Mosquitoes

Mosquito Viruses Are a Biting Concern for Snowbirds

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

In the coming month, close to a half million Canadian snowbirds, will seek out new homes in the southern United States. While the promise of a gentler environment is obvious, there are risks with the semi-annual migration. The lack of a freezing season means a number of pests thrive throughout the year including the ever annoying mosquito.

Humankind's Deadliest Foe Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mosquito-borne diseases kill 725,000 people a year -- including one child in Africa every minute from malaria alone -- making the seemingly innocuous bugs responsible for more human deaths than every other creature combined.

How To Survive the Ugly Side of Summer

Carson Arthur | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Carson Arthur

We've all heard that mold in the home is extremely hazardous to our health, but did you know that mold occurs outdoors as well? Our gardens and backyards are actually a great breeding space for molds that are inhaled via mold spores. Our immune systems deal with these mold spores just like an allergy, with watery eyes, sneezing and congestion.

Protecting the World's Children From Malaria

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Mosquito bites mean something different in many parts of the world. Working for an international aid and development agency, I've learned about the dangers of malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito. On World Malaria Day, I think about the millions of children who have no bug spray -- not ever.

How India Is Dealing With Malaria

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Two third of malaria cases in South-East Asia occur in India. According to the World Health Organization, in 2011, 2.15-million parasitologically confirmed malaria cases were reported, with three countries accounting for 95 per cent of confirmed cases: India, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Do We Have the Will to Wipe Out Malaria?

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

With more funding for research and development of new insecticide and for distribution of preventative tools, the world has the capacity to eradicate this horrific disease, malaria, from our psyche. The question is, do we have the will to do so?

The Annoying Side Of Summer

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Living

Canadians may revel in the splendours of summer — hot-weather clothing and open-toe footwear, trips to the lake or seaside, and the no-fuss joy of o...

The Healthy Benefits to Cold Weather

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Most of Canada and parts of the United States has been gripped in a cold snap that has seen temperatures dip below -40ºC in some places. While we may have little enjoyment from this forecast, in terms of germs and pests, this may actually be good news.

West Nile Virus: The Sequel

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Hollywood is not the only place with an increasing their number of sequels. While returning health villains, like West Nile Virus and "Swine Flu 2" continue to represent only a minority of worldwide infections, the future is looking rather glum. There are certain to be more germs that will re-emerge and send us all into a frenzy worthy of a blockbuster's opening day weekend.

5 Science Breakthroughs Against Cottage Enemies

Cottage Life | Posted 05.17.2012 | Canada Living

By: Jackie Davis Good news, cottagers: 2011 was packed with research and technology breakthroughs that may, one day, help in the battle against...