New leukemia treatment developed in Ottawa

A treatment for leukemia has been developed by a research team from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the Ottawa Hospital, and the University of Ottawa. The treatment consists of a virus that is injected into the bloodstream and deteriorates the cancer cells to the point where they blow up “like popcorn,” according to hematologist David Conrad, the senior co-author of the study. So far, the treatment has a 60 per cent cure rate in mice with three doses. Eighty per cent of those cured survived long-term, according to a study published in the Blood Cancer Journal. According to Conrad, this treatment is very safe compared to most treatments, which cause significant collateral damage. “It is safe because only cancerous cells […]

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Maintaining mental health at Carleton

First year is one of the most exciting and stressful times of a university student”s life. Students are under pressure to do well in school while maintaining a social life, participating in clubs, and holding a part-time job, all while getting used to university. It is by no means an easy feat for even the most well-adjusted student. That”s where Carleton”s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) comes in. According to Bruce Hamm, PMC”s student services administrator, the centre is responsible for co-ordinating academic accommodations and support services for students with disabilities, as well as providing mentors to students who request them. “We evaluate accommodation requests on an individual basis while maintaining academic standards. We liaise with faculty […]

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Being a cost-savvy student

School is expensive, there’s no avoiding that. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be smart with the little money you have. One of a student’s biggest expenses after tuition and rent will be textbooks. Instead of shelling out a few hundred dollars at Carleton’s bookstore, buy some of your books used. They’re often just as good as new textbooks, and are a fraction of the price. To find them online, check out kijiji.ca, amazon.ca, or CUEX.ca (Carleton’s book trading website). If you’d rather hunt for deals on foot, try Haven Books at Seneca and Sunnyside, which is about a 10-minute walk from campus. You can also sell your books there at the end of the year for a little extra […]

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Back to the Future? A comparison between prospective technologies and reality

The 1989 film Back to the Future II provided a highly ambitious prediction of what technology would look like in 2015. In the second part of the Back to the Future time-travel science fiction trilogy, the movie features Marty McFly, a young man who must travel into the future to 2015 to save his future family. Much of the action takes place in 2015, 26 years after the movie was made, so director and writer Robert Zemeckis had to predict what 2015’s technological landscape would look like. He made some spot-on guesses, but he had some pretty outlandish ideas as well. What follows is a comparison between the film’s 2015 technology, and what current technology looks like. 1) Rehydrated food […]

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Membership referendums discussed at CFS meeting

Motions to allow member unions more oversight in referendums to join or leave the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) were defeated at the sixty-third semi-annual national general CFS meeting, held May 30–June 3 in Ottawa. Among the issues discussed was Bylaw No. 1, which focuses on whether there should be a clear, democratic process for student associations to join and leave the CFS. Most representatives at the meeting were in favour of a clearer and more democratic process for student associations to join and leave the CFS, but motions to amend the bylaw that deals with membership referendums were defeated, according to CFS national chairperson Jessica McCormick. “For those student unions that believe in a unified student movement, divisions within […]

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