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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Online medical treatment could have dire consequences

People who self-diagnose and self-prescribe using the Internet could be doing themselves more harm than good, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

The researchers found that while many people feel confident they can assess the effectiveness of treatments found on the web, separating medically beneficial ones from those that are a waste of money, dubious or even harmful is not as easy as people think.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Poor vision may be a key risk factor in hospital falls

According to a recent study by the University of Waterloo and Western University, nearly 90 per cent of hospitalized patients have poor vision, putting them at serious risk for falls.

“We know poor vision is a major cause for falls, particularly in older adults, but there are almost no studies of the role that vision plays in hospital falls,” said Dr. Susan Leat, lead researcher on the study and a professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at Waterloo.

“It’s a serious problem, not only in Canada, but around the world,”

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Standing desks may lead to lower back pain

Nearly half of people who use a standing desk are at risk of developing lower back pain, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

The study tested 40 adults, evenly split between male and female, with no previous back issues. It found that 40 percent developed low back pain after standing for two hours. Moreover, if they were previously fatigued, their muscle strength was not able to recover while standing.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Census data can level the playing field for small businesses

Local governments and small businesses could save thousands of dollars a year in consulting and research fees if they just used information that’s already publicly available, according to research from the University of Waterloo.

A new Waterloo study found that information commonly paid for by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local governments, such as consumer spending data that can help businesses decide where to locate and determine market demand, can actually be obtained for free.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A-Line secures top prize at Velocity Fund Finals on second attempt

A-Line Orthopaedics, a company developing implants for safer and faster surgeries, was one of the four big winners at the 21st staging of the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) held at the University of Waterloo.

Velocity, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo providing the resources and mentorship to help founders initiate and incubate high-growth startups.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Expert Advisory – Facebook privacy issues

In light of the recent controversy surrounding Facebook’s use of data and the privacy of Facebook users, the University of Waterloo has experts available to comment on security and privacy challenges, business ethics, the future of information privacy and the internet, and how this may influence user decisions.

Aimée Morrison – English Language and Literature

Aimée Morrison is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, specializing in new media studies and social media.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

University of Waterloo partners with Tsinghua University on energy and pollution research collaboration centre

The University of Waterloo is partnering with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China on a research collaboration centre that will advance science in the areas of nanotechnology, energy, and pollution control.

The centre—known as Tsinghua University – University of Waterloo Joint Research Centre for Micro/Nano Energy & Environment Technology—officially opened today.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Statement on the provincial budget

The University of Waterloo supports the Government of Ontario’s continued investments in accessibility for students and promotion of experiential education announced in the budget, yesterday.

The University is disappointed that the government chose not to fulfill the previously announced support to fund the Science Centre for Innovation.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mandatory nutrition policies may impact sugar consumption

Mandatory nutrition policies could be a valuable tool in helping high school students to lower their sugar intake, a University of Waterloo study has found.

The study compared the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks between 41,000 secondary school students in Ontario, where school nutrition policies are mandatory, and Alberta, where they are voluntary. The study took place during the 2013-14 school year.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Experts available to provide analysis on Ontario budget

The University of Waterloo has experts available to speak to the media about the 2018 Ontario provincial budget. Charles Sousa, minister of finance, will deliver it at 4:00 p.m. on March 28.

Anna Esselment — Political Science

Anna Esselment is a professor of Political Science at Waterloo, with a specialization in provincial politics.

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