Technology in health care: Essential but costly

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Robert Gooding-Townsend and Braydon Black, Science in Society co-editors On April 23, 2019, the federal government announced an $81-million initiative to allow researchers to analyze health data across provinces. Dr. Kim McGrail, at the University of British Columbia, will lead The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Canadian Data Platform. According to the website, SPOR “will […]

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The psychological benefits of self-compassion

Tamara Rosner, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science Editor Imagine that you’re scrolling through Instagram, being bombarded with pictures of other people living happy, successful, full, and beautiful lives. It’s natural to compare yourself to these images and feel that you’re not as exciting, or successful, or beautiful, which can make you feel worthless. You could […]

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Gut Feelings: How the Bacteria in Your Body Affect Your Brain

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Tamara Rosner, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science co-editor Your body plays host to millions of bacteria. In fact, the number of bacterial cells in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is about equal to the number of cells that make up your body. While we typically think of bacteria as “bad” or “unhealthy”, the bacteria that make […]

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Drug treatment and policy: Lessons from abroad

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Braydon Black, Science and Society co-editor The opioid crisis is having a devastating impact on individuals and communities across North America. The problem can be traced back to the late 1990s, when pharmaceutical companies began to market the drugs as a non-addictive treatment for chronic pain. Opioids became over-prescribed, leading to widespread use and overuse. […]

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Multidisciplinary collaboration helps researchers solve complex, real-world problems

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Harrison Brooks, New Science Communicator Newly minted doctor of virology Arinjay Banerjee has always been a gifted student. However, as happens with many graduate students, the way Banerjee thought about his research was flawed at its core. It wasn’t until 2014, when he came to the University of Saskatchewan that he realized it and changed. […]

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