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In push for funding, Ontario's Catholic school boards enrolling more non-Catholics

With funding tied to student numbers, an analysis by The Globe and Mail raises questions about the provincial funding Catholic boards receive to maintain a system that was set up to protect a distinct religious identity<p>Catholic school boards in Ontario are increasingly enrolling non-Catholic …

Education

John Ivison: Still Harper’s Conservatives? The Liberals are happy if voters think so

Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien once had to calm the “nervous Nellies” in his caucus, who were flustered at the early polling success of …

Canada

Is social media bad for you? The evidence and the unknowns

What the science suggests so far about the impact of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on your mental well-being.<p>Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and …

Social Media

‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington's disease, experts say

The discovery of a drug that may treat the fatal disease known as Huntington's is being hailed as “historic” by Louise Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, and “phenomenal” and “fantastically promising” by Huntington's researchers, including the woman who …

Dementia

Your house is a gigantic bug habitat, and there’s nothing you can do about it

Michelle Trautwein hates to break it to you, but your home belongs to the bugs.<p>They’re in your basement and your attic. They’re scuttling along …

Insects

A space rock from another star is spotted in our solar system — a cosmic first

For the first time, a space rock from another solar system has been spotted cruising through our corner of the universe.<p>The asteroid is about 400 meters across and moving at a clip of nearly 27 miles a second, according to NASA. For months, this interstellar interloper — a fragment of an alien …

Astronomy

The problem of doctors’ salaries

An economist argues that American doctors get paid too much—and offers some bold ideas on what to do about it.<p>The United States pays more than twice as much per person for health care as other wealthy countries. We tend to blame the high prices on things like drugs and medical equipment, in part …

Health Care

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of …

Bernie Sanders

Forget tweed and tartan: how wool became the most modern of materials

Wool is the safe choice when it comes to interiors. Natural, strong, warm and breathable, it's hard to fault on the performance front and it brings a touch of luxury to a room at relatively little cost.<p>But it needn't be safe when it comes to the design itself. Wool can be as cutting-edge and …

Knitting

MS could be reversed with existing allergy drug

In a recent phase II clinical trial, an over-the-counter allergy drug was shown to improve nervous system function in patients with multiple …

Medical Research

Stomach acid blockers promote liver disease, study finds

Chronic liver disease appears to be promoted by taking stomach acid blockers known as proton pump inhibitors, according to a study led by University …

Medical Research

Sepsis: the truth about this hidden killer

Sepsis is responsible for more deaths in the UK than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. So why is so little known about it?<p>At the end of May, the World Health Organization adopted a new resolution mandating all of its member states to have national action plans in place to tackle sepsis, a …

Medicine

How to keep your brain healthy as you age

A new advisory from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association outlines seven measures we can all take to keep our brain healthy as …

5 nurses suspended after opening body bag to view deceased patient's genitals

Five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended after another nurse heard a comment about the group opening up a body bag to view a deceased patient’s genitals. The incident was reported to administrators and the five who were involved were suspended for three weeks, Fox 31 Denver …

Crime

Doctors are burning out because electronic medical records are broken

Are electronic medical records largely to blame for the growing crisis of physician burnout?<p>One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is meeting new medical students every year. I invariably find myself not only impressed by their talent and intelligence, but also struck by their optimism and …

Digital Health

Inside the anti-antidepressants movement

opinion<p>Whenever I write about mental health medication on the internet, I can guarantee I’ll get at least one comment, message, or email telling me …

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them

Sometimes our smart phones are our friends, sometimes they seem like our lovers, and sometimes they’re our dope dealers. And no one, in the past 12 …

9 Diabetes Breakthroughs You Need to Know About

Science hard at work!<p>Diabetes is not just one condition - but whether your body is struggling with blood sugar levels due to type 1, or type 2, or …

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Pharma

What to do if you break your leg in the middle of nowhere

Know how to improvise, but try to be prepared.<p>So you’re out in the wilderness, enjoying the fresh air and leaving civilization far behind, when suddenly your friend slips and—crack! Maybe he falls onto his outstretched hand, or she lands on her leg. Either way, you have a bad feeling a bone might …

University of Washington

What Is a Runcible Spoon?

How did runcible spoon, a nonsense word, get a "real" meaning?<p>When I have spare time, I love looking though public domain collections of old books …

What goes on inside the brain of a psychopath?

It is well known that psychopaths can commit violent, and often criminal, acts. But the precise neural mechanisms that underlie this behavior have …

History’s Most Misleading Maps

Last spring, a 23-year-old woman was driving her car through the Ontario town of Tobermory. It was unfamiliar territory for her, so she was dutifully …

Maps

WHO: These 12 bacteria pose greatest risk to human health

<b>(CNN) —</b> Twelve types of bacteria were deemed "priorities" in urgent need of new antibiotics, according to a list released by the World Health Organization on Monday.<p>The first list of its kind, it highlights bacteria that global health experts believe pose the greatest threats to human health. The …

Microbiology