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Unlucky women with BIA-ALCL: An update

February 17, 2019 – The unfortunate recognition of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a very rare form of a T-cell lymphoma, gains more momentum by the day. This is actually very positive a development, because it helps women who are getting breast implants for whatever reasons to better known associated health risks,

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Hydrochlorothiazide and non-melanoma skin cancer: How come?

February 02, 2019 –  This is potential alarming news for millions of patients worldwide suffering from high blood pressure: Health Canada has just completed a safety review of hydrochlorothiazide and has found that prolonged use of the drug could increase a person’s risk for non-melanoma skin cancer.

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Black Gorilla, Big N Hard, Rize N Shine, and the likes: Fraudulent health business

November 05, 2017 – The commercial names are creative, no doubt, and we like particularly “Black Gorilla”. However, time and time again, health authorities all over have to issue foreign product alerts, warning consumers, patients, and the public at large about products that claim to be “all natural”

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Synthetic cannabinoids unauthorized: Brainfreeze

August 26, 2017 – Health Canada is advising Canadians of unauthorized products called Brainfreeze Potpourri or Brainfreeze Herbal Incense that are labeled as herbal products and contain synthetic cannabinoids. This product is being sold in speciality tobacco stores and head shops in Edmonton, Alberta, and may also be available for direct purchase through online retailers.

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Risk of severe if not fatal skin reactions with Pembrolizumab (Keytruda)

March 21, 2017 – Health Canada just communicated this important safety information: Cases of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) under treatment of patients with Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) have been reported internationally in the clinical trials and post-marketing setting.

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Patient Safety: Contraindication for Riociguat (Adempas)

August 16, 2016 – Riociguat (Adempas) is a stimulator of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC). In Canada, it is approved for and indicated in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in three forms: inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, persistent or recurrent chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension after surgical treatment,

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Rituximab [Rituxan] – Fatal Infusion Related Reactions in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

June 6, 2011 – Today, we learn from Health Canada the following very important safety information:

Hoffmann-La Roche Limited, in consultation with Health Canada, would like to inform you of important new safety information regarding fatal infusion related reactions following the use of RITUXAN® (rituximab) in RA patients. 

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Health Canada: Status of Rosiglitazone Drugs [Avandia, Avandamet, and Avandaryl] in Canada

July 15, 2010 – In the light of recently published scientific studies and an upcoming U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee meeting examining the heart-related (cardiovascular) safety of the diabetes drug rosiglitazone, Health Canada is informing health care professionals and Canadians of the current status of this drug in Canada.

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  • Scientists identify gene linked to thinness that may help resist weight gain May 21, 2020
    While others may be dieting and hitting the gym hard to stay in shape, some people stay slim effortlessly no matter what they eat. In a study publishing May 21 in the journal Cell, researchers use a genetic database of more than 47,000 people in Estonia to identify a gene linked to thinness that may […]
  • Tracking the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia using genomics May 21, 2020
    Using genome sequencing to identify genetic mutations in SARS-CoV-2 cases in Victoria, researchers have identified clusters and transmission networks which has helped limit the spread of the virus, painting an important picture of transmission in Victoria.
  • COVID-19 study looks at genetics of healthy people who develop severe illness May 21, 2020
    To help unravel the mysteries of COVID-19, scientists are sequencing the DNA of young, healthy adults and children who develop severe illness despite having no underlying medical problems. The researchers are looking for genetic defects that could put certain individuals at high risk of becoming severely ill from the novel coronavirus.
  • Scientists discover more than 200 genetic factors that cause heart arrhythmia May 21, 2020
    Hundreds of new links have been found between people's DNA and the heart's electrical activity, according to a study of almost 300,000 people led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
  • Weight loss surgery may alter gene expression in fat tissue May 21, 2020
    Altered gene expression in fat tissue may help explain why individuals who have regained weight after weight loss surgery still experience benefits such as metabolic improvements and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
  • New studies reveal extent and risks of laughing gas & stimulant abuse among young people May 23, 2020
    In one study, researchers from Turkey reported increasing stimulant use among medical students approaching their final exams, despite the substantial risks to their health. In the second study, researchers from the Netherlands detailed the neurological outcomes associated with recreational use of laughing gas (nitrous oxide), suggesting that, for some individuals, permanent neurological damage can occur.
  • Sleep-wake disturbances can predict recurrent events in stroke survivors May 23, 2020
    The study, conducted in Switzerland, found that having multiple sleep-wake disturbances such as sleep-disordered breathing, extreme long or short sleep duration, insomnia and restless leg syndrome independently and significantly increased the risk of a new cardio-cerebrovascular event in the two years following a stroke.
  • Does MRI have an environmental impact? May 23, 2020
    Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have surveyed the amount of gadolinium found in river water in Tokyo. Gadolinium is contained in contrast agents given to patients undergoing medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and it has been shown in labs to become toxic when exposed to ultraviolet rays. The researchers found significantly elevated levels, particularly […]
  • New native grass species have been discovered on the Iberian Peninsula and Menorca May 22, 2020
    The new species belong to the genus Aira, delicate herbaceous plants, which enjoy their greatest diversity in the Mediterranean Region. One of them, Aira minoricensis is a native species of the siliceous sands of Menorca. The other new species is called Aira hercynica and is widely found in the area of the Iberia Peninsula which […]
  • Combinatorial screening approach opens path to better-quality joint cartilage May 22, 2020
    High-throughput platform identifies complex conditions with biomaterial compositions, and mechanical and chemical stimuli that help stem cells produce more robust cartilage.
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