Study shows kids get more exercise at school than at home.

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2019

In a study of the activity level of Grade 5 students at 60 schools across Alberta, researchers observed that children are more active on school days than on weekends and holidays when the weather turns bad. 

“Parents should bundle up their kids and send them out to play even when it’s cold or raining,” said epidemiologist Katerina Maximova, associate professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, noting that spending time outdoors leads to higher physical activity levels. 

“Even if you really can’t get out—which happens often in the winter—you should get creative about indoor active play opportunities.” 

The students wore pedometers and reported their physical activity from March to June. On days with heavy precipitation—more than 5 mm of rain or snow—the students’ daily step count dropped by an average of 1...

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November
2019
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Ancient snake’s cheekbone sheds light on how modern snake skulls evolved

Finding replaces guesswork about snake evolution with empirical evidence.

A tiny fossilized cheekbone in a 100-million-year-old snake skull is shedding new light on how
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November
2019
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Student who fought for her education vows to battle violence against women

“I feel a great responsibility to show there is another way for women to live,” says U of A master’s grad Esra Kazanbas.

For Esra Kazanbas, it was personal. Very personal. The 32-year-old from Istanbul is graduating
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November
2019
| 17:51 America/Tegucigalpa

Scientists discover new drugs with potential to treat stubborn cancers

New class of drugs could make radiation therapy and chemotherapy more effective by preventing cancer cells from repairing damage to their DNA.

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a new class of drugs with the potential to
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November
2019
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Widower’s search for cancer cure takes surprising turn

Powel Crosley lost his wife to cancer 10 years ago. Now, he could be on the cusp of a breakthrough in treating the disease.

When his wife died of a rare ovarian cancer 10 years ago, Powel Crosley vowed to find a cure.