Nearly 75,000 Quebecers refused by family doctors through online registry

General practitioners cite ‘unreachable’ or ‘incompatible’ patients as grounds for denial (CBC News) — More than 540,000 Quebecers have been connected to a family doctor through the province’s registry to find a general practitioner (GAMF) — but thousands have been refused for one reason or another. A total of 73,844 patients were denied access to […]

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Potentially powerful new antibiotic discovered in dirt

(Alexandra Sifferlin/ Time) — The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United States, an estimated 2 million Americans are diagnosed each year with an infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics, and 23,000 will die from those infections. […]

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Nanorobots target and attack malignant tumors without harming healthy tissue

(Kevin Murnane/ Forbes) — Nanomedicine continues to show promise of developing innovative and effective techniques for combating cancer. The great benefit of most of these treatments is that they attack malignant tumors and cells directly without damaging healthy tissue. This is a welcome contrast to traditional chemotherapy treatments that damage healthy and cancerous tissue alike. Tumors […]

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From doctor to patient: Montreal surgeon documents his battle with cancer as tables turn

(Anne Leclair/ Global News) — A Montreal surgeon who spent more than 42 years treating cancer patients is now on the other side of the table. Dr. Philip Gordon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016. He has just published a missive to his colleagues to hopefully help change the way they treat their patients. Gordon […]

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It’s not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu? (Lisa Mosconi/ The Guardian) — As a society, we are used to the idea that we feed our bodies, and that our diet shapes our waistlines. But many of us forget that […]

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Heart group warns of cardiovascular risks after treatment for breast cancer

(Sharon Begley/ Stat) — Cardiologists are not telling women with breast cancer to decline treatment — far from it. But in its first-ever statement on the most common female cancer, the American Heart Association has warned that breast cancer survivors, especially those treated with common chemotherapies, are at increased risk for heart failure and other […]

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Alzheimer’s-related brain changes could start at 40

(Honor Whiteman/ Medical News Today) —  Scientists may have advanced our understanding of the brain mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s disease, after uncovering a process that precedes the buildup of toxic proteins that is a hallmark of the condition. In a mouse study, scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles reveal how damage […]

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New CAR-T therapy ‘game-changer’ for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia

(Alexander M. Castellino -PhD/ Medscape) — Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy has been hailed as the clinical cancer advance of the year; the first of these products to be approved was tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah, Novartis), for the treatment treat children and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Details of the landmark trial that led to […]

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High blood pressure ‘hidden after pre-eclampsia’

(Peter Russell/ WebMD) – Women with high blood pressure caused by preeclampsia during pregnancy may go on to have lingering high blood pressure after birth that doesn’t show up in a typical test in a clinic, according to Dutch research. High blood pressure and a protein in the urine are typical signs of preeclampsia – […]

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Migraines increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Having migraine headaches increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases, a new study has found. Using the Danish National Patient Registry, researchers matched 51,032 people with migraines, 71 percent of them women, with 510,320 people in the general population without migraines. The subjects were, on average, age 35 at the start […]

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