Health & Wellness

New technique developed by UAlberta researchers vastly improves precision of gene-editing technology.

13
April
2018

Imagine a future where a guided biomachine put into your body seeks out defective gene sequences in each cell and edits in the correct information with precision accuracy.

It’s called gene editing, and University of Alberta researchers have just published a game-changing study that promises to bring the technology much closer to therapeutic reality.

“We’ve discovered a way to greatly improve the accuracy of gene-editing technology by replacing the natural guide molecule it uses with a synthetic one called a bridged nucleic acid, or BNA,” said Basil Hubbard, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Therapeutics and an assistant professor in the U of A’s Department of Pharmacology, who led the study.

He and his team have filed a patent on their discovery and are hoping to partner with the pharmaceutical industry to incorporate it into...

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24
April
2018

What athletics can teach med students about preventing burnout

How high-performing athletes respond when they fail or succeed presents solutions for boosting medical student engagement.

Experiencing a sense of competence or achieving one’s goals—not unlike that often learned by high-performing athletes—has the greatest impact on medical students’ levels of
24
April
2018

Friends play bigger role than others in how active girls are in late childhood, study shows

Researchers make recommendations to group of northern Alberta schools to harness power of friendship to increase activity levels in students.

Who your daughter hangs out with at school plays a major role in her physical activity levels, according to a new University of Alberta study. “Schools, teachers and parents are not the only
23
April
2018

Wheelchair map app aims to help users find path of least resistance

UAlberta researchers who designed app plan to turn concept for wheelchair wayfinding into reality.

An app that identifies the exertion required to navigate the city in a wheelchair won Edmonton’s HealthHack competition, part of the 2018 Smart Cities Challenge. “People who use
18
April
2018

How AI is revolutionizing medical science

From smart bionic limbs to computers that can diagnose mental illness, artificial intelligence is turning the stuff of science fiction into medical reality.

Walk into Patrick Pilarski’s lab and you immediately notice the robot arms and hands that lay casually on tabletops. You hear the soft whir of small motors as the fingers on these models curl,
11
April
2018

Clinical trials show new U of A ‘molecular microscope’ system safer, more effective in heart and lung transplant biopsies

Research shows system requires less tissue samples and provides more precise readings.

A transplant biopsy system that uses gene chips to read molecules is far safer and more effective than existing approaches used for heart transplant biopsies and is showing promising results for lung
11
April
2018

Researcher using genetic science to improve prevention and treatment of stroke

UAlberta project is one of 11 receiving $1.5M in new federal funding.

Rapidly identifying and treating people suffering from a stroke in the critical moments before irreversible damage is done is the goal of one of 11 University of Alberta projects earmarked for
09
April
2018

New approach to recreation planning gives youth at risk a greater say

‘Bottom-up’ approach gives marginalized youth a chance others take for granted to develop leadership skills.

At-risk youth will soon have a greater say in the types of recreational activities they participate in thanks to a University of Alberta research project that spawned a new bottom-up planning model
06
April
2018

Cannabis legalization will increase injuries: UAlberta report

Injury Prevention Centre makes recommendations to minimize negative impacts.

Albertans can expect to see increases in injury rates—including traffic fatalities, child poisonings and burns—when Canada legalizes recreational cannabis use this year, according to a
06
April
2018

Unconscious breath holding at high altitude can cause acute heart conditions for climbers

Holding your breath above 5,000 metres may also interfere with sleep, new research shows.

Climbing at high altitude may increase your risk of developing acute heart conditions, according to new physiology research out of the University of Alberta. Stephen Busch, a researcher in the
05
April
2018

Video game teaches bar staff how to help prevent sexual violence

Players learn by being a bartender who must choose how to react while witnessing one of three sexual harassment scenarios.

A video game created by a University of Alberta student is one of the leading tools being used to fight sexual violence in Edmonton. It’s Your Move is a cutting-edge component of a new pilot
05
April
2018

Pilot project trains local bar staff in sexual assault prevention

Program aims to help bystanders become the friend someone may need in a critical moment.

Local bar staff will know how to intervene when they witness sexual assault or harassment, thanks to a new pilot project unveiled this morning by the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre and