New guidelines help people with dementia stay safe if lost

U of A researchers tap into experiences and ideas of people living with dementia to fill public information gap

New guidelines help people with dementia stay safe if lostResearchers have developed a new guideline to help people with dementia stay safe if they get lost, based partly on the experiences of those who are living with the condition. “By including people with dementia, it tells them they can be active agents in their own care and they can keep themselves safe,” said lead…

Canadians with disabilities face barriers to financial security

Study shows those living with disabilities average 25% less in assets and COVID-19 is making the situation worse

Canadians with disabilities face barriers to financial securityWhen sociologist Michelle Maroto came across a Toronto Star article about an Ontario woman struggling to make ends meet while battling Type 1 diabetes, she knew the story was just the tip of the iceberg. Anna Costa was juggling four low-paying jobs without benefits, and after paying more than $300 per month for insulin and blood tests…

White supremacists misappropriating Norse mythology: expert

Scandinavian studies professor debunks idea of ‘racial purity’ that makes racist extremists identify with Viking culture

White supremacists misappropriating Norse mythology: expertThere’s an urgent and pressing need for everyone to understand the Vikings, argues Scandinavian studies scholar Natalie Van Deusen. That’s because all manner of Viking symbols and misconceptions about a golden age of Nordic racial purity have been appropriated by racist extremists looking to justify their xenophobia and acts of violence, according to the University of…

Discovery of HIV infection mechanism could hold key to COVID-19

New understanding leads U of A researchers to try a new class of drugs against SARS-CoV-2 and HIV

Discovery of HIV infection mechanism could hold key to COVID-19A newly discovered mechanism at work in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients may also lead to new treatments for COVID-19, according to a team of researchers at the University of Alberta. The recently published paper in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, mBio, reveals how HIV attacks peroxisomes, organelles found in all cells that help…

Reducing emissions would save money for oil sands producers: study

Researchers looked at 15 strategies that would decrease sector’s energy use intensity and found increased profits from all

Reducing emissions would save money for oil sands producers: studyInvestment in new energy-efficient, greenhouse gas mitigation strategies by oil sands producers could net them some important profits, according to a model developed by a research group at the University of Alberta. Engineering professor Amit Kumar and his team investigated 15 strategies covering all areas of the oil sands sector – in situ extraction, upgrading and…

Indigenous communities take COVID-19 measures into own hands

Local responses to pandemic are a necessity to protect people at higher risk of infectious diseases – and a strong assertion of sovereignty, says U of A expert

Indigenous communities take COVID-19 measures into own handsOn the federal government’s Indigenous Services web page, the first piece of information about COVID-19 is advice on how to wash your hands if you’re under a drinking water advisory. This highlights the multiple factors that influence Indigenous health outcomes in times of disease, said Jessica Kolopenuk, a researcher in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native…

Eight things you need to know about the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine

Experts share their knowledge, hopes and fears about the chances of finding a way to inoculate the world against the deadly virus

Eight things you need to know about the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccineWith more than 100 teams around the world racing to find a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, what are the chances of getting something that works? The World Health Organization’s list shows 21 vaccine projects in either phase one or two of clinical trials, and two projects, one in China and the other in the U.K., in phase…

Dungeons & Dragons may help at-risk kids level up social skills

Dungeons & Dragons may help at-risk kids level up social skillsA community program using Dungeons & Dragons to foster social growth among at-risk youth has caught the attention of University of Alberta researchers, who plan to evaluate its apparent success. The Level-Up Gaming League was created by local management consultant Bryan Sali, who noticed a lack of social skills among homeless youth while working about seven years…

Study reveals insights into how we change as we age

Landmark 35-year research project yields surprising findings about happiness, relationships, generational differences and more

Study reveals insights into how we change as we ageIn recent years, there has been a growing interest in the differences between generations and the sociological forces defining their worldviews and behaviour. Stereotypes abound: the silent generation is inflexibly conventional, the baby boomers are narcissistic, generation X members are lazy. And millennials just take too long to grow up. But few of these assumptions…

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: study

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: studyAs financial stress mounts, so does the desire for all kinds of foods, according to a study that hints the COVID-19 pandemic will increase obesity rates, especially among those who have lost their jobs. University of Alberta consumer psychology researcher Jim Swaffield and his co-researcher Qi Guo conducted an experiment with 564 participants to examine…

COVID-19 may spread more than two metres through air

But recent evidence presents no cause for panic, says U of A infectious disease specialist

COVID-19 may spread more than two metres through airFor those worried about the airborne transmission of COVID-19, University of Alberta infectious disease expert Nelson Lee wants to be clear: don’t panic. “We're not talking about long-range transmission that can cause super-spreading events,” said Lee, one of 239 scientists from around the world who sent an open letter to the World Health Organization warning of mounting…

New test for heart failure could help COVID-19 patients

U of A researchers say COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease are linked thanks to ACE2 enzyme and may respond to same treatments

New test for heart failure could help COVID-19 patientsA new blood test that reliably predicts outcomes for heart failure patients could lead to new diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19 patients as well, according to newly published research from cardiologists at the University of Alberta. The researchers examined circulating angiotensin peptide levels in the blood of 110 people who were experiencing heart failure due to…

COVID-19 stories document extraordinary moment in history

Contributors to new website put experiences in words, music and visual art running the gamut from optimism to despair

COVID-19 stories document extraordinary moment in historyA University of Alberta sociologist is collecting observations, reflections and stories of COVID-19 from the public, in all formats imaginable, for a new website called Stories of the Pandemic. The site is meant to serve as a community resource for people to better understand an unprecedented time in our lives, said co-curator Amy Kaler. It…

Researchers work to simplify COVID-19 recommendations

U of A designer, emergency room doctor work on award-winning projects that show how to stop the spread

Researchers work to simplify COVID-19 recommendationsAs citizens cope with a barrage of public health information about how to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Alberta researchers are working to make it more accessible and easier to understand. “All of your functions are impaired in an emergency,” said Gillian Harvey, an assistant professor of design studies and a member of the international…

No evidence predator control will save caribou: study

U of A scientists suggest renewed emphasis on securing habitat rather than culling wolves or fencing in pregnant caribou

No evidence predator control will save caribou: studyAddressing potential threats from predators has not slowed the dramatic decline of mountain caribou in British Columbia and Alberta, according to a new study by scientists from threeWestern Canadian universities. Biologists reassessed data from research published in 2019. The original research has been cited as showing that killing wolves and fencing pregnant caribou are solutions to…
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