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A modicum of solace for MS patients — lower cancer risk
June 21, 2012Elaine Kingwell, a postdoctoral fellow in the Brain Research Centre, led the study. Read More >


Inner city school food deliveries switch to centres for the summer
June 21, 2012Deliveries of provisions from independent philanthropist Jim Duggan’s food distribution program will shift from inner-city schools to community centres during the summer, while school is not in session.In addition to providing sustenance to needy children, Duggan also volunteers with a food co-op established under the guidance of UBC pediatrician Dr. Barbara Fitzgerald.Called the Buyers’ Club, […] Read More >


Executive function skills predict children’s success in life and in school
June 21, 2012By combining the fields of neuroscience and developmental psychology in her research, UBC neuropsychologist Adele Diamond has revealed that the executive functions of the brain are at least as important as IQ in predicting the future success of a child.“If you look at what predicts how well children will do later in school, more and […] Read More >


Older women more prone to workplace injuries: UBC study
June 20, 2012Although the rate of workplace injuries in Canada has been declining over the past two decades, some workers – older women in health care, for example – are much more vulnerable to serious injuries, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found. Women 55 to 64 years old are three times more likely to […] Read More >


New facility brings brain development into sharper focus
June 14, 2012The 3-Tesla MRI scanner is only the second of its kind in Canada dedicated to pediatric research. Read More >


MDs should rethink osteoporosis drugs
June 14, 2012Bisphosphonates, drugs regularly prescribed to women at risk of bone fracture resulting from osteoporosis, have come under increasing scrutiny lately.One study, which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine, indicated that this class of medication might actually exacerbate the risk of femoral fractures in some patients. Health Canada research has also indicated that use of […] Read More >


CMMT celebrates its 15th anniversary
June 13, 2012CMMT’s 15th Anniversary from CMMT on Vimeo. Members of the medical research community gathered together on June 5 to celebrate the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics’ 15th anniversary. More than 260 supporters from government, education, health care, and life sciences communities came out for an evening of celebration. Charles Sabine, a UK journalist served […] Read More >


Neurogeneticist hopes to get to the roots of Parkinson’s disease
June 13, 2012UBC neurogeneticist Matt Farrer has been persistent in decoding the gentics of Parkinson’s disease – and his doggedness is beginning to pay off.Since mapping the genetic foundations of the disease, Farrer says he hopes drug companies will be able to tailor medications to combat the root of the disease, and not merely the symptoms,“Neurogenetics is […] Read More >


Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, says urologist
June 13, 2012An improvement in treatment, lifestyles and detection of prostate cancer has led to a substantial drop in the number of men who die or suffer severe pain from the disease over the past 20 years, writes UBC urologist Larry S. Goldenberg.However, Goldenberg cautions that it’s important to distinguish between the severe, aggressive forms and slow, […] Read More >


Clinic offers answers to women worried about breast cancer
June 6, 2012A new consultation clinic at BC Women’s Hospital will afford women concerned about breast cancer to learn about risk factors for the disease, and how to avoid them.“The clinic is for women who are worried about breast cancer, aren’t sure of their risk and want to know what they can do to reduce their risk,” […] Read More >

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