Health & Wellness

Just two days of high-sugar diet increases susceptibility to colitis and worsens symptoms in mice, U of A researchers find.

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2019

Short-term increases in sugar consumption could increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease and have a significant impact on our health, a new study out of the University of Alberta suggests.

In a study published in Scientific Reports, U of A researchers found that mice had an increased susceptibility to chemically induced colitis and more severe symptoms after only two days of a high-sugar diet compared with those eating a balanced diet.

RELATED: Canadian children suffer highest rate of painful bowel diseases in the world

Karen Madsen, who specializes in diet and its effects on inflammatory bowel disease, said the results echo what many patients with colitis have been saying for a long time: small changes in their diet can make their symptoms flare up.

“It’s been previously shown that the type of diet that you are ...

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November
2019
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Parents can help kids stay active as weather gets colder, say researchers

Study shows kids get more exercise at school than at home.

In a study of the activity level of Grade 5 students at 60 schools across Alberta, researchers observed that children are more active on school days than on weekends and holidays when the weather
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November
2019
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Widower’s search for cancer cure takes surprising turn

Powel Crosley lost his wife to cancer 10 years ago. Now, he could be on the cusp of a breakthrough in treating the disease.

When his wife died of a rare ovarian cancer 10 years ago, Powel Crosley vowed to find a cure. Despite a lack of scientific training at the time, he is now within sight of the first ever clinical test
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November
2019
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How people with Type 2 diabetes can get the benefits of exercise while reducing the risks

Researchers recommend three simple steps to start an exercise routine while reducing the risk of low blood sugar.

Adults with Type 2 diabetes may have more to gain by participating in physical activity and exercise than healthy adults, but they may also have more to lose, according to University of Alberta
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November
2019
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Top tips to prevent a fall this fall—or in any season

People over 60 advised to fall-proof their homes inside and out.

Nobody plans to fall, but with a little preparation, you can plan not to fall. “Falls are highly preventable,” said Ellina Lytvyak, a public health and preventive medicine resident physician at
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November
2019
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U of A opens free year-round outdoor gym

Five exercise stations will be open year-round to encourage physical activity for the campus community and the public.

In an effort to expand physical fitness options to the university community, the University of Alberta’s north campus is now home to a year-round outdoor gym. Located on the northeast corner of
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November
2019
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COMMENTARY || Making vaccinations easier to get will keep community safer

Focus on anti-vaxxers a missed opportunity for health-care system to better serve people who aren’t getting immunized for other reasons, argues nursing professor.

Anti-vaxxer. It’s a loaded pejorative term that’s gained traction over past decades as vaccination myths continue to plague public health professionals. It’s a label at the heart of pitched battles
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November
2019
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Five reasons it can be hard to talk to your doctor—and four ways to do it better

Physician studies barriers to effective patient-doctor communication.

If you’ve ever left your doctor’s office with unanswered questions that you felt too rushed or embarrassed to ask, you’re not alone, according to University of Alberta endocrinologist Rose
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November
2019
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High-intensity interval training not worth the extra effort, study suggests

Health risks of all-out workouts may outweigh benefits compared with moderate-intensity exercise, U of A researchers find.

Exercising at a moderate intensity produces almost the same physical outcomes as exercising at maximum intensity, according to a recent study by University of Alberta researchers looking at the
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November
2019
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Don’t let needle phobia stop you—or your child—from getting the flu shot this year

Pain experts say fear of needles partly to blame for Canada’s relatively low immunization rates.

Helping both adults and children overcome their fear of needles could have a significant personal and public health benefit, according to a University of Alberta pain expert. “We have a vaccine
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November
2019
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Banning hitting in youth hockey reduces injuries but not concussions: study

Eliminating bodychecking in non-elite bantam leagues reduced injuries by more than half—but didn’t make a dent in concussion rates, new research shows.

Eliminating bodychecking from non-elite bantam ice hockey leagues lowered injuries but didn’t do away with concussions, according to a University of Alberta concussion expert. U of A educational
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October
2019
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Riskiest time for non-cardiac surgery patients is after they leave the operating room

Canadian-led research identifies bleeding, injury to heart muscle and septic infection as main causes of post-operative death.

Non-cardiac surgery patients are at most risk for serious complications and death during the days and weeks after their surgery, not when they are on the operating table, according to new research