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Key To Child Fitness Is Intensity, Not Duration
2012-11-10 10:00:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Children may need less than 10 minutes of taxing exercise per day to stay fit and healthy, but many of them aren't even getting that, a team of researchers from across Canada claim in a new study. According to a statement, Richard Lewanczuk of the University of Alberta, Jonathan McGavock of the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, and colleagues recruited a total of more than 600 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 17....

2012-11-02 14:53:31

Couples about to tie the knot shouldn't ignore nagging doubts about getting married, warns a University of Alberta researcher. "If you are having doubts about the relationship, just ignoring them may make a difference years down the road," said Matthew Johnson who co-authored the study while at Kansas State University. Johnson is now an assistant professor in the University of Alberta Department of Human Ecology. The study, published recently in the journal Family Process, found that...

Weight Loss Difficult Due To Negative Views In Media
2012-10-26 12:43:25

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Overweight individuals are being shouted at and berated by svelte trainers and bulked up athletes. Females fall face first on the ground after hours and hours of strenuous exercise. Looks of misery can be seen on a man´s face as he is denied a tasty morsel and forced to stick with a strict diet. These are just a few scenes from The Biggest Loser, a television show that aims to help overweight and obese individuals drop the...

2012-09-13 10:29:10

VANCOUVER, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Professional Association of Residents of British Columbia (PAR-BC) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Jason Wong as PAR-BC President. Dr. Wong attended the University of Alberta for undergraduate studies before pursuing medial education at the University of Alberta. He is currently a 4th year resident in Public Health and Preventative Medicine. Joining Dr. Wong on the Board of Directors are Dr. Joanna Oda, Immediate Past President; Dr....

2012-07-26 14:26:13

Women who suffered spinal injuries in the 2005 Pakistan earthquake continued to endure hardships years later, including abandonment by spouses and families, according to new research from the University of Alberta. Zubia Mumtaz, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health who studies how gender and class inequalities affect maternal health, worked with a team of graduate students to document the experiences of paraplegic women three years after the 7.6-magnitude quake that...

2012-07-23 20:52:59

A team of University of Alberta researchers has identified a new class of compounds that inhibit the spread of prions, misfolded proteins in the brain that trigger lethal neurodegenerative diseases in humans and animals. U of A chemistry researcher Frederick West and his team have developed compounds that clear prions from infected cells derived from the brain. "When these designer molecules were put into infected cells in our lab experiments, the numbers of misfolded proteins...

2012-07-13 10:54:37

A new study from the University of Alberta is challenging the notion that teaching the next generation of Sidney Crosbys how to take a bodycheck at an earlier age will help them avoid injury over the long term. Researchers with the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research in the School of Public Health studied hockey-related injuries using data from several emergency departments in the Edmonton region. They found little truth to the theory that introducing bodychecking at an earlier...

2012-06-11 18:26:49

A University of Alberta team has made an important breakthrough in the race to find a viable replacement for supply of technetium-99m, an important isotope produced by Canada's Chalk River reactor. Their research has proven that this important medical isotope, used in nuclear medicine imaging for about 250,000 Alberta patients each year, can be created in a device known as a cyclotron–and is as safe to use and provides as reliable an image as reactor-based isotopes. Their results are...

2012-05-17 12:33:59

We've said farewell to Friendster. Netscape Navigator is nevermore. As an Internet service provider, AOL is AWOL. What happened to these companies that once ruled their individual markets? According to two University of Alberta researchers, their market dominance made them vulnerable. In a research paper recently published in MIT Sloan Management Review, University of Alberta marketing professors Kyle Murray and Gerald Häubl posit that it may only take an upstart competitor...

2012-05-15 21:49:54

Research from the University of Alberta provides new insight into treatment patterns for people with stage two and three rectal cancer–information that ultimately will help physicians improve care strategies for patients provincewide. Lead researcher Marcy Winget, an epidemiologist with the School of Public Health, says the study of more than 900 patients with rectal cancer is a first step to addressing gaps in care and ensuring that general practitioners, surgeons and oncologists...