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Parents’ reasons for not vaccinating children influence public attitudes toward them

Post Date: May 25, 2017

Mothers are viewed negatively if their child hasn’t been vaccinated, no matter the reason. But mothers who outright refuse to vaccinate their children are viewed in a harsher light compared to those who delay vaccines because of safety concerns or who aren’t up to date due to time constraints.

That’s one finding of a new UBC study published this month in Social Science and Medicine that examined attitudes toward children who haven’t received all their vaccinations and their parents.

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Believing a cocktail contains an energy drink makes you feel more drunk

Post Date: May 25, 2017

New research suggests that simply telling a young man that an energy drink has been added to his alcoholic beverage can make him feel more intoxicated, daring and sexually self-confident.

The study, led by the UBC Sauder School of Business, is the first to examine the effect of marketing on consumer beliefs related to alcohol mixed with energy drinks.

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Brain injury causes impulse control problems in rats: study

Post Date: May 08, 2017

New research from the University of British Columbia confirms for the first time that even mild brain injury can result in impulse control problems in rats.

The study, published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, also found that the impulsivity problems may be linked to levels of an inflammatory molecule in the brain, and suggest that targeting the molecule could be helpful for treatment.

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Computer scientists put some skin in the game of visual effects

Post Date: May 08, 2017

UBC computer scientists are examining exactly how skin folds, stretches, wrinkles and bounces, with the goal of creating a realistic computer model of the human body.

“Human skin and other soft tissues are thin, elastic structures that deform a lot,” said Dinesh Pai, professor of computer science. “It has been a challenge to come up with a good computer algorithm to simulate it.”

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New coral bleaching database to help predict fate of global reefs

Post Date: May 08, 2017

A UBC-led research team has developed a new global coral bleaching database that could help scientists predict future bleaching events.

Until now, knowledge of the geographic extent of mass coral bleaching has been incomplete.

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Making bins more convenient boosts recycling and composting rates

Post Date: May 03, 2017

Alessandra DiGiacomo is lead author of a new study that found placing bins 1.5 metres from a door drastically boosts recycling and composting rates by 141 per cent. Credit: Martin Dee, UBC.

Want to recycle or compost more? Try moving the bins closer, new UBC research suggests.

The study shows that placing bins 1.5 metres away from suite doors drastically boosts recycling and composting rates by 141 per cent. The findings highlight how small changes in convenience can have a big impact on performance.

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Drug created from malaria parasite shows promise as bladder cancer treatment

Post Date: May 08, 2017

 

Photo: James Gathany, CDC.

A drug created from a malaria protein stopped tumour growth of chemotherapy-resistant bladder cancer, offering hope for cancer patients not responding to standard treatments.

Mads Daugaard

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