The top 5 research stories of 2017
Medical discoveries, learning miracles and the solution to a curling conundrum topped the list of research reads this year.
By SEAN TOWNSEND
In just two years of this study, the number of Grade 1 children with reading difficulties dropped by more than 97 per cent—and the tools to make it happen are already available.
Dog lovers rejoice: this research showed that having a four-legged family member around during pregnancy and in the early months can be a boon to baby’s immune system.
Virologists predicted a nasty season for RSV—a virus you’ve never heard of that costs Canada $50 million a year to treat. As if the flu weren’t bad enough.
By pinpointing a potential culprit for MS—an underlying defect in brain cells—medical researchers opened a host of new possibilities for treating the debilitating disease.
The first mathematical explanation of a rock’s J-shaped curl showed that it’s like what happens when a circular saw gets jammed. Next step: figuring out how to give Team Canada an edge at the Winter Olympics.