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Lucentis Gets the Green Light in NS/ Sea Lice and Deltamethrin/ Controlling Tunicates/ Phone in: Childhood Asthma


Seeing the Light? Nova Scotia has just joined New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and every other province and territory in Canada in agreeing to pay for what is an expensive but sight-saving treatment. The province had been trying to determine whether Lucentis is worth the estimated 5-million dollar a year price tag. We spoke with Nova Scotia's Minister of Health, Maureen MacDonald, about the decision.

Not In Our Water: The Fundy Baykeepers says Health Canada should not have approved the use of the pesticide deltamethrin to combat see lice infestations in some salmon farms in New Brunswick. The pesticide is also known by the commercial name Alpha Max. Matthew Abbott is with Fundy Baykeepers, and he explained why his group is opposed to its use.

Turning On Tunicates: Tunicates have been causing problems for acquaculture operations in the Maritimes since 1998. The invasive species reproduces quickly, and controlling it is difficult. Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark, who's with the Shellfish Research Group at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, has come up with a faster way to detect whether tunicates are present in a body of water.

Take a Breath: On the Phone In, pediatric respirologist Dr. Dan Hughes answered all your questions about childhood asthma.


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