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Raise, lower, lift, load

Student in lab lifting powered stretcher.Waterloo study finds powered stretchers could reduce injuries, keep paramedics on the job.

Mealtime Audit Tool (MAT)

Hospital food tray.Survey will reduce rates of malnutrition in hospitals.

Science Centre

Biomechanics exhibit poster.Biomechanics: The Machine Inside exhibit gives visitors a hands-on look at the marvels of natural engineering that drive human and animal movement.

What if a simple supplement could prevent childhood asthma?

Ken Stark.Findings offer insight into new preventative measures.

Researcher wins prestigious prize for work on osteoporosis

Lora GiangregorioProfessor Lora Giangregorio wins Bloomberg Manulife Prize for Promotion of Active Health.

What's the secret behind Jordan Kilganon's epic slam dunks?

Jordan Kilganon making dunk shot.Kinesiology researcher examines Kilganon in a Waterloo lab to understand how the world’s best slam dunker gets outstanding air.

Can science keep MLB pitchers off the disabled list?

baseball pitcherBiomechanical assessments and strength training more effective than restricting innings.

How long should you stand - rather than sit - at your work station?

Jack Callaghan prepping a study particpant at standing workstation.Research suggests that you have to stand for at least 30 minutes every hour to get health benefits.

Craving high-calorie snacks? Blame your brain

Woman eyeing up a cupcakeResearch shows that we rely on a specific part of the brain to curb our craving for snacks.

Low back pain? Waterloo research reveals best sex positions

Stuart McGillPioneering spine study shows spooning is not always the best sex position for men who want to avoid triggering low back pain.

Nutrition and aging: Why aren't older adults eating well?

Heather KellerResearcher leads study to find out why residents of long-term care homes aren’t getting proper nutrition.

GPS technology may help detect Alzheimer’s disease earlier

Eric RoyGPS tracking shows older adults with mild dementia stay much closer to home than healthy adults, Waterloo study finds.

Osteoporosis: How can you prevent falls and fractures?

Lora GiangregorioOlder adults should combine aerobics with strength and balance training to prevent bone loss, says Waterloo researcher who helped draft new guidelines.

Women's health: The link between estrogen and fat

Kristin MarksAward-winning researcher examines the upside of fat in our diets from pregnancy to post-menopause.

Finding your way after a stroke

Bill McillroyStroke patients use innovative exercise bikes hooked up to Google Earth’s virtual world to rehabilitate body and mind in Waterloo lab.

Biomechanics professor striking the perfect balance

Andrew LaingAndrew Laing doesn’t mind being a fall guy. For the biomechanics professor, the reputation simply comes with the territory.

Nutrition and exercise linked to cancer treatment success

Marina MourtzakisWhat if something as simple as a tailored nutrition and exercise program could influence the outcome of cancer treatment? According to professor Marina Mourtzakis, it’s possible.

Canadian astronaut takes research into orbit

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield with professor Richard HughsonFrom the International Space Station, astronaut Chris Hadfield will help Waterloo researcher Richard Hughson understand some of the mysteries of aging.

Keeping back pain at bay 

Jack Callaghan.Fill a room with 100 people and you can bet your bottom dollar 80 will have a tale to tell about back pain. Jack Callaghan is trying to answer why that is, and to find ways to change it.

 

Building better bones with exercise

woman demonstrating posture exerciseAt least one in three women and one in five men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime. Lora Giangregorio is investigating the benefits of prescribed exercise guidelines for those most at risk.

 

Keep on moving

elderly femaleThe prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia is expected to double over the next thirty years. Laura Middleton is investigating the impact of exercise and physical activity on slowing cognitive decline.

 

A neighbourhood of good intentions

Couple walking down sidewalk towards a row of housesEven the best intentions to get physically fit often go unrealised when challenged by the pressures of daily life. Peter Hall is investigating how a neighbourhood’s built environment may influence physical activity patterns.

 

He's got our backs

Stuart McGill instructing students on proper exercise techniqueDo you struggle through sit-ups in the quest for great-looking abs? Stuart McGill's expertise on spine biomechanics may convince you to re-examine your exercise routine.

 

Cardio researcher probes the puzzle of fainting astronauts

Hughson and assistant resuscitating astronautRichard Hughson is collaborating with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to research the effects of weightlessness on the cardiovascular system and the implications for healthy aging.

 

Don't slack on the salmon

Dr. Ken Stark tests salmon for Omega-3 contentLooking for a way to possibly slash your risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis? Ken Stark is researching ways to increase Canadians' consumption of Omega-3.

 

After a stroke: regaining mobility

Dr. Bill McIlroyFor stroke victims, fear of falling can be an insurmountable hurdle to recovery. Bill McIlroy saw the effects of that fear after his grandmother broke her hip, and he’s determined to smooth the path for others.