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April 2011

Health File

Blood Tests To Detect Cancer

A less invasive alternative to surgical biopsy to identify and track serious diseases is now in the works.
Researchers are using biomarkers—like certain antibodies and proteins—to diagnose several serious diseases, including prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer.

Prostate cancer researchers in England have developed a way to detect autoantibodies in blood samples long before symptoms begin. Not only do researchers claim it’s more accurate than current methods—a rectal examination and prostate specific antigen (PSA) test—but it would do away with biopsies. It should also increase survival rates, since men could be treated much earlier.

Dropping 'Fish': Air Force, Part 44

A Bristol Beaufort, September 1941. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA160969 The Royal Canadian Air Force’s overseas experience with torpedo bombers differed greatly from the sporadic

Busy Little Port: Navy, Part 44

The east side of Saint John harbour during the Second World War. PHOTO: PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF NEW BRUNSWICK, FRANK O’BRIEN COLLECTION Naval historians have naturally

On This Date – April 2011

April 1, 1924: The Royal Canadian Air Force officially comes into existence.

April 2, 2003: Canadian navy ships Iroquois (2nd) and Fredericton (2nd) arrive in the Arabian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part of a U.S.-led task force involved in maritime surveillance.

April 3, 1974: A severe tornado hits Windsor, Ont., killing

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