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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Inability to perform basic activities delays mental health patients’ discharge

Mental health patients who have difficulty performing daily living tasks are four times more likely to experience discharge delays than someone who can perform those tasks independently. 

In a recent study, researchers from the University of Waterloo found patients who had not been able to maintain or learn skills such as taking medication, preparing meals, or arranging transportation experienced discharge delays of more than 30 days.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Artificial Intelligence being used to develop drugs even faster and cheaper

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is making it possible to discover new drugs faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.

Chemists at the University of Waterloo have introduced AI to interpret the results acquired by the differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) technique to predict drug properties. This could reduce in principle the time between concept and coming to market of new drugs by years and decrease production costs by $100s of millions.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Drawing is better than writing for memory retention

Older adults who take up drawing could enhance their memory, according to a new study.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Peace, not war, responsible for deforestation in armed conflict zones

Rates of deforestation in war zones increase dramatically once peace is declared, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

The study, by Simron Singh, a researcher in Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment and Nelson Grima from the University of Vermont, looked at data on conflict zones around the world, with a specific focus on Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast and Peru. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

New study ranks which Canadian cities are best prepared for climate change

A new study from the University of Waterloo sheds some light on which Canadian cities are most prepared to take on the challenges of climate change.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Waterloo-inspired student starts company to help other females in STEM

Companies developing bionic arms that learn, a new type of water treatment system, a scalable biological manufacturing platform and a smart monitoring system for steam traps took home the top prizes at yesterday’s 23rd staging of the University of Waterloo’s Velocity Fund Finals (VFF).

Membio, which is developing the first truly scalable biological manufacturing platform, followed up on their Velocity $5K win in the Spring by pocketing one of the four $25,000 prizes.

Monday, November 26, 2018

AI could help cities better detect water leaks

Roya Cody works in her lab.

Costly water losses in municipal water systems could be significantly reduced using sensors and new artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

Developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in collaboration with industry partners, the technology has the potential to detect even small leaks in pipes.It combines sophisticated signal processing techniques and AI software to identify telltale signs of leaks carried via sound in water pipes.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Researchers identify drug mixtures that can lead to serotonin syndrome

Mixing antidepressants with common drugs found in your medicine cabinet could lead to Serotonin Syndrome, a condition caused by excessive levels of the chemical in the brain.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Cannabis youth prevention strategy should target mental wellbeing

High school students with positive mental health are less likely to consume cannabis, a recent University of Waterloo study has found. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

University of Waterloo adopts Okanagan Charter to promote student health

The University of Waterloo has adopted the Okanagan Charter (OC), a framework that calls upon post-secondary institutions to embed health into all aspects of campus culture.

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