Sharp income disparity in neighbourhoods linked with physical and mental health problems, says U of A social epidemiologist who found similar results in Boston and Calgary.

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2019

Newborns in U.S. counties where the gap between rich and poor is wider than average die at a higher rate than babies born in counties where the gap is more equitable, according to research by University of Alberta social epidemiologist Roman Pabayo, who adds that same inequality also exists in Canada. 

“I think there are a lot of people that think of Canada as an egalitarian country, but inequalities exist. Some inequality can be seen as natural, but when there is too much, it can be harmful,” said Pabayo, newly named Canada Research Chair in Social and Health Inequities Throughout the Lifespan.

Pabayo’s research team used census data on income within a particular area to calculate the Gini coefficient, the most commonly used measurement of income inequality. For the Canadian portion, he chose neighbourhoods in Calgary.

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July
2019

COMMENTARY || Unproven stem-cell treatments can be dangerous. The hype needs to stop

Stronger regulations, enforcement needed to counter rapid growth of clinics offering experimental treatments, argues U of A health trend skeptic Timothy Caulfield.

For the past two decades, stem-cell research has received almost nonstop attention from the media.
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July
2019

Newly discovered cattle genes could be keys to more sustainable beef industry

U of A researchers pinpoint 19 genes linked with feed efficiency, which could help reduce carbon footprint of cattle farming.

A newly discovered series of genes related to feed efficiency could pave the way to making cattle
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July
2019

Student-created website and map shows U of A campus through Indigenous eyes

Award-winning site’s creators hope to facilitate community-driven dialogue on campus.

A walking map created by an undergraduate student in Native studies is providing an Indigenous lens
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July
2019

Why you shouldn’t kill your friendly neighbourhood spiders

They may creep us out, but spiders in Alberta are mostly harmless to humans and helpful to the ecosystem, says U of A expert.

When that itsy-bitsy spider climbs up the spout, resist the urge to stomp it out—even if it makes