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How Do You Know If a School Backpack Is Too

How Do You Know If a School Backpack Is Too Heavy?

Backpacks can vary greatly in size, and Cameron also says it's a balance between finding one large enough without overwhelming the person wearing it. As well, the pack should be worn in line with the hip bones rather than being higher up the back or lower down on the buttocks.
09/09/2014 12:19 EDT
Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing

Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing Field

As kids head back to school, hoping to make this year's sports teams, University of Toronto public health professor and family doctor Ross Upshur is calling for stronger action to prevent sports-related concussion in children and youth.
09/05/2014 04:40 EDT
Can't Sleep? Blame Your

Can't Sleep? Blame Your Neurons

Reported online August 20 in the journal Brain, the new findings demonstrate for the first time that a group of inhibitory neurons, whose loss leads to sleep disruption in experimental animals, is substantially diminished among the elderly and individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
08/22/2014 05:09 EDT
Eating One Serving of This Every Day Could Lead to Better Weight

Eating One Serving of This Every Day Could Lead to Better Weight Loss

Sievenpiper said that despite their known health benefits, only 13 per cent of Canadians eat pulses on any given day and most do not eat a full serving, which is 130 grams or three-quarters of a cup. That's despite beans, peas and lentils being common Canadian crops.
08/11/2014 08:38 EDT

"Killer Sperm" Prevents Mating Between Worm Species

The classic definition of a biological species is the ability to breed within its group, and the inability to breed outside it. A study published July 29 in the journal PLOS Biology offers some important clues about the evolution of barriers to breeding.
08/08/2014 04:50 EDT
Developments on the Biology Underlying

Developments on the Biology Underlying Schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia.
08/05/2014 05:18 EDT
A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon

A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence.
07/23/2014 05:33 EDT
Bringing Sex Education to the

Bringing Sex Education to the Stage

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today's youth, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health has a slightly different stance. Shira Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the School's Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, is taking to the stage to educate young adults about sex.
07/16/2014 05:21 EDT
A Simple Trick To Improve Your Sex

A Simple Trick To Improve Your Sex Life

Research showed that couples who spent extra time together reported feeling more satisfied with both their sex lives and their relationship with their partner. The afterglow of post-sex affection proved to be long lasting for couples, with participants reporting higher levels of satisfaction with their sex lives and relationships in a follow-up survey conducted three months later.
05/27/2014 05:36 EDT
Abused Kids Signficantly At Risk For ADD Or

Abused Kids Signficantly At Risk For ADD Or ADHD

Thirty percent of adults with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) report they were physically abused before they turned 18. This compares to seven per cent of those without ADD/ADHD who were physically abused before 18.
03/13/2014 09:09 EDT
Exercise Buddy Program Could Help Cancer

Exercise Buddy Program Could Help Cancer Research

Inspired by the popularity of online dating, Associate Professor Catherine Sabiston is hoping to help cancer patients find their perfect exercise "match" post-treatment. "One of the biggest barriers that women with cancer identify is lack of social support," said Sabiston. "They say that if they just had someone to knock on their door and pull them out of the house, they'd exercise. It made me wonder how to match these women with other women so that they can get that social support and hopefully exercise more."
03/03/2014 02:32 EST
Why Walmart Wants to Sell You

Why Walmart Wants to Sell You Groceries

In early February, the CEO of Walmart Canada announced her chain was moving fully into the grocery business. The move means Canada will see hundreds of groceries stores added to what seems to be a full complement already, with Loblaws, Metro, Sobey's, Longo's, Costco and the discount stores related to some of these chains. Are we at the point of market saturation?
02/25/2014 04:13 EST
How the Discovery of Insulin Helped My

How the Discovery of Insulin Helped My Family

Type 1 diabetes was once lethal but thanks to the Nobel prize-winning research conducted at the University of Toronto in 1921-22, had become a controllable condition through daily injections of insulin derived from cattle and pigs. My father's story reminds me about the importance of universities as places that create the space for big "what if" and "I wonder" questions.
02/13/2014 05:04 EST
Are You Going Hungry Tonight? 4 Million Canadians

Are You Going Hungry Tonight? 4 Million Canadians Are

Four million Canadians, including 1.15 million children, are living in households where it is sometimes a struggle to put food on the table, researchers at the University of Toronto have found. And most of those households are sustained by working adults - including self-employed, salaried and hourly workers,
02/12/2014 05:00 EST
Turns Out, Honesty Is The Best

Turns Out, Honesty Is The Best Policy

A University of Toronto report based on two neural imaging studies that monitored brain activity has found a reward given for telling the truth gives people greater satisfaction than the same reward given for deceit.
02/12/2014 04:54 EST