Health & Wellness

From avoiding sunburn and food poisoning to getting immunized and keeping up with exercise, there was a wealth of expert advice to help you live healthier his year.

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1. How to prevent food poisoning

Food poisoning strikes one in eight Canadians each year, yet it is almost entirely preventable, according to two experts who explained how it happens, how to prevent it and what to do if it you get it.

2. How to keep your lawn green and healthy

Practical advice for winning the literal turf war to keep your lawn lush and healthy from the head of horticulture at the U of A Botanic Garden.

3. Should you feed wild birds in winter?

Nothing draws birds like a free meal, but feeders may do as much harm as good, according to ecologist Erin Bayne, who provided four tips for putting out food without putting birds at risk.

4. New website helps people avoid swimmer’s itch

In one of our top stories of the summer, public health researcher Patrick Hanington explained what swimmer’s itch is, why it...

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January
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Study shows Alberta milk meets safety standards

First Canadian research of its kind shows minerals and heavy metals in Alberta milk are below minimum risk levels for human consumption.

Levels of common minerals and heavy metals in Alberta’s milk are safe for human consumption, according to a new study out of the University of Alberta. The study, the first of its kind in Canada,
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January
2020
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Gut bacteria might hold clues to improving mental health after spinal cord injuries

U of A researcher finds promising link between gut health and anxious behaviour.

Could feces offer hope to survivors of spinal cord injuries? It’s a question University of Alberta physical therapy researcher Karim Fouad never thought he’d ask. But the expert in spinal cord
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Goop Lab is an infomercial for her pseudoscience business

Upcoming Netflix series based on celebrity's science-free brand represents conflict of interest, argues Timothy Caulfield.

Last week, Netflix dropped the trailer for Gwyneth Paltrow’s new show The Goop Lab. It is a six-episode docuseries launching on Jan. 24 that, according to the trailers, focuses on approaches to
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January
2020
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Shaming, blaming and ignorance about obesity block millions from getting effective care

Study uncovers attitudes of Canadian health-care providers, employers and people living with obesity.

Bias, misinformation and a lack of understanding of how easy it is to relapse into obesity are preventing millions of Canadians from getting appropriate care, according to new research. A study
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January
2020
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More muscle, more protein may improve odds of surviving cancer: study

U of A nutrition expert finds muscle mass and diet play crucial role in fighting cancer.

Step off of that bathroom scale. That number won’t tell you how healthy you actually are, according to a University of Alberta researcher. Nutrition expert Carla Prado has written extensively
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || To win the fight against health and wellness bunk, we must leave the post-truth era in the past

Health-trend debunker Timothy Caulfield offers a four-point prescription to help science and critical thinking “rise above the noise of nonsense.”

While pseudoscience and quackery have been around a long time, the 2010s were truly the decade of bunk. The reach and influence of misinformation has intensified to the point that it feels near
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January
2020
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Research defines meaningful activity for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Familiar feel-good pastimes recommended over goal-oriented or social tasks.

Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease prefer taking part in familiar activities that are emotionally meaningful over strictly task-oriented activities, new research shows. University of Alberta
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || Want to create a healthier country? Start by creating fitter cities

Municipal policies can provide solutions to preventable disease epidemics and ballooning health-care costs, says preventive medicine expert.

Every January, people resolve to lose weight, eat healthy and be more active. Yet, by the end of the month, most people who started the year with the best of intentions have given up, usually having
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January
2020
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Exercising in very cold weather could harm lungs over time, researcher cautions

High-intensity running or ski racing below -15 C can cause irreparable lung damage, says exercise physiologist who recommends three ways to prevent it.

People who enjoy exercising outside during winter need to be wary of the effects plunging temperatures can have on their lungs, according to a University of Alberta cold-weather exercise
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January
2020
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Striving for perfection can help athletes bounce back from failure—if they forgive themselves, research shows

U of A study first of its kind to look at how perfectionism affects athletes’ performance after competitive failure.

Elite athletes are more likely to rise to the occasion after a failure if they keep potential unhelpful consequences of striving for perfection in check, according to a University of Alberta study,
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December
2019
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The top 10 folio stories of 2019

A big question on hockey parents’ minds, expert advice on food safety and lawn care, and a prediction about the federal minority government were among our most-read stories this year.

1. What scouts look for—and watch out for—in hockey prospects On the eve of the NHL draft, a U of A master’s student and longtime WHL scout said the intangible indicators of character—including