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How to live from a place of hope

Hope is a fleeting concept for many and can seem even more so when faced with a pandemic. UAlberta professor emeritus, registered psychologist and...

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Northern light: How Canadian research offers hope in the fight against COVID-19

Canada is home to exceptional people working in all areas of health research—and many of them are now directing their expertise to the messy but...

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The cat’s out of the bag: How a drug for feline coronavirus could be used to treat COVID-19 in humans

Dr. Joanne Lemieux is leading a team that includes chemists and a virologist from the University of Alberta to see if a drug used for a feline...

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Failing forward: How a drug that was meant to treat Ebola could be the right fit for COVID-19

Dr. Matthias Götte previously studied HIV and hepatitis C, but when the World Health Organization published a special report about preventing...

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A breath of fresh air: Addressing the impact of ventilation systems on the spread of COVID-19

Dr. Lexuan Zhong believes that there is an important element missing from discussions about our collective efforts to curb the virus’s spread:...

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Pandemic increasing likelihood of depression and anxiety in new and expecting mothers: study

U of A researchers find staying active has physical and mental health benefits for mothers and children, including toddlers and preschoolers.

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Pandemic increases importance of entrepreneurship and innovation

Business professors see long-term growth possibilities in post-pandemic landscape.

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Student-generated map shows COVID-19 travel restrictions in Northern Canada

Project aims to document decisive response to pandemic by First Nations and remote communities, says U of A undergrad.

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You likely won’t get COVID-19 from your pets—but you could give it to them

U of A veterinary disease expert offers tips to help protect pets and livestock from possible infection.

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COMMENTARY || Four strategies to help avoid the next pandemic

U of A virus expert offers recommendations that would be easier to implement and enforce than other public health measures.

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Researchers aim to find out whether COVID-19 can spread through ventilation systems

U of A buildings to serve as “living lab” for study on whether HVAC systems can help viruses spread, and how to improve filtration to prevent it.

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Student-built dashboard gives insight into global COVID-19 picture

U of A computing science grad students build interactive tool for displaying and interpreting ever-changing data as pandemic unfolds.

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U of A spinoff company developing simple blood test to predict severity of COVID-19 in patients

Nanostics using diagnostic technology to help health professionals intervene more quickly and efficiently with patients who are likely to need...

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Antivirals best defence against a disease that may be here to stay, says COVID-19 researcher

'We hope we'll get a very effective vaccine but this is a disease that may well come back sporadically.'

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U of A researchers flag similarities between COVID-19 deaths and severe rheumatic illnesses

Medical researchers recommend rheumatic drugs, exercise to boost immune-regulating “natural killer” cells.

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U of A researcher creates science-based guide to making your own protective mask

Textiles expert creates website with instructions to help people fashion homemade cloth masks based on best available evidence.

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2018 Ebola outbreak in Congo provides public health lessons for COVID-19, say researchers

Mistrust, fear and rumours helped the virus spread, but training trusted local leaders helped stop it, U of A researchers find.

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Why COVID-19 could make the overdose epidemic worse

Social isolation can be deadly for people struggling with addictions, says U of A expert.

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How to save your summer vacation from COVID-19

Thinking differently about leisure time can help you get a family getaway despite the pandemic, say experts.

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How physiotherapy can help people recover from COVID-19

Cardiorespiratory therapy a vital part of treatment for patients during and after illness, say U of A physiotherapists.

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COVID-19 could reduce wildfire risk this season, says expert

Humans account for up to 80 per cent of Alberta’s wildfires in May, but that’s likely to change this year as public health measures keep people at...

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Standard surgical masks as good as N95 respirators for family doctors, evidence suggests

Evidence reviews of masks, goggles and shoe covers suggest individual pieces of personal protective equipment aren’t enough by themselves to...

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COMMENTARY || We can’t stress the importance of social connection enough

As we deal with COVID-19, it’s important to use technology—the very tools once thought to encourage social isolation—to fight against it, says U of...

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Understanding the appeal of conspiracy theories

Recognizing the factors that lead to a willingness to believe in conspiracy theories—including fear, uncertainty and mistrust—can help us deal with...

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Researchers aim to find out whether wastewater gives early warning of COVID-19 cases in communities

U of A expert helping lead national pilot project to test wastewater for signs of COVID-19.

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Why everyone is baking all of a sudden

Arts and crafts are more than distractions—they’re healthy, meaningful ways to deal with our disrupted daily lives, says U of A occupational...

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Three ways to keep kids connected to sports when they can’t play during COVID-19

The benefits of competitive sports may be taking a hit during the pandemic, but there’s still plenty parents and coaches can do, says U of A expert.

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U of A researchers and Tonix Pharmaceuticals race to develop and test candidate vaccines for COVID-19

Partnerships like this one can dramatically accelerate efforts to move research from lab to community, says virologist.

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COVID-19 contact tracing reveals ethical tradeoffs between public health and privacy

Using smartphones to track possible infection is ethical—as long as it’s done with users’ consent and doesn’t identify them, says U of A expert who...

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‘Do no harm’ in rush to fill global ventilator shortage, urges U of A surgeon

Substandard equipment could pose as much risk as lack of equipment.

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Why public health measures to stem COVID-19 are the most ethical thing to do

Overloading health systems and making doctors decide who lives and who dies in a pandemic is fundamentally unfair, say U of A experts.

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U of A law professor helps 100 law students find internships despite suffering brain hemorrhage

Peter Sankoff raises more than $120,000 to help law students find summer work during pandemic.

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A common quest

How video games keep people connected

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COVID-19 dispatches: An ER doc’s new routine

When your job involves keeping front-line workers safe, you never get a day off.

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U of A pharmaceutical institute leads effort to fill looming hospital drug shortage

Local manufacturing capacity could ensure Canadian supply of two drugs needed to put COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

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We can’t stress the importance of social connection enough, says Augustana sociology professor

The detrimental effects of loneliness and isolation have been studied by sociologists and societies long before COVID-19. But now, more than ever,...

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How to find, keep and build hope

As with any skill, you need to practise.

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Deena Hinshaw: The making of an unlikely folk hero

Alberta’s chief medical officer has always shown the calmness, compassion and leadership that mark her daily COVID-19 updates, say her former...

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Video seminars a healthy source of information for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

U of A researcher and senior care provider partner to promote healthy aging in elderly communities.

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COMMENTARY || Women's heart health shouldn't take back seat to coronavirus

Patients with heart disease are delaying treatment because of COVID-19, but women may need it now more than ever, says U of A expert.

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Helping to keep people living with disabilities moving

The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement creates at-home programming to help those living with disabilities active during isolation.

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Elders take Indigenous cultural teachings online to support U of A students

Virtual talking circles, one-on-one counselling sessions allow two Elders to stay connected with students looking for guidance.

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COMMENTARY || How much is a zombie apocalypse like a pandemic?

Film portrayals of barren streets and public panic resemble the real world in the grip of COVID-19, says U of A cultural historian.

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Volunteering during pandemic can boost your mental health along with your career

There’s no shortage of opportunities to help others in need, say experts who recommend some ways to get involved.

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Five ways parents can encourage healthy technology use during the COVID-19 pandemic

U of A researcher weighs in on how families can balance technology use in a time when we are using it more than ever.

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Six things you need to know about the science behind wearing a homemade mask

University of Alberta infectious disease specialist sifts through the evidence.

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Five-minute ‘sweat sessions’ can keep you active and healthy while working from home

U of A physical therapists offer practical advice for a fast, effective exercise routine to avoid aches and pains from sitting too long.

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New study aims to understand how the pandemic is impacting the movement behaviours of toddlers and preschoolers

U of A researchers conducting survey of Canadian parents to find out how young children are moving during COVID-19.

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What you need to know about managing chronic medical conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic

U of A infectious disease specialist explains why underlying conditions and old age are linked to higher risks of severe disease and death.

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Feed your inner, isolated art lover

Here’s a list of arty stuff to see, do, watch and try. It’ll help you enjoy and understand the times we're in.

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U of A medical students play key role in COVID-19 hospital surge planning

Student volunteers save Alberta Health Services workers “months of work” in preparation for patient influx.

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5 tips on how to evaluate information during a pandemic

U of A Augustana public services librarian Kara Blizzard offers tips on how to sift through the overwhelming amount of information related to...

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IG in Conversation with Dr. Amy Kaler: COVID-19 and gender

The IG in Conversation series explores intersectional research of moment. In this interview, Dr. Susanne Luhmann, Director of IG, interviews...

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COVID-19 dispatches: Behind the screens with a Grade 5 teacher

Learning how to teach in the age of physical distancing.

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Daily text message service aims to help overcome mental health issues during COVID-19 pandemic

Subscribers receive practical tips on how to break the cycle of negative thoughts associated with stress, anxiety and depression.

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U of A scientist searches for drug to prevent novel coronavirus from replicating

Biophysicist aims to identify already approved drugs that could be repurposed to treat COVID-19 infection.

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UAlberta “Med Student Army” receives gift cards to local restaurants thanks to generous donor

ROHIT Group and Covenant Foundation team up to say thanks to MD students helping stop the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta.

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Why some people think COVID-19 heralds the apocalypse

For some fundamentalist Christians, the pandemic is far more than a public health threat, says U of A religious studies instructor.

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New research aims to find out how different ways of communicating during pandemic affect our health and well-being

U of A researcher conducting survey about how Canadians are keeping in touch while isolated during COVID-19.

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U of A researchers aim to find out how COVID-19 is impacting pregnant and postpartum women’s mental and physical health

A new study looks to understand the barriers the pandemic has on physical activity for pregnant and postpartum women.

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Lawyers get creative as people update wills

It’s good to review your estate planning, even in the best of times.

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Stitching the Curve: A UAlberta Library data-driven making project

The “Stitching the Curve” project seeks to capture the day-to-day values of COVID-19 cases across Canada in a work of yarncraft.

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How COVID-19 overwhelmed Canada’s long-term care system

Tragic death toll among seniors in nursing homes was half a century in the making, says elder care expert.

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University of Alberta neurologists watch for signs that COVID-19 can attack the brain

Understanding the effect now could help in directing effort for potential therapies.

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U of A economists see COVID-19 as global problem in our backyard

From policy responses to implications on the global scale, researchers are closely watching an unprecedented pandemic.

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Door levers and handrails made of compressed salt could be effective against viruses such as COVID-19

U of A researchers, startup company team up to prevent spread of viral infections through high-touch surfaces.

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Recently developed remote medical assessment tool could help flatten the COVID-19 curve

MedROAD, a virtual clinic originally developed to extend health care to remote communities, could help provide patient care while maintaining...

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COMMENTARY || Crisis or not, Alberta must not do an end-run around Health Canada

Regulation of new COVID-19 tests, drugs and vaccines is a federal responsibility for good reasons, say Alberta health law experts.

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COMMENTARY || COVID-19 cases in Africa could top one billion

Response must battle unique challenges, say global health experts who recommend a three-pronged approach.

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Biomimicry can be used to decrease or prevent the impact of future outbreaks of viral diseases, says Augustana biology professor

Professor Tomislav Terzin reflects on the anatomy of a virus and how we can use biomimicry to learn from living nature and apply the best solutions...

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University of Alberta researchers in race against time to create COVID-19 vaccine

Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology houses the critical facilities, human resources needed for success.

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How families can cope with pandemic stress

We can't control our negative thoughts and feelings, but we can choose how we respond to them, says U of A expert.

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COMMENTARY || Now is not the time to abandon key drivers of post-pandemic recovery

Economic support from governments must include the energy, resource and agricultural sectors, argues U of A business dean.

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Business as unusual

COVID-19 is taking a toll on companies. Owners offer some helpful tips.

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How to know if your pandemic drinking is getting out of hand, and what to do about it

Stress, isolation and boredom can tempt us to overindulge in alcohol, say U of A experts who recommend healthier ways to cope.

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The history & value of hand washing

While most of us have recently become more diligent about washing our hands — and washing them properly — the soap-and-20-seconds rule is nothing...

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Five tips to create a healthy workspace at home

Ergonomics expert offers advice to help employees maintain good posture while working in less than ideal settings during COVID-19 pandemic.

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U of A faculty and staff partner with AHS to ‘shield’ front-line health workers from COVID-19 using 3-D printing

New project aims to 3-D print up to 2,000 reusable face shields for use in health-care settings.

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Scientists share datasets to allow students to complete programs despite COVID-19

Data from ecological project provides valuable resource for students who can’t conduct summer field work because of pandemic.

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COVID-19 dispatches: On the front lines at an emergency shelter

From attending a birth to running a bingo: a recreation therapist’s surprising roles.

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Behind the scenes at Alberta’s COVID-19 testing laboratories

How the provincial laboratory system has ramped up to do thousands of tests per day.

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Alberta study investigates impact of early hydroxychloroquine intervention on patients battling COVID-19

Collaborative provincial research project to study effectiveness of early treatment option.

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U of A researcher studying physicians’ health before, during and after COVID-19 crisis

Rapid response surveys follow on lessons learned through study of Fort McMurray firefighters.

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U of A spinoff company searches for antiviral compounds to treat COVID-19

48Hour Discovery aims to develop clinically useful compounds by end of this year.

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U of A virology lab finds drug originally meant for Ebola is effective against a key enzyme of coronavirus that causes COVID-19

Remdesivir already in human trials in search for treatment of deadly disease.

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Working from home? Here are five tips to create a healthy workspace

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine clinical instructor Dr. Linda Miller offers live-stream as a way to “give back to the community” during this...

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We have learned valuable lessons from historical epidemics and pandemics, says Augustana history professor

Looking back at various pandemics and epidemics throughout human history—from the Plague of Athens to smallpox—allow us a better understanding of...

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How to neutralize negative COVID-19 thoughts

A psychiatrist’s guide to busting up bad thought patterns.

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Canada’s resilience through COVID-19 hinges on how we treat our most vulnerable, say experts

Societies fare better during and after disasters when people co-operate and support each other, research shows.

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How much do I need to clean at home?

COVID-19 spreads easily, but some simple housekeeping habits can help you keep it from invading your home, according to U of A virologist.

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Canadian researchers launch clinical trial testing effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19

Scientists hope to enrol thousands of Canadians in new study.

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What would Jane Austen do?

We’re turning to literature not just because we have more time on our hands but also because we’re trying to understand our moment.

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Why some local businesses will get through COVID-19 better than others

Family firms and retailers with online presence more likely to survive economic standstill and changes in consumer behaviour that will follow, say...

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What we’ve learned from the Spanish flu—and what we haven’t

Public and political responses to COVID-19 bear some striking similarities to 1918 influenza pandemic, say experts.

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When the lectern is in the living room

Three instructors share their tips for teaching online

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The resiliency of artists

Lee Playwright in Residence Meg Braem on her new Studio Theatre play "Chrysothemis" and the challenges of keeping art alive during these difficult...

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How to help seniors feel less isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic

Experts offer four creative tips to help the older adults in your life keep loneliness at bay.

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Scientist develops interactive tool for mapping COVID-19 spread

Covidmapper captures data from around the world on progression and severity of global pandemic—including future projections.

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How do I cope with the stress and anxiety of a pandemic?

Managing the impact of COVID-19 with nine simple strategies.

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Love in a dangerous time

How to pandemic-proof your relationship

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How to cope with headline stress

Five experts offer advice on how to stay informed without feeling overwhelmed.

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How to help your kids cope without organized sport

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U of A chemists join fight against COVID-19 by making hand sanitizer

Scientists use World Health Organization recipe to prepare more than 200 litres in three hours.

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How music comforts us in troubling times

Concerts on social media may be new, but music has been a constant companion to help us get through tough times for centuries, says U of A pop...

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UAlberta medical school responds to COVID-19 restrictions with remote candidate interviews

Rapid action allowed for interviews to be conducted with more than 500 medical school applicants from across Canada.

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Online Reference Centre: K-12 resources for school-kids at home

As many schoolchildren around Alberta and the world are now forced to complete schoolwork at home, there are a number of resources available to...

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Glen Sather Clinic provides virtual face-to-face physiotherapy amid COVID-19

New virtual rehabilitation sessions help Albertans get personalized care to manage conditions and injuries from home.

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Podcast: In the ICU with Kwadwo Kyeremanteng

Hear from Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, ’00 BSc, ’05 MD about what it’s like to be in the ICU during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Seven expert tips for healthy eating while you’re staying home

Stress and boredom can lead to overeating, says registered dietitian who offers sensible advice on snacking, grocery shopping and more.

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Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus could hold key to COVID-19: U of A researchers

Chemistry, biochemistry and virology labs team up to look for action against deadly human virus.

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U of A fitness expert starts blog to help people in isolation get exercise

Keeping up regular physical activity at home can stave off fitness losses—and may even help the immune system, says anatomy and biomechanics...

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Glen Sather Clinic physicians, physios offer support to primary care, emergency staff across Edmonton

UAlberta clinic is taking referrals for acute musculoskeletal injuries and concussions to free up space at emergency and family clinics amid COVID-19

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U of A health policy expert aims to cure COVID-19 ‘infodemic’

Timothy Caulfield will lead research to assess how false cures and conspiracy theories spread online, and recommend ways to contain potentially...

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Tips to help school your kids at home

A home-schooling veteran offers ideas from her own experience.

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Dispel medical misinformation with these online health sciences resources

There is a plethora of health-related information flying around, especially now that we’re deep into the COVID-19 crisis. Where can we find...

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How to know if isolation is affecting your mental health, and what to do about it

Public health measures to limit COVID-19 spread are necessary but take a toll on our mental wellness, say experts who recommend simple ways to curb...

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U of A Butterdome to house AHS assessment and treatment centre

Safety top priority as centre opens next week for patients showing symptoms of respiratory illness.

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Video: Medical students delivering groceries

After having all of their classes moved online and many of their clinical rotations cancelled, medical students at the University of Alberta...

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How to help seniors feel less isolated

Experts offer creative tips to keep loneliness at bay.

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Working with patients remotely in a time of social distancing

UAlberta course improves access to telerehabilitation services.

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Hoarding ‘cycle of hysteria’ putting unnecessary strain on supply chain

Unpredictable consumer behaviour makes it harder to manage inventories in a system meant to provide just enough just in time, says food economist.

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Quarantine bookshelf

These aren’t your typical staff picks. Here’s a curated booklist to broaden your horizons while you’re holed up at home.

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How to help your kids—and yourself—handle being at home

Staying physically and mentally active will help kids keep learning—and help everyone in the family get along, say experts.

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Edmonton company Entos developing DNA vaccine against COVID-19

U of A cancer researcher John Lewis’s health-care biotechnology company is working on a vaccine to be delivered directly into patients’ cells,...

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Six ways to stay productive when working from home

Juggling work, kids and COVID-19 worries at home isn’t easy, but there are some simple things you can do to make the adjustment easier.

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Public health study among 11 U of A research projects sharing $5.8 million in federal funding for rapid response to COVID-19

Researchers looking at how pandemic affects well-being of new mothers, newborns and health-care professionals.

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How scientists at UAlberta and around the world are battling COVID-19

City TV report on how scientists at UAlberta and around the work are battling COVID-19

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Now open: Alberta's provincial OER publishing program

The University of Alberta Library and the Alberta OER Technology and Infrastructure Working Group are pleased to announce the new Open Education...

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How the U of A's Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

Institute was designed for rapid response to viral pandemic.

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COMMENTARY || In the middle of an emergency response, pause and reflect

Taking time to think about our values, priorities and goals is an essential step in the emergency response process, says U of A dean of students.

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U of A medical students offering emergency child care to physicians and front-line health workers

More than 150 doctors and health-care workers have signed up for service offered by third- and fourth-year students temporarily pulled from...

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COMMENTARY || Now more than ever, we must fight misinformation. Trust in science is essential

Public health measures against COVID-19 depend on trust in medical science that is being eroded by an "infodemic," argues Timothy Caulfield.

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Support your kids during the COVID-19 pandemic

A psychologist’s tips on how to guide young ones through times of uncertainty

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Mental health apps can promote resiliency for our first responders and military: UAlberta study

Amid COVID-19, occupational therapist provides five tips for finding the best online mental health tools.

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How to stay active if you’re staying at home

Sticking with routines and playing active games with the kids can help you stay physically and mentally healthy when fitness facilities are closed.

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Social distancing: What it means and what you should do about it

Goal is to reduce risk of transmitting COVID-19 rather than cut off all social contact, says U of A infectious disease expert who provides tips on...

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COMMENTARY || Misinformation, alternative medicine and the coronavirus

Alternative medicine practitioners are leveraging fear of COVID-19 to sell unproven products and procedures, says U of A health policy expert...

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U of A researchers working on faster, more accurate test for COVID-19

Diagnostic tool one of four U of A research projects receiving $2.4 million in federal funding for rapid response against new coronavirus.

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Study reveals how drug meant for Ebola may also work against coronaviruses

Understanding how drugs work is an important step in developing new treatments for COVID-19, says U of A virologist.