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Free seniors health assessments at the Y

Elaine Gillmore was able to detect and correct her balance issues after taking part in the YMCA of Okanagan’s senior health assessments. Free to anyone over the age of 50, these give seniors a proactive tool to monitor their health. The assessments take place on Fridays: Kelowna Family Y on October 27 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre on November 3 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Elaine has participated in four health assessments and actively recruits members for YMCA senior and health programs. After her first assessment, she realized she had good upper body strength...

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UBC researchers test new technique to help with concussion diagnosis

Variations in blood flow may be the method to pin down brain trauma Sports-related concussions are a major public health concern and are notoriously difficult to diagnose. But new research from UBC’s Okanagan campus provides a new tool to help test athletes for recent brain trauma. “Diagnosing concussions relies heavily on patients reporting their symptoms. While there are other tests that may be used to help clinicians make a diagnosis, they can be extremely subjective, inaccurate and, frankly, easy to manipulate,” says study lead author, a Southern Medical Program student, and Ph.D. candidate Alexander (Sandy) Wright. “Because concussions can’t be...

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Kelowna will go loud for kids health

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran has officially proclaimed May 7, 2017 as Healthy Kids Day — a day where the YMCA of Okanagan, with the support of presenting sponsor Interior Savings Credit Union, will go loud for kids health in a festival-like setting. “Children today need us,” says Mayor Basran. “Times are changing and children are no longer getting the exercise they used to. It is more important than ever that we demonstrate healthy choices to ensure a vital and prosperous local community for years to come.” Children’s health is a concern across North America. The percentage of young people who...

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New tool helps estimate spread of genetically modified pollen

Food purists may have cause to celebrate thanks to a recent international study directed by the University of British Columbia. The study, which evaluated the spread of genetically modified (GM) organisms to non-modified crops, has implications from farm to family. “Trying to figure out how far GM pollen will travel is really difficult,” says study co-author Rebecca Tyson, associate professor of mathematics at UBC Okanagan. “It is important to have accurate tools to estimate this, so that unintentional cross-pollination of GM material to non-GM crops can be minimized.” According to, genetically modified crops in Canada are mostly located in...

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