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Shedding light on low asthma rates in rural children

story by Federica Giannelli, photo by David Stobbe

Rural children in Saskatchewan are underdiagnosed for asthma compared with children living in cities, a University of Saskatchewan study shows. 

Researchers Oluwafemi Oluwole and Joshua Lawson have shed light on findings from previous studies that indicated rural children are less likely to have asthma. Without investigating diagnostic explanations, those studies suggested that early-life exposure to dust and other environmental allergens may have protected rural children from developing asthma.

“This may not be entirely the case,” said Oluwole, a post-doctoral fellow in the College of Nursing. “We found that rural children are less likely to be diagnosed for asthma. As a result, they may have more difficulties managing their asthma. This may lead to discomfort, limitations to their daily activities, and stress for them and their families.” read more...

This article first ran as part of the 2018 Young Innovators series, an initiative of the U of S Research Profile and Impact office in partnership with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

Advancing gene therapy for skin cancer

Story by Federica Giannelli, photo by Dave Stobbe

University of Saskatchewan pharmacy post-doctoral researcher Mays Al-Dulaymi is developing a tiny chemical compound that holds promise for improving gene therapy for skin cancer and other genetic skin disorders.

One of the deadliest skin cancers, melanoma may be caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds and sunlamps. The Melanoma Network of Canada reports that lifetime risk for developing melanoma has increased to one in 63 people today – – up from one in 1,500 in the 1930s.

“It is paramount to find new treatments,” said pharmacy professor Anas El-Aneed, Al-Dulaymi’s co-supervisor. read more...

This article first ran as part of the 2018 Young Innovators series, an initiative of the U of S Research Profile and Impact office in partnership with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.