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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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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Superhydrophobicity, from leaf to lab

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Esme Symons, Technology & Engineering editor When we’re outside in the rain, we use raincoats and umbrellas to keep us dry. They are made of  waterproof materials that have surface chemistries that are unfriendly to water. It takes less energy for the water molecules to be attracted to each than to the waterproof surface, so […]

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