Plaque-fighting protein decreases changes of developing Alzheimer’s

University of Alberta research highlights potential pathway for new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

Plaque-fighting protein decreases changes of developing Alzheimer’sScientists at the University of Alberta have identified a mechanism for a protein that decreases the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease – a discovery that highlights a new potential avenue for developing therapeutic treatments. The protein, called CD33, is known for its connection to Alzheimer’s disease susceptibility, but its exact role was unclear until now.…

How to be kind even in the worst circumstances – and why it matters

Know what you can control and what you can’t, understand that anger doesn't help and always opt for kindness as the best option

How to be kind even in the worst circumstances – and why it mattersIt might surprise you to hear that being kind isn’t just good for the other person, it’s good for you too! Skeptical? There’s good scientific evidence that living up to the adage of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you is one of the best things you can do for yourself.…

AI-based tool can detect bipolar disorder at earlier stages

New machine learning model spots subtle early signs, making it possible for psychiatrists to treat people sooner before symptoms get worse

AI-based tool can detect bipolar disorder at earlier stagesMany people with early-stage or first-episode bipolar disorder have cognitive deficits, such as issues with visual processing and spatial memory, but those deficits are often so subtle that the disorder can go undiagnosed for years. That could change thanks to researchers who have created a machine learning model that helps identify these subtle deficits with…

Reward yourself – it will help your performance

Unfortunately, organizations regularly set goals for their employees and rarely celebrate when they are achieved

Reward yourself – it will help your performanceHow often do you celebrate your successes? When was the last time you took the time to reflect on an achievement or treated yourself because you accomplished something that didn’t seem possible before? If you’re like most people, you’re so caught up in the daily routine that you probably don’t stop and celebrate. We work…

What you need to do after a relationship ends

Start with a firm resolution to pick yourself up, along with several actions to rebuild the damaged parts of your life

What you need to do after a relationship endsFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Project aims to help Alberta teachers, students build hope during pandemic

U of A education researchers team up with Edmonton teachers to create activities meant to foster hope and resilience in challenging times

Project aims to help Alberta teachers, students build hope during pandemicA new project from researchers at the University of Alberta is helping bring the power of hope to schools during the pandemic. Working with teachers from Edmonton’s public and Catholic school divisions, researchers in the Faculty of Education and one of its research units, Hope Studies Central, have co-developed hope-focused activities that teachers can blend into existing classroom…

Fake it until you make it: How your self-image impacts your performance

You have to believe in yourself

Fake it until you make it: How your self-image impacts your performanceBelieve it or not, your performance is limited. However, the limitations on what you can with your life, your job or your sport are primarily defined by you and not by outside factors. Take for example Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 1954. He had been told – as had all athletes…

How to build emotional resilience

When we observe negative events in our lives as flexible short-term situations, we position ourselves to let the situations go sooner

How to build emotional resilienceHave you ever poured paint or bleach into a bucket of water? That’s how negativity affects our day-to-day lives. When we ruminate on situations or events that seem to be going poorly, and believe that circumstances will never improve, that negativity starts to spread and colour our entire perspective. We may once have been full…

Why exercise should be a key component of business success

Numerous studies have shown that regular daily exercise can reduce stress, improve mental health and increase immunity

Why exercise should be a key component of business successMy brother Rob – a 50-something entrepreneur living in Ireland – annoyed me the other day when he told me he’s on track to be the same weight and almost as strong as he was when he was in his 20s. Rob and I have had ongoing competitions since the day Rob was born, which…

Regular exercise may help expecting moms stave off depression

Study suggests following physical activity guidelines could help a vulnerable group that is bearing the brunt of social isolation

Regular exercise may help expecting moms stave off depressionNew moms and pregnant mothers-to-be who were physically active in the early days of the pandemic had a 30 per cent less chance of experiencing depression, according to a study that also shows this already vulnerable group continues to bear the brunt of the isolation measures. “It’s not like it was a big shock that…
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