Researchers one step closer to reversing the effects of MS

Researchers one step closer to reversing the effects of MSMolecule appears to trigger the repair of brain damage caused by multiple sclerosis A University of Alberta researcher is one step closer to demonstrating the potential of a brain molecule called fractalkine to halt and even reverse the effects of multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the…

Fifteen per cent of Canadians have long COVID symptoms

Fifteen per cent of Canadians have long COVID symptomsThe stigma attached to being a Covid long-hauler has the potential to negatively impact patient outcomes High levels of stigma experienced by some COVID long-haulers are associated with more intense symptoms, reduced physical function and loss of employment due to disability, according to newly published research from a Lancet medical journal. Specialists working in Edmonton’s…

Program offers homeless emergency patients permanent homes

Program offers homeless emergency patients permanent homesHomeless make more than 26,000 visits to Alberta emergency departments each year Edmonton emergency department patients who lack housing will soon get a chance to find permanent homes following their hospital stay, thanks to a new transition housing program. “No one should leave emergency without a place to go and a roof over their head,”…

Artificial intelligence may help predict opioid use disorder

Artificial intelligence may help predict opioid use disorderModel predicted high-risk patients with an accuracy of 86 per cent Clinicians and policymakers might get assistance from artificial intelligence in predicting opioid use disorder, thanks to a team of Alberta researchers. The researchers have created and tested a machine learning model that reliably predicts the risk of developing the disorder in individual patients by…

Nursing grad brings vital skills to the workplace

Nursing grad brings vital skills to the workplaceAn occupational health nurse looks out for the health and well-being of workers Picture a nurse in your mind and you’re likely to see someone in a clinical role, say at a hospital bedside or taking blood pressure in a clinic. But Jodi-Ann Robinson-Perry performs her nursing duties in a manufacturing plant, looking out for…

World at a ‘tipping point’ in climate change talks

World at a ‘tipping point’ in climate change talksIts impact is unevenly distributed across the globe The world is at a “tipping point” in its commitment to take action, says an expert on the impact of climate change on human health, as leaders from 195 countries gather at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt. Related Stories Extremist views make for…

New rules aim to make organ donation easier

New rules aim to make organ donation easierMandatory referral, more trained staff, public education all part of creating a “culture of donation” Ninety per cent of Canadians say they support organ donation, but only 32 per cent have actually registered to donate their organs or tissues, according to Canadian Blood Services. New measures in Alberta aim to close that gap through education,…

Dietary fibre is good for you, except when it’s not

Certain types of dietary fibre cause an inflammatory response in some patients

Dietary fibre is good for you, except when it’s notPeople who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease may soon have access to personalized dietary guidelines to keep them feeling well, thanks to new research on how dietary fibre affects the disease. The research team discovered that certain types of dietary fibre cause an inflammatory response in some patients, causing symptoms to worsen. They are now…
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