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Return of sea lice to Fundy salmon farms has researchers looking for a new fix / Maritimers by choice, but for very different reasons / Phone-in : Prevention, diagnosis & treatment of diabetes

 
Return of sea lice to Fundy salmon farms has researchers looking for a new fix / Maritimers by choice, but for very different reasons / Phone-in : Prevention, diagnosis & treatment of diabetes
Sea lice don't need an electron microscope picture to inspire loathing (Photo:Kevin MacKenzie)

They knew the day would come.
This past summer, sea lice - parasites kept under control in Bay of Fundy fish farms for years - showed that the treatment used to fight them wasn't effective any more.
And since they had ideal summer water temperatures and captive hosts - caged salmon - they were able to hatch a new generation every two weeks.
This means that the farmed salmon industry here - and in other parts of the world - needs to find a new method of knocking back the parasite.
Dr. Larry Hammell, who holds the Innovation PEI Research Chair and directs the Atlantic Veterinary College Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences described the search for alternatives - before summer 2010 arrives.


Well, the show's not complete until we get your comments on the stories and topics we cover. Producer Deborah Woolway joined me to read some of the lively - and sometimes  conflicting responses we received after the January 18th phone-in, when we asked : "Why did you decide to live in the Maritimes ?" - a question which opened the discussion both to people who've moved here and to those who grew up in the region & decided not to head on "Down The Road".


When it comes to talking about diabetes, the medical community has coined a new word : Diabesity.
That's because exploding rates of diabetes in this country are absolutely linked to climbing rates of obesity. Canadians are exercising less, and eating more - and more of the wrong kind of food.  Now, Type 2 diabetes - which used to be called "adult onset diabetes" and considered a disease of aging - is now being diagnosed with alarming regularity in young people. In fact, one quarter of the teens being diagnosed with diabetes at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax have Type 2 diabetes.  
The concern about obesity rates is not new. We just don't seem to be doing  anything about it.  That point was driven home this week when the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada released its annual report into the health of Canadians. The report notes that between 1994 and 2005, obesity rates rose by 18% and diabetes rates rose by 45%.  Those numbers are even higher among people aged 25 to 39.
Dr Thomas Ransom, an endocrinologist at the QE2 Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, answered your questions about diabetes.
For information on diabetes management centres in your province, click here and follow the links.
And if you live in the Halifax area and would be interested in taking part in diabetes research, call 473-4198.

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