Obesity is a significant factor in increasing rates of disease globally with the number of deaths related to a high body mass index (BMI) more than doubled from 1990 to 2017, say York University researchers.
Researchers in the Faculty of Science at York University have been helping shed new light on the COVID-19 pandemic by applying for research grants and publishing new studies that will help inform public health policy makers in Canada and abroad.
Congratulations to Madeline Salzarulo, undergraduate program assistant in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, for receiving the 2019 President’s Voice of York Award. The award recognizes an individual who provides assistance to the community in a manner that exemplifies York’s values.
PhD student Laura Keane in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics has been awarded a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to develop mathematical models to improve the design and safety of lithium-ion batteries.
As SARS-CoV-2 has the potential to mutate, it is important to check the efficacy of current diagnostic tests, say York University researchers, who found seven out of 27 methods had potential sequence mismatch issues that may lead to underperforming or false-negative COVID-19 test results.
Enhanced testing and contact tracing for the coronavirus in Ontario could allow physical distancing measures to be relaxed, while keeping the reproduction ratio under one and preventing a second wave of infections.
In 2018, scientists at the Laboratory of Mathematical Parallel Systems (LAMPS) at York University launched a user-friendly, accessible Ontario Climate Data Portal to provide the most robust climate change projections for Ontario. Now, the team has published a paper to describe the portal’s structure and functions, extensive datasets and data development methodology.
The Faculty of Science has launched a newly created $50,000 fund to help its students succeed in remotely delivered summer 2020 courses. Dubbed the York Science Summer Student Success Fund, or S4F, the initiative will provide up to 1,000 students with a $50 discount when purchasing required or recommended textbooks for their summer term courses.
A comprehensive review of studies on COVID-19, including clinical, epidemiological, laboratory and chest imaging data, shows that the most common symptom was fever (82%), followed by a cough (61%), then muscle aches and/or fatigue (36%), says York University Postdoctoral Fellow Nicola Bragazzi, a co-author on the paper.
York University researchers project that Canada will have 15,000 cases of COVID-19 by March 31 unless there are further public health interventions. A rapid increase in public health interventions implemented now could reduce that number to 4,000, according to the research.