr virus can trigger multiple sclerosis (MS). Now, a study of 10 million military personnel in the US has shown that virtually every case of MS is preceded by infection with the virus. The finding suggests a vaccine against the Epstein-Barr   …

Brazilian viper venom may become tool in fight against coronavirus, study shows
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(Leonardo Benassato/ National Post) — Brazilian researchers have found that a molecule in the venom of a type of snake inhibited coronavirus reproduction in monkey cells, a possible first step toward a drug to combat the virus causing COVID-19.

A study published in the scientific journal Molecules this month found that  …