Health & Wellness

Expert shares 6 tips to make the extra stress work for you instead of against you.

08
April
2019

It’s exam time and you’re feeling stressed, but that can be a good thing, according to a health-care administrator who works with post-secondary students.

Kevin Friese, assistant dean of student health and wellness at the University of Alberta, said students aren’t used to hearing that, “but it’s the truth.

“Too often today there’s a sense in society that as soon as there’s stress we’ve got to get rid of it, and there’s almost this panic,” he said.

But if we have the right skills to recognize stress, and interpret and manage it appropriately, a little stress can be a good thing, Friese explained.

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During exam season, a little stress can motivate you to study and help you focus, but if it’s not managed correctly, it can overwhelm you.

Friese shared six tips on what works...

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18
April
2019

Why exercise is the best tennis elbow treatment—and how to do it right

Strengthening exercises and stretching help alleviate the pain of tennis and golfer’s elbow, according to physiotherapy expert who shows the proper technique.

The cure for the repetitive motion injury of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow, colloquially known as tennis or golfer’s elbow, is more use. “With tennis or
17
April
2019

Too much screen time associated with behavioural problems in preschoolers

Organized sports, quality sleep identified as factors to help diminish effects of too much screen time.

A new Canadian study of more than 2,400 families suggests that among preschoolers, spending two hours or more of screen time per day is linked to clinically significant behavioural
12
April
2019

COMMENTARY || We need more organ donors, but presumed consent is not a magical fix

Nova Scotia’s plan to adopt opt-out system is an opportunity to build evidence needed to improve organ donation rates across Canada, argues health law expert Timothy Caulfield.

Organ donation is a tough issue. The vast majority of Canadians agree it is a good idea and we are keen to help, but few—about 20 per cent—actually sign up to be an organ donor. Indeed, Canada has
11
April
2019

Poor birth outcomes related to more than just age of teen mothers, study shows

Teen moms who are African-American, live in rural areas or have lower education are more likely to have preterm or underweight babies, according to new research.

An integrated effort that targets education and socio-economic disparity is needed to reduce inequalities expressed in health outcomes, say University of Alberta researchers who found a higher
10
April
2019

Food insecurity linked with low self-esteem in children: study

Children in households with uncertain access to nutritious food are twice as likely to have low self-esteem and less likely to believe they can make healthy choices, new research shows.

Uncertain access to enough food can starve a child’s self-esteem and confidence in making healthy life choices, new research shows. Children living in households with food insecurity have double
09
April
2019

Researchers identify factors linked with healthy memory in older adults

U of A study could lead to interventions to help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

In a new study that has implications for preventing Alzheimer’s disease through targeted early intervention efforts, University of Alberta neuroscientists have identified different factors for
09
April
2019

COMMENTARY || Doctor wellness is a marathon effort and training should start in medical school

Building support for sports and exercise into medical education may protect students from burnout.

Working in the medical field is demanding and, correspondingly, the public has become increasingly aware of the toll on doctors, including burnout. Research shows that there are both heavy personal
05
April
2019

Student-produced videos aim to take the stigma out of mental distress

Vodcast series encourages U of A community to reach out for support and know where to find it.

Students of the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Leadership College have produced a series of videos aimed at reducing the stigma around issues of mental health on campus. Targeting various
04
April
2019

Cheese may help control blood sugar: study

Eating cheese may help insulin work in the body without increasing risk of heart disease or diabetes, contrary to popular belief, new research suggests.

Cheese’s high fat content has made it a dietary culprit in the minds of many people, but a new University of Alberta study shows it helps control blood sugar levels. Pre-diabetic rats that ate
03
April
2019

Public forum to discuss opioid crisis

Front-line experts will explore root causes of the crisis and discuss solutions.

Deaths from opioid poisoning hit a record 759 in Alberta last year, a number that University of Alberta substance use expert Elaine Hyshka calls unacceptable. “We have made some progress in terms
01
April
2019

Computing scientists use machine learning to track health trends on Twitter

U of A researchers develop tool that analyzes millions of tweets to help understand public health in Alberta and across Canada.

A new machine learning tool, developed by University of Alberta computing scientists, sifts through millions of Twitter posts to help understand health and wellness trends in Alberta and across