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Monthly Archives: September 2014

SHRF Partnership

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is offering a pilot funding program developed to encourage collaborative groups of health researchers to launch new ideas, develop new research questions, and explore unique solutions to health issues relevant to Saskatchewan. Funding is available for short-term research development projects of up to one year. This funding is intended to provide support for collaborative health research in its initial stages that will strengthen an application for funding to an entity other than SHRF within one year following the grant term. Researchers are encouraged to work with knowledge user co-applicants and collaborators where appropriate. SHRF

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Things you should know about enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)


A number of cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a rare and potentially serious respiratory infection, have been reported in Canada and the United States. Enterovirus is related to the common cold virus and can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing, by close contact with infected persons or by touching a contaminated surface. EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, similar to other viral infections. Symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever and body aches. As with the common cold, EV-D68 spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches something. Younger people are generally

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Setting the Record Straight About Radon: Part 1

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Since many of you will be taking the time to test your homes for radon, The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT would like to take the time to clarify common misconceptions about radon. Below you’ll find 5 common myths, and the reasons why they are myths. If you don’t know what radon is, visit  and first! Myths: 1)       There’s no radon in Alberta. Fact: No region of the country is considered “radon-free”, but the levels of radon differ from region to region depending on the uranium concentration in the soil. The large majority of homes will have some

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