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Kyle Dubas, a Brock University Alumnus,has been named the General Manager for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds—the youngest GM in the league’s history. Dubas, 25-years-old, is a graduate of the Brock University Sport Management program. [Brock University] McGill University alumnus Dr. Ian C. Munro and his wife, Jayne Munro have gifted a $1.5-million donation to the The Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety. The Chair in Food Safety will lead McGill’s new Food Safety and Quality Program (FSQP), which is a new interdisciplinary teaching and research initiative created to direct collaborative research, create undergraduate and graduate teaching programs and provide third-party expertise for the Canadian food industry. “The Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety will be the cornerstone of an internationally recognized program in food safety and quality here at McGill,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum. . . . → Read More: Alumni Updates: Brock Grad Youngest GM for OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety
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According to new research from the University of Western Ontario, tangerines may offer more benefits than simply being tasty. Led by biologists Murray Huff and Erin Mulvihill, the study—published in the journal Diabetes—reveals that tangerines contain a substance called Nobiletin that may help prevent obesity as well as protect against type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis.
The study—funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Pfizer Canada Cardiovascular Research Program—followed two groups of mice who were fed diets either with or without Nobiletin added. The group of mice on the Nobiletin-enriched diet experienced no elevation in their levels of dangerous substances such as cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose.
“The Nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” says Huff, the Director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts. “And in longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque . . . → Read More: Juicy Research: Tangerines Help Fight Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease
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Many Canadians suffer from health concerns regarding their weight, especially the growing concerns around obesity. New research now shows that obesity can contribute majorly to other illnesses, with asthma being just one on a list of many.
A new Canadian study looks into what effects obesity can have on asthma, specifically focusing on exercise-induced asthma. Exercise-induced asthma, commonly known as EIA, is a specific type of asthma that induces an asthma attack specifically when exercising. It can happen to people who experience asthma on a regular basis, as well as those who don’t. EIA is generally triggered because of the different ways we breathe when exercising and when at rest. When exercising, we breathe through our mouth—which causes cold, dry air to hit our lungs, thus triggering the attack.
The study—a collaborative effort between Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Hôpital du Sacre-Coeur de Montréal—examines the high . . . → Read More: Which comes first: exercise-induced asthma or obesity? Concordia researchers ask the classic question
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While party-goers may love the convenient allure of mixing energy-boosting drinks with alcohol—which is a natural depressant—a new study from Dalhousie University shows that this popular combination can be more dangerous than practical.
In a recent study published in Drug and Alcohol Review, researcher Sean Barrett found that consuming energy drinks—such as Red Bull or Rockstar—led people to drink twice the amount of alcohol. According to Barrett, those studied reported that “if they had an average of four drinks when they weren’t mixing with energy drinks, they would have around eight if they were.”
While the exact cause of this occurrence still requires further research, there may be a variety of social and physiological factors at play. For one, many people consuming drinks mixing hard liquor and energy beverages are in a social situation—and people tend to drink more in a social environment. . . . → Read More: Skip the Red Bull at that Holiday Party: Study Shows People Drink Double the Alcohol When Also Consuming Energy Drinks
Most people know that they’ll be ingesting caloric health risks when they chomp down on some junk food, but a recent Canadian study suggests that they could be swallowing even more than they bargained for in their burgers.
According to scientists at the University of Toronto, certain chemicals added to fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are transferred into food and ingested by unsuspecting consumers, eventually ending up in peoples’ bloodstreams.
Polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters (PAPs) are used in paper food contact packaging—like junk food wrappers and the bags containing microwave popcorn—to help prevent leakage of oils from traditionally greasy foods. As these PAPs break down, they create chemicals called perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs).
The study, published in Environmental Health Perspective, shows how these chemicals can transfer from wrappers into food; that is, when people eat foods from these packages, they can be unknowingly exposed to PFCAs.
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