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 >

International ranking for infant mortality flawed: study
February 17, 2012A study, published today in the British Medical Journal, shows the surveys on perinatal, infant and child mortality rates conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are biased because many countries fail to register all babies, especially those born very small or too early. “The contemporary rankings […] Read More >

International ranking for infant mortality flawed: Canadian study
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A meeting of the minds on brain and law
February 15, 2012Judy Illes, the director of the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC, and Julie Robillard, a post-doctoral fellow at the National Core for Neuroethics, write about the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which will feature a panel discussion on brain function and what we understand about moral responsibility, […] Read More >

Antibiotics no help against most sinus infections: study
February 15, 2012Antibiotics don’t help fight most sinus infections, although doctors routinely prescribe them for that purpose, according to a new study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Fewer than two percent of sinus infections are bacterial, said Anthony Chow, an expert in infectious diseases at UBC. “Most cases are viral, and the […] Read More >

New drugs show promise for preventing “absence seizures” in children: UBC research
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UBC and four other Canadian universities chosen by U.S. to lead health education reform
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