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More research is needed to confirm mesh-implanted patient symptoms are linked with autoimmune disorder, says U of A doctor.

30
July
2018

Surgical mesh implants, often used for hernia or gynecological repair, may be the reason so many patients report symptoms of an autoimmune disorder, according to a University of Alberta rheumatologist.

“In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as “brain fog,” muscle and joint pain “fibromyalgia,” feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth,” said Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology at the U of A.

“Of those patients, 45 per cent developed an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. And in the patients who had allergies before the implant, they were significantly worse after.”

Cohen Tervaert presented his study results at the 11th International Conference on ...

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14
August
2018

Recent discovery of rabid bat in Jasper no reason for people to worry

Human exposure to rabies virus is extremely rare in Alberta, but it’s still important to be aware of your surroundings, advises U of A medical expert.

With the recent discovery of a rabid bat in Jasper National Park, it’s natural to wonder, 'Do I need to worry?' While Old Yeller-style images of frothing dogs make us uneasy, it’s still
13
August
2018

New target found for treating thoracic aortic aneurysm

U of A researchers identify a way to possibly prevent ruptures in the body’s main pipeline for pumping blood.

It’s a silent, sudden and almost assured killer: a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) occurs when a weak spot or bulge in the body’s main pipeline for pumping blood suddenly ruptures, cutting off the
10
August
2018

Reduce your risk: Avoid these top five assumptions that may lead to drowning

Find out if you’re guilty of risky thinking when it comes to water safety.

An average of 40 Albertans die each summer from drowning in lakes and rivers, according to the 2018 edition of the Alberta Drowning Report, prepared by Lifesaving Society Canada. “Most of these
09
August
2018

New device proven to reduce risk of foodborne pathogens

One-of-a-kind U of A device gives food processors a much faster, better way to check consumables for dangerous pathogens, research shows.

A user-friendly foodborne pathogen detection device developed by a multidisciplinary team of University of Alberta researchers has been shown to be the fastest and most sensitive, according to new
01
August
2018

How two U of A students started baking up an alternative business with bugs

The dream began with a taste of grasshopper; now Camola bakery is offering a sustainable baked goods alternative to Albertans.

Will they bite? That’s usually a question entomology students ask about the insects they’re studying. But two University of Alberta bug scholars—student Silvia Ronzani and recent graduate Claudio
30
July
2018

COMMENTARY || Caring for the caregivers: What can be done to reduce burnout among care aides?

U of A researchers offer recommendations aimed at improving the welfare of the largest workforce in Canadian nursing homes.

Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing homes and care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who's caring for the care aides who do
27
July
2018
There’s a reasonable approach to sunscreen use—even for those who are skeptical about its safety, says a University of Alberta dermatologist. “From a philosophical perspective, some people may not
26
July
2018

New technology gives clinicians inside view of patients’ joints in motion

Discovery could lead to new generation of 3-D imaging tools for physiotherapy and surgery.

New technology from University of Alberta computing scientists is enabling clinicians to get a better, fuller picture of patients’ joints in motion. “What we’re trying to do is create a complete
25
July
2018

Scientists identify biomarkers to predict and help prevent stillbirth

Technique could also lead to new tools to screen for preventable illnesses affecting women and children.

New biomarkers found in maternal blood may allow doctors to help prevent stillbirth, according to new research from the University of Alberta. “When we started analyzing the blood of women who
20
July
2018

Trampolines should be banned except for gymnastics, says U of A injury prevention expert

But if you have one, here’s how to reduce the high risk of injury sending kids to emergency every summer.

Based on the high rates of injury on trampolines in Alberta every summer, the University of Alberta’s Injury Prevention Centre would like to see the devices banned except for gymnastic
19
July
2018

U of A pediatric resident brings summer camp magic to children with heart disease

Heart Heroes Camp offers kids with complex medical needs a chance to experience the joy of summer camp.

Enjoying summer activities can be difficult for children with heart disease, but many will now have the opportunity to experience the joys of summer camp thanks to two free programs created by a