Ottawa Citizen: Science of winter – How being cold keeps you warm
January 4, 2018When François Haman ran into some Algonquin College students from Senegal, they were piling on as many layers as they could to keep out the cold. Don’t do that, he advised them. Haman studies cold at the University of Ottawa, more specifically how the human body reacts to cold and what we can do about it. This is not just theory for him. He also spends a lot of time in Northern Ontario, he travels with hunters there, and he skis. “This is one thing that was very difficult for them,” he said about the Senegalese students. “I tried to explain to them it’s OK to be cold in the winter. They were actually terrified. They were going: ‘I am not going out. There’s no way.’ They were worried their skin was going to freeze. So I said, Make sure you cover it but don’t cover it too much.” Read the full article here.
Brighter World: McMaster research tops global list of buzzworthy findings
December 20, 2017An academic article debunking the myths of low-fat diets led by McMaster University researchers has been ranked first in 2017 by an international ranking system of scholarly publications. The annual U.K.-based Altmetric Top 100 highlights published research papers in 2017 that have generated significant international online attention and discussion from mainstream news media, blogs, Wikipedia, social media platforms, including Twitter, Reddit and Facebook, and in scholarly spaces such as post-publication peer-review forums and patient advocacy groups. McMaster researchers led three of the top 100 papers, and contributed to an additional one. Read the full article here.
Laurier News: Laurier researchers talk toys, play and parenting
December 20, 2017‘Tis the season for giving – and some inevitable stressing. Parents and grandparents often struggle to find the perfect holiday gifts for the children in their lives. But, according to Wilfrid Laurier University experts on child development, play happens for children with or without that perfect toy. “Children will play with anything and their state of being is quite playful in the world,” says Sue Ferguson, a professor in Laurier's Youth and Children’s Studies program who studies childhood and capitalism. If that's the case, why is it that our society is so consumed with consuming toys? Read the full article here.
The Hamilton Spectator: Navigating the holiday season when living with anxiety
December 20, 2017The holiday season is filled with events that some people may find stressful. Social gatherings, travel arrangements, meal preparation and gift giving are just a few aspects of the busy time of year that can put extra pressure on mental health. People living with an anxiety disorder can find these extra activities more taxing, says Stephanie Waechter, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "Some people may experience an increase in anxiety, including both mental and physical symptoms, in the winter and especially around the holidays," says Waechter, who is also a psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. "Anxiety disorder" is an umbrella term that covers different types of anxiety. Among the signs of anxiety are irrational and excessive fear, tense feelings and difficulty managing daily tasks and/or stress related to those tasks. Read the full article here.
CBC: 6 key issues researchers predict will shape the food industry in 2018
December 19, 2017Canadians will be paying more at the grocery store next year as the price of food is expected to go up in 2018, according to the Canada's Food Price Report. The report, by researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, estimates food prices will rise one to three percent in 2018. But that's just one of six big food trends at the centre of a new report from the University of Guelph. For the first time, researchers at the university are projecting six issues expected to shape the food industry over the next year in its Food Focus 2018 report. Read the full article here.
CBC: Researchers predict ‘vaccine scares’ using Google and Twitter trends
December 13, 2017What do Google searches and tweets tell us about disease outbreaks? As it turns out, analyzing search and tweet trends could give warning signs for when a disease outbreak may happen due to reduced vaccinations. An international team of researchers analyzed searches and tweets related to measles and the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine using artificial intelligence and a mathematical model, and detected warning signs of a "tipping point" two years before the Disneyland outbreak happened. In early 2015, there was a measles outbreak that was traced to Disneyland in California. Many of the people who fell ill in Disneyland were not immunized — some too young for the vaccine and others had personal reasons for refusing shots. The outbreak was declared months later in the spring. Read the full article here.