Health & Wellness

U of A professor says COVID-19 crisis has provided much-needed public education in how vaccines can prevent deadly viruses.

16
October
2020

A pharmacy researcher predicts more of us will roll up our sleeves for the influenza vaccine this fall thanks to the crash course we’ve all had recently on viruses and how to prevent them. 

“Because of COVID-19, people are becoming a lot more aware of how susceptible they are to viruses and virus-caused infections, especially influenza,” said Scot Simpson, professor and chair in patient health management in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “They realize it can be a severe infection and they are looking for ways to prevent it.”

“All this talk about a vaccine for COVID-19 has increased awareness that there are vaccines for other diseases.”

The Alberta government has purchased 1.96 million doses of influenza vaccine for its annual campaign, which begins Oct. 19. That’s enough to immuniz...

Headlines

22
October
2020
| 06:00 America/Tegucigalpa

New treatment for blood cancer works by selectively interfering with cancer cell signalling: study

U of A research sets the stage for imminent human trials of B-cell lymphoma treatment.

University of Alberta scientists have identified the mechanism of action behind a new type of precision cancer drug for blood cancers that is set for human trials, according to research published
21
October
2020
| 17:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Provincial funding boosts U of A research on autonomous systems to improve health, transportation and industry

Technology driven by data and AI among four innovative U of A research projects receiving funding.

A University of Alberta-led initiative drawing together cutting-edge research projects from across the province into one co-ordinated effort focusing on AI technologies to automate transportation,
21
October
2020
| 12:40 America/Tegucigalpa

Some vaccines should be mandatory but not COVID-19, says U of A expert

Health law professor Ubaka Ogbogu advises policy makers focus on clear information and ensuring equitable access to vaccines.

Canada should have a mandatory vaccination policy for childhood infectious diseases where vaccines are freely available, according to a University of Alberta health law expert, but not for influenza
20
October
2020
| 08:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Targeted delivery of anti-inflammatory therapy shows promise in slowing progression of multiple sclerosis

Study shows using intranasal delivery method may reduce inflammation in the brain.

Intranasal administration of an anti-inflammatory drug helped reduce disease progression in a preclinical model of multiple sclerosis, according to recent research out of the University of
13
October
2020
| 08:27 America/Tegucigalpa

New study shows which medical procedures pose COVID-19 risk to health-care providers

Research review determines aerosol-generating procedures that require enhanced personal protective equipment.

Autopsy, airway suctioning and cardiopulmonary resuscitation are among the list of medical procedures that pose a risk of spreading COVID-19 from a patient to their health-care provider by creating
09
October
2020
| 11:42 America/Tegucigalpa

Scientists develop new tools to study the immune system

New research lays foundation for future breakthroughs in fighting neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

University of Alberta chemists have developed new tools for studying the human immune system that lay the foundation for research that could improve understanding of cancer and neurodegenerative
08
October
2020
| 08:00 America/Tegucigalpa

FDA approves new drug to treat common form of muscular dystrophy based on research from U of A scientist

Created using synthetic DNA, viltolarsen is an excellent example of precision medicine.

A University of Alberta researcher’s past work has led to a new drug being approved for use in the United States to treat patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  The drug,
06
October
2020
| 08:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Ketones buy time for a failing heart but are just more fuel for a healthy one: study

Giving the heart more ketones makes it produce more energy but doesn’t make it more efficient, U of A researcher finds.

In 2015, researchers began noticing that a drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, empagliflozin, came with the added benefit of decreasing hospitalization for heart failure and death from cardiovascular
05
October
2020
| 07:18 America/Tegucigalpa

University of Alberta virologist awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Michael Houghton discovered hepatitis C virus and now is developing a vaccine.

Michael Houghton was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today in recognition of his discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus. His discovery with colleagues Qui-Lim Choo and
02
October
2020
| 06:00 America/Tegucigalpa

How competitive athletes can stay motivated when they can’t compete

Athletes can find opportunities amid the challenge of cancelled sporting events, say U of A master's student and sport psychology researcher.

From the Olympics to rec leagues, in 2020 sporting events all over the world were cancelled due to COVID-19. But as athletes move on from the cancellations, many are seeking out the opportunities in
01
October
2020
| 08:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Caesarean birth, prolonged labour influence infant gut bacteria, risk of childhood obesity and allergies: study

U of A researchers identify specific bacteria linked with changes in gut microbiome of infants.

Events at birth may affect the microbes living in a baby's gut during the first few months of life, leading to a higher risk of childhood obesity and allergies, according to a new study published