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Having a disability in Africa – What’s that like?

-Shaun Cleaver- I work with people with disabilities in Zambia, a country in southern Africa that North Americans seem to vaguely recognize. When I am in Canada and talking about my work, I often hear comments like the ones above – where Canadian presume that Zambians with disabilities live in either hopelessness or infinite inner strength. […]

Can a cellular traffic jam ‘jam up’ learning?

-Andy Gao- Having a child is a joyous event for most families, but what if your precious bundle of joy didn’t develop like all of the other children? Imagine scrolling anxiously through parenting books and wondering why your baby isn’t developing the ability to walk and talk normally; why they don’t look like your friends’ babies; and why they might even start convulsing and seizing. […]

Marching to a Different Beat: No Pulse, No Problem

-Amy McKean- We have seen it in countless movies and tv shows. The protagonist walks in and sees someone they care about lying down and unresponsive. This hero immediately rushes over to see if they are alive by checking for a pulse, but that may not be enough information anymore. Research into left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have shown that we do not need a pulse to live. […]

The little-known link between hearing loss and depression

-Maryse Thomas- Hearing loss is often thought of as an inevitable, harmless, and sometimes comical part of aging. However, research is increasingly linking age-related hearing loss to several other chronic health conditions, showing a need for it to be taken more seriously. These include depression, cognitive decline, dementia, diabetes, and heart disease. […]

Physiological Age: The Age That Matters

-Palina Piankova- “You should worry about inner beauty!” Isn’t that what all mothers had to say at some point? Now, what if I told you that science agrees? Science agrees that a distinction exists between chronological age (the one marked by your birthday cake) and physiological age (determined by how well your body functions). […]

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