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Wednesday April 4, 2012

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Ted Talks

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.


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Community Health Update

Some Elective Surgical Procedures Resume with Efforts to Resume Operations Continue at GRH Laboratory

Waterloo Region - Grand River Hospital continues to provide services following the closure of the hospital’s laboratory on Monday due to potential contamination from a specimen.

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Health Care

Stroke experts write a doctor’s guide for minimizing the risk of stroke

London - Stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation have come a long way in the time since Neurologist Dr. David Spence of Western University began treating patients.

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Pandemic Planning

Preparing for Infectious Diseases at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

LONDON - Less than four months ahead of this year’s Summer Olympics in London, the 22nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (22nd ECCMID)—the world’s largest conference on infectious diseases—will feature a final-day symposium focusing on mass gatherings health.

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World Health Day

NCD Alliance says dropping key targets on non-communicable diseases places future health of the world’s ageing population at risk

New York - The theme of this year’s World Health Day is healthy ageing. With data showing that the major causes of premature death and years lost to disability in people aged 60 years and over are non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the NCD Alliance* says that dropping key targets on NCDs will put the health of the world’s ageing population at risk.

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Risk Management

CFOs and Audit Committees Will Soon Feel the Heat: FEI Canada Study

Risk, market turmoil and standards setters expected to add pressure means CFOs need to help board directors, and audit committee members in particular, better understand the business challenges that their organizations are facing

TORONTO - Canadian financial executives believe greater concern around risk management will increase demands on audit committees in the next 24 months, resulting in heightened pressures on company CFOs.

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Red Tape Reduction

Good first step on red tape: More still needed

Ottawa - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to see the federal government take its first step in better managing red tape on an on-going basis by announcing the implementation of the "one-for-one" rule as of April 1st.

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Economic Development

Waterloo area desribed as having a "Twilight Zone-worthy sense of cheeriness and optimism"

Bloombergs Technology reporter David Sax fails to ask "What's in the Water"

New York - The headline reads; Research in Motion - In RIM's Hometown, Optimism Trumps a Sales Implosion. The copy starts here. Research in Motion (RIMM) shareholders weren’t expecting good news Thursday, when the company released its quarterly earnings.

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Cost of Health Care

Ground-Breaking Industry Drug Pooling Agreement

KINGSTON - The Empire Life Insurance Company (Empire Life) has announced it will participate in a ground-breaking industry drug pooling agreement to help address the problem of high cost prescription drugs for fully insured group benefit plans in Canada.

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Biotechnology

Biotech Challenge Canada Asks Youth "How Will You Change the World?" Through Science

National biotechnology research competition encourages Canadian youth to pursue future studies and careers in Canada's $86 billion biotechnology industry

TORONTO - How will you change the world? That question has been the inspiration for hundreds of students across Canada to compete in the "2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada or SBCC", a national biotechnology research competition that encourages students to pursue future studies and careers in the exciting field of biotechnology.

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Growing Old

Changing old attitudes to ageing and making ageing well a global priority

New York - This year’s WHO World Health Day will be on healthy ageing, with the official launch on April 4 ahead of the actual World Health Day on April 7. Correspondence published Online First by The Lancet shows that not only must old attitudes to ageing be transformed, but attention must be shifted to dealing with non-communicable diseases in the elderly, which represent by far the largest burden of disease in this age group. The letter is by Dr Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK, and colleagues.

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Immigration

Two Carleton Faculty Members Shortlisted for Prestigious $50,000 Donner Prize

Books by Carleton’s Ruth Phillips and Christopher Worswick made a short list of four for the Donner Prize released yesterday.

Ottawa - Phillips is an art history professor at Carleton and the Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture. Worswick is a professor in the Department of Economics.

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Recognition

Western University Professor Recognized for Creating Children's Health Atlas

Esri-Based Atlas Maps Opportunities for Children's Healthy Living in Southwestern Ontario

LONDON – Esri Canada presented an Award of Excellence to Dr. Jason Gilliland, a professor at Western University and a scientist for the Children's Health Research Institute, for his outstanding application of geographic information system (GIS) technology to help improve children's health in Southwestern Ontario.

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Home Builders Recognized

New home builders recognized for customer service excellence

Toronto - The finalists for the 2012 Tarion Awards of Excellence. A comprehensive survey was sent to approximately 45,000 Ontario homeowners who took possession of a new home between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.


 
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