What Causes Altitude Sickness?

New U of T research upends theories about how the body adapts to less oxygen

The Technopreneurs

Science students get a month-long crash course in turning an idea into a viable business at U of T’s “Techno” program

Canada’s Next Tech Success?

Three Techno participants share the vision for their companies

Neighbourhood Health

People who live in less “walkable” communities, especially new Canadians, are more likely to develop diabetes

Illustration by Daniel Stolle

Ingenious Medicine

Genetic testing may soon reveal what pharmaceutical drugs work best for you, with fewest side-effects

Personalized Medication

Genetic testing may reveal what pharmaceutical drugs work best for you, with the fewest side effects

Illustration by Pui Yan Fong

Perfect Harmony

A new U of T research centre will investigate the curative power of music

How Music Gets Inside

At its simplest, music is just sound. And sound is just vibration. So how does it get inside us, and influence us?

Photo by Lorne Bridgman

A Cut Above

U of T researchers have devised a way to refurbish donor lungs before they’re transplanted

Safer Births

Equipping health workers in Kenya with smartphones could bring better care to pregnant women and their infants

Photo by Cindy Blazevic

Rights of Girls and Women

Law student Meghan Lindo worked in Kenya to seek justice for victims of sexual assault

Business Boot Camp

Business Boot Camp

U of T’s “technopreneur” program gives scientists such as Mallika Das a crash course in running their own company

Bad Drivers?

U of T study shatters myth that recent immigrants cause more car accidents than other Canadians

Always the Victim?

A criminology student questions long-standing assumptions about women and domestic violence

Overcoming Resistance

Professor Leah Cowen is researching a way to lower drug resistance in fungi

Seeing Red

Colours affect our emotional state, and maybe our motor control as well, new research has found

Illustration by Jesse Lenz

Unlocking Our Potential

U of T researchers suggest life’s early years might be even more important than we thought

Dr. Eric Jackman

Opening Doors

Gifts totalling $8 million for the newly named Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study will help position U of T as a global leader in the study of early human development

Photo by Shanekato/istockphoto

Don’t Overdo It!

Women who exercise strenuously may be at greater risk of developing dementia later in life, study finds

Photo by Miwaza Jemimah http://miwaza.com

Folic’s Effects

The synthetic version of a micronutrient found in broccoli may have role in breast cancer, study finds

Illustration by Brett Ryder

The Next Big Idea

Ten concepts that could shape the future: from digital credentials to safer drugs to DNA-tailored diets and more

Photo by Jeremy Fernie

These Boots Are Made for Walking

Jennifer Hsu is studying how people walk in icy conditions in the hope of designing “smarter” footwear

Easing Depression

Studies find that electrical stimulation to one side of the brain helps improve depression

Photo by James Berger

All Clear

Surveillance and surgery could both get a boost from a new kind of video camera that can focus on near and distant objects at the same time

Does Dieting Affect How You Think?

Yes, and not always in expected ways, research shows

The Shapes of Bones

New technique using X-rays could help forensic scientists identify the dead

Mapping the Mind

Ambitious 10-year project will create a detailed electronic atlas of the brain

Is Having a Job Good for Your Health?

Research finds that young people without jobs are significantly more likely to die of all causes than employed people

Winter Really Is Bad for You

Cold climates are associated with early death and illness, according to new U of T research

Illustration by Pixel Freak

Second Opinion

The real world offers many sources of medical advice. Soon virtual worlds may, too

Prescription Pill Overdose

Researchers investigate the dangers of OxyContin

Diabetes and Driving

U of T study finds that diabetics who keep strict control of their blood sugar are more likely to be involved in a car accident, not less

(Photo: Corbis)

At a Loss for Words

Did Alzheimer’s kill crime novelist Agatha Christie?

The Rules of Attraction

Tinkering with pheromones turns fruit flies into indiscriminate lovers

Tainted Air

We pull bad food from the shelves as soon as possible, so why aren’t we more concerned about poor air quality?

Author: Alison Motluk