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Grant given to study transition from hospital to rural areas

Dr. Heather Campbell-Enns, assistant professor of psychology at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), received a one-year grant worth $100,000 through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Campbell-Enns will use the grant for a research project titled Best Practices: Transitions from Hospital to Community-Based Settings for Rural and Remote Persons with Dementia. One aim of the

Oluwafemi Oluwole compared rural and urban children’s asthma diagnoses.

Study sheds light on low asthma rates in rural children

Rural children less likely to be diagnosed compared with children in cities

Researchers Oluwafemi Oluwole and Joshua Lawson have shed light on findings from previous studies that indicated rural children are less likely to have asthma. Without investigating diagnostic explanations, those studies suggested that early-life exposure to dust and other environmental allergens may have protected rural children from developing asthma. “This may not be entirely the case,”


Newborn babies’ first gut bacteria may have effect on ability to fight disease

This could eventually allow doctors to establish beneficial bacteria right after birth

New research showing that the first bacteria introduced into the gut have a lasting impact may one day allow science to adjust microbiomes — the one-of-a-kind microbial communities that live in our gastrointestinal tracts — to help ward off serious chronic diseases. Findings by U of A microbial ecologist Jens Walter and his colleagues suggest

Comment: Now comes the tricky part

Cannabis edibles are a looming regulatory headache

Legalizing cannabis recently was the easy part. Just wait until Canada gives its thumbs-up on edibles. For months now, the focus has been on the smokable version of the drug, some oils and gels, and that’s all. As the cannabis-friendly market matures in Canada, we still have no idea how edibles will be marketed, when

Healthy heat

It’s shaping up to be a hot early autumn and harvest. Stay safe while you’re in the field

Heard the one about the farmer who wouldn’t drink while he drove the combine? He refused water, or any other liquid, while trying to get the harvest done, figuring it would mean fewer stops to answer the call of nature. But it didn’t end well. He landed in hospital with dehydration complicating other pre-existing health


A study has found the grain is an ideal and safe contrast agent for diagnosing swallowing disorders.   PHOTO: UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Barley not barium

The familiar cereal crop can also be an imaging agent for medical tests

Toasted barley could aid the medical field in diagnosing certain medical conditions. That’s because the toasted grain, when struck by a common laser beam, illuminates the throat and gastrointestinal tract. The discovery could improve the ability to diagnose swallowing disorders, which affect millions, as well as gut disorders. What’s more, because many human diets already

Diabetes: what you need to know

This manageable but chronic disease is a growing issue throughout rural Canada

Diabetes is a disease with many causes and no known cure. It’s a global issue, but the impact is felt in communities throughout Canada, and increasingly in rural Canada. If you don’t have diabetes, there is a very good chance someone in your family or circle of friends does. Today, 11 million Canadians live with

Some research indicates that warm, steaming broth may help clear congestion, and the protein and veggies in chicken soup may help your body repair itself.

Diet can give your immune system the advantage

You have several ways to help your immune system resist colds and flu this season

Recently, I was on six flights during the course of five days, with about 250 people per flight. Every flight had several people who were sneezing or coughing. So, I was exposed to at least 1,500 people all nestled in a pressurized tube, breathing the same recycled air. Now I wait to see if my


Diabetes can sneak up on you without warning, but it can also be managed effectively and even prevented.

Are you among the one in three with prediabetes?

Millions in North America have prediabetes and most don’t even know it

Millions of North Americans have this condition and 90 per cent do not know they have it. Do you know what it is? Here’s a hint: The condition occurs when the cells in your body do not respond normally to insulin, which is made by your pancreas. The answer is “prediabetes.” Having prediabetes means you

Jen Unwin of Nature’s Perfect Plant Food grabs a handful of red wiggler worms from a vermicomposting tub.

Expansion possible as cannabis market grows

Small companies could see host of new opportunities in the wake of cannabis legalization

A Manitoba entrepreneur has high hopes that pending changes to cannabis laws will help expand her fertilizer business. Jen Unwin of Nature’s Perfect Plant Food said the ability for Canadians to grow their own marijuana could be a “huge boon” to small input providers, as consumers learn more about indoor plant production. “In eight short