New C. diff drug approved; deemed ‘promising’ for persistent cases

TORONTO — Doctors struggling to cure patients with C. difficile diarrhea have a new weapon in their armoury. A new antibiotic specifically developed to treat C. difficile infections has been approved for the Canadian market, the drug’s maker, Optimer Pharmaceuticals Canada, announced Thursday. The drug, to be sold under the brand name Dificid, has an advantage over the existing drug

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Dragonette lightens up

When Martina Sorbara found out her band Dragonette was booked to play Ottawa Bluesfest, the singer-songwriter was puzzled. The inventive electropop that Sorbara creates with her musician husband Dan Kurtz is catchy and danceable but lacks the faintest whiff of blues. Then she realized they’re not only sharing the bill with blues-inspired folks like Johnny Sansone and Charles Bradley, but

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Rihanna sues ex-accountants, says she lost millions

(Reuters) – Pop star Rihanna has sued her former accountants for mismanaging the singer’s finances, including claiming they earned huge commissions from concert tours that resulted in her losing millions of dollars. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court that surfaced on Thursday, the 24-year-old singer and her tour company, Tourihanna, is seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory damages

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Diabetes drug triggers neuron growth, potential to regenerate brain cells: study

TORONTO — A drug commonly used to control Type 2 diabetes can help trigger stem cells to produce new brain cells, providing hope of a potential means to treat brain injuries and even neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, researchers say. A study by scientists at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children found the drug metformin helps activate the mechanism that signals stem

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