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Cancer rates are rising among Inuit and critical oncology specialists and treatments are often located in urban centres, thousands of kilometres away from remote communities in Inuit Nunangat. (Alex Hizaka)

An Inuit approach to cancer care promotes self-determination and reconciliation

A 'shared decision-making' model enables collaboration with Indigenous communities within Canada's health-care system - to respond to TRC Calls to Action and address rising cancer rates.
Alfred Nobel made his fortune through the invention of dynamite. Paramonov Alexander/Shutterstock.com

Discovery of how cells sense oxygen levels earns Nobel Prize

Oxygen is vital for life, so much so that cells can sense when there isn't enough and adapt almost instantly. So how do they do it? The winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology figured it out.
Eating lots of red meat increases your risk of cancer and a range of chronic diseases. Sailing Gypsy/Shutterstock

Yes, we still need to cut down on red and processed meat

The advice is still to limit your red meat intake to a maximum of 500g a week. So why did some headlines tell us otherwise this week?
The effectiveness of a drug may be evaluated based on its potential to shrink tumours – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to improved survival rates. From shutterstock.com

Do new cancer drugs work? Too often we don’t really know (and neither does your doctor)

National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.
Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death in the U.S. A test for long-time smokers might be able to detect lung cancer earlier, thereby saving lives. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

The test that could save the life of a long-time smoker you know

Low-dose CT scans can detect lung cancer in smokers and former smokers at an early and sometimes treatable stage. Why are so few smokers and former smokers getting them?
While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer. From shutterstock.com

Will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

Recent reports suggested eating chicken could reduce the risk of breast cancer. In the study, those who ate chicken were at lower risk – when compared to women who ate large quantities of red meat.
A telomere age test kit from Telomere Diagnostics Inc. and saliva. collection kit from 23andMe. Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock.com

DNA testing companies offer telomere testing – but what does it tell you about aging and disease risk?

Genetic testing companies are offering tests that analyze the ends of your chromosomes – telomeres – to gauge your health and your real age. But is there scientific evidence to support such tests?

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