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Brighter World: McMaster research tops global list of buzzworthy findings

December 20, 2017

An 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, 2017

The 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, 2017

Canadians 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, 2017

What 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.

Ottawa Citizen: The smart apartment could change the future of aging in Canada

November 30, 2017

It looks like a typical one-bedroom seniors apartment, but hidden inside are a series of sensors that could change the future of aging in Canada. The apartment, located inside Ottawa’s Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, is a living laboratory that comes equipped with technology that gathers information to help identify memory and mobility issues. The Sensors and Analytics for Monitoring Mobility and Memory hub is a joint project of the Bruyère Research Institute, Carleton University and AGE-WELL, the country’s technology and aging network. It is the first of its kind in Canada and those involved say they hope it leads to the development and testing of new technologies to help seniors remain in their homes longer and more safely. The hub was unveiled Monday. Read the full article here.