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Episode date 18 February 2013
Interviews and reports
Potential new tool to fight leukemia
An international research effort led by Dr Tarik Moroy and a team in Montreal Canada, has found a so-called “Achilles heel” for lymphoid leukemia. It is felt the results of the study will have direct implications for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), one of the four most common types of leukemia.  “ALL” is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood that progresses rapidly without treatment.

Standard treatment consists of various mixtures of chemotherapy and radiation.  These however are non-specific and can damage healthy cells as well as tumour tissues, and patients can suffer sometimes dramatic and unpleasant side-effects.

The Canadian-led research discovered that the cancer during rapid reproduction, undergoes great cell stress and helps to protect itself from the body’s own defensive protein via a particular molecule identified as Gfi1.   The researchers noted that when then inhibited this molecule, the cancers stopped growing and even died.
While this molecule is present in healthy cells, the researchers that deliminating it had little effect on healthy cells, but resulted in the tumour cells dying off.
Allergies complicate kissing
(Mike Ketler)
Dating can be stressful for teens. But it can be terrifying for those with life-threatening food allergies. When even tiny amounts of food can kill a person, they can be very fearful of kissing another person.

That was the case for Erika Ladouceur, a 24-year-old living in Victoria, British Columbia on Canada’s Pacific coast. She found a way to manage the problem then decided to share her experience with other. She started a support group for youth and parents living with allergies and later created a blog called Living with Allergies. 

Her goal was to let allergic teens know they were not alone.
Reggae or Not
Photographer Beth Lesser says 'I like the improvised, bottom-up nature of things in Jamaica, at least in the ghetto. Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion organization, an artist-run co-op, just took a closet-sized area behind the new record shop and made it int
Reggae or Not: The Birth of Dancehall Culture in Jamaica and Toronto, is the full name of one of the many events underway in Toronto during Black History Month. But this exhibit highlights more recent stories, and the city’s local history and connection to Jamaica during the 1970’s and 80’s.

This past Sunday, in the first floor ballroom of Toronto’s storied Gladstone Hotel, a panel discussion took place about the music, film, fashion, art and cultural export to Toronto of the vibrant Reggae culture that was thriving in Jamaica.

Panel participants included Beth Lesser, writer and the photographer of so many of the images in the exhibit, radio host Dave Kingston, musician Jo Jo Bennett, studio owner and musician Jerry Brown, and academic Lisa Steele. 

Carmel Kilkenny spoke with panel moderator Dr. Kenneth Montague.  By day, Dr. Montague is a dentist in Toronto, and the rest of the time he is an art collector and curator.  He does not want to sell his art, but to tell stories with it.  He curated, Reggae or Not, which runs until the end of the month, and features a screening next Sunday of the 1972 Perry Henzell film, The Harder They Come.

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Blimps for the far north
(Discovery Air Innovations)
Many remote communities and mining operations in CanadaĆ¢€™s far north can only get needed supplies via aircraft, or over ice roads. [...]
Black history month- Viola Desmond
(Canada Post)
The month of February, is annually recognized by the Canadian government as black-history month. It was in February back in 1965 that one of the first people to stand up for black rights in North America, died. [...]
Bobsleigh Champions
Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press
In the first competitive test on the 17-corner track they'll use next year during the 2014 Olympic Games, CanadaĆ¢€™s bobsleigh team is coming home in first place. [...]
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