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Gene therapy halts progression of rare neurodegenerative disease in Toronto boy

The findings from a single-patient gene therapy trial at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) show promise in halting the progression of a young Toronto boy’s rare disease. Michael Pirovolakis has spastic paraplegia type 50 (SPG50), an “ultra-rare” neurodegenerative disorder that causes developmental delays, speech impairment, seizures and progressive paralysis. …

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Lyme disease cases are rising. We don’t have a vaccine — but we used to – National

With Lyme disease cases climbing steadily in Canada, the lack of an available vaccine has become a pressing concern among infectious disease specialists. Getting bitten by a tick means risking a potential infection with Lyme disease. If left undiagnosed or untreated early, the bacteria can spread deep into different parts …

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Saskatchewan scientist fights brain disease with ‘mini-brains’

Despite Alzheimer’s disease being known about for well over a century, few major developments in diagnosing or treating it have been made up until recently. Dr. Tyler Wenzel, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, is conducting research that could revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat diseases of …

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Halifax clinic renamed in tribute to hockey player who died from rare heart disease – Halifax

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Halifax’s QEII Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, as a heart disease clinic was renamed in honour of a 16-year-old hockey player who died as a result of an undiagnosed inherited heart condition in 2013. Jordan Boyd, of Bedford, N.S., lost his life to an …

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‘Significant’ space study offers hope for bone disease treatment

As the race to the Moon heats up again, new space research may help in the prevention and treatment of bone diseases. A Canadian study published in Nature Communications on Aug. 9 suggested that the human body can recover from bone loss by using fat stored in the bone marrow …

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Winnipegger recounts battle with Lyme disease as tick season nears – Winnipeg

Winnipegger Teresa Manitowich is recounting her battle with Lyme disease as tick season nears in Manitoba. In October of 2019, she said she began to feel the symptoms. “I just wasn’t feeling quite right. I was getting frequent headaches, I was very irritable and I had fatigue.” Over the next …

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CFB Kingston employee contracts Legionnaires disease at base warehouse – Kingston

Descrease article font size Increase article font size It was early December last year that it became known that a CFB Kingston employee had contracted Legionnaires disease. Legionella is a bacteria that is commonly found in water. Stagnant water is one of the factors that can provide conditions for the …

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Would you sign up to catch a deadly disease and live in isolation for weeks? These friends did

On an overcast afternoon in Halifax, Amy Mullin has wrapped up her remote workday — filled with emails and video calls — and is getting ready for yet another night alone. She’s going to do virtual yoga with her friend Tato Crisanto and maybe a distanced movie night, with the …

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Doctors in Toronto treat man with Parkinson’s disease at his home in N.L. Here’s how they did it

Almost 16 years after he  was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, George Martin says he has his life back — thanks to a first-of-its-kind technology. The 68-year-old lives in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, but the NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic allows his doctors to treat him remotely from Toronto.  It’s reduced the tremors caused by his …

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Ontario doctors warn there’s a surge of hand-foot-and-mouth disease in kids and parents

Two weeks ago, Melanie Paradis got a call from her son’s Belleville, Ont., daycare that there was a case of hand-foot-and-mouth disease — an illness she had never heard of but one that would have her son in agony for days. Three days later, her one-year-old son Everett “was just crying inconsolably.” “It’s not life-threatening but …

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