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“Nutrient Density is Key”: A Look at Plant-Based Food Intake in Children

Plant-based foods are widely touted for their health benefits, and many dietary guidelines now promote their consumption. But how much of our diet actually comes from plants? While neither plant- nor animal-based foods are inherently better than the other, they have markedly different nutrient make-ups, which makes this important to understand.

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Enhancing Animal Welfare in Captivity: Insights from the Itinerant Lives of Wild Animals

Zoos have long been treasured by the public, offering an up-close view of the world’s most incredible species. In addition to bringing joy to their human visitors, some zoos are also committed to conservation and host breeding programs for endangered species. But despite their best intentions, these programs aren’t always successful – especially when it comes to carnivores.

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Winter is Coming: How Seasonality May Impact Grey Squirrel Gut Microbiomes

The dumpster-diving squirrel can be thought of as the unofficial mascot of city living. As fun as it can be to watch a squirrel wrestle a jar of peanut butter, rarely do people stop and think about how city living has impacted these familiar critters — or their gut microbiome.

Dr. Melanie Wills reviews data from a recent study

Closing the Knowledge Gap Between Lyme and Other Diseases

Did you know that you can have Lyme disease without testing positive? Or that Lyme Disease symptoms can often mimic other conditions?

It turns out that this is especially true if you live with chronic illness. Inconsistencies in testing methods have made this debilitating disease notoriously difficult to diagnosis, and this can leave patients suffering for years without proper treatment.

Jefferson salamander

Saving Salamanders: Scientists ‘map’ a path to protect an endangered species

Ontario’s Greenbelt is home to over 9 million people – including many of us here at the University of Guelph. But did you know that we also share the Greenbelt with a plethora of at-risk and endangered species such as the Jefferson salamander?

The Jefferson salamander is an endangered amphibian whose northern range extends into Ontario. It lives in isolated populations primarily within the Niagara Escarpment region, a highly urbanized and densely populated area.

Cross-country skis and poles

Target practice: How identifying motor synergies can enhance athletic training

How does a high-performance athlete get even better?

On the face of it, the answer seems simple: train harder. However, a recent study led by former PhD student Dr. Devon Frayne and Dr. Stephen Brown in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences suggests that a different approach may provide a more targeted form of training.

Collage of photos of Steve Iseman on his cross-Canada trip

The Transformative Power of Exercise: Cycling Across Canada with Parkinson’s Disease

For most people, cycling across Canada is an unthinkable feat. For Steve Iseman, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease eight years ago, it was that, and so much more.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition in which gait and balance are impaired and fatigue can be debilitating. While exercise can help alleviate some of the disease’s symptoms, patients often struggle to hit recommended physical activity targets.

Younger woman and older woman walk outside

Shedding Light on an Age-Old Problem: Researchers Probe Muscle Function Decline in Older Adults

With age, we often get smarter and wiser. Unfortunately, it is also true that the older we get, the more we are prone to slips and falls — and the debilitating injuries that can result.  

Generating movement quickly is crucial in those first few milliseconds after a slip or trip, so that we can catch ourselves before injury occurs. But around the age of 40, our muscles’ ability to produce force quickly, or rate of force development (RFD), begins to decline, and continues to decrease as we age.   

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