News archive - October 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hotspot discovery proves Waterloo astrophysicist’s black hole theory

Portrait image of Prof. Avery Broderick

The recent detection of flares circling black holes has proven a decade-old theory - co-developed by Waterloo physicist Avery Broderick - about how black holes grow and consume matter.

“It's extremely exciting to see our theoretical musing come to life and that tracking these types of flares about black holes is possible,” said Avery Broderick, an Associate Faculty member at the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute, who predicted the flares 13 years ago with collaborator Avi Loeb. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

How to help protect yourself from vaccine administration injury

Deltoid outlined on woman's arm with the word inject above.

The triangle on the deltoid muscle (outlined on woman's arm) is the ideal injection zone.

A study by School of Pharmacy professors Sherilyn Houle and Kelly Grindrod and student Ashley Bancsi reiterates the need for health care professionals, including pharmacists, to take certain precautions to minimize the risk of their patients suffering shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).

Monday, October 22, 2018

Nekkar lab determines that depression medications can help treat Alzheimer’s disease

SSRI binding to string of amyloid beta

There are over half a million Canadians living with dementia. Treatment of this devastating disorder is challenging as there are no drugs available to cure it. Developing a new drug, running clinical trials, and acquiring approval from regulatory agencies is expensive and time-consuming: the process can take decades and cost upwards of 4 billion dollars.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Abnormal vision in childhood can affect brain function

A research team has discovered that abnormal vision in childhood can affect the development of higher-level brain areas responsible for things such as attention.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Antidepressants can help treat Alzheimer’s

SSRI binding to string of amyloid beta

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have discovered that antidepressant medications can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.