Health & Wellness

Researcher looks at how one rural community rallied together to support terminally ill residents.

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October
2018

Rural communities have to take the lead in giving their terminally ill residents a “good death” at home rather than relying solely on the government, says a University of Alberta expert.

It’s becoming a keenly felt issue for many small, under-resourced hamlets and towns hit by shrinking health care like doctor shortages and hospital closures, said U of A community planning researcher Kyle Whitfield.

“We aren’t planning ahead. We’re reacting—and we’re reacting much too slowly to the need that’s growing quickly.”

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In a case study of one Alberta town, Whitfield found that volunteers had to take on the work of planning hospice care for their families, friends and neighbours to ...

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15
November
2018

U of A makes strong gains in latest ranking of Canada’s top 50 research universities

Significant funding boosts see U of A exceed $500 million in revenue earmarked for research.

The University of Alberta was among the leaders in a new ranking of Canadian universities’ research funding, which reached levels not seen in a decade. According to Research Infosource, research
14
November
2018

What the ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic of 1918 has to teach us today

What happened a century ago shapes our understanding of the flu to this day.

By GEOFF McMASTER One hundred years ago this month, the so-called Spanish flu swept across the globe infecting a third of the world’s population and claiming somewhere between 50 and 100 million
14
November
2018

Improvement needed in gestational diabetes education: study

U of A researchers add practical information on website to provide resources and help health pregnant women learn critical self-care skills.

Shanna McCutcheon, 32, was shocked and fearful after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in her second trimester. “I thought I was pretty active. I wasn’t overweight and my
13
November
2018

Summer cold snaps reduced blue-green algae blooms in Alberta lakes

Despite low levels this past summer, the blue-green algae problem isn’t going away, expert says.

By KATIE WILLIS Alberta lakes experienced a reprieve from major blue-green algal blooms this past summer thanks to two cold snaps, according to a University of Alberta biologist. Rolf
13
November
2018

Is it safe to eat canned food past its best-before date?

Yes, but trust your eyes and nose if something seems off, say U of A experts who also offer 5 tips to prevent food poisoning.

Fall means food drives and festive dinners, but if those forgotten cans of beans or cranberry sauce in the cupboard are years past their best-before dates, is it still safe to use them? Very
07
November
2018

Cannabis poisonings in children predicted to rise

Now that cannabis is legal, parents need to protect young children from cannabis poisoning more than ever, says U of A pediatrician.

Now that cannabis is legal, children face a higher risk of intentional and unintentional poisoning from edibles, according to Andrew Dixon, an emergency pediatrician and professor at the University
07
November
2018

Silicone breast implant patients face greatly increased risk of autoimmune disease, U of A research shows

As many as 26 per cent of women who get silicone breast implants are likely to develop an autoimmune disease.

Women with breast implants mostly only had to worry about leaks, but a large-scale Israeli study performed in collaboration with researchers from the University of Alberta confirmed almost one in
06
November
2018

Why pets and cannabis don’t mix

Veterinary experts warn cannabis can be a fatal poison to dogs and cats.

Ingesting cannabis can be a pleasant experience for people but for dogs and cats, it will almost certainly require a visit to the vet. In the hype around marijuana legalization, and the variety of
05
November
2018

Cultural awareness key to helping pregnant immigrant women eat healthy

Having conversations with patients is the best way for health professionals to learn how culture may affect nutrition during pregnancy, says U of A researcher.

Watermelon and honeydew melon are, by Canadian standards, healthy foods. But to a Chinese mom-to-be, they’re considered dangerous enough to cause a miscarriage. It’s those kinds of culturally
05
November
2018

U of A technology could revolutionize HPV-related cancer diagnostics

New high-tech swab test shows promise in increasing screening in East Africa, which has the world’s highest rate of cervical cancer.

A new technology being tested by University of Alberta scientists could revolutionize human papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer diagnostics and cervical cancer screening. The technology, a
02
November
2018

How to sleep soundly in spite of the time change

Nine questions answered by a U of A sleep expert to help you and your kids get a good night’s rest.

Twice a year, Albertans reset their clocks for daylight saving time and begin the more difficult task of resetting their internal clock as well. While daylight saving time has been accepted for