Research & Ideas

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Mapping the Mind

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

Addicted to Love

The American Psychiatric Association is considering whether "hypersexual disorder" should be included in its next guide to mental illness

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The Big Promise of a Tiny Cell

Stem cell medicine may soon generate new treatments for any condition where cells have been damaged, such as heart disease, diabetes – even blindness

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The Vitamin D Crisis

Dark-skinned Canadians may face higher risk of disease due to vitamin D deficiency, doctor warns

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

Tainted Air

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

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Care for the Aged

Canada faces a shortage of geriatricians for a rapidly greying population, says Dr. Barry Goldlist

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The Science of Sleep

Research is pointing to new treatments for the millions of North Americans who suffer from sleep disorders.

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Third-hand smoke

Toronto Star reported in January that the alarm is sounding over "third-hand smoke"

Jack Mandel

A New Era in Public Health

For decades, the medical profession has favoured treatment over prevention. U of T's Dalla Lana School of Public Health is setting out to change that thinking

Healing the Heart

Specially engineered tissue patches could help heart attack patients fully recover

Unbroken Dreams

After years of incremental progress, spinal cord repair is edging closer to reality

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Untangling Alzheimer’s

A U of T centre is hunting down the genes that cause this debilitating brain illness, and moving us closer to a cure

Cancer Killer

Implant infused with drugs can treat ovarian cancer, minus the chemo side effects

Cathie Long (BA 1971 Trinity) was part of an experiment by Prof. Raymond Reilly to find a new way to treat breast cancer

A Twist of Fate

Raymond Reilly was looking for a better way to diagnose breast cancer. Instead, he discovered a new way to treat it

Pinpoint Delivery

Professor Christine Allen uses nanotechnology to ensure cancer-fighting drugs get where they need to go

Lines of Defence

Embryonic stem cell lines will give scientists new potential for curing diseases

Miracle at Sick Kids

Zimbabwean twins Tinashe and Tinotenda Mufuka were born conjoined. A marvel of international co-operation brought them apart

Beating Kidney Disease

Endowed chairs in nephrology aim to improve lives of two million Canadians affected by kidney disease

What, Me Worry?

Anxiety affects a person's sense of life satisfaction less than depression, prof says

Exam Shy

South Asian immigrant women less likely to have regular breast examinations

Decoding SARS

Organism combined mammalian and avian viruses, researchers find

Courage Under Fire

They cared for the ill, calmed a fearful public and put their own lives at risk. Meet some of the U of T professors and alumni who battled SARS