Health & Wellness

Researchers looking at how pandemic affects well-being of new mothers, newborns and health-care professionals.

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University of Alberta researchers previously looking at an intervention for depression in pre- and post-natal women in China received a funding boost to include how COVID-19 is affecting the well-being of new mothers, newborns and health-care professionals, in an effort to help inform public health responses in Canada and around the world.

Building on existing research work and infrastructure in the Chinese province of Anhui, Shelby Yamamoto, an epidemiologist in the School of Public Health, and her team will assess the potential impact of the COVID-19 emergency on perinatal mental health.

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The team will evaluate the effectiveness of an online intervention, investigate potential impacts in terms of adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth and...

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April
2020
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How music comforts us in troubling times

Concerts on social media may be new, but music has been a constant companion to help us get through tough times for centuries, says U of A pop culture expert.

The recording industry has almost ground to a halt with the COVID-19 outbreak, but that hasn’t stopped a virtual flood of streamed concerts and music videos online. “A lot of people have
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April
2020
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Glen Sather Clinic provides virtual face-to-face physiotherapy amid COVID-19

New virtual rehabilitation sessions help Albertans get personalized care to manage conditions and injuries from home.

At a time when physical distancing has become mandatory across Canada, the University of Alberta’s Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic has turned to remote technology to help patients access vital
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April
2020
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Seven expert tips for healthy eating while you’re staying home

Stress and boredom can lead to overeating, says registered dietitian who offers sensible advice on snacking, grocery shopping and more.

Being confined to your home during a pandemic can leave you feeling both stressed and bored, a combination that can mean overindulging in your isolation food supplies.  “You’re in a constant state
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March
2020
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U of A fitness expert starts blog to help people in isolation get exercise

Keeping up regular physical activity at home can stave off fitness losses—and may even help the immune system, says anatomy and biomechanics researcher.

When images emerged a fews weeks ago of people clumped together running stairs in the Edmonton river valley as if the world wasn’t in the grip of a pandemic, University of Alberta fitness expert
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March
2020
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Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus could hold key to COVID-19: U of A researchers

Chemistry, biochemistry and virology labs team up to look for action against deadly human virus.

University of Alberta researchers are racing against the clock to test an antiviral drug that has been proven to cure a cat coronavirus and is hoped to have the same effect on people with
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March
2020
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New drug could potentially offer better treatment for chronic heart failure

Global effort led by U of A’s Canadian VIGOUR Centre leads to potential first-in-class treatment to help reduce negative repercussions in patients with worsening chronic heart failure.

An experimental drug recently concluded a successful third-phase clinical trial and could potentially offer a new treatment for about 300,000 Canadians who have worsening chronic heart
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March
2020
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U of A health policy expert aims to cure COVID-19 ‘infodemic’

Timothy Caulfield will lead research to assess how false cures and conspiracy theories spread online, and recommend ways to contain potentially harmful bunk.

While scientists around the world scramble to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, University of Alberta health policy expert Timothy Caulfield is hot on the trail of a different kind of
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March
2020
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U of A Butterdome to house AHS assessment and treatment centre

Safety top priority as centre opens next week for patients referred by Health Link and booked by Public Health.

The University of Alberta’s Universiade Pavilion, commonly known as the Butterdome, will house an Alberta Health Services (AHS) secondary assessment and treatment centre beginning next week to treat
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March
2020
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How to know if isolation is affecting your mental health, and what to do about it

Public health measures to limit COVID-19 spread are necessary but can take a toll on our mental wellness, say experts who recommend simple ways to curb anxiety.

Public health measures aimed at minimizing the risk of transmitting COVID-19 are necessary but they come with a price, according to University of Alberta mental health experts.  “Our first
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March
2020
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Edmonton company Entos developing DNA vaccine against COVID-19

U of A cancer researcher John Lewis’s health-care biotechnology company is working on a vaccine to be delivered directly into patients’ cells, driving a protective immune response.

An Edmonton company headed by a University of Alberta cancer researcher is developing a DNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and has currently infected nearly 400,000
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March
2020
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How to help your kids—and yourself—handle being at home

Staying physically and mentally active will help kids keep learning—and help everyone in the family get along, say experts.

Now that Alberta’s schools have closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, thousands of parents are wondering how to keep their kids busy, adjust to everyone being at home and handle school