Health & Wellness

Newly found biomarkers 99 per cent accurate at differentiating between two types of ovarian cancer, according to U of A researcher.

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May
2019

Oncologists may soon have an accurate and inexpensive way of differentiating between types of ovarian cancer that will improve how patients are treated, thanks to findings from a national research study co-led out of the University of Alberta.

“One of the issues with ovarian cancer is that we cannot fully decipher between subtypes,” said Lynne Postovit, U of A oncology researcher and co-director of the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta. “This is an important problem because the different subtypes should be treated differently.”

She explained that women with endometrioid-type ovarian carcinoma usually have a better prognosis for beating the disease and need a less aggressive treatment than women suffering from high-grade serous carcinomas, which is the most common and deadly form of ovarian cancer.

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23
May
2019

How to prepare in case of an evacuation or losing power

Tips from U of A experts to help people prepare for emergencies.

This is an updated and edited version of a story originally published May 4, 2018. No one wants to think about having to flee their homes from fire or flood, but it’s smart to plan ahead just in
21
May
2019

New initiative aims to improve children’s pain care

U of A researcher and ER doctor leading Western Canadian arm of national project to bring proven practices to health professionals, patients and families sooner.

When Brandie Thomas was in the hospital with her young son Mason, a heart transplant recipient, she felt conflicted about holding him down during painful procedures. “As a parent, you are the one
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May
2019

Awareness is first step in helping stop ageism, say U of A researchers

As the proportion of older adults grows, we still haven’t reckoned with how common and harmful age-related prejudice is in society, study shows.

Ever cracked a joke about old people? It might seem funny, but in a world where the population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups, ageism is no laughing matter, says a
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May
2019

New guidelines highlight benefit of family doctors treating opioid dependence

U of A-led research produces new tools for primary care teams on the front lines of Canada’s opioid crisis.

Patients who see their family doctors for help with opioid dependence are more likely to stick with their treatment than those who are treated in specialized addiction centres, according to a new
14
May
2019

New housing projects aim to promote healthier living by design

U of A’s Housing for Health project will help thousands of Edmonton and Whitecourt residents live healthier by changing their environment.

More than 4,000 Albertans will have their lives changed for the better thanks to a new University of Alberta project focusing on building healthier communities for Alberta’s aging population. The
09
May
2019

U of A researcher uses smart design to empower people with disabilities

Megan Strickfaden recognized for looking at how small details of design can make a big difference for people with physical and mental challenges.

The word “design” brings up images of fashionable clothes or sleek cars. To Megan Strickfaden, it’s about much simpler things, like ironing a shirt or being able to reach a top shelf. As a design
03
May
2019

Do massages really work?

When used appropriately, the right type of massage can help relieve pain, recover from injury or just relax, says U of A therapist.

They feel great but do massages really work? The answer isn’t black and white, says a massage therapist at the University of Alberta. What to expect from a massage therapist A
01
May
2019

COMMENTARY || 'Unbefriended' seniors are the forgotten population

U of A researchers call for expanding role of public guardians to ensure ‘unbefriended’ seniors have access to basic living needs beyond food and shelter.

What happens when a person grows older and is no longer able to make health and financial decisions for themselves—but also does not have family or friends who can make those decisions on their
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April
2019

Shiatsu massage can help induce sleep for people who suffer a concussion, study shows

Self-administered hand massage shows promise in U of A research on young adult athletes recovering from concussions.

Young athletes who suffer concussions can gain the upper hand in getting a better sleep through a traditional Japanese massage practice, new University of Alberta research shows. A pilot study
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April
2019

U of A lab testing technologies to better train surgeons

“Better surgical training translates into better patient safety”: U of A Surgical Simulation Research Lab aims to train next generation of surgeons through advanced technology.

Wenjing He fixes her eyes on the patient, contemplating her next action. Outfitted in a blue surgical gown, mask and gloves, she looks every part the surgeon. Across the table, her partner Xianta
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April
2019

Parents of disabled kids face formidable obstacles accessing community programs

U of A researchers aim to raise awareness of ‘invisible labour’ and hidden biases to help community-based physical activity programs become more inclusive of teens with disabilities.

Bringing to light the invisible labour done by parents to get their disabled children access to community programming is the first step in overcoming barriers to inclusion hidden from people in the