Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Is More Than A Breath Of Fresh Air

Dr. Anton Marinov MD FRCPC | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Anton Marinov MD FRCPC

Canadians rarely want to consider amputation as the best solution to treat a condition, but for Canadians living with diabetes, this can be a reality. In some cases, even severe ones, the amputation can be prevented, shielding the patient from a long and painful recovery period.

The Shadow Of Chernobyl Looms Large 30 Years Later

Shawn-Patrick Stensil | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Shawn-Patrick Stensil

Thirty years on from the world's worst nuclear accident, millions of people are still living with radioactive fallout from Chernobyl. In contaminated areas, radiation touches every aspect of people's lives: it's in the food they eat, the milk they drink, and in the schools, parks and playgrounds their children play in. The human toll of reactor accidents is why nuclear power may never gain widespread acceptance, no matter how much the industry tries to reassure us that risks are low.

How Many Dental X-rays Are Too Many?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Question: Every couple of times that I visit my dentist's office, she asks me to submit to more dental X-rays. I seem to be getting an awful lot of them. I don't want to increase my chances of getting cancer. How often should I be getting dental X-rays?

The Sun's Power May Disrupt The CBC -- For Real

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada

On several occasions in the past, intense solar flares from the sun have disrupted broadcast signals here on Earth. Bursts of radiation from the sun h...

The Environment Needs Citizen Scientists

David Suzuki | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Smartphones, the Internet and accessible research technologies deinstitutionalize science and get the inner scientist in all of us outside to contribute to a broader understanding of a variety of topics, from backyard birds to flower-blooming times. Science relies on observation. As more people examine natural phenomena and record and share information, we gain better understanding of the world. An increasing number of scientific inquiries now depend on contributions from ordinary people to help them answer important questions.

Lake Huron Is No Place for a Nuclear Waste Dump

David Suzuki | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Is dilution really the solution to pollution -- especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is. The Great Lakes are already threatened by pollution, agricultural runoff, invasive species, climate change and more. We can't afford to add the risk of radioactive contamination to one of the world's largest sources of fresh water.

Is Your Cell Phone Harming Your Health?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Living

Is the electromagnetic radiation from our mobile phones harmful? From a scientific standpoint, the jury is still out. But for those who prefer to be o...

Fukushima Radiation Measured By Crowdfunding?

CBC | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

People along B.C.'s coast are being asked to step in where governments in Canada and the U.S. have not — to measure radiation from Japan's crippled...

How Citizen Scientists Can Fill in Information Gaps About Fukushima

David Suzuki | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

An Internet search turns up an astounding number of pages about radiation from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown that followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. But it's difficult to find credible information. With the lack of data from government, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is asking the public for help.

I'll Never Forget the Moment I was Diagnosed With Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Don Konantz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Don Konantz

On an idle Tuesday in February at 4:30 p.m., I learned that the statistic "one in six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer" became, for me, one in one. I'll never forget that moment. My life's blackboard just went blank. I thought I had done everything right: eating a healthy diet, getting checked regularly, exercising -- but there it was on the biopsy.

Despite Fukushima, Scientists Say Eating West Coast Fish is Safe

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Due to continued contamination following the Fukushima disaster, social media is now abuzz with people swearing off fish from the Pacific Ocean. Given the lack of information around containment efforts, some may find this reasonable. But preliminary research shows fish caught off Canada's Pacific Coast are safe to eat.

Cancer and Thunder: Learning Life's Hard Lessons

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg Sometimes there are no magical answers. Sometimes it's just that life is unfair, and some of us get dealt a really shitty hand, while others may not. I wish there was a better explanation than that, a story you could tell your children when they ask why bad things happen to good people. I wish things could be different.

After The Fact

Andrea Paine | Posted 12.29.2011 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

Last week, during one of my long commutes home, I called a good friend of mine. She had emailed me a couple of weeks ago and hinted that she may not b...

Childhood Cancer Survivors Can Have Healthy Babies, Study Finds

CBC | Posted 02.12.2012 | Canada Living

Childhood cancer survivors are not at a higher risk of having children with birth defects, suggests a new study. The study of 4,699 child...

CT Scans Produce Differing Radiation Doses, Study Finds

CBC | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada Living

A Manitoba study has found the amount of radiation patients receive from a CT scan can vary widely and should be reduced to better protect against the...

Radiation Plus Hormone Therapy Can Extend Life In Aggressive Prostate Cancer

CP | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Men with prostate cancer that has spread to local surrounding tissues live longer and are less likely to die of the high-risk disease if tre...

E.coli, and Fear of E.coli -- Both Are Dangerous

David Ropeik | Posted 08.06.2011 | Canada
David Ropeik

The actual danger E. coli poses to vegetable-eating Europeans is low. But then, we don't just use the scientific evidence to figure out what's dangerous -- risk perception is a mix of facts and feelings.