The best medicine? Humour can be a double-edged part of grieving

Can be a trigger for both grief and healing in people coping with the loss of a loved one

The best medicine? Humour can be a double-edged part of grievingWhen Donna Wilson pulled up to visit her aunt and uncle on their farm near Eatonia, Sask., a few years ago, she came across a comical scene: Her uncle Doug was running around the yard chasing turkeys. The birds kept jumping up on his dog and he was trying to shoo them away with a broom. It’s…

How technology affects the ethics of the nurse-patient relationship

The nurse-patient relationship is being re-shaped by the proliferation of technology

How technology affects the ethics of the nurse-patient relationshipWhen Gillian Lemermeyer decided at age 17 to become a nurse, she was following in her mother’s footsteps, so she expected her mom to be thrilled when she told her the news. “I was surprised when she grew very serious,” Lemermeyer remembers. “She said, ‘Okay, but do you understand what it means to be looking after…

New targets found for diagnosing, treating aggressive cancers

A mystery solved, a paradigm shifted

New targets found for diagnosing, treating aggressive cancersResearchers working in a U of A laboratory have uncovered two previously unknown ways that metabolism triggers cancer cell growth, uncovering potential new pathways for diagnosis and treatment. Both papers come out of the laboratory shared by Evangelos Michelakis, professor and associate chair of research in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Canada Research Chair in Applied Molecular and…

New treatment for obesity, Type 2 diabetes?

Researchers working to identify drug combinations to treat people with obesity, Type 2 diabetes

New treatment for obesity, Type 2 diabetes?Canadian and German researchers are teaming up to identify new drug combinations to treat people with obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The goal is to develop personalized prescriptions that are more effective than single drugs and that can potentially replace more invasive treatments such as bariatric surgery, especially for children. “As a pediatric endocrinologist, I…

Making health care more equitable one ultrasound image at a time

AI-powered portable ultrasound system makes scans and diagnoses accessible from anywhere

Making health care more equitable one ultrasound image at a timeImagine if family doctors, nurses, technicians – even ski patrollers – could use handheld ultrasound devices to screen for everything from hip dysplasia to wrist fractures to heart disease from anywhere. A new approach to scans developed at the University of Alberta pairs the accessibility of portable ultrasound with an artificial intelligence app that can…

Five ways to keep your smile healthy

One per cent of annual emergency room visits are for dental emergencies

Five ways to keep your smile healthyHere’s something to smile about: Canadians’ oral health has improved significantly over the past 40 years, and we rank fifth in the world in terms of access to dental care, according to the Canadian Dental Association. Still, the same report estimates that more than four million adult working days are lost each year due to dental sick days…

Metabolic ‘fingerprint’ predicts impairment from medical cannabis

Research points the way to better tests and potential new treatments for pain management

Metabolic ‘fingerprint’ predicts impairment from medical cannabisResearchers have uncovered signature metabolites – much like fingerprints in the blood – linked to the cognitive dysfunction and impaired motor skills associated with medical cannabis treatment. The work could lead to better roadside blood tests for impairment, and could also point the way toward supplements or strains of medical cannabis that reduce impairment while…

Made-in-Alberta sanitizing device kills SARS-CoV-2 virus in 60 seconds

The TESER ACT unit uses UV light to kill viruses and other common pathogens

Made-in-Alberta sanitizing device kills SARS-CoV-2 virus in 60 secondsA new made-in-Alberta sanitization product to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 will soon be in use at the Edmonton International Airport and government offices in Calgary and Edmonton, thanks to a partnership with scientists at the University of Alberta’s Biosafety Level 3 Lab. The TESER ACT unit uses ultraviolet-C light from hundreds of LED light…

How reducing sodium intake can help heart failure patients

Low-salt diet doesn’t prevent death or hospital visits but does improve symptoms and quality of life

How reducing sodium intake can help heart failure patientsFor the past century, people with weak hearts have been told to lower their salt intake, but, until now, there has been little scientific evidence behind the recommendation. The largest randomized clinical trial to look at sodium reduction and heart failure reported results simultaneously in The Lancet and at the recent American College of Cardiology’s 71st annual…

Helping transgender people see themselves in the health-care system

How medical students are learning to provide safer, more inclusive care for all

Helping transgender people see themselves in the health-care system“The most important way of reducing discrimination is to see yourself in your health-care system.” That’s how LGBTQ health activist Marni Panas summed up what transgender visibility means to her in episode 47 of The Re:Pro Health Podcast, a show about sexual and reproductive health produced by medical students at the University of Alberta. Panas, 50,…
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