Health & Wellness

Creating short videos using pictures and music has many benefits for patients with dementia and their families, UAlberta study finds.

22
August
2017

     Myrna Caroline Jacques tells her story as part of Elly Park's digital storytelling study.


By LAURIE WANG

For Myrna Caroline Jacques, digital storytelling is her way of fighting Alzheimer’s.

“I thought maybe if I do this and use my brain, the disease won’t take over as soon.

“That’s my goal,” the 77-year-old grandma of five said.

She may be onto something.

A recent UAlberta study on digital storytelling and dementia showed digital storytelling was useful for triggering memories and helping people like Jacques share meaningful stories with loved ones.

“As the people I worked with shaped their own stories, they were able to recall new memories. Even after they watched the story with their loved ones, some of the images would uncover more memories from the past,” said Elly Park, principal investigator and as...

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26
September
2017

That stiff back you have may not actually be stiff, UAlberta study finds

Feeling of stiffness may mean something else is going on in the back.

We all hear our friends say, “My back feels so stiff!” Well, it turns out those backs may not actually be stiff, according to a new study out of the University of Alberta
22
September
2017

UAlberta and AHS pledge cooperation in renewed partnership

15-year master agreement marks the way forward for health innovation and improved patient care in central and northern Alberta.

A long-term partnership to deliver better health care in central and northern Alberta was renewed at a ceremony at the University of Alberta Hospital’s McMullen Gallery yesterday. Alberta
20
September
2017

Are cashiers at risk of dangerous chemical exposure through paper?

Cancer-causing chemical found on receipts stays in the body longer after skin exposure, UAlberta study reveals.

People who handle paper receipts regularly may be at increased risk for exposure to a chemical linked to breast and prostate cancers, according to new UAlberta research. “We found that
14
September
2017

The surprising reason kids’ grades drop

Tooth pain can contribute to children getting lower grades.

Dentist Maryam Amin says it’s not uncommon for dentists to encounter young children with 15 or more decayed teeth. “Many parents simply don’t know how to prevent cavities in
13
September
2017

Rolling back last call reduces drunken injuries

. . . and other research findings that should guide provincial alcohol prevention policy, say UAlberta experts.

One of the best ways to reduce injuries from drunkenness among young Alberta adults who live alone—the group that has the highest level of excessive alcohol use—is to reduce their access
11
September
2017

Is your cell phone really 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat?

UAlberta health experts weigh in on the issue of cell phones and germs.

Time’s end of summer headline, “Your cell phone Is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat,” may have repulsed you, especially considering that, on average, we touch our cell phones
07
September
2017

No magic pill to postpartum weight loss

UAlberta research debunks breastfeeding-weight loss myth.

Women lose weight and change their body composition after giving birth in highly individual ways, according to new University of Alberta research. Rhonda Bell, along with nutritional science
06
September
2017

Fort McMurray workers recovering well post-wildfire

The biggest impact of the natural disaster is loss of work, according to UAlberta research.

There’s good reason to believe Fort McMurray workers are not experiencing major physical and mental health impacts one year after the fire, according to a UAlberta study. “This is
05
September
2017

How to beat the baby boomer bulge

Balance calories and exercise, UAlberta experts say.

If you’re middle-aged, you probably have rolls at your waistline that didn’t used to be there. That daily latte or bag of chips has turned into a problem. What happened? Call it the
28
August
2017

UAlberta researchers overcome oral vaccine obstacle

New drug delivery system could be used as a platform for wide variety of vaccines.

UAlberta researchers have taken a major step towards uncovering the holy grail of vaccination delivery. For years, researchers have been trying to develop vaccines that can be taken in the form of
25
August
2017

Researchers uncover two new promising gene therapies to treat muscular dystrophy

UAlberta scientists are charting new territory in treating the incurable illness.

University of Alberta researchers have made two new discoveries in Duchenne, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder found primarily in males that is characterized by