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Fears Paralympians with spinal injuries will self-harm in bid to boost their performance during the Games
August 23, 2012Athletes with spinal cord injuries competing at the Paralympics may harm themselves deliberately in their quest for medals, experts have warned.Competitors are known to have gone to extraordinary lengths in the past, including overfilling their bladder by fitting a catheter or even sticking pins into their testicles.The practice was banned by the International Paralympic Committee […] Read More >


Time to fight for universal Pharmacare
August 21, 2012In an op-ed, UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research researchers Steve Morgan and Jamie Daw say it’s time to fight for Pharmacare for all Canadians.Provincial drug plans cover only limited populations, such as seniors or social assistance recipients, or limited costs, they say. Private drug insurance is a perk not easily obtained by […] Read More >


UBC uses social media to educate you about Type 2 Diabetes
August 19, 2012Dr. Kendall Ho with the interCultural Online Health Network says some groups are more vulnerable than others. “In the Chinese and the South Asian communities, two of the highest ethnic populations in British Columbia, they have higher rates of diabetes, compared to the general population,” explains Dr. Ho. Doctors at UBC know the use of YouTube […] Read More >


Vitamin C may lessen harmful effects of air pollution
August 17, 2012A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).The study, published in the July issue of the journal Epidemiology, shows that those patients with low levels of vitamin C had an increased risk of breathing problems on days […] Read More >


InterCultural Online Network receives funding to help prevent and manage diabetes in BC’s multicultural rural communities
August 13, 2012The project will establish a peer-support diabetes program. Read More >


Ontario cuts off access to abortion records; ‘Highly sensitive’
August 10, 2012The Ontario government says it recently restricted public access to records of abortion services because the data is “highly sensitive.”British Columbia has had a similar clause in its Freedom of Information act since 2001, restricting the disclosure of information relating to abortion services.But in recent years, as provinces change the way they report abortion data, […] Read More >


More evidence that exercise keeps aging brains healthy
August 6, 2012If you want to keep your brain healthy as you age, exercise your body. That is the conclusion of four clinical trials, the results of which were reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver.In a six-month study of women ages 70 to 80, researchers at UBC found that walking and resistance training (lifting […] Read More >


August 2012
August 1, 2012Leadership Opportunities Available The Faculty is recruiting for several leadership positions, including new positions in the MD Undergraduate Program: Director of Assessment Director of Curriculum Director of Foundations of Medicine Assistant Dean, Fraser Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Northern Medical Program Other leadership positions in the Faculty of Medicine: Head, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics […] Read More >


Working to protect Olympic athletes from injuries
July 30, 2012Babak Shadgan, a postdoctoral research fellow, aims to develop evidence-based recommendations for wrestling and other sports. Read More >


War on drugs prevents end to AIDS
July 28, 2012Evan Wood, a professor of medicine at UBC and a scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, writes about the 19th International AIDS Conference and the discussion around intravenous drug use.“Globally, countries where HIV is spreading most rapidly among people who use intravenous drugs share one common bond: They have imported the war […] Read More >

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