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More UBC researchers receive federal funding to study COVID-19

Post Date: Mar 24, 2020

Five additional scientists awarded $2.3 million for research on novel coronavirus

Five research teams at the University of British Columbia are collectively receiving $2.3 million in federal funding for research to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.

The teams, led by UBC researchers Horacio Bach, Artem Cherkasov, Eric Jan, Jeffrey Joy and Dr. James Russell, are working on developing and implementing measures to rapidly detect, neutralize, manage, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

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Myth busting: Setting the record straight on ibuprofen and COVID-19

Post Date: Mar 23, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a wave of fear and misinformation related to the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin)

Over the past week, rumours claiming that ibuprofen can kickstart the virus into pneumonia, or make the virus 10 times worse, have been quick to spread on social media and messaging services, like WhatsApp.

UBC’s Mahyar Etminan, an epidemiologist, drug safety expert and professor in the faculty of medicine, explains how the controversy began. He sets the record straight explaining the drug safety evidence of ibuprofen.

Mahyar Etminan

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UBC psychology study to examine how people worldwide cope with COVID-19 outbreak

Post Date: Mar 20, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted everyone in Canada and around the world. Health officials are asking people to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus, and this unprecedented series of events has dramatically changed our social landscape.

UBC health psychologists Anita DeLongis and Nancy Sin have launched a new study that will explore the effects of coronavirus on our mental and physical health. Through the study, the researchers will collect information on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours related to the outbreak. This collaboration will provide new insight into how people cope during an emerging pandemic.

Anita DeLongis

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Why we need to live in social quilts, not echo chambers in times of COVID-19

Post Date: Mar 19, 2020

Fake news is a growing phenomenon, and its impact on people, politics and public health, seems greater than ever before. With the advent of social media, misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines, or global warming, for example, can reach huge audiences and circulate very quickly.

So, what kind of social networks can lead to learning the most reliable information? It’s a question explored by Vancouver School of Economics Professor Wei Li in a new paper, recently published in Theoretical Economics.

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8% of school-age children have thought about or attempted suicide

Post Date: Mar 13, 2020

Eight in every 100 school-age children have experienced suicidal ideas and behaviours, according to one of the largest studies on childhood mental health.

The study, published this week in The Lancet Psychiatry, looked at risk and protective factors associated with childhood suicidality, a term that spans suicidal ideas, plans and attempts.

Dr. Sophia Frangou

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Coronavirus research accelerates

Post Date: Mar 06, 2020

UBC researchers get federal funding to help with global COVID-19 response

Yue Qian could only look on, feeling helpless, as COVID-19 ravaged her home city of Wuhan—the epicentre of an outbreak that has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 90,000 globally.

“When the quarantine was first issued, I was so worried,” says Qian, an assistant professor in the UBC department of sociology. “I was desperately trying to connect with my family in Wuhan to make sure they were OK. Watching from afar has been really hard.”

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Genetic variants place Asians at higher risk of side effects to common medications

Post Date: Mar 03, 2020

From commonly prescribed drugs for gout through to depression, there’s growing evidence that Asians are at a higher risk of side effects from many medications due to their genetic makeup.

In a new study, recently published in Clinical Translational Science, UBC medical student Cody Lo and collaborators at Stanford reveal just how prevalent and serious some of the side effects can be.

Lo, the study’s lead author, shares why a one-size-fits-all approach to prescribing medications is risky and how a growing interest and demand for genetic testing is changing the face of medicine.

What are some of the side effects?

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