Stem cell scientists make big progress in building mini-kidneys

A team of scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has created what could be a key building block for assembling a synthetic kidney. In a new study in Nature Communications, Zhongwei Li and his colleagues describe how...

Use of PFAS in cosmetics ‘widespread,’ new study finds

Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University...

Delta variant growing in Alberta as experts warn of looming 4th wave

EDMONTON -- The novel coronavirus Delta variant is slowly growing in Alberta, raising concerns over its spread as the province readies to reopen. Alberta has reported 292 cases of the B.1.617 variant since June 1 when the province resumed variant...

Contaminants in generic drugs may cause long-term harm to DNA: B.C. researcher

Contaminants in some generic medications used to treat heart disease, diabetes and other common conditions could damage DNA, affect basic cell functions and increase the risk of cancer, suggests a study from the University of British Columbia. Corey Nislow, a...

Ontario sees 296 new COVID-19 cases, nearly 75% of adults now have first vaccine dose

Ontario reported 296 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the fewest on a single day since last September, as well as the deaths of 13 more people with the illness.The rolling seven-day average of daily cases, one of the most critical...

Cosmetics and ‘forever chemicals’: Breaking down new findings on PFAS in makeup

People who wear makeup such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that hang around for decades in the environment, according to a new study by researchers in the U.S., Canada and Switzerland.Those ingredients,...

New treatment stops progression of Alzheimer’s disease in monkey brains

A new therapy prompts immune defense cells to swallow misshapen proteins, amyloid beta plaques and tau tangles, whose buildup is known to kill nearby brain cells as part of Alzheimer's disease, a new study shows. Led by researchers at NYU...

For transplant recipients, third time may be the charm for better COVID vaccine protection

In a study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they believe that, for the first time, there is evidence to show that three doses of vaccine increase antibody levels against SARS-CoV-2 -- the...

Toronto hospital shuts down COVID-19 unit as Ontario case numbers decline

TORONTO -- Toronto Western Hospital has closed its COVID-19 unit as infection numbers continue to decline across Ontario. Infectious disease expert Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, who works at the hospital, said on Twitter he was "thrilled" to report that the unit...

Makeup sold in Canada, U.S. may contain potentially toxic chemicals called PFAS: study

The "No PFAS in Cosmetics Act" is scheduled to be introduced in the U.S. House and Senate on Tuesday, following the release of a new study that found high levels of a marker for toxic PFAS substances in 52% of...
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