Muscle wasting syndrome cause of many cancer-related deaths

Project delves into how one growth hormone contributes to the problem and whether drugs can stop it

Muscle wasting syndrome cause of many cancer-related deathsResearchers are looking for ways to prevent or slow cachexia, a muscle-wasting syndrome thought to cause up to a third of the 80,000 deaths related to cancer every year in Canada. By understanding the role of activin A, a growth factor that contributes to muscle wasting, the team hopes their lab research will eventually help…

Modelling the impact of restrictions to prepare for next public health crisis

Modelling the impact of restrictions to prepare for next public health crisisWhile the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge Canada’s health-care system and economy, a University of Alberta economist has been awarded $1.25 million by the federal government to start planning for the next public health crisis. Christopher McCabe, professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and CEO of the Institute of Health Economics, will lead a cross-Canada team…

How to re-engage women in the economy after COVID

How to re-engage women in the economy after COVIDWomen have been hit hardest when it comes to job losses during COVID-19, so when the federal government brings down its budget on April 19, the first since the pandemic began, it’s expected that getting women back to work will be a top priority. The government has tapped 18 women to form Canada’s Task Force on Women…

Research may help to accurately diagnose prostate cancer severity

Could predict which men are at risk of developing an aggressive form of the disease

Research may help to accurately diagnose prostate cancer severityScientists at the University of Alberta are part of a new research project to develop innovative precision diagnostics that could predict which men with prostate cancer are at risk of developing an aggressive form of the disease. The researchers will use germline sequencing (sequencing of the genes a person is born with) to determine which…

Students get virtual taste of real-world life on the farm

With help from Alberta farmers, an online animal science course is giving U of A students an inside look at the agricultural industry

Students get virtual taste of real-world life on the farmOnline classes during COVID-19 can feel a bit distant. But add in 48 farmers and a real-time calf birth, and things perk up considerably. That vivid minute-by-minute experience of watching a Black Angus cow give birth was a matter of lucky timing as Jesse Emery gave University of Alberta animal science students a virtual walking…

Dentists see more fractured teeth during pandemic

Dental offices are safe, says U of A periodontist who urges people not to put off appointments that would prevent problems

Dentists see more fractured teeth during pandemicDental issues such as broken and fractured teeth are on the rise as COVID-19 pandemic stress continues to affect our lives. Dentists at the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry Oral Health Clinic are warning patients that postponing treatment will only escalate the problem. “It’s a very stressful time, and we are grinding and clenching our teeth…

Face-to-face conferences a luxury the planet can no longer afford

Covid-19 has proven the feasibility of online conferences. But as we emerge from the pandemic, will we slip back into our old ways?

Face-to-face conferences a luxury the planet can no longer affordAs a conference co-ordinator, Oliver Rossier couldn’t believe the sheer waste of time, money and carbon it took to fly an international scholar to Edmonton for a one-hour lecture. “I tried to set up workshops with graduate students and other researchers the following day, but he had to get on a plane right after his…

More nuanced approach urged in deciding who gets COVID-19 vaccine

Job site and neighbourhood risks should be taken into account when setting priorities, experts argue

More nuanced approach urged in deciding who gets COVID-19 vaccineIt's time for a more nuanced approach to prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations as more contagious variants become prevalent and a third wave of infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals in some provinces, according to an analysis published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “It’s time to move the debate away from age and medical risk factors,” said lead author…

Safer source of islet cells targeted for people with Type 1 diabetes

U of A researchers are harnessing AI to analyze patients’ own cells to create islet cells for transplant

Safer source of islet cells targeted for people with Type 1 diabetesUniversity of Alberta researchers are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to find a safer, more personalized source of islet cells to treat Type 1 diabetes. The research project, a collaboration between the departments of surgery and computing science, aims to use AI to analyze images to speed up the process and reduce the need for human decision-making…

Plaque-fighting protein decreases changes of developing Alzheimer’s

University of Alberta research highlights potential pathway for new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

Plaque-fighting protein decreases changes of developing Alzheimer’sScientists at the University of Alberta have identified a mechanism for a protein that decreases the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease – a discovery that highlights a new potential avenue for developing therapeutic treatments. The protein, called CD33, is known for its connection to Alzheimer’s disease susceptibility, but its exact role was unclear until now.…
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