Nursing grad brings vital skills to the workplace

Nursing grad brings vital skills to the workplaceAn occupational health nurse looks out for the health and well-being of workers Picture a nurse in your mind and you’re likely to see someone in a clinical role, say at a hospital bedside or taking blood pressure in a clinic. But Jodi-Ann Robinson-Perry performs her nursing duties in a manufacturing plant, looking out for…

World at a ‘tipping point’ in climate change talks

World at a ‘tipping point’ in climate change talksIts impact is unevenly distributed across the globe The world is at a “tipping point” in its commitment to take action, says an expert on the impact of climate change on human health, as leaders from 195 countries gather at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt. Related Stories Extremist views make for…

New rules aim to make organ donation easier

New rules aim to make organ donation easierMandatory referral, more trained staff, public education all part of creating a “culture of donation” Ninety per cent of Canadians say they support organ donation, but only 32 per cent have actually registered to donate their organs or tissues, according to Canadian Blood Services. New measures in Alberta aim to close that gap through education,…

Dietary fibre is good for you, except when it’s not

Certain types of dietary fibre cause an inflammatory response in some patients

Dietary fibre is good for you, except when it’s notPeople who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease may soon have access to personalized dietary guidelines to keep them feeling well, thanks to new research on how dietary fibre affects the disease. The research team discovered that certain types of dietary fibre cause an inflammatory response in some patients, causing symptoms to worsen. They are now…

Nursing school students not ready for digital transformation

Need better education to keep up with the fast pace of innovation

Nursing school students not ready for digital transformationCanada’s nursing school graduates are not as ready as they should be for the digital transformation happening in health care, according to a University of Alberta researcher. Nurses need better education to keep up with the fast pace of innovation – from robots at the bedside to virtual care and virtual reality treatments to electronic…

What to eat to make learning easier

The human body needs the right fuel for optimal performance

What to eat to make learning easierWhen it comes to learning, registered dietitian Heidi Bates likens humans to “high-performance sports cars” that need injections of just the right fuel throughout the day. “If you’re not fuelling the body at regular intervals, the amount of sugar in your blood – which is really the fuel for your brain – will go up…

Research may lead to treatment of mood disorders, asthma

Uncover the links between microbiome, depression and immune conditions like asthma

Research may lead to treatment of mood disorders, asthmaA new University of Alberta laboratory is working to understand how altered microbiota – fungi, bacteria and viruses in the gut and lungs – are linked with mood disorders such as depression and inflammatory immune conditions such as asthma. Paul Forsythe, associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, has been named AstraZeneca Canada…

Researchers pinpoint genetic defects that cause heart failure

Alberta heart donors critical for breakthrough research, pointing way to targeted treatments

Researchers pinpoint genetic defects that cause heart failureAn international research team has identified individual genetic defects that lead to heart failure, opening the door to more targeted diagnosis, prevention and treatment. In research published recently in the academic journal Science, the team analyzed cells from 61 failing and 18 healthy hearts using single-cell genetic sequencing. “For the first time, we were able to map out…

Not enough men in their 40s get screened for diabetes: study

Undiagnosed, untreated illness could lead to heart disease later in life, says lead researcher

Not enough men in their 40s get screened for diabetes: studyNot enough men in Alberta – especially those in their 40s – are getting tested for diabetes, putting them at risk for heart disease, cancer and other illnesses, according to new population health research published in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas. “My main message to young men is that early diagnosis is critical because diabetes…

Reproductive control of Indigenous women continues around the world

Survivors of forced sterilization and coerced contraception meet with researchers to share stories

Reproductive control of Indigenous women continues around the worldSurvivors of forced sterilization and coerced contraception from Canada, Peru and Indonesia will gather with academic researchers at a summit in Edmonton this summer to share stories, heal through art and ceremony, and set an agenda for change. The full extent of reproductive control practices around the world is not known, but they have been…
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