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October 23, 2008
  Researcher saves appendixesPDF files may take a moment to load

Canadians can now blame those pesky SUVs for their appendicitis. University of Calgary medical researcher Dr. Gilaad Kaplan and his team have discovered a possible link between appendicitis and air pollution. Five thousand adults admitted to Calgary hospitals with appendicitis between 1999 and 2006 were used in the study, which attempted to correlate levels of various air pollutants with the incidence of appendicitis.

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October 23, 2008
  Solar panels, coming to a home near youPDF files may take a moment to load

Sunlight is an abundant renewable resource, but solar panels are expensive and yet to be widely used. University of Calgary chemistry professor Dr. Curtis Berlinguette is working on making panels cheaper and commercially viable.

"We have like five to six orders of magnitude more sunlight striking the Earth than the entire global community currently uses," said Berlinguette. "So it all comes down to cost."

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October 23, 2008
  Astronomer leaves his mark in the skyPDF files may take a moment to load

Thanks to an accidental discovery, there is now a comet named after a University of Calgary professor flying though space. U of C research associate and asteroid hunter Rob Cardinal was searching a patch of sky near the North Celestial Pole for asteroids in early October. Using the re-furbished Baker-Nunn telescope, Cardinal took images of a new object with automated software he wrote.

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October 16, 2008
  Cystic fibrosis patients breathing easyPDF files may take a moment to load

Cystic fibrosis patients are receiving better antibiotic treatments for chronic lung infections thanks to University of Calgary researchers. The department of microbiology and infectious diseases team, led by graduate student Chris Sibley, is the first to investigate how an often overlooked group of bacteria-- the streptococcus milleri group-- worsens bacterial growth in the lungs of adults. Last month, the findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA.

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June 17, 2004
  Got back problems?PDF files may take a moment to load

Describing lower back pain and identifying its cause can be a long and fruitless task to patients and doctors alike.

Dr. Greg Kawchuk, along with his research team of two University of Calgary undergraduate Kinesiology students--Sean Osis and Laura Glowicki--have developed a soft tissue indenter to measure and catalogue the soft tissue stiffness in patient's back. With this data they hope to eliminate some of the guesswork and quantify the diagnostic process.

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March 18, 2004
  U of C gets $17.5 million for medical researchPDF files may take a moment to load

Two researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at the U of C were awarded 17 million from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Dr. Paul Kubes, PhD, a professor of immunology from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, was awarded $7,171,678. Dr. Garnette Sutherland, MD, a professor of neurosurgery from the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, was awarded $10,499,339.

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January 15, 2004
  Equal salaries?PDF files may take a moment to load

Are men and women treated equally at the University of Calgary? A current study might help answer this question.

The Faculty Salary Equity Project is attempting to shed light on gender equality amongst faculty.

"It's been in the works for awhile," explained Dr. Jean Wallace, a Social Sciences professor. "We're still getting the data together."

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November 20, 2003
  U of C researches safer drivingPDF files may take a moment to load

In the Administration building's basement, U of C researchers are working on making smarter and safer cars for drivers.

The University of Calgary's Cognitive Ergonomics Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology is part of a national research initiative to improve drivers and driving skills. The national team, led by U of C's Dr. Jeff Caird, will be responsible for creating a database of driver profiles and their diverse interactions with intelligent systems and sensors inside these cars.

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November 13, 2003
  Tentative approval for weedPDF files may take a moment to load

Marijuana: recreation or medication?

In recent years, this has become a much-debated question. However, advocates of the drug's medicinal use have just gained new ground--at least when it comes to multiple sclerosis.

On Thu., Nov. 6, an international medical journal published the results of Dr. John Zajicek's study regarding the effects of cannabis on multiple sclerosis, with commentary from University of Calgary researchers.

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November 06, 2003
  We don't votePDF files may take a moment to load

A recent study suggests the number of youth voters between the ages of 18-24 is steadily decreasing.

In the last federal election in 2000, only 64 per cent of registered voters headed to the polls, and of them only 25 per cent were youth electorates. To address this issue, Elections Canada held a National Forum on Youth Voting in Calgary, Oct. 30-31.

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