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Type 2 diabetes and physical activity: can you exercise your symptoms away?

Added on: May 11, 2012

Welcome to Part 3 of our series on type 2 diabetes. If you’re just joining us, check out our Q&A with Bernard Zinman on the scope of the problem and our Q&A Thomas Wolever on diabetes and diet. Our final installment, coming next week, will be an interview with Prof. Daniel Drucker on new frontiers… MoreMore arrow

What does Obama’s support for same-sex marriage mean for his bid for a second term?

Added on: May 10, 2012

When US President Barack Obama declared his official support for same-sex marriage on May 9, the Twitterverse went into overdrive. Social media analysts reported that Twitter saw 1.6 million #gaymarriage tweets immediately after Obama’s announcement, with similar coverage from other media in TV, radio, websites and newspapers. So, people are talking. But what does Obama’s… MoreMore arrow

Can eating more carbs help treat type 2 diabetes? Yes, if they’re the right ones.

Added on: May 1, 2012

The Canadian Diabetes Association reports that nine million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes and that 20 new cases are diagnosed every hour. Welcome to part 2 of a 4-part series on research into the exploding global epidemic. Today we speak to Thomas Wolever, professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at U of T… MoreMore arrow

Why is type 2 diabetes on the rise?

Added on: April 24, 2012

The Canadian Diabetes Association reports that nine million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes and that 20 new cases are diagnosed every hour. “We are currently in the middle of a global epidemic of type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Bernard Zinman, professor of medicine at U of T and senior investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld… MoreMore arrow

Magnolia blooming in March?

Added on: April 3, 2012

Acclaimed plant biologist (and U of T Scarborough’s vice-principal, research) Professor Malcolm Campbell says that while we enjoyed wearing shorts in March, the abnormally nice weather can be dangerous for healthy growth of plants and trees – and the entire ecosystem. We’ve just experienced one of the warmest winters and early springs in Southern Ontario… MoreMore arrow

Who are Canada’s migrant workers?

Added on: February 28, 2012

On February 6, in a collision between a van and a truck on a rural road near Stratford, Ontario, 11 people died, 10 of them temporary agricultural workers. Most were from Peru. With this horrific crash, the eyes of many Canadians were opened to a little-known sector of the Canadian workforce – migrant workers. In… MoreMore arrow

Men are not from Mars, women are not from Venus

Added on: February 13, 2012

Professor Mari Ruti of the Department of English and Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga has written about love for both academic and mainstream audiences. Her newest book, The Summons of Love, portrays love as a much more complex, multifaceted phenomenon than we tend to appreciate—an experience that helps us encounter the depths of… MoreMore arrow

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens

Added on: February 6, 2012

February 7, 2012 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens, whose work is as popular today as it was when he was a celebrity in Victorian England.  U of T Professor Emeritus John Baird discusses just what is it was – and is – that makes Dickens exceptional in the history of literature.… MoreMore arrow

Is an end to AIDS-related deaths possible?

Added on: November 30, 2011

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, commemorate people who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. World AIDS Day was the first ever… MoreMore arrow

Pulling the plug on Keystone XL

Added on: November 23, 2011

The 2,700-kilometre, $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline – which would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Oklahoma and along Gulf of Mexico – has become the hottest environmental issue since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.  The problem – its route through parts of Nebraska would cross environmentally sensitive areas… MoreMore arrow