Researchers goal is to end chronic pain in MS patients

Attempting to determine whether the peripheral nervous system plays a role in facial pain

Researchers goal is to end chronic pain in MS patientsA newly announced grant from the MS Society is helping researchers at the University of Alberta to better understand the underlying cause of chronic pain that afflicts an estimated half of people with multiple sclerosis, and how to eradicate it. Bradley Kerr and his team are looking in particular at the peripheral nervous system, which involves all…

Research on how flu drug works may reveal how to outsmart variants

Researcher sees parallels in the challenges of developing antiviral drugs for respiratory infections caused by influenza and coronaviruses

Research on how flu drug works may reveal how to outsmart variantsA University of Alberta laboratory has uncovered the mechanism of action for a recently approved influenza drug in newly published research. The scientists discovered that the drug baloxavir marboxil binds highly efficiently to an enzyme that is key to how the influenza virus replicates inside an infected patient. They also showed how a mutation of…

Any memory boost from morning exercise is short-lived

U of A undergrad researcher finds surprising effect on memory eight hours after physical activity

Any memory boost from morning exercise is short-livedExercising first thing in the morning makes long-term memory recall increasingly hard as the day continues, according to surprising results from an undergraduate student-led study that challenges conventional wisdom about the positive role physical activity plays in making new memories. “If you’re going to exercise in the morning, you might have a little trouble remembering…

U of A scientists ready to create compounds that will power the future

Research will further applications in everything from solar energy and next-generation batteries to cleaner mining and pharmaceuticals

U of A scientists ready to create compounds that will power the futureWhen Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev published the periodic table of the elements in 1869, he invented not only a roadmap for access to all known and future compounds, but also the “chemist’s playground.” “It’s our playbook,” said the University of Alberta’s Dennis Hall, a professor in the Faculty of Science and Canada Research Chair in Boron Chemistry…

Canadian briefs U.S. policy-makers on removing CO2 from atmosphere

U of A scientist co-led expert panel on mineral carbonation, briefed U.S. congressional staff on opportunities in the United States

Canadian briefs U.S. policy-makers on removing CO2 from atmosphereA scientist at the University of Alberta is lending her expertise on mineral carbonation to policy-makers in the United States in hopes of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide on a mass scale. Sasha Wilson, an associate professor in the Faculty of Science, worked with the American non-profit Energy Futures Initiative (EFI). In December 2020, Wilson and her colleagues co-led…

Supporting vulnerable migrant children now living in Canada

Supporting vulnerable migrant children now living in CanadaOf more than 33 million international child migrants, most are from Africa and Asia, according to UNICEF estimates. Many carry the scarring trauma of war, gun violence, poverty and human trafficking. Some travel with their parents, some alone. But not much is known about how these children fare once displaced. As a result, their physical…

Fruits, vegetables reduce risk of cancer from red, processed meats

Diet has the largest impact on chronic disease, including cancers

Fruits, vegetables reduce risk of cancer from red, processed meatsRecent research led by Katerina Maximova, an adjunct professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and member of the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta, shows that low consumption of fruits and vegetables combined with a higher intake of processed meats is associated with greater incidence of cancer for Albertans. “It is generally accepted that…

Managing invasive species better than eliminating them: research

Every year, hundreds of introduced species cause billions of dollars in damage

Managing invasive species better than eliminating them: researchManaging invasive species – not eliminating them altogether – is a better use of time and conservation resources in many cases, according to a study led by a University of Alberta biologist. Every year, hundreds of introduced species cause billions of dollars in damage to ecosystems, agriculture and infrastructure in North America alone. The research,…

Covid-19 news coverage based more on #fearporn than science

Journalists eager to echo doomsday alarms about pandemic case numbers while ignoring the social devastation of lockdown policies

Covid-19 news coverage based more on #fearporn than scienceIt has long been accepted both within and without the world of journalism that negative news trumps developments of a positive nature pretty much every time. Much may have changed in how news is delivered to people but the old cliches – “if it bleeds it leads” and “newspapers don’t report when airplanes land safely”…

COVID-19 puts girls in low- and middle-income countries in peril

COVID-19 puts girls in low- and middle-income countries in perilAn increase in child marriages, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexual violence is likely to be seen for years in low-and middle-income countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a University of Alberta nursing researcher who is leading an international study to address the problem. “In many countries all the health services…