Research explores how fungi become drug-resistant

Research explores how fungi become drug-resistantAs resistance to antimicrobial drugs rises, understanding the mechanisms at play could help doctors treat patients Researchers are investigating how disease-causing fungi become resistant to antifungal drugs to help prevent potentially devastating consequences of the growing resistance harmful microbes are developing to drugs. “Antimicrobial drugs are fundamental for us to live healthy lives,” says Daniel…

Claims babies harbour bacteria before birth refuted

Claims babies harbour bacteria before birth refutedContamination actually occurred during vaginal delivery, clinical procedures or DNA sequencing Scientific claims that babies harbour bacteria while still in the womb are inaccurate, according to University of Alberta researchers involved in an international study. The perspective paper, published in Nature, should settle a debate in the research community about whether a fetal microbiome exists,…

Enterprise Square renewal heralds Edmonton’s downtown revitalization

Enterprise Square renewal heralds Edmonton’s downtown revitalizationInvestment in iconic Bay Building preserves city’s heritage while creating a vibrant hub for innovation The City of Edmonton is in the midst of a major drive to breathe new life into its downtown core, investing $4.7 billion since 2015 in new residential, office, cultural, educational and entertainment space. A key part of that revitalization…

Key Alzheimer’s risk factors affect men more than women

Key Alzheimer’s risk factors affect men more than womenFinding unexpected because women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more often than men Scientists at the University of Alberta have discovered that important risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease affect males and females very differently. “Two types of risk for Alzheimer’s disease work differently for males and females, and dramatically so,” says Mackenzie Heal, neuroscience master’s student…

Study faults media coverage of COVID vaccine requirement for transplants

Study faults media coverage of COVID vaccine requirement for transplantsPortraying views opposed to those held by health experts stokes needless controversy When they launched their study, Timothy Caulfield and Marco Zenone could hardly have anticipated how the issue would capture headlines in Alberta. And yet they decided to examine how the common COVID-19 vaccination requirement for organ transplant recipients is represented in the popular…

Making virus-killing clothing a good fit for production challenging

Making virus-killing clothing a good fit for production challengingFabric could be used to produce protective uniforms for soldiers, hospital workers, firefighters and paramedics Clothing that can kill viruses and bacteria on contact helps protect the people who protect us, but getting that type of protective finish onto the uniforms first responders wear is a big challenge. University of Alberta researchers are working to…

Fifteen per cent of Canadians have long COVID symptoms

Fifteen per cent of Canadians have long COVID symptomsThe stigma attached to being a Covid long-hauler has the potential to negatively impact patient outcomes High levels of stigma experienced by some COVID long-haulers are associated with more intense symptoms, reduced physical function and loss of employment due to disability, according to newly published research from a Lancet medical journal. Specialists working in Edmonton’s…

Program offers homeless emergency patients permanent homes

Program offers homeless emergency patients permanent homesHomeless make more than 26,000 visits to Alberta emergency departments each year Edmonton emergency department patients who lack housing will soon get a chance to find permanent homes following their hospital stay, thanks to a new transition housing program. “No one should leave emergency without a place to go and a roof over their head,”…
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