Equipping young people to better manage their financial futures

Most Canadians live beyond their means

Equipping young people to better manage their financial futuresMost Canadians are living beyond their means, with a debt-to-income ratio of 181 per cent. More than half are within $200 of not being able to cover their bills and loan payments. These kinds of statistics make Faculty of Education professor Damien Cormier uneasy and prompted him to launch a research project to boost financial literacy in young…

Why some people overestimate their abilities while others underestimate

Most people tend to predict that others will do better than they will on difficult tasks

Why some people overestimate their abilities while others underestimateA lack of confidence in our abilities on a given task or activity seems to stem from overestimating the abilities of others, according to a University of Alberta study. The finding could offer leaders insights into how to counter self-doubt in the face of a difficult task. Previous research has shown that most people tend to…

How do zebra finches learn to build their nests?

By observing the building techniques of other birds

How do zebra finches learn to build their nests?Like archeologists learning how past humans built their homes, birds can learn construction techniques by observing unoccupied nests, according to a new study. University of Alberta scientists found that zebra finches learn about nest building by observing an empty nest – but only if they first learn what a nest is. “We gave half our…

Fecal transplant plus fibre supplements improve insulin sensitivity

Research provides further evidence the microbiome can benefit patients’ health

Fecal transplant plus fibre supplements improve insulin sensitivityA transplant of healthy gut microbes followed by fibre supplements benefits patients with severe obesity and metabolic syndrome, according to clinical trial findings published in Nature Medicine. Patients who were given a single-dose oral fecal microbial transplant followed by a daily fibre supplement were found to have better insulin sensitivity and higher levels of beneficial…

Aspirin could help prevent COVID-19 deaths

Common anti-inflammatory drugs could offer safer treatment than current options to help stop worst outcomes due to hyperinflammation

Aspirin could help prevent COVID-19 deathsA University of Alberta pharmacologist is encouraging the trial of common anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin to treat the most harmful outcomes of COVID-19. Most people infected with SARS-CoV-2 recover without serious symptoms, reported Ayman El-Kadi, professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in a recently published academic paper. However, some patients develop inflammation in the…

Student discovers threatened beetle is actually two separate subspecies

Discovery means the nationally threatened Gibson’s big sand tiger beetle is more at risk than previously thought

Student discovers threatened beetle is actually two separate subspeciesAn undergraduate research study has found that a threatened type of beetle found in Saskatchewan and Colorado is, in fact, made up of two genetically distinct subspecies. The discovery has important implications for conservation efforts for the insects and shows that both populations of Gibson’s big sand tiger beetle are more threatened than previously thought.…

Building neurotech community in Alberta earns student startup award

Eden Redman co-founded student group-turned-non-profit to support students exploring new ways for computers to interact with the brain

Building neurotech community in Alberta earns student startup awardEverything from brain-controlled prosthetics to games that are responsive to brain activity are within our grasp, according to University of Alberta student Eden Redman. Redman’s work promoting and expanding access to brainwave-sensing technology has earned him the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award at Startup Edmonton’s YEG Startup Community Awards. Announced at an online ceremony in May,…

Innovation provides edge in meeting growing demand for dietary fibre

Innovation attracting the interest of food companies looking to make their products healthier

Innovation provides edge in meeting growing demand for dietary fibreDemand for beta glucan fibre has been rising steadily in recent years, as mounting evidence suggests the dietary fibre can help lower cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Best of all, it creates none of the side-effects of drugs and is fully recognized by the…

Preventing transmission of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer

Discovery of protein variant may reduce spread of the highly contagious and fatal neurological disease

Preventing transmission of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deerA variant of the prion protein may reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) among white-tailed deer, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists. This variant of the prion protein, called the S96 variant, blocks CWD transmission in the lab – an important discovery in the fight against the highly contagious…

Three new programs prepare workers for careers in the digital economy

Businesses are looking for skilled workers as they quickly shift to the digital landscape

Three new programs prepare workers for careers in the digital economyThe University of Alberta is offering three new continuing education programs to meet a fast-growing need for digital job skills, opening the door for people with little or no technological experience to build new careers. The trio of programs, delivered through the Faculty of Extension beginning in July, will provide the skills needed to fill some of the…