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How sharks recycle toxic ammonia to keep their skin moist

(University of British Columbia) The Pacific spiny dogfish shark is a master at recycling the ocean's toxic ammonia and converting it into useful urea, according to new research from University of British Columbia zoologists. Animals...Show More Summary

UBC study finds optimal walking and cycling speeds to reduce air pollution inhalation

(University of British Columbia) Cyclists should be riding at speeds between 12 and 20 kilometers per hour on city roads, while pedestrians should be moving at two to six kilometers per hour to minimize their inhalation of air pollution while still getting the health benefits of exercise, according to new UBC research.

Psychopathy increases risk of violence in romantic relationships

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) People with higher levels of psychopathic tendencies are more likely to assault their romantic partners. They are also more likely to drink alcohol, a UBC study has found.The study, which...Show More Summary

People trying quit smoking don't always focus on tobacco cessation

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Fifty percent of statements made by smokers during counseling sessions designed to help them stop have nothing to do with quitting, a UBC study has found.The study, which focused on conversations...Show More Summary

UBC researcher worries global warming may harm predator and prey connections

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) A UBC study highlights the potential harm that climate change may have on a number of predator and prey relationships.Rebecca Tyson, an associate professor of mathematics at UBC's Okanagan...Show More Summary

Music may help make high-intensity interval training viable option for average person

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) In a recently published study, researchers Kathleen Martin Ginis and Matthew Stork studied the attitudes of moderate exercisers towards high-intensity interval training, which they hadn't been exposed to before. Show More Summary

UBC research offers faster way to confirm safety of oil and gas pipelines

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) A simple vibration test can help oil and gas companies prevent pipeline spills in a way that is faster and cheaper than conventional methods, a UBC study shows.The study, conducted atShow More Summary

UBC identifies bacteria linked to acid produced at mining sites

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) UBC researchers have isolated organisms that cause acid-rock drainage in mining operations.'Mining waste is an environmental concern in many parts of the world and currently costs a great...Show More Summary

Snow could reduce need for air conditioning

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) A recent UBC study shows that snow cleared from winter roads can help reduce summer air-conditioning bills.The UBC study, a computer modelling exercise, found directing a building's air...Show More Summary

Podcast: Music video parodies to deliver critical health care messages

James McCormack calls himself “Pharmacist, Professor, Medication Mythbuster, and Healthy Skeptic at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia.” We can add to that:  singer, podcaster, and humorist about important messages. Show More Summary

New documentary shows how trees form special bonds with "friends and family"

A new documentary, Intelligent Trees, shows a side of trees that most of us have never seen before. Created by German forester Peter Wohlleben and forest ecologist Suzanne Simard of the University of British Columbia, the film explores the network of roots and fungal threads beneath the forest floor. Show More Summary

Antibiotics developed in 1960s show promise for TB therapy

(University of British Columbia) First generation cephalosporins -- antibiotics introduced as a treatment against bacterial infections in 1963 -- now show promise for tuberculosis therapy, according to new research published in Scientific Reports.

Microbiome forecasting in the ocean

A new mathematical model developed at the University of British Columbia integrates environmental and molecular sequence information to better explain how microbial networks drive nutrient and energy cycling in marine ecosystems. The...Show More Summary

To understand the oceans' microbes, follow function, not form

A University of British Columbia mathematician may have discovered a key to understanding the constantly changing distribution of microbial species in the world's oceans—classify microorganisms by their biochemical function, rather than by their taxonomy.

Many parents lack the confidence to get their kids to exercise

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) If Canadian parents are going to get their kids to exercise more, they need more than just public awareness campaigns.Parents exposed to one such national campaign were actually less confident they could increase their children's activity levels, according to a recent UBC study.

UBC research could help local governments plan together

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) A new approach to modelling land use change developed at UBC could help cities and towns better coordinate their land-use planning efforts.The approach can enhance existing computer planning models, better enabling planners to consider how the land-use patterns of their neighbors could impact planning in their own communities.

Pet therapy can combat homesickness

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) The expression dog is man's best friend might have more weight in the case of first-year university students suffering from homesickness, according to a new UBC study.The study shows that animal-assisted therapy can help students combat homesickness and could be a useful tool in lowering post-secondary drop-out rates.

Transgender youth are as likely to become pregnant as other adolescents

(University of British Columbia) Sexually active transgender youth have pregnancy rates similar to their non-transgender peers -- dispelling the notion that trans youth are less at risk for pregnancy, according to new UBC research.

Seven intriguing angles on the EpiPen price-gouging story

The following post is by Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, a journalist, and author of the The Cochrane Collaboration: Medicine’s Best-Kept Secret. The story in a nutshell: Drugmaker raises prices on an apparent lifesaving drug by over 400%. Show More Summary

Discovery Offers Hope for Crohn’s Disease Sufferers (VIDEO)

Discovery Offers Hope for Crohn’s Disease Sufferers. The scientists at the University of British Columbia have made a discovery that could hopefully lead to treatments for Crohn’s disease. The disease… The post Discovery Offers HopeShow More Summary

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