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Ice bucket challenge may be a game changer for non-profit world
August 26, 2014 ­– The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.

Since the ALS Association, in Washington, DC, began tracking the campaign's progress on July 29, it has raised more than $88 million and generated 1.9 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history. ALS Canada has to date raised close to $8 million, surpassing its fundraising goal of $7.5 million through the ice bucket challenge campaign.

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Patients with rare neurological condition get help from stem cell transplant: study
August 26, 2014 – Canadian doctors have begun using stem cell transplants to treat “stiff person syndrome,” a rare neurological condition in which a patient's leg and other muscles suddenly contract painfully, often leaving them immobilized like a tin soldier.

The disorder, which affects an estimated one in a million people, occurs when the immune system turns against a person's own tissues, in this case attacking cells in the brain and spinal cord.

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Tough work, real risk: Aid groups seeking health care workers for Ebola response
August 26, 2014 ­– The conditions are gruelling, there may be a pay cut and the personal risks are all too real.

The need for international health-care workers to help in the response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak is enormous and pressing. But make no mistake – this is tough, tough work that people are being asked to volunteer for – and dangerous.

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Elderly Saskatoon man too sick for care home, too healthy for nursing home: son
August 25, 2014 – A man says the health-care system in Saskatchewan is failing his 95-year-old father.

Tom Armstrong spoke to the media Friday in front of Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

That's where his father, Roy, is because there is no place for him to go.

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