Health & Wellness

U of A dermatologist says most people know the risks, but still get caught out.

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2019

When University of Alberta dermatologist Robert Gniadecki was growing up in Denmark, getting a sunburn was part of every family holiday.

“The first day at the seaside you would go out in the sunshine, and the next day you would have a bonfire, peel your skin off and throw it in the fire,” he said.

“It’s so disgusting, when you think about it today, but 40 years ago this was a normal thing.”

RELATED: U of A dermatologist discusses whether sunscreen causes cancer, and provides sun safety tips

Gniadecki said these days most of us know that even a tan is a sign of skin cell damage, but sunburn still sneaks up on us from time to time. He shared four surprising ways people can get burned:

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July
2019
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COMMENTARY || Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

It is a controversial and very personal choice but researchers have found that just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe consumption level while breastfeeding

Is it safe to drink alcohol and breastfeed? As physicians, we have always cautioned patients not to. As mothers, we look forward to the occasional glass of wine. We also know that drinking while
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July
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Wide income gaps affect health of rich and poor alike, says researcher

Sharp income disparity in neighbourhoods linked with physical and mental health problems, says U of A social epidemiologist who found similar results in Boston and Calgary.

Newborns in U.S. counties where the gap between rich and poor is wider than average die at a higher rate than babies born in counties where the gap is more equitable, according to research by
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July
2019
| 13:50 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Unproven stem-cell treatments can be dangerous. The hype needs to stop

Stronger regulations, enforcement needed to counter rapid growth of clinics offering experimental treatments, argues U of A health trend skeptic Timothy Caulfield.

For the past two decades, stem-cell research has received almost nonstop attention from the media. It has consistently been framed as a paradigm-shifting revolution that will transform medicine
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July
2019
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VR app gives students a new way to see inner workings of cells

Virtual reality learning tools point to future of post-secondary education, says U of A cell biologist.

An educational app created at the University of Alberta is giving cell biology students a brand new perspective on their subject and may also offer a glimpse into the not-so-distant future of
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July
2019
| 18:25 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Misinformation about CBD can be life-threatening

Misleading headlines about recent study falsely claim the cannabis compound can replace proven treatments for opioid addiction, argue experts.

Hyperbole can be rampant in health news, particularly with respect to cannabis. One recent headline declared, "CBD is effective in treating heroin addiction." Another proclaimed, "New
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July
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Cancelling superlab undermines foundation of patient care

Lab physicians may work behind the scenes, but equipping them properly to provide fast and accurate test results is vital to health care, argues U of A physician.

You don’t know me, but I’m your doctor. I am one of hundreds of physicians trained in laboratory medicine who work to provide you with accurate and timely test results that help your “real” doctor
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July
2019
| 17:38 America/Tegucigalpa

‘Father of nuclear magnetic resonance’ named to Order of Canada

U of A biochemist Brian Sykes has had profound influence as medical researcher and mentor.

When biochemist Brian Sykes came back to the University of Alberta in 1975 after stints as a PhD student at Stanford and a chemistry professor at Harvard, he had the goal of creating a world-class
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July
2019
| 17:13 America/Tegucigalpa

Discovery of mechanism behind precision cancer drug opens door for more targeted treatment

Research explains how the drugs work, who else might benefit from their use.

New research that uncovers the mechanism behind the newest generation of cancer drugs is opening the door for better targeted therapy. PARP inhibitors are molecular targeted cancer drugs used to
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July
2019
| 20:34 America/Tegucigalpa

Medical researchers developing tool to make end-of-life care more effective

New tool will standardize care while ensuring it remains patient-specific.

A new U of A project is hoping to provide patients and health-care providers with a roadmap for treating the final stages of chronic illnesses that will boost standards of care and help more patients
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July
2019
| 14:30 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A research informs proposed new Canadian drug pricing rules

Health economists help determine trade-offs when approving costly new drugs.

If proposed new regulations are adopted this summer as expected, Canadians could be paying much less for drugs within about a year, with or without pharmacare, thanks in large part to research by
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July
2019
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U of A researchers create ‘encyclopedia of milk’

New online database lists more than 2,000 chemical compounds in one of the world’s most popular drinks—including 168 never before reported.

What’s in that glass of milk you’re drinking? Now you can find out, thanks to a new database created by University of Alberta researchers. The newly launched, one-of-a-kind Milk Composition