Health & Wellness

Updated Canadian guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy call for pregnant women without medical restrictions to get 150 minutes of exercise per week.

18
October
2018

Women who exercise throughout pregnancy can cut the odds of developing a major complication by at least a quarter, according to new University of Alberta-led research.

The finding is one of many that helped inform the creation of the joint Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada/Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy, the first evidence-based recommendations on physical activity specifically designed to promote fetal and maternal health.

  10 workout tips for pregnant women If you aren't used to exercising, start with short walks of 10-15 minutes after lunch and dinner three days a week.  Try increasing your walk by two to five minutes per week until you're able to walk for 30 minutes. You may need to alternate slower and faster walking...

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17
October
2018

How long does cannabis impairment last? Researchers are starting to find out

New science confirms memory work such as writing exams may be ill-advised after using the drug the night before.

If rules about cannabis consumption for Canadian police are any measure, we know precious little about how long cannabis impairment lasts. The wait time for police to show up for work after
17
October
2018

How to reduce the risks if you choose to use cannabis

It’s now legal in Canada, but cannabis is still a potent drug that needs to be taken seriously and used with caution, say U of A experts.

Cannabis is now legal, but it still needs to be used with caution, University of Alberta health experts warn. “It’s important to understand that just because something is legalized, that does not
17
October
2018

Do alternative therapies work to treat menopausal symptoms?

Maybe, but only for mild symptoms, says U of A menopause expert, who discusses what works and what doesn’t.

Of the 80 per cent of women who develop symptoms during menopause, many will experiment with complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) as well as lifestyle changes to treat their symptoms, said
16
October
2018

More women need to be screened for cervical cancer, say U of A medical residents

Pap tests and reducing HPV risk are the best prevention against the deadly disease.

Up to 30 per cent of Canadian women are not being regularly screened for cervical cancer, and the lapse is resulting in unnecessary cases of cervical cancer every year, say University of Alberta
16
October
2018

Science a tough sell in a world full of miracle cures, says U of A health skeptic

TV series featuring U of A professor Timothy Caulfield returns for second season to bust myths about sleep, germs, relationships and more.

Health myths and phony treatments that promise to extend your life are difficult to kill simply because they are so intuitive, according to University of Alberta myth-buster extraordinaire Timothy
15
October
2018

Letting your dog sleep with you is good for chronic pain sufferers, new study shows

“A sense of relaxation and caring are emotions that release positive hormones in our bodies that will help us sleep better.”

For chronic pain sufferers, it may be smart to let sleeping dogs lie, a new University of Alberta study suggests. Contrary to blanket medical advice, shooing Fido out of the bedroom may not help
10
October
2018

Alberta positioned to become international leader in lymphatic disorder research thanks to $7 million in gifts

Commitment unites Dianne and Irving Kipnes Foundation, University Hospital Foundation and the U of A to drive new research and improve care of people living with lymphatic disorders.

In 2009, Dianne Kipnes and her husband, Irving, were on a trip to Berlin, Germany, when she noticed pain in her legs while sightseeing. It wasn’t until she returned to her hotel room that she saw
09
October
2018

What to look for in mental well-being apps

The right online mental wellness help can be a terrific complement to medical treatment for depression and anxiety.

Who are you likely to turn to when experiencing a change in mental health? Many youth and young adults prefer seeking online, anonymous help rather than talking with their parents, peers or a
03
October
2018

Convenient pocket card aims to ensure people have medicine on hand when heart attack strikes

U of A-designed SMHeartCard is a handy way to ensure life-saving medicine is close by those at risk of heart attack.

A brand new pocket card designed to hold life-saving heart attack medications—the brainchild of a University of Alberta physician—promises to help save lives. The SMHeartCard, smaller than a
03
October
2018

How Indigenous women use physical activity for spiritual connection, resistance and resilience

Physical activity helps Anishinaabeg women connect with cultural concept of positive transformation, researcher finds.

For a group of Anishinaabeg women, physical activity is about more than just fitness, according to a new University of Alberta study; it’s about enacting resilience in the face of
28
September
2018

New urine test can detect tuberculosis in HIV-positive people

Point-of-care test could save lives by allowing faster diagnosis and treatment of the leading cause of death for people with HIV.

An innovative urine test developed in part by University of Alberta researchers can detect tuberculosis in people living with HIV earlier and more quickly than before. Tuberculosis kills millions