Drugs companies putting profit ahead of medical discoveries

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Professor Donald Light from the University of Medicine of New Jersey and Joel Lexchin from York University in Toronto say the situation has remained the same for 50 years, reported The Independent Aug. 8. Read full story.

Non-collegian Nestor humbled by honorary degree from York
“My wife graduated from York and she’s a little bit jealous that I can be a good tennis player and get an honorary degree, where she had to study for four years,” the National Post quoted Daniel Nestor as saying Aug. 8 after receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at York. Read full story

Six-second goalkeeper rule proves baffling to many
Carmine Isacco
, head men’s soccer coach at York, was quoted in The New York Times Aug. 7 about the critical, controversial call that helped the United States women’s soccer team score the tying goal in its overtime victory over Canada. Read full story.

Arts and trades race to finish line
Take one sheet of plywood, a power sander, some glue and paint. Add in a handful of artists, tradesmen, 10-year-old drag racing enthusiasts and let them mix for six weeks. Out of this unique combination comes… the Power Tool Drag Race Grand Prix, a venture created by Steven Laurie, the Art Gallery of York University’s interim education and collections assistant, reported the North York Mirror Aug. 10. Read full story.

New program helps teen adjust from jail to school
Sociology Professor Carl James of York University praised a new summer program at a local high school for helping young people leaving prison adjust to mainstream culture “because they have been immersed in a culture of custody and they can’t leave it behind without support,” reported the Toronto Star July 31. Read full story.

Despite clear benefits, heart failure clinics are rarely utilized
“Given the demonstrated benefits of these services, the rates of referral and enrollment in our study are discouragingly low,” lead investigator Shannon Gravely, PhD, York University, University Health Network and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute was reported saying in Pharmacy Choice Aug. 12. Read full story.

Hartford pressured to cash out VA holders
“Giving out a lump sum right now, it’s costly, but it may actually be cheaper than keeping the liability on the books,” Moshe Milevsky, a finance professor at York’s Schulich School of Business was quoted in Investment News Aug. 12. “It was the rates that were included in the products that were problematic.” Read full story.