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Should Eye Exams Be Mandatory for School-Age Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Currently only 14 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six receive professional eye care. Since the measles outbreak in North America a few months ago, more school districts and provinces are considering mandatory immunization in order to attend school.

Should eye examination be added to...

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What I learned As a Medical Student Working With Low-Income Families

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 5:34 PM

By Lita Cameron with Elizabeth Lee-Ford Jones

As a medical student taking part in a Social Paediatrics course at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), I was recently immersed in the lives and healthcare needs of low-income families in Toronto. This experience reshaped the lens through...

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Child Poverty Is a Canadian Problem

(13) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 7:54 AM

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian children are growing up without enough.

UNICEF'S most recent report on child well-being in rich countries ranked Canada 17 out of 29 countries assessed, scoring 27th in child obesity, 22nd in infant mortality and 21st in child poverty rates. Sadly, this isn't news....

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We Are Not Our Genes: Social Policies Lag Behind Science

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:26 AM

We are not our genes.

The choices we make, from breakfast to bedtime, reshape our gene expression, moulding us into the people we are. Living an active life of purposeful activity with social support, eating nutritiously and sleeping well in a safe place to call home can reduce our risk...

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Hunger is Not a Game, Canada

(18) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:50 PM

When a crow went down with West Nile virus somewhere in Ontario, my phone would ring. Practicing as an infectious disease specialist at the time, I was alerted to early warnings about threats to the public's health from infectious agents. Immediate response was expected -- and provided -- by our...

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Our Health System Is Failing Our Children

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 4:34 PM

In the last quarter century there's been an explosion in our understanding of child development. Unfortunately, all that new knowledge hasn't translated into improved child health. The fact is, far too many of our children are not doing well -- not at all well.

I never dreamed that after...

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