Vitamin C may lessen harmful effects of air pollution
August 17, 2012A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).The study, published in the July issue of the journal Epidemiology, shows that those patients with low levels of vitamin C had an increased risk of breathing problems on days […] Read More >

InterCultural Online Network receives funding to help prevent and manage diabetes in BC’s multicultural rural communities
August 13, 2012The project will establish a peer-support diabetes program. Read More >

Ontario cuts off access to abortion records; ‘Highly sensitive’
August 10, 2012The Ontario government says it recently restricted public access to records of abortion services because the data is “highly sensitive.”British Columbia has had a similar clause in its Freedom of Information act since 2001, restricting the disclosure of information relating to abortion services.But in recent years, as provinces change the way they report abortion data, […] Read More >

More evidence that exercise keeps aging brains healthy
August 6, 2012If you want to keep your brain healthy as you age, exercise your body. That is the conclusion of four clinical trials, the results of which were reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver.In a six-month study of women ages 70 to 80, researchers at UBC found that walking and resistance training (lifting […] Read More >

August 2012
August 1, 2012Leadership Opportunities Available The Faculty is recruiting for several leadership positions, including new positions in the MD Undergraduate Program: Director of Assessment Director of Curriculum Director of Foundations of Medicine Assistant Dean, Fraser Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Northern Medical Program Other leadership positions in the Faculty of Medicine: Head, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics […] Read More >

Working to protect Olympic athletes from injuries
July 30, 2012Babak Shadgan, a postdoctoral research fellow, aims to develop evidence-based recommendations for wrestling and other sports. Read More >

War on drugs prevents end to AIDS
July 28, 2012Evan Wood, a professor of medicine at UBC and a scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, writes about the 19th International AIDS Conference and the discussion around intravenous drug use.“Globally, countries where HIV is spreading most rapidly among people who use intravenous drugs share one common bond: They have imported the war […] Read More >

Ending HIV/AIDS: Julio Montaner
July 27, 2012For the first time at the 19th International AIDS Conference, scientists have said there is real hope that it is medically possible to eliminate the HIV/AIDS epidemic – this idea seemed impossible even a few years ago.“We have been focused, in the province of British Columbia, on a campaign that is really centered around facilitating […] Read More >

Psychiatry resident uses soccer to help at-risk individuals
July 27, 2012Dr. Bates has taken some of his players to competitions in Rio de Janeiro and Paris. Read More >

Heart attacks show racial characteristics
July 25, 2012Research suggests that British Columbians of South Asian descent are far more likely to have heart attacks than Caucasians – one of several striking differences among ethnic groups with regard to heart attacks and death rates.“We’re seeing that South Asians in general have about 50 per cent higher rates compared to whites,” says Dr. Nadia […] Read More >

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