UBC researcher finds increased risk of heart attack in arthritis patients who quit statins
March 30, 2012Mary De Vera, who completed the study while a PhD candidate in the School of Population and Public Health, found that rheumatoid arthritis patients who discontinue use of statin therapy are at increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes. “This is very hot news and all doctors treating rheumatoid arthritis need to […] Read More >

Rheumatoid arthritis patients who quit statins may face raised death risk
March 28, 2012People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who stopped taking their cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, raised their chances of dying from cardiovascular disease by 60 percent and dying from any cause by 79 percent during the course of a new study, Canadian researchers report. Since rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, […] Read More >

March 27, 2012The misuse and overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture has led to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. “My major interest in life is to discover new treatments for infection in the face of antibiotic resistance,” says Bob Hancock, a microbiologist at UBC and the Canada Research Chair in Pathogenomics and Antimicrobials. Hancock is […] Read More >

Risks: Older kidneys work fine for transplants
March 27, 2012For most transplant patients, a kidney received from a donor as old as 64 is just as likely to be successful as one from a younger person, according to a new analysis.Using data from more than 50,000 living donor transplants from 1998 through 2003, researchers at UBC concluded that the age of the donor made […] Read More >

Faculty members explore potential of metagenomics to test water quality
March 26, 2012Just over a decade ago, a small Ontario town was the epicenter of Canada’s most significant drinking water related disaster. Close to half of Walkerton’s 5,000 residents fell ill and seven people lost their lives due to the highly dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria found in their drinking water. A research team led by […] Read More >

Province provides $500,000 for interCultural Online Health Network (iCON)
March 26, 2012iCON connects health practitioners and community members to learn about chronic disease prevention and management. Read More >

Neuroethicist recommends guidelines on reporting research incidental findings
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Fraser Health to fight infection battle at more hospitals
March 23, 2012Fraser Health will finish a two-week super clean using a sporacidal bleach at Burnaby Hospital to fight high levels of C. difficile. Karen Bartlett, a microbiologist and professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, said she thinks it wise not to constantly clean hospitals with a sporacidal bleach. “It’s because we’re not ever […] Read More >

Age of live kidney donor makes little difference in organ’s health
March 23, 2012The age of a live kidney donor has little effect on the long-term health of a transplanted kidney in recipients older than age 39, a new study says. The findings should encourage more people to participate in living donor paired-exchange programs (“kidney swaps”), said Dr. John Gill, of UBC, and colleagues. The researchers analyzed data […] Read More >

Antibotics linked to allergic asthma
March 22, 2012A UBC study suggests that widely used antibiotics may be the cause for the increased incidences and severity of allergic asthma in children. The study is the first of its kind to link kids’ exposure to certain antibiotics to allergic asthma. “Modern societal practices, such as improved sanitation methods and widespread antibiotic use, are causing […] Read More >

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