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Tanning bed risk pales in comparison to lure of warm glow for teens
March 8, 2012If health authorities have their way, B.C. will soon introduce legislation making it illegal for teens to use tanning beds. Tanning beds give off concentrated doses of UVA, and studies show a significant dose-response correlation between tanning bed exposure in youth and skin cancers. The BC Cancer Agency and the Canadian Pediatric Association, the Canadian […] Read More >


Canadian kids with arthritis not seeing specialists soon enough
March 8, 2012The majority of Canadian children with juvenile arthritis don’t see specialists within the suggested time frame for early, effective care, according to a new report. Delays in diagnosis result in greater disability in the early stages of the disease. “We know from past research and experience in caring for children with arthritis and their families […] Read More >


Founding members of the Faculty of Medicine donate Bill Reid collection to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology
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Younger children in the classroom likely over-diagnosed with ADHD: UBC research
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B.C. doctor to study heart health in people with spinal cord injuries
February 24, 2012Some 40,000 people in Canada have spinal chord injuries. Heart disease is their No. 1 killer and Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, a principal investigator at the ICORD spinal injury centre, which is supported by UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health, will lead a team of 20 scientists, clinicians and health-care advocates in examining the best ways to […] Read More >


Ontario midwives want birth centres for low-risk pregnancies
February 24, 2012The Association of Ontario Midwives is urging the province to invest $12 million in a two-year pilot project that would open five birth centres for women with low-risk pregnancies. The midwives contend that funding such centres makes financial sense: Community settings are less expensive than hospitals. “There’s no question that out-of-hospital birth is as safe […] Read More >


Fighting Alzheimer’s starts in the kitchen
February 21, 2012UBC neurology research expert Dr. Pat McGeer eats ginger every day, a personal strategy for warding off Alzheimer’s disease. The idea is to help prevent protein plaque buildup in the brain that leads to the disease, McGeer told delegates at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting. Plaque is made up of beta […] Read More >


Professorship to focus on gynecological cancers
February 21, 2012Friends and family of a late Hong Kong physician have donated $3 million to create a new UBC professorship to help find new ways of detecting and treating ovarian and other gynecological cancers. Dr. David G. Huntsman, a professor in UBC’s Dpartment of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a consulting pathologist at Vancouver General Hospital, […] Read More >


Dismay over ovarian cancer outcomes leads to new professorship
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Soap and water best for norovirus
February 18, 2012A Vancouver microbiologist was only half-joking when she urged delegates at an international science conference to wash their hands frequently to avoid getting norovirus, the highly infectious, contagious gastrointestinal bug. “This conference could be a great route for it,” Natalie Prystajecky quipped, referring to the fact that there are about 8,000 scientists and others attending […] Read More >

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