How does stress make you sick?

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Michael Limmena, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science editor Restless nights. Late night snack binges. Pounding headaches. The ticking clock screams every second, increasing my already sky-high level of irritation. I’m very stressed out. Stress is a physiological response to a psychologically or physically challenging situation. Many Canadians are feeling stressed. In 2015, Statistics Canada surveyed […]

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When scicomm goes viral

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Raymond Nakamura & Katrina Vera Wong, Multimedia editors The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for effective science communication (among other things) and science communicators and artists are finding ways to meet this demand. How does the novelty and urgency of the current situation affect the creation of multimedia that communicates the relevant science? We […]

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Your genes may (NOT) be used against you

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Katie Compton, Science Policy and Politics Editor When I’m not writing and editing for Science Borealis, I’m working as a cancer genetic counsellor. I spend a lot of time talking to people about the risks and benefits of having genetic testing. Sometimes my patients know that there is an inherited form of cancer in their […]

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The research labs abandoned during COVID-19

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What does the global pandemic mean for health research funding in Canada?   Jasleen Grewal, Communications, Education & Outreach editor The pandemic has placed unique demands on research efforts at universities and healthcare institutions around the world. In Canada, efforts have ramped up to support rapid testing for COVID-19 infections and create a vaccine. The […]

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The pandemic we’re not talking about: What’s going on with honeybees?

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Jenna Finley, Biology and Life Sciences editor Over the last few months, humanity has been grappling with COVID-19 and trying to reduce the spread of this devastating virus. But we aren’t the only ones dealing with a deadly pandemic. For the past 20 years, wild and domestic honeybees have been suffering from the effects of […]

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