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Prebiotic fibre and weight control  

Raylene Reimer, PhD, RD  has published studies looking at the relationship between oligofructose, a dietary fibre supplement, and weight management in humans. In Alberta, it’s estimated that 218-thousand children between 5 and 17 years are considered overweight or obese.

A study co-authored by Reimer shows that rats fed a high fat and sugar diet in conjunction with a prebiotic fibre had less weight gain than those who did not eat the fibre.  The study is published in the April edition of the journal Obesity. 

The team of researchers from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculty of Kinesiology say this study helps scientists better understand the mechanisms of weight control and energy balance.  Read more    Listen to interview

BPA and its substitute alter brain growth, linked to hyperactivity: study

Deborah Kurrasch, PhD, is the lead researcher in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) which has provided evidence that BPA and BPS impair the growth of neurons in zebrafish. The findings are so worrying the lead researcher and her colleagues are calling for “removal of all bisphenols from consumer merchandise". 

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Improving diagnosis and treatments of rare diseases

Rare Disease Day gives communities an opportunity to raise awareness about research and support the many families affected by these diseases. To find a diagnosis for his condition, Enzo was enrolled in a Canadian research study using rapid DNA sequencing and analysis at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).

Child-friendly robots help kids cope with pain

Nine-year-old Aidan Sousa finds his hospital friend MEDi a reassuring presence during his frequent visits to the Alberta Children's Hospital. Tanya Beran, professor of Community Health Sciences, is studying how children experience as much as 50 per cent less pain when interacting with these aids.

AIHS - PRIHS Child Health Grant

Karen Benzies, PhD, Faculty of Nursing and Dr. Abhay Lodha, Department of Paediatrics, are the leads in a family integrated care study in neo-natal intensive care units in Alberta, funded by Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions (PRIHS) and awarded $750,000 for this three-year study.

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