A University of Alberta team has made a breakthrough in hepatitis C research, creating a vaccine that could potentially combat all forms of the liver-destroying virus. The vaccine was developed by Michael Houghton, a U of A researcher who first identified the hepatitis C virus in 1989. The vaccine exposes the human body to a non-infectious
"You are suffering from overhydration,” Dr. Wayne Smith said, running a hand through his greying hair. “You are drinking so much water that it is becoming like a poison in your body.” I stared at him in disbelief. Beside me sat my metal water bottle, its flower pattern chipping from overuse. My tongue felt like sandpaper
The leaders of several top virology labs have agreed to a 60-day halt on research involving new strains of avian influenza that are more transmissible in mammals. The agreement was spearheaded by Ron Fouchier, a Dutch virologist and the lead author of a controversial study on bird flu, currently in press at Science.
A group of classmates at the University of Saskatchewan has undertaken a long-term study that will examine the environmental pressures to binge drink on campus and at campus-related events. The U of S Student Binge Drinking Prevention campaign originally started as a sociology assignment, but has since evolved into a funded initiative run by four
Before last week, I knew almost nothing about Celiac disease. I knew celiacs couldn’t drink beer, and I suspected something to do with bread, but that was about it. Wanting to challenge myself and learn more about the disease, I decided to research it and live on a celiac diet for a week.
This December will mark the tenth anniversary of the government of Canada forcing cigarette producers to place a label containing a graphic image and health warning on cigarette packages. The government recently announced that it plans to increase the size of the health warnings to 75 per cent. However, it’s doubtful that increasing the size
How far would you go to have a child? Would you risk your health, the health of your spouse or most importantly the health of the fetus? There will always be risks when a child is born — this is an unavoidable part of life — but the job of a doctor is to lower
Back in my first year of university, long before I traded in my straightener (for something much more useful: wine), I thought about foregoing shampoos and conditioners. Perhaps “thought” is too serious of a word ”” I entertained the idea of not using hair products, sort of in the same way a person daydreams about
Health Canada is again warning Canadians about "Brazilian blowout" hair smoothing products. The agency has heard complaints of burning eyes, nose, and throat, breathing difficulties and even hair loss.
Only five to 10 per cent of all cancer cases are caused by genetic defects. The remaining cases are linked to lifestyle factors including smoking, diet, alcohol, physical inactivity, obesity, sun exposure, infections and environmental pollutants.