Media Release Archives - April 2011

Astronomers unveil portrait of “super-exotic super-Earth:” Densest known rocky planet

Apr. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

An international team of astronomers today revealed details of a “super-exotic” exoplanet that would make the planet Pandora in the movie Avatar pale in comparison.

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Ongoing relationship with care provider key for patients with a chronic condition: UBC study

Apr. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

People with a chronic condition such as diabetes or arthritis may find themselves taking on a more active role in maintaining or improving their own health if there is an ongoing relationship with a primary healthcare (PHC) provider, according to University of British Columbia research. Appearing in the current issue of Medical Care, the study [...]

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Social media transforming how Canadians get the news, study finds

Apr. 27, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

A new study finds nearly 60 per cent of Canadians – the equivalent of more than 15 million people – regularly visit social networking websites, with the majority of users saying social media exposes them to a broader range of news and information than traditional media.

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UBC will stay a member of the CIS

Apr. 26, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today announced that it will maintain its membership with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and will not apply to join the U.S.-based National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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UBC recognizes two Canadian medical researchers with $50,000 prizes

Apr. 21, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Two of Canada’s most eminent health researchers – Dr. Jacques Genest at McGill University and Dr. Michael Hayden at the University of British Columbia – have been awarded the inaugural Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes, the most lucrative prizes bestowed by UBC.

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Newer oral contraceptive as safe for gall bladder as older birth-control pills: UBC-VCH research

Apr. 18, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Drospirenone, the top-selling oral contraceptive marketed as Yaz or Yasmin in the U.S. and Canada, doesn’t carry any more risk of gall bladder disease than the older generation of birth control pills, despite claims by some consumers and lawyers in both countries, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher Mahyar Etminan.

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Overdose deaths down 35 per cent after opening of Vancouver’s supervised injection site: UBC-BC-CfE study

Apr. 18, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed

Illicit drug overdose deaths in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside dropped by 35 per cent after the establishment of Insite, North America’s first supervised injection facility, according a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Published today in The Lancet, the study is the first [...]

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Most Canadians unwilling to pay for news online, study suggests

Apr. 12, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Less than a month into The New York Times’ Canadian trial run of charging for online content, a survey by UBC researchers suggests that the majority of Canadians are unwilling to pay for news online, especially if free alternatives exist.

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When the pressure is on, product experts can get facts wrong: UBC study

Apr. 11, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Buying a new car, camera or computer? New research from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia shows that seeking advice from expert acquaintances to choose between models of merchandise might not always be good idea.

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People control thoughts better when they see their brain activity: UBC study

Apr. 8, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

As humans face increasing distractions in their personal and professional lives, University of British Columbia researchers have discovered that people can gain greater control over their thoughts with real-time brain feedback.

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UBC announces largest ever gift to Faculty of Medicine: $15M towards Centre for Brain Health

Apr. 4, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today announced a $15 million gift from Vancouver philanthropist Djavad Mowafaghian for a new facility that integrates brain research and patient care. In honour of his generosity – the largest gift to date to the UBC Faculty of Medicine – the facility will be named the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

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