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Cannabis sales must avoid mistakes made by alcohol deregulation, Alberta doctor says

As the province begins developing a framework for legalizing cannabis, School of Public Health assistant professor, Elaine Hyshka, said she hopes Alberta learns from past mistakes with alcohol deregulation.

Albertans have less risky drinking habits than Australians, but not by much

For Albertans, higher income, having no religion and being born in Canada were associated with risky alcohol use, according to study by Professor Don Voaklander and Australian colleague.

Local experts call for changes to farm safety rules

The province released reports from technical working groups, including Professor Don Voaklander, tasked with reviewing how Alberta's occupational safety and health rules should apply to farms and ranches.

Opinion: Science should guide local response to substance abuse

Faculty members Elaine Hyshka and Cam Wild are members of the Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton coalition. They state scientific evidence consistently supports the individual and community benefits of these services, and local data demonstrate an urgent need for them in our inner city.

MADD urges Alberta pursue public model on cannabis to ensure safety first

Kathy Belton of the Injury Prevention Centre, says more information is needed on how governments plan to keep kids safe in light of legalization of recreational cannabis use.

Province improves grade in annual nutrition report card but lacks affordable healthy food options

Alberta has improved its overall nutritional food environment, but fails to provide low-income families with affordable options, says Professor Kim Raine.

How much sleep do children lose when devices are used before bedtime?

Researchers, including Professor Paul Veugelers, have looked into just how much sleep kids are losing to smart device use.

How to be healthy when your family isn't

Paul Veugelers, a professor in the School of Public Health, explains that children's choices are closely aligned to those of their parents.

Creepy swimmer's itch parasite in northern lakes can scratch summer fun

A cooling summer dip in a freshwater lake or pond could give you a nasty reaction, but Michigan is leading the way in research and control

Four water safety tips for the May long weekend

As Albertans are heading to lakes around the province this May long weekend, experts are cautioning them to be careful around water.

Researcher whose work convinced Edmonton to set up safe injection sites among U of A award winners

A researcher who shed light on the potential health benefits of supervised injection sites in Edmonton was among those honoured with a Community Connections Award from the University of Alberta.

Not so fast: Health care needs reform before marijuana is legalized, says U of A professor

Alberta needs to better prepare its health care system for marijuana legalization, an academic told a Calgary seminar on the watershed drug reforms.

Stem Cell Trial Data Mostly Go Unpublished

Less than half of completed stem cell studies in humans are published in peer-reviewed journals, according to an analysis of regenerative medicine trials.

Edmonton council throws support behind supervised injection sites

Council votes 10-1 to ask the province to seek federal approval for three proposed sites

University of Alberta researcher calls for refugee health-care clinic in Edmonton

Edmonton needs a specialized refugee health clinic similar to one in Calgary, says University of Alberta researcher who spent four months interviewing Syrian families struggling to access health care in this city.

Impact of wildfire on Indigenous residents to be studied

Teresa Nahweganbow says she found that the mainstream and immigrant populations received the attention on re-entry, while the Indigenous population did not. She says she is still surprised to learn that the public has little idea that a large Indigenous population lives in Fort McMurray.

Canada's treatment of fentanyl, opioid addicts hazardous and outdated, says physician

Canada should follow other countries, including the U.S., that have moved toward using other drug, buprenorphine/naloxone to manage opioid addiction, said Dr. Cam Wild of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Ongoing stomach infection study reaches Inuvik, N.W.T.

Ongoing research in the Mackenzie Delta is changing the way a common bacterial stomach infection is being treated, and now Inuvik residents are being recruited to help.

Gap in cancer stats a red flag for Brain Tumour Foundation

The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada estimates that two-thirds of all non-malignant brain tumours are not being reported in Canadian cancer registries, a major concern for the London-based organization as it celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

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