Expert Alert - HO! HO! HO! Special Holiday Season Research - Eat, Drink and be Healthy - Ending 2007 and Starting 2008 on the Right Foot


    OTTAWA, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Flu, colds and bugs love the holidays. All
that kissing, hugging and handshaking put people at a higher risk of getting
sick. Also, the season is ripe with situations where we risk eating food that
hasn't been properly cooked or that remains un-refrigerated for too long. Add
partying, rich foods and alcohol into the mix, and this time of year can do a
lot of damage to our bodies. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
supports several researchers whose work could result in fewer visits to
hospital emergency wards during the holidays, and all year round.


    Eating, drinking, merrymaking

    Avoiding extra pounds during the holidays: the ongoing battle

    Dr. Diane Finegood, Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Nutrition,
Metabolism and Diabetes

    Enjoy the buffet, but beware of bugs: what you need to know about food

    Dr. Subash Sad, CIHR-funded researcher at the University of Ottawa and
the National Research Council

    Drinking to your health over the holidays: Why heavy episodic drinking is

    Dr. Robert Murray, CIHR-funded researcher at the University of Manitoba
and the Health Sciences Centre Foundation

    Sharing the flu with a kiss and a handshake

    Dr. Mark Loeb, CIHR-funded researcher from McMaster University

    Why do those holiday tunes get stuck in your head so much?

    Dr. Robert Zatorre, CIHR-funded researcher from the Montreal Neurological
Institute and co-director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and
Sound (BRAMS)

    New Year, New You

    Helping you keep New Year's resolutions on smoking cessation

    Drs. Joan Bottorff and John Oliffe, CIHR-funded researchers from the
University of British Columbia

    Staying fit on a tight schedule

    Dr. Martin Gibala, CIHR-funded researcher at McMaster University

    Is smoking in your genes?

    Dr. Rachel Tyndale, CIHR-funded researcher at the University of Toronto

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

    (Ce document est également disponible en français).

For further information:

For further information: For an interview: David Coulombe, CIHR Media
Specialist, (613) 941-4563 Mobile: (613) 808-7526,,

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