Can COVID-19 spread through ventilation systems?

U of A to serve as ‘living lab’ to find out if viruses can travel in buildings – and how to improve filtration to prevent it

Can COVID-19 spread through ventilation systems?“We can tell that something’s up on these cruise ships during the pandemic, and questions are also arising about the safety of airplanes and buildings,” said Brian Fleck, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Alberta and a co-applicant on a study aimed at determining whether and how viruses use a building’s ventilation system…

Patient-led movement creating better diabetes treatment

U of A PhD candidate studies and participates in grassroots movement to hack diabetes equipment

Patient-led movement creating better diabetes treatmentPeople with Type 1 diabetes – including University of Alberta graduate student Jonathan Garfinkel – are using free instructions from the Internet to build an artificial pancreas. The patient-led movement is pushing pharmaceutical companies to improve the treatments they offer, according to U of A diabetes expert Peter Light. “Diabetics have developed, programmed and are now living…

Social change at the heart of patient care

The role of physicians and their organizations in addressing the social determinants of health

Social change at the heart of patient careEditor’s Note: Troy Media recently interviewed Dr. Chris Simpson, the president of the Canadian Medical Association, as to the role of physicians and national medical associations in addressing health equity and the social determinants of health (SDOH). Troy Media: You have an interest in the social determinants of health (SDOH) – you’ve been talking about…
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