Using The Body’s Natural Defence System To Battle Cancer

Written for Mediaplanet’s Future of Cancer Care campaign. Published in the Toronto Star on December 3, 2015.  Immuno-oncology, also known as immunotherapy or biological therapy, is a relatively new treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancerous cells. “Cancer cells can manipulate the immune system and make it ineffective,” explains Dr. Michael Smylie, professor […]

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Osteoarthritis: A Big Pain In The Joints

Written for Mediaplanet’s Bones and Joints campaign. Published in print inside the Toronto Star in September 2015. Joints in the body function like a well-oiled machine, allowing our body to move and bend with ease. However, with time, that machine can begin to wear down, causing joints to malfunction due to conditions like osteoarthritis. “Osteoarthritis is a painful […]

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Female Mentors Lead The Way For Women In Tech

Written for Mediaplanet’s Women in Technology campaign. Published in print inside the Maclean’s on October 12, 2015.  When Microsoft software development engineer Dr. Jenna Butler first started exploring computer science, she did not expect it to reroute her career path. Her passion was studying cancer, but she didn’t see how computers could connect to that pursuit. While doing her […]

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Women In Tech: There Is No Limit

Written for Mediaplanet’s Women in Technology campaign. Published in print inside the Maclean’s on October 12, 2015.  Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – known as the STEM fields – are some of the largest growth industries in the country, yet have statistically low levels of female employees. According to Statistics Canada, just 23 percent of graduates from engineering and […]

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The Next Generation: More Women At The Tech Table

Written for Mediaplanet’s Women in Technology campaign. Published in print inside the Maclean’s on October 12, 2015.  Technology is rapidly evolving, but the low number of women in computer science and engineering remains stagnant and experts say that this could have major implications for the future. “Computing is at the heart of everything,” says Dr. Telle Whitney, CEO of […]

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Early Treatment Shown To Reduce Complication Risk For Crohn’s Disease Patients

Written for Mediaplanet’s Digestive Wellness campaign. Crohn’s disease can be a debilitating condition, but recent Canadian research reveals that people living with this disease can be treated more effectively by using existing therapies in a new way. The REACT (Randomized Evaluation of an Algorithm for Crohn’s Treatment) trial followed the treatment of nearly 2,000 Crohn’s patients […]

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