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Phisherman wrote:

Or your colonoscopy? Having 12" of your colon ain't a lot of fun. When a doctor says "No problem, you'll be up and at 'em in a week or so", I'll give you permission to call him a lying SOB.
- Doug
PS: Pop bought it at 89 years from colon cancer (a good run), and I waited until 59 for the first colonoscopy - a big mistake. The kids are all starting at 40. They haven't yet thanked me for the genes.
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Doug Winterburn wrote:

That'd be "havin 12" of your colon removed".
- Doug
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"Doug Winterburn" wrote:

Worst part of a colonoscopy is the prep work, IMHO.
Lew
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

bad other than the after effects. But the 1 gallon of the alternative crap is really hard to choke down. I had to have an annual for the first three years after my episode, however on my last hose job, I got permission to go to a three year cycle - whew!
- Doug
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"Doug Winterburn" wrote:

I'll give ya, Gatorade it ain't, but it's tolerable.
Lew
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Doug Winterburn wrote:

Tried almost freezing it, then drinking it from a frosty beer mug, but it didn't help.
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Phisherman wrote:

Amen. Having a family history of prostate problems (both sides of the family), I habitually got my skanky butt down for the PSA and the finger wave annually. They found cancer a couple years ago, scheduled me for surgery, and I have been cancer free ever since. Cancer is a bigger pain the ass than the yearly tests. Believe it.     phew,     jo4hn
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On 10/6/2009 7:51 AM HeyBub spake thus:

Source? (Looks like another thinly-veiled jab at socialized medicine)
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Indeed. I just looked at the Cancer Research UK site, - they put the 5 year survival rate at 80% overall and 93% for those picked up during screening.
http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page317#general
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"CONCORD" study where those numbers came from showed that Cuba had an even higher breast cancer survival rate than the US.
Up one for socialist medicine. :-)
see: http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/7278 for a discussion of the source.
Luigi
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Luigi Zanasi wrote:

Correct. Cuba was #1 with 84.0% (US 83.9%).
"While the CONCORD study defends its methods and says that the resulting biases are small, it also warns that when the differences between countries are small, then a small bias might make a big difference in the ranking. So, the bottom line is that from these data and the warnings provided by the study itself, we do not really know whether Cuba, the US, Canada, Sweden or Japan is 'the best' at treating breast cancer."
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For socialized medicine, Canadian research isn't doing too bad either:
Canada has produced a disproportionately large number of major biomedical breakthroughs, and a new report released today exhaustively catalogues the best of the best.
The Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations new report, called "Moving at the Speed of Discovery" (PDF), includes a (very long) list of the top medical discoveries made in Canadian academic hospitals.
You probably knew about Dr Frederick Banting's discovery of insulin, but you're sure to be surprised at some of the high-profile research mentioned in the report, like robot surgeons, music therapy for the physically disabled, induced hypothermia for heart surgery patients and "cobalt bombs," to name a few of the most interesting items.
Download the PDF above or click 'Read more' to check out the list.
1877 Introduction of sterilized cotton wool swabs in test tubes, which reduces contamination. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1907 First bronchoscopy performed. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1908 Installation of the first milk pasteurization plant in Canada, 30 years before it becomes mandatory. This all but eliminates diseases transmitted by unpasteurized milk like tuberculosis, salmonella, and e.coli. Pasteurization dramatically decreases infant mortality in Canada. (The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1912 First surgical treatment of tuberculosis. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1922 First clinical use of insulin for diabetes in human patients. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1930 Development of a new infant cereal that later becomes famous internationally as pablum. This fortified cereal (the first of its kind) significantly reduces death from malnutrition. (The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1933 First excision of the entire lung performed (pneumonectomy). (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1939 Invention of the corneal splitting knife (still standard in surgery to reduce pressure in glaucoma). (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1948 Development of the first artificial kidney machine. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1948 First 25 million electron-volt beta-tron to be established in any university or hospital calibration takes nine months. The electron- volt beta-tron is used for cancer research and to improve treatment accuracy. (Saskatoon Health Region Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
1950 Introduction of lumpectomy for treatment of breast cancer. Lumpectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove a discrete lump (usually a tumour, benign or otherwise) from an affected woman or mans breast. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1950 Use of total body cooling as a method of making heart surgery safer. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1950 First neuro-surgical treatment of epilepsy performed. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1951 First use worldwide of calibrated cobalt-60 for cancer radiotherapy treatment. (Saskatoon Health Region Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
1951 First cobalt bomb in the world used to deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1952 First use of a device that determines whether or not a patients thyroid is cancerous through the use of radioactive iodine. (Saskatoon Health Region Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
1956 Major breakthrough in virology by discovering that positive strand Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) could be infectious. (Capital Health/ University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta)
1957 Invention of the artificial cell for application in medicine and biotechnology. It was thought that artificial cells could one day be used as a partial substitute for human cells and organs. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1958 World first surgical treatment on cerebral aneurysms. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1960 Implementation of genetic screening programs for hereditary metabolic diseases in newborns. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1960 First implanted mammary artery into the heart wall in order to restore functionality of the heart. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1961 Discovery of blood-forming stem cells enabling bone marrow transplants. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1963 The first widely successful surgery to correct the birth defect known as Blue Babies is performed. Before this procedure, this condition used to kill 9 out of 10 patients in their first year. (The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1965 First artificial knee joint in the world created. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1969 Discovery of a carcino-embryonic antigen, a tumour marker for cancer. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1970 Discovery that hereditary metabolic diseases could be treated with vitamins. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1971 Developed the worlds first paediatric electric prosthetic arm. (Bloorview Kids Rehab Toronto, Ontario)
1975 Development of software used worldwide for 20 years to control radiation therapy. (University Health NetworkToronto, Ontario)
1976 Identification of P-glycoprotein as a major cause of cancer drug resistance. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1978 Developed the internationally-recognized AeroChamber, a medical device used to administer aerosolized medication for patients with asthma. This device continues to be used in practice around the world. (St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario)
1979 Invention of a radically different ventilator (now used worldwide) that gently shakes oxygen into the lungs of children with severe lung disease, sparing many of them painful lung bypass procedures. (The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1979 Development of Continuous Passive Motion (CPM), a revolutionary treatment for injured or diseased joints. Before this treatment, patients with damaged cartilage had to be totally immobilized. CPM is such an improvement that it is now being used in 17,500 hospitals in more than 77 countries worldwide. (The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1980 Initial studies using real time ultrasounds and detailing biological factors affecting human fetal behavioral activity and breathing movements. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1981 World-first heart operation to correct a life-threatening heart condition known as right ventricular dysphasia. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1983 Successful single lung transplant. Lung transplants extend life expectancy and enhance the quality of life for end-stage pulmonary patients. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1983 The Department of Nuclear Medicine becomes first to use a special imaging agent to diagnose Parkinsons disease. Called [18] F6- fluorodopa PET, the chemical was produced by Hamilton Health Sciences and is now used worldwide. (Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario)
1984 Discovery and cloning of the T-Cell receptor genes, significant in the field of immunology. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1986 Discovery of the SH2 domain, which controls the ability of proteins to interact with other SH2 containing proteins and thereby direct the function of enzymes involved in transmitting cellular signals. This finding has revolutionized our understanding of how proteins form, signaling pathways inside cells. It is already informing research to control these pathways in diseased cells the basis for novel therapies. (Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto, Ontario)
1986 Developed first predictive testing for late onset genetic diseases (Huntington Disease). (Provincial Health Services Authority Vancouver, British Columbia)
1987 First aortic valve replacement in the world using the Toronto Heart Valve, which is now used worldwide. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
1987 Worlds first pacemaker cardioverter defibrillator is implanted. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1988 Researchers solve the structure of rennin, a key enzyme in the kidney that plays a role in the development of high blood pressure. (Capital Health/University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta)
1988 Worlds first successful liver/small bowel transplant is performed. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1989 Researchers develop sputum induction techniques and sputum cell analysis. Research on nasal mucosa suggested ways in which the cellular response to antigen challenge might be studied in bronchial mucosa and sputum. (Firestone Institute for Respiratory at St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario)
1989 Development of the first oral treatment for hepatitis B, resulting in the drug Lamivudine. (Capital Health/University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta)
1989 Discovery of the gene which, when defective, causes cystic fibrosis, the most fatal genetic disease of Canadian children today. (The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1990 First measure of neurotransmitter concentration in schizophrenics by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS). MRS allows scientists and doctors to measure chemicals within the body and brain without removing tissue or blood samples and without using dangerous radioactive tracers. It is therefore safe and can be used repeatedly on the patient without any ill effects. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1991 Publication of the first paper demonstrating that treatment of obstructive sleep apnea by nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in patients with congestive heart failure improves cardiac function and symptoms of heart failure. This discovery has major implications because it suggests that obstructive sleep apnea contributes to the development and progression of congestive heart failure. (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Toronto, Ontario)
1992 Discovery of the first gene responsible for Fanconi anemia. Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare genetic disease that affects children and adults from all ethnic backgrounds. FA is characterized by short stature, skeletal anomalies, increased incidence of solid tumors and leukemias, bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia), and cellular sensitivity to DNA-damaging agents such as mitomycin C. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1993 Researchers demonstrate that mouse embryonic stem cells are capable of supporting the entire embryonic development and in fact creating completely cell cultured derived mice. (Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto, Ontario)
1993 Discovery of a novel gene associated with Lou-Gehrigs disease. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1994 Worlds first three-dimensional (3-D) ultrasound-guided cryosurgery. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1994 Solved the 30-year old puzzle of why so many people suffer an allergic reaction when they receive a blood transfusion. (Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario)
1995 First physical map of the human genome created. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1995 Discovery of the gene associated with localized muscular dystrophy. (McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Montreal, Quebec)
1996 Identification of a human blood cell that regenerates the entire blood system. This discovery enabled the development of new treatments for blood diseases such as leukemia, thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1996 Identification of a gene that causes colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Canadians. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1998 Developed the first trophoblast stem cells the precursors of cells that form the placenta. Since the placenta is critical for a successful pregnancy, this discovery will have a major impact on research to understand and ultimately prevent pregnancy complications resulting from a failure in normal placental function. (Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto, Ontario)
1998 Discovery of the first gene that causes Lafora disease, one of the most severe forms of teenageonset epilepsy. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
1999 First islet transplant under the Edmonton protocol for Type I diabetes. Islet transplantation had been performed under other protocols; however, the Edmonton protocol produced unprecedented levels of success in the field of islet transplantation. (Capital Health/University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta)
1999 Worlds first closed chest robotic-assisted beating heart coronary artery bypass graft conducted. (Lawson Health Research Institute London, Ontario)
1999 Identification of ABCA-1 gene key regulator of HDL concentrations in humans. (Provincial Health Services Authority/BC Childrens Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia)
2000 Discovery of the mechanism of formation of amyloid, the basis of Alzheimers and other diseases, and the subsequent development of drugs to treat this. (Kingston General Hospital Kingston, Ontario)
2001 Discovery of a clinical rule that may reduce use of unnecessary x- rays for low-risk neck injuries and could aid in reducing use of imaging tests in alert and stable patients. (Ottawa Health Research Institute Ottawa, Ontario)
2001 Development of the first animal model for Hepatitis C in mice, using transplanted human cells, providing a convenient way to test new treatments for Hepatitis C. (Capital Health/University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta)
2001 Tissue factor is a cell surface membrane protein involved in the initiation of blood clotting. Overexpression or increased activation of tissue factor can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. The research group demonstrated that overexpression of GRP78 (a protein), can block the coagulant activity of tissue factor in human cells. These studies are important because they have identified a relevant cellular factor that can mediate tissue factor activity. (Hamilton Health Sciences Centre Hamilton, Ontario)
2001 Identified the emerging role that albuminuria as an important risk factor for both kidney and heart disease. (Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario)
2002 Introduction of revolutionary medication doses for depression and schizophrenia through positron emission tomography (PET) technology. (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Toronto, Ontario)
2002 Creation of a simple system to generate T-cells in a Petri dish. T-cells are a vital component of the immune system that orchestrate, regulate and coordinate the overall immune response. This discovery provided a method to create model systems to study the genetics and molecular biology of T-cell development and points to future clinical therapies for people whose immune systems have been destroyed, for example, by HIV or toxic cancer therapies. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2002 Discovery that a type of self-destructing suicide cell activity, previously believed to only be detrimental, is in fact necessary for the proper formation of muscle tissue. (Ottawa Health Research Institute Ottawa, Ontario)
2002 Pioneered the use of Botulinum Toxin A to reduce upper limb spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. (Bloorview Kids Rehab Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Discovery of a molecular marker to diagnose hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer. HCC is usually asymptomatic at early stages, and has great propensity for invasion, making it difficult to treat. A test was developed for the early diagnosis of HCC, which could also be useful for the screening of individuals that are at high risk for developing this disease, such as people chronically infected with Hepatitis B and C. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Researchers discover a way to make the immune system specifically recognize infectious prions, proteins that cause brain-wasting diseases like mad cow disease and CreutzfeldtJakob disease, its human equivalent. This discovery paves the way for the development of diagnostic tools, immunotherapy and a vaccine. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Major international clinical trial provides first alternative treatment to taxol for preventing breast cancer recurrence in survivors five years post diagnosis. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Compilation of the complete DNA sequence of chromosome 7. Researchers decode nearly all of the genes on this medically important portion of the human genome. Chromosome 7 contains 1,455 genes, some of which, when altered, cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis, leukemia and autism. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Study makes it easier to identify patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), providing faster diagnosis and significant savings to the health care system. (Ottawa Health Research Institute Ottawa, Ontario)
2003 Performed the worlds first deep brain stimulation for depression, causing depression that was previously treatment-resistant to go into remission. (University Health Network Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Identification of a cancer stem cell responsible for brain tumors. This discovery may change how this deadly condition is studied and treated in the future. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Linkage of maternal folic acid intake to a decrease in neuroblastoma, a deadly childhood cancer. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
2003 Performed the worlds first hospital-to-hospital telerobotic assisted surgery on a patient more than 400 kilometres away. During the procedure, they completed a Nissen Fundoplication on a 66-year old patient located at North Bay General Hospital from St. Josephs telerobotics suite in Hamilton, Ontario. (St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario).
2003 Developed a genetically modified vaccine that can completely prevent the recurrence of metastatic breast cancer through genetically altered cells that only destroy cancer cells. (Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario)
2003 Developed first draft DNA sequence for coronavirus implicated as cause of SARS (Provincial Health Services Authority/BC Cancer Agency, Genome Sciences Centre Vancouver, British Columbia)
2003 Found that the vast majority of heart attacks can be predicted by nine easily measurable factors that are the same in virtually every region and ethnic group worldwide. (Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario)
2004 Performed the worlds first simulated underwater surgery during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO 7). During the 10-day NEEMO 7 Mission, they successfully telementored the NEEMO7 crew through various surgical simulations from their base in the underwater Aquarius habitat located 19 metres below the surface off the coast of Key largo, Florida. (St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario)
2004 Development of StemBase, a database of gene expression data from DNA micro array experiments on samples from human and mouse stem cells and their derivatives. This growing resource is used to find genes whose activity is related to stem cells. (Ottawa Health Research Institute Ottawa, Ontario)
2004 Discovery of the apelin receptor and design of an analogue that can interfere with and block the actions of apelin, in order to decipher its role in the brain. (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Toronto, Ontario)
2004 Discovery of over 70 novel human receptor genes; many of which, together with their chemical activators, mediate unique functions in the brain and are being targeted for drug design. (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Toronto, Ontario)
2004 In the first large, multi-centre clinical trial of its kind, researchers provided evidence to suggest that artery grafts from the forearm should be used in place of vein grafts from the leg in heart bypass surgery because radial arteries have significantly higher graft patency over one year. Graft patency, a measure of whether the bypass remains open enough to permit efficient blood flow, is critical to success after surgery. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2004 A research team finds magnetic resonance imaging detects more breast cancer tumors, earlier, compared with mammography, ultrasound or clinical examination in women with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. This finding offers hope to genetically at-risk women, and gives them an alternative to removing both breasts. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2004 Worlds first use of beads of palladium, a low-dose radioactive material, to treat women with breast cancer on an outpatient basis. This therapy holds the promise of eliminating anguishing side effects and considerably enhancing the womens quality of life. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2004 Demonstration of an association between pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) and the Epstein-Barr virus, indicating that exposure to the virus at a certain time in childhood may be an important environmental trigger for the development of MS. (Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario)
2004 Developed a virtual instrument that allows children with physical disabilities to make music (both therapeutic and recreational applications of the software which is licensed in 7 countries around the world). (Bloorview Kids Rehab Toronto, Ontario)
2005 Developed the worlds first upper respiratory viral panel test that can accurately identify all respiratory viruses including various flu strains including H5N1 and the SARS Coronavirus. (St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario)
2005 In the first trial of its kind in the world, researchers begin treating prostate cancer using a 3-D image-guided radiation therapy device that was developed in Canada. This non-surgical technique allows oncologists to visualize the exact position of the target and deliver precise external beam radiation therapy. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2005 Key discovery in Type-1 Diabetes proves the repair process is present within the pancreas during disease development. Understanding the repair process could be the key to successful treatment. (Ottawa Health Research Institute Ottawa, Ontario)
2005 Study determines that a specific enzyme, known as pro-protein convertase 4 (PC4) may be responsible for fetal growth restriction, the second leading cause of infant mortality in the developed world. Knowledge may lead to screening for the defective enzyme early in the pregnancy and provide the ability to monitor the pregnancy more closely. (Ottawa Health Research Institute Ottawa, Ontario)
2005 Scientists show that early surgical removal of the spleen combined with antiangiogenic therapy, which arrests the growth of tumour-feeding blood vessels, may stop the progression of leukemia. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2005 Using neuropsychological testing, researchers accurately predict which study participants will develop Alzheimers disease within five and 10 years. Previous studies were able to predict Alzheimers only for shorter periods of time; other studies showed predictions for 10 and even 15 years, but these did not indicate the predictive accuracy of the tests. (Sunnybrook & Womens Research Institute Toronto, Ontario)
2005 Identified novel mutations in the gene that causes Rett Syndrome. The discovery is now licenced as a test for the disorder and is available to the public. (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Toronto, Ontario)
2005 Initiation of first human clinical gene therapy trials for lipoprotein lipase deficiency. (Provincial Health Services Authority/ BC Childrens Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia)
2006 Discovery of the precise molecular chain of events that initiates the wide-scale immune destruction of super bug infections such as flesh-eating disease, toxic shock syndrome and severe food poisoning. (Robarts Research Institute London, Ontario)
2006 Implantation of an antibody-coated stent into the first human patient. The invention of the antibody-coated stent reduces restenosis and prevents blood clots from occurring. (St. Michaels Hospital Toronto, Ontario)
2006 Worlds first clinical trial to combine gene and cell therapy to treat a cardiovascular disorder. The PHACeT (Pulmonary Hypertension: Assessment of Cell Therapy) trial will assess the use of adult stem- like cells called endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. (St. Michaels Hospital Toronto, Ontario)
2006 First demonstration that children with cystic fibrosis have choline deficiency. Provision of choline improves redox balance and methyl transfer capacity in humans. (Provincial Health Services Authority/BC Childrens Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia)
2006 First demonstration that dietary omega-3 fatty acid deficiency impairs neurogenesis in vivo (Provincial Health Services Authority/BC Childrens Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia)
2006 First curative therapy for Huntington Disease in a mouse model (Provincial Health Services Authority/BC Childrens Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia)
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<snip of long list of medical discoveries/innovations done in Canada>
While it's nice to brag about the research done in our country, we must also not forget to thank US taxpayers for their funding of the National Institute of Health, where most of the medical research is done/funded in the US. Of course, the drug companies and other private sector profiteers claim it is them.
You might want to read books and articles by Marcia Angell, a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, like "The Truth About the Drug Companies".
Luigi
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news:7436e4f0-288f-4696-92f3- Source? (Looks like another thinly-veiled jab at socialized medicine)

"CONCORD" study where those numbers came from showed that Cuba had an even higher breast cancer survival rate than the US.
Up one for socialist medicine. :-)
see: http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/7278 for a discussion of the source.
Luigi
Apparently no one know, or cares, how to change the frigging subject header!!!!!
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"Doug Brown" wrote

need. I just thought it was strange that pink hammers were being sold at the hardware store. I did not see it a a desireable product nor did I see it helping breast cancer very much. I made the comment that there are better ways to donate money to this cause and was immediatley shouted down as some kinda insenstive monster by some folks in this forum.
The thread got hijacked. Wanna start a new one, fine. But it has nothing to do with tools or woodworking. A distinction lost on some folks here.
Maybe you can start a thread for whiny folks who abhor woodworking discussions.
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David Nebenzahl wrote:

Here's one: "Recent cancer survival in Europe : a 2000-02 period analysis of EUROCARE-4 data," Lancet Oncology, 2007, No. 8, pages 784-796.
Access to this study requires a reprint fee, but a summary is here: http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/7278
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When I see this: 1..........Cuba..........84.0 (82.9, 85.2) 2..........US.............83.9 (83.7, 84.1) 3..........Canada......82.5 (81.9, 83.0) I wonder who on this list is left with a higher percentage of their relative personal wealth measured from before and after they are cured. Also, when running stats this tight, the difference becomes insignificant.
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Robatoy wrote:

Right. The study even acknowledges that they couldn't control for everything and that even an aspect with small effect (i.e., Voodoo) could change the rankings.
Another interesting thing would be "absolute" wealth instead of relative. I would expect absolute wealth to change as:
Cuba - Nothing => nothing U.S. - A lot => moderate amount Canada - Moderate amount => moderate amount
Again, the U.S. and Canada are virtually tied and Cuba is one bookmark on the list.
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My gosh. Considering the fact that the Pink Hammers represent a very serious and necessary breast cancer campaign; this thread has certainly taken on a nasty tone.
Apparently some of our folks haven't had their lives touched by cancer.
Yet.
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