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Sepsis leading cause of death worldwide

Post Date: Jan 16, 2020

Condition responsible for one in five deaths globally, double previous estimate

New research published today in The Lancet has found that sepsis is responsible for the most deaths worldwide, even more than cancer or coronary disease—previously believed to be the leading causes of death globally.

The study determined that, in 2017, 48.9 million cases of sepsis were diagnosed worldwide and 11 million people died of the condition. This represents one in five deaths worldwide—twice as many as previously estimated.

Dr. Tex Kissoon

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Resale ticket markets benefit sports teams and fans

Post Date: Jan 14, 2020

New research co-authored by Yanwen Wang, an assistant professor in the UBC Sauder School of Business, reveals that the resale ticket market also appeals to sports fans who normally buy season tickets.

Resale ticket markets — also known as secondary ticket markets — allow season ticket holders to recoup costs by selling unneeded tickets, as well as creating an alternative supply of tickets that reduce the need for fans to commit to a season’s pass.

It turns out this isn’t just beneficial for fans – it also boosts team revenues.

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UBC researchers seek participants for spinal cord injury study

Post Date: Jan 13, 2020

Chronic pain is a common and often debilitating problem that can significantly impact function and quality of life for patients with spinal cord injury.

To help find treatment solutions, UBC researchers are investigating the effectiveness of a drug called Targin at treating chronic pain in individuals with spinal cord injury. The research team is now recruiting study participants.

Dr. Andrei Krassioukov

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Dr. Nadine Caron named founding First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC

Post Date: Jan 09, 2020

New UBC chair seeks to improve cancer outcomes and wellness among Indigenous peoples

Dr. Nadine Caron — Canada’s first female First Nations general surgeon — has been appointed to a newly created UBC position dedicated to improving cancer outcomes and wellness among Indigenous peoples.

As the founding First Nations Health Authority Chair (FNHA) in Cancer and Wellness at UBC, Caron will examine the journeys and unique needs of Indigenous cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Richard Jock

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New laser technique images quantum world in a trillionth of a second

Post Date: Jan 09, 2020

For the first time, researchers have been able to record, frame-by-frame, how an electron interacts with certain atomic vibrations in a solid. The technique captures a process that commonly causes electrical resistance in materials while, in others, can cause the exact opposite—the absence of resistance, or superconductivity.

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Study of Canadian sexual assault cases deflates ‘statutory rape’ myth

Post Date: Jan 09, 2020

A study of three years of Canadian case law involving sexual offences against adolescent girls from the ages of 12 to 17 demonstrated that men accused in these cases were, on average, 19 years older than the complainant. Almost half the girls reported sexual abuse by a male family member.

The researchers from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia believe their findings undermine the “statutory rape myth”: the idea that age-of-consent laws lead to the prosecution of large numbers of young men for engaging in sexual relationships with younger teenage girlfriends.

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UBC researcher studies yeast to protect astronauts from space radiation

Post Date: Jan 09, 2020

Yeast shares 50 per cent of genes with humans – making it an ideal stand-in

Corey Nislow is not an astronaut, but if humanity makes it to Mars safely, he will have played a vital role.

In his lab at UBC, he’s working to develop drugs and other treatments that can protect space mission crews from the impact of cosmic radiation.

“Outside Earth’s protective atmosphere, mission crew are exposed to formidable amounts of radiation. This radiation comes from solar flares and ionized galactic particles. It hurtles across space at incredible speeds – and it can pass through spacecraft like a hot knife through butter,” explains Nislow.

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