Training for a big race or personal best? Don’t overdo it

Alexandra Coates

Many recreational triathletes and runners often ramp up their training in hopes of getting a personal best or winning a race. But new research from the University of Guelph demonstrates that more isn’t always better. Overload training may alter firing in the body’s sympathetic nerve fibres, which could hinder performance. “The theory behind overload training

North American diets require more land than we have

Tractor in field

If the global population adopted recommended North American dietary guidelines, there wouldn’t be enough land to provide the food required, according to a new study co-authored by University of Guelph researchers. Global adherence to United States Department of Agriculture guidelines would require one giga-hectare of additional land—roughly the size of Canada—under current farming practice. “It

Free-ranging animals ingesting neonics

Wild Turkeys

Health impacts of neonicotinoids may go well beyond bees, according to a new University of Guelph study. Residues of the insecticides were found in the livers of wild turkeys, providing evidence that this common agrochemical is being ingested by free-ranging animals. The researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College are among the first to study the

Cannabis may help chemo patients

Cannabis may help chemo patients

A compound from cannabis could be developed into promising anti-nausea treatments for cancer patients on chemotherapy, suggests a new research paper by University of Guelph scientists. The study is the first to show the specific trigger for nausea – a common symptom of many diseases and a distressing side effect of chemotherapy that is not

U of G Coding Whiz Improves Access to Music for People With Dementia

Listening to music can reduce anxiety and revive memories for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. But operating devices that play favourite songs can be challenging for those with the conditions. “Independent access to music for people with dementia is hard, because with something like a record or CD player, they slowly lose the ability to

Prof Identifies Protein Key to Spread of Cancer Cells

A U of G researcher has learned that suppressing a protein called cadherin-22 could prevent cancer from migrating throughout the body. Prof. Jim Uniacke and his research team in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology found that cadherin-22 is produced by cancer cells under hypoxia, or low oxygen conditions. While hypoxia harms normal tissue,