Health & Wellness

U of A researchers embarking on Canada’s largest ever primary care study intend to find out.

19
June
2018

More than seven years ago, a big health finding reported on in a peer-reviewed journal went largely unnoticed.

“Spanish chronobiologists found that taking your blood pressure medication at bedtime instead of in the morning reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke and death by 61 per cent,” said Scott Garrison, an associate professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

“If this were true, it would extend people’s life expectancy by 5.5 years. The next best thing we have for lowering heart attack and stroke risk is cholesterol-lowering medication, and that's only a 35 per cent reduction.”

How to participate in the study

Anyone who is on blood pressure medication and lives in Alberta, British Columbia or Manitoba may apply online or call 1-844-492-7570 to see whether they’re eligible to par...

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22
June
2018

COMMENTARY || Why it’s so difficult to prove what causes cancer

U of A epidemiology expert explains the real-world complexity that is difficult to replicate in scientific studies.

Last month, the Quebec court authorized a class-action suit against two brands of baby powder that alleges that regular use of talc powder by women in their genital area is linked to a higher risk of
20
June
2018

Discovery advances efforts to prevent spread of cancer

University of Alberta medical researchers find 11 genes responsible for the spread of cancer.

Newly identified gene targets could be key to preventing the spread of cancer, new University of Alberta research has shown. In a study published last week in Nature Communications, a team of U
14
June
2018

U of A researchers identify possible new pathway to treat anxiety

Medical researchers focus on hormones that regulate fight-or-flight response.

A University of Alberta research team has identified a new pathway in the brain that might be a good target for a drug to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. “It’s a whole new way of looking at how
13
June
2018

U of A lab discovers game-changing disease process in MS

Researchers discover role of programmed cell death, previously only associated with inflammation, in multiple sclerosis.

While discovering a unique process of brain cell death that affects the cells most vulnerable in multiple sclerosis, researchers at the University of Alberta may have also found a drug that could
08
June
2018

Altruism the strongest motivator for stool donors, study shows

New U of A research identifies ways to motivate the public to donate stool critical for fecal transplants.

A feeling of concern for others is the strongest reason someone would be willing to donate stool samples to conduct research on fecal transplants, according to University of Alberta research.
07
June
2018

How one physician’s public health education helped him help more people

Jared Yeung’s experience aboard a floating clinic in Cambodia revealed a path for the doctor to have a larger impact.

Jared Yeung was cooped up in a small office in a floating clinic in Cambodia. It wasn’t a particularly unusual place for him to be—for years the 42 year-old physician had divided his time treating
06
June
2018

New health research centre opens at Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Newly opened research centre provides a place where clinicians, researchers and patients can work together to improve women’s health.

A new research centre that opened yesterday at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women will help health researchers and clinicians work more closely together to improve outcomes for patients. Research
04
June
2018

Nurse practitioners take lead in new full-service clinic for seniors

Collaboration yields first-of-its-kind clinic offering one-stop shop of services for Edmonton seniors.

A first-of-its-kind clinic led by nurse practitioners offers Edmonton seniors one-stop access to a wide array of services in a way that could save significant costs for the health-care system.
29
May
2018

High-risk, undertreated mystery heart attacks occurring more commonly in women

U of A study shows surprising number of patients with condition do not get necessary preventive treatment.

A whole new category of heart attack, not caused by obstructed arteries, is more common and higher risk—especially in women—than previously thought, according to a University of Alberta study.
25
May
2018

Advanced scanner will build better cancer care for Albertans

First scanner of its kind in Western Canada, PET-MR will be housed at Cross Cancer Institute and give clinicians information to provide personalized treatment.

A new hybrid imaging scanner that will allow clinicians to provide more personalized treatment for patients of cancer and other diseases was unveiled today at Edmonton’s Cross Cancer
23
May
2018

Unique seniors’ peer-to-peer health program proving popular

Pioneering U of A program showing results in empowering preventive health behaviour in seniors.

Brian Dompe knows why the University of Alberta’s new and innovative Supporting Healthy Aging by Peer Education and Support (SHAPES) program is so popular among Edmonton’s seniors. “It’s a lot