Poor health care, lack of social services why women reoffend
May 12, 2012For every 100 women released from a B.C. jail this year, 45 of them will be back behind bars next year.The vast majority of these women will not reoffend because they love committing crimes, says a unique study by UBC researchers titled Doing Time, but directly related to a lack of access to health care […] Read More >

Teva appoints Canadian genetics expert to head R&D
May 11, 2012Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced yesterday that Dr. Michael Hayden is joining the company as president of global R&D and chief scientific officer, based in Israel. In this new role, Dr. Michael Hayden will lead all Teva’s R&D. Dr. Hayden is currently Killam Professor of Medical Genetics at UBC, and Canada Research Chair in Human […] Read More >

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
May 11, 2012In a letter to the editor, Dr. David Speert, Head of the Centre for Understanding and Preventing Infections in Children at UBC and B.C. Children’s Hospital, sheds light on cystic fibrosis, the most common life-threatening genetic disease affecting thousands of Canadians.When cystic fibrosis immune cells come into contact with certain bacterial pathogens, the two conspire […] Read More >

Studies of two drugs point to vision risks
May 11, 2012Mahyar Etminan, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, recently published two studies – one in JAMA, the other in the Canadian Medical Association Journal – about the ophthalmological side effects of two drugs: oral fluoroquinolones (a type of antibiotic) and oral bisphosphonates (used to treat osteoporosis). The study of fluoroquinolones, in the April […] Read More >

Oral progesterone may ease hot flushes
May 10, 2012Post-menopausal women may suffer fewer hot flushes and night sweats by taking the hormone progesterone, according to a new study. After 12 weeks of progesterone treatment, women who began the study with a daily average of seven hot flushes or night sweats reported having three fewer episodes each day. The study is the first to […] Read More >

Supportive housing improves safety for female sex workers
May 9, 2012Female sex workers living and operating in supportive-housing units have less adversarial relations with police, says a new study by researchers from UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS. Based on interviews with women living on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the study also found female sex workers living in the housing units were exposed […] Read More >

Brain-wasting: Neurodegenerative diseases
May 9, 2012Researcher in the U.K. believe they have unlocked the mechanism that kills neurons in the brain – this discover could eventually be useful for treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzeimer’s or Parkinson’s. Neil Cashman, professor of neurology at UBC, is in Amsterdam attending the International Prion Conference. He explains the findings of the U.K. study on […] Read More >

H1N1 discovery paves way for universal flu vaccine
May 9, 2012UBC researchers found that the “swine flu” vaccine triggers antibodies that protect against many influenza viruses. Read More >

B.C.’s privatization of seniors’ care raises concerns
May 8, 2012Private contractors are now providing the largest share of residential care for B.C. seniors, and that’s raising concerns about the influence the pursuit of profit plays in the management of our rapidly aging population. Margaret McGregor, a family doctor and clinical associate professor at UBC’s Family Practice Department, says the majority of the research shows […] Read More >

Canada researchers find clues to a universal flu vaccine
May 8, 2012UBC researchers have found more clues that may help lead to the creation of a universal flu vaccine. Researchers discovered that the vaccine given against “swine flu,” or the 2009 H1N1 variety, triggered a series of antibodies that protect against many other types of flu. These antibodies are effective because they bind to the stem […] Read More >

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