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Learn to Be Savvy and Detect Bogus Health News

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Today it seems that we're bombarded with news about some great new medical hope or fear of the moment, and I worry that we are all suffering from health-information overload. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps we can take when reading medical news that will help us to put...

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Trying to Quit Smoking? Your DNA Might Be Holding You Back

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:19 PM

If you're trying to quit smoking, new research from the University of Toronto suggests the first thing you need to understand is your DNA.

"In this new trial, we've shown that it is possible to optimize quit rates for smokers, while minimizing side effects, by selecting treatment based on...

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Stem Cell Pioneer's Major Multinational Discovery May Speed Research

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:29 PM

There's a new class of stem cell that's exciting researchers around the world -- and it was discovered by an international team of almost 50 scientists on four continents, led by U of T researchers.

Headed by Professor Andras Nagy of obstetrics and gynaecology and the Institute of Medical Sciences,...

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Rejecting an Unwanted Suitor to His Face Is Easier Said Than Done

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:44 AM

You're at a slumber party with your friends. One friend asks "if a guy at school asked you out, but you weren't really attracted to him, would you go?" You laugh and shake your head no: "Why would I, if he's not my type?"

Or imagine you're at school, sitting...

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Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Recent changes to Canadian immigration policy mean fewer social and health supports for immigrant women with a precarious immigration status -- putting them at an increased risk of violence, researchers say.

"Between 2008 and 2013, the Canadian government introduced an unprecedented number of legislative and regulatory changes that have...

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A Doctor's Take on Alternative Medicine

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Dr. Mel Borins wants to you to be healthy and he wants you equipped with more than just your family doctor's orders.

A family physician and associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, Borins is a leading expert in health and wellness who has advocated evidence-based,...

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Why You Need To Get a Flu Shot ASAP

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Very soon, people of all ages across Canada will roll up their sleeves for their flu shots.

The vaccine is already available in many doctors' offices in time to help people protect themselves from the illness.

It's impossible to predict exactly when and how severely influenza will strike, but in...

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Understanding Toronto's Transit Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:01 PM

University of Toronto transit and transportation policy expert Matti Siemiatycki. (Photo by Dominic Ali/University of Toronto)

On an average weekday, 1.6 million people use public transit to navigate Canada's largest city, relying on the Toronto Transit Commission's four subway lines, 11 streetcar...

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This 3-D Printer Prints...Skin?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 8:18 AM

While some of us are using the new power of 3D printers to make smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two engineering students from the University of Toronto are using them to print functional human skin.

On September 18, Arianna McAllister and Lian Leng were named the Canadian winners of the...

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Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:29 PM

If schmoozing for work leaves you with a certain 'ick' factor, that's not just awkwardness you're feeling. Professional networking can create feelings of moral impurity and physical dirtiness, researchers say.

That can hold people back from networking more, which can in turn reduce career opportunities and lower job performance, says...

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Back to School: How to Create a Healthy Lunch

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 5:35 PM

What is a healthy lunch for your child? And how can you encourage your kid to eat the lunch you pack or put on the table?

These are two of the most vexing questions parents face, as they get their kids ready for school each day, so writer Jim...

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Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:42 PM

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now.

"It's very sad to hear an eight-year old say 'if I don't get an A on this book report, I'm...

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How Do You Know If a School Backpack Is Too Heavy?

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Students are returning to class this week lugging backpacks filled with books and binders. But how much is too much to carry?

Debra Cameron, an assistant professor in the University of Toronto's department of occupational science and occupational therapy, says the acceptable weight for a backpack depends on the child's...

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Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing Field

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:45 PM

As kids head back to school, hoping to make this year's sports teams, University of Toronto public health professor and family doctor Ross Upshur is calling for stronger action to prevent sports-related concussion in children and youth.

The World Health Organization classifies concussion suffered in sport or recreational activities by...

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Women With Multiple Chronic Conditions Are Screened Less Often for Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

They are also screened less often than women with moderate disabilities or women with only one chronic condition, according to research...

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Can't Sleep? Blame Your Neurons

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:08 PM

New research led by University of Toronto neurologist Andrew Lim sheds light on sleep disruption in aging adults.

"In many older people with insomnia and other patterns of sleep disruption, the underlying cause is unknown," said Lim, assistant professor of neurology and neuroscientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences.

"We provide evidence...

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Lighting Brighter: 6 Effect of Smart Sustainable Lighting

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Walk into a hardware store these days and you'll find more varieties of light bulbs than ever before.

Some may look a bit strange and cost a bit more than the incandescent bulbs that used to be the norm. But these amazingly energy-efficient, "green" lighting solutions -- and others still...

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Eating One Serving of This Every Day Could Lead to Better Weight Loss

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Eating about one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study from a University of Toronto expert has found.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of all available clinical trials found that people felt...

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"Killer Sperm" Prevents Mating Between Worm Species

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:49 PM

The classic definition of a biological species is the ability to breed within its group, and the inability to breed outside it. A study published July 29 in the journal PLOS Biology offers some important clues about the evolution of barriers to breeding.

The vast majority of the time, mating...

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Developments on the Biology Underlying Schizophrenia

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:18 PM

It's the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date.

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of...

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