Convenience and control: Online sexually transmitted infection testing offers many benefits
Online sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing removes some of the barriers that prevent people from getting tested while still providing key information about health and wellness, according users.
Feb 20, 2019
Spherical display brings virtual collaboration closer to reality
Virtual reality can often make a user feel isolated from the world, with only computer-generated characters for company. But researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan think they may have found a way to encourage a more sociable virtual reality.
Feb 19, 2019
Students pitch solutions to global issues in UBC World’s Challenge Challenge
Six three-person teams of UBC students will be facing off, Dragon’s Den-style, on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the UBC World’s Challenge Challenge—a competition in which students pitch their solutions to global problems.
Feb 7, 2019
Fish chemical cocktail reveals how a single gene may alter an aquatic ecosystem
Variations in a single gene in tiny stickleback fish alter how they interact with their environment and potentially trigger changes across an ecosystem, a new study from the University of British Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania finds.
Feb 6, 2019
Integrating cultural practices improves health care for Indigenous women living with partner violence
The health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates Elder-led circles and other cultural elements, finds new research from the University of British Columbia and Western University.
Jan 31, 2019
More oversight needed for consumer brain stimulation devices
As smart watches and fitness trackers explode in popularity, so is a new type of health and wellness tech marketed as being able to monitor and manipulate brain functions. Direct-to-consumer “neurotechnology” is a rapidly growing industry, predicted to top $3 billion by 2020.
Jan 24, 2019
UBC students take on hyperloop concepts in rail challenge
Second-year mechanical engineering students will race their autonomous engines around a track designed to simulate the challenges facing hyperloop design – a system of tubes through which a “pod” can travel free of air resistance or friction, transporting people or objects at high speed.
Jan 22, 2019
Some pregnant women don’t believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus
Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, according to a new review by UBC researchers.
Jan 22, 2019
Study highlights lack of fair access to urban green spaces
People with higher incomes and more education tend to have greater access to urban green spaces than their less privileged neighbours, a new University of British Columbia study of parks and greenery in 10 major North American cities has found.
Jan 17, 2019
Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels in a petri dish
The breakthrough engineering technology, outlined in a new study published today in Nature, dramatically advances research of vascular diseases like diabetes, identifying a key pathway to potentially prevent changes to blood vessels—a major cause of death and morbidity among those with diabetes.
Jan 16, 2019
CHIME telescope detects second-ever repeating fast radio burst
A team of scientists in Canada has found the second repeating fast radio burst (FRB) ever recorded, providing new clues about the brief, puzzling pulses of radio energy from far outside our galaxy.
Jan 9, 2019
This scientist’s pain will be future cancer patients’ gain
Mary De Vera has researched asthma, arthritis and pregnancy. She doesn’t specialize in a particular medical condition, she specializes in methods.
Jan 7, 2019
Inclusive primary care improves people’s health, finds UBC-Western study
Respectful, inclusive practices in primary care clinics can significantly improve the health of low-income, marginalized people who may have previously experienced trauma or discrimination, a new study from the University of British Columbia and Western University has found.
Dec 18, 2018
UBC program teaches kids how to navigate health information online
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are likely on many kids’ wish lists to Santa this year. But for the lucky ones whose wishes come true, parents and guardians may be wondering how to ensure youngsters know how to safely navigate the online world.
Dec 13, 2018
Online game trains players how to sort waste correctly
A simple online game can teach people to more accurately sort waste—with lasting results, a new UBC study has found.
Dec 6, 2018
Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds all around the world
Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources, new research from the French National Center for Scientific Research in Montpellier and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.
Dec 6, 2018
Dairy calves’ personalities predict their ability to cope with stress
A UBC study published earlier this year found that dairy calves have distinct personality traits from a very young age. Now researchers have followed up that study by examining those same calves at four months of age, to find out how their personality traits govern their reactions to real-world situations.
Dec 4, 2018
New review highlights importance of good sleep routines for children
Sleep hygiene—which includes practices like providing a cool and quiet sleeping environment or reading before bedtime to help kids unwind—is increasingly popular among parents looking to ensure their children get a good night’s rest.
Dec 3, 2018
UBC experts on Alaska earthquake, tsunami warning
UBC experts are available to comment on the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Alaska today.
Nov 30, 2018
Majority of Canadians view physical inactivity as a serious public health issue
Physical inactivity is nearly on par with unhealthy diets and tobacco use as a public health concern among Canadians, a new UBC study has found.
Nov 29, 2018