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Flu season is coming and it could be ugly: What you need to know

UBC’s Dr. Michael Curry weighs in on how to reduce your risk of getting sick

Kids too young for a COVID-19 vaccine? How to keep them safe

UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Dr. Ran Goldman offers tips for parents to protect children who are not yet immunized against COVID-19 in Canada

A collage showing a scientific illustration of DNA, the results of genome sequencing and a person working in a genomics lab

In a nutshell: What is genomics?

UBC Faculty of Medicine associate professors explain the study of genes

Smoke from wildfires descends on Vancouver

10 tips for coping with wildfire smoke, from a public health expert

Protect yourself from the risks of hazardous wildfire smoke

Dr Willow Thickson

Bridging gaps in community health care

UBC medical resident Willow Thickson is helping to create a safer space for Indigenous patients in BC

A bottle of prescription pills to treat a chronic disease.

3 lessons the COVID-19 pandemic can teach us about preventing chronic diseases

Learnings from COVID-19 can improve the prevention of heart disease, diabetes and mood disorders in our communities

Dr. Pieter Cullis

UBC-grown biotech companies lead pandemic efforts

A key component of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was developed by a UBC spin-off company in Vancouver

A medical professional gives a COVID-19 vaccination to a senior

In a nutshell: Protection provided by COVID-19 vaccination

UBC vaccine expert Anna Blakney addresses the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and choosing among them

An illustration showing life after the COVID-19 vaccine, including children visiting with grandparents and a plane leaving for a vacation destination

In a nutshell: Life after COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccine researcher Anna Blakney answers questions about travel and transmission after vaccination

Illustration showing population groups that are not yet approved for the COVID-19 vaccine, including children and pregnant women

In a nutshell: COVID-19 vaccinations, pregnancy and kids

A UBC vaccine expert explains why there’s no vaccine for these groups yet

A medical professional gives a COVID-19 vaccine to an adult

In a nutshell: How vaccines work

UBC vaccine expert Anna Blakney explains how vaccines work and what to consider when deciding whether to get vaccinated

A photo illustration of the mental health toll that the pandemic is taking on individuals

Weighing the pandemic’s psychological toll

Worldwide survey seeks input on everyone’s mental health

Two syringes with the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccinations: what you need to know about the second dose

UBC’s Dr. Manish Sadarangani explains why some people are harder to vaccinate

An illustration showing COVID-19 mutations and variants

Why new COVID-19 variants are on the rise and spreading around the world

Viruses often change, and some mutations are more alarming than others

A person does an exercise workout by using water bottles as weights

How to work “exercise snacks” into your day

Research shows that bursts of exercise add up and can help keep you healthy at home

Young adults unfairly blamed for COVID-19 spread

Young adults, unfairly blamed for COVID-19 spread, now face stress and uncertain futures

Stigma leads to social, health and economic distress

A women drinks hot chocolate to improve her mental health over the holiday season

How to boost your mental health over the holidays

Six strategies to help you get through December amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Illustration showing how trade practices can lead to acute medical supply shortages during COVID-19

Why trade restrictions must be eliminated during COVID-19’s second wave

These restrictions could ultimately undermine the fight against COVID-19

An active, older adult walks her dog in the park

How older adults can embrace new routines

Physical distancing has disrupted the lives of many active seniors; here’s how to adapt

Illustration of a young man having a conversation with a senior woman

Neighbourhood watch: How to help active seniors combat isolation

Community members and organizations can help older adults connect online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Priye Iworima, a diabetes researcher at UBC

Toward a cure for diabetes

Focusing on stem cells could lead to a diabetes therapy that doesn’t rely on insulin injections

Haakon Nygaard from Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC

Focusing on Alzheimer’s disease prevention

Delaying the emergency of memory impairments by only a few years could have a major impact