Although colon cancer is not in the spotlight like breast and prostate cancer, it is the second-most common cancer in Nova Scotia in both women and men. And, rates are higher in Atlantic Canada than the rest of the country.
If fatty liver disease is diagnosed early enough—before it progresses to the inflammatory stage that accelerates scarring and leads to cirrhosis—it can be halted and even reversed with weight loss and lifestyle changes.
It may seem like science fiction to take a person’s cells—from almost any tissue—and turn them into stem cells and then engineer those stem cells into neurons. But this is exactly what researchers at the Salk Institute in California are up to—and NSHA psychiatrist Dr. Martin Alda is working with them, in his quest to better understand and treat bipolar disorder.
What started as a quality improvement project at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish (Eastern Zone) has expanded into a collaborative research project based at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow (Northern Zone), involving Halifax-based researcher, Dr. Robin Urquhart (Central Zone).