Health & Wellness

PedsCases podcasts downloaded 1.8 million times and still going strong.

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February
2018

What started as a student project in the University of Alberta’s Department of Pediatrics has become an invaluable medical education tool used around the world.

Peter Gill and Lauren Kitney developed easy-to-access learning materials to help supplement core pediatric content in the undergraduate curriculum in 2008 while they were U of A medical students.

The materials evolved into PedsCases, an educational website with more than 100 podcasts, complementary videos, quizzes and case studies for learners and educators alike, all available for free on iTunes.

The podcasts have been downloaded nearly two million times by viewers in nearly every country in the world

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20
February
2018

Frailty a bigger predictor of post-surgery outcomes than age

UAlberta researchers find that frail or vulnerable elderly surgical patients were four times more at risk of readmission.

Being frail or vulnerable were stronger predictors of post-operative outcomes than age, according to a comprehensive study by University of Alberta researchers. “One-third of patients
20
February
2018

Why a standing desk is no fix for sitting too much at work

But if you have a sit-to-stand desk, consider these 6 tips from an ergonomics expert.

Standing desks—the up-and-down workstations that let us take a break from sitting at work all day—aren’t going to solve the problem of an inactive lifestyle. In fact, says a
15
February
2018

New national guideline warns pain benefits of medical cannabis overstated

UAlberta-led guideline warns health risks may outweigh benefits, provides guidance on when (and when not to) prescribe.

A new medical guideline published today suggests Canada’s family physicians should take a sober second thought before prescribing medical cannabis to most patients. Published in Canadian
15
February
2018

UAlberta doctors develop card game about fentanyl dangers

Based on popular Cards Against Humanity, new gritty card game reaches groups most at risk of opioid overdose in a way that speaks to them.

Fentanyl-related deaths are hardly a game, but a medical resident and doctors in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry are betting that a hard-hitting, innovative card
14
February
2018

Look at all the lonely people

With Britain appointing a minister in its name, the loneliness epidemic can no longer be ignored. Does Canada need a minister of loneliness too?

The jokes were inevitable. When British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the government was establishing a “minister for loneliness,” some couldn’t help invoking Monty
14
February
2018

7 ways to worry less about what comes after university

UAlberta experts offers career coaching advice that’ll help ease stress for students about to graduate.

“What’s next?” That is a question most students nearing graduation are asking themselves, according to University of Alberta research. Depending on where students are with
13
February
2018

How to be an effective health news skeptic

4 tips from a UAlberta expert on how to get the most from health information that doesn’t come from your doctor—this story included.

It’s natural to want to take some sort of action when we hear or read a piece of health news that relates on a personal level, even if it’s passing it along to friends or family. But the
12
February
2018

How to support someone with dementia—and feel better yourself

UAlberta expert shares tips about making the experience more positive for everyone.

Visiting a loved one with dementia can feel frustrating, even hopeless, but there are ways to turn that precious time into a better experience, says a University of Alberta researcher. “One
08
February
2018

Walk like a penguin and other tips to avoid winter slips and falls

Winter spills account for almost 15,000 visits to the ER in Alberta. Here are three tips to avoid being the next casualty.

Winter is part of the Canadian experience and so are injuries that come with the season’s slippery conditions. Slips and falls on ice and snow in Alberta result in almost 15,000 emergency
07
February
2018

Experimental therapy could boost stroke recovery

Spinal injection and rehabilitation efforts shown to increase connections between the brain and spinal cord.

An experimental therapy being tested by University of Alberta scientists that targets the spinal cord may one day be key to spurring on enhanced recovery for stroke victims. By injecting a drug
06
February
2018

$5-million gift positions Alberta to become international leader in child and adolescent mental health research

Commitment pairs CASA and UAlberta to improve front-line care of children and youth with mental health and addictions issues.

New resources to help children and youth with mental health and addiction issues will be developed in Alberta thanks to a $5-million gift. CASA, a child, adolescent and family mental health