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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 >


More research touts aspirin for cancer prevention
March 21, 2012Three new studies published in the journals The Lancet and The Lancet Oncology on Tuesday add to the evidence that a daily dose of ASA, or acetylsalicylic acid, might be able to prevent cancer as well as stop it from spreading. Carolyn Gotay, a professor from UBC’s School of Population & Public Health, says it […] Read More >


Sinus infections: 90 to 98% are caused by viruses, guidelines say
March 21, 2012A new set of guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America say that anywhere from 90 to 98 percent of sinus infections aren’t caused by bacteria, meaning antibiotics won’t work. “There is no simple test that will easily and quickly determine whether a sinus infection is viral or bacterial, so many physicians prescribe antibiotics […] Read More >


Metro can learn from Europe’s system: expert
March 20, 2012The popularity of cycling in Europe is no surprise. In countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and parts of Germany, 30 to 40 per cent of urban trips are made by bicycle. Compare that with Canada and Metro Vancouver, where only two per cent of all trips are made by bike. Kay Teschke, of […] Read More >


Universal glue for body cells targets drugs
March 20, 2012All mammalian cells are surrounded by a membrane covered in polyvalent choline phosphate, or PC-groups, that repel aqueous particles. Donald Brooks and his colleagues at UBC, tried rearranging the particles in PC-groups to reverse their polarisation. They then decorated polymers with these new CP-groups. When added to human blood, the CP molecules stuck to the […] Read More >


Doctor shortage in northern B.C. ongoing concern
March 20, 2012Doctor shortages in Mackenzie, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake and the Robson Valley as well as Fort St. James have been an ongoing concern for Northern Health. Some people partly blame the selection process at the Northern Medical Program, run by UBC, for not ensuring graduates are serving northern communities. The program, started in 2003, is […] Read More >


Kids exposed to increased antibiotics prone to allergic asthma
March 20, 2012Children who have more antibiotics are prone to allergic asthma, according to a new study by researchers from UBC. Researchers conducted an experiment and found that the antibiotic vancomycin, which has an affect on intestinal bacteria, also had a profound impact on allergic asthma. Allergic asthma affects more than 100 million people worldwide and its […] Read More >

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