Fossil Fuel Companies Threaten To Undermine Paris Climate Talks

Nick Fillmore | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

Fossil fuel companies have not managed to get a much coveted seat at the actual negotiating table during COP decision-making. But they are lobbying so hard that they hope politicians will come up with pro-industry solutions. A growing number of public interest groups want the fossil fuel lobby barred from the UN process.

What The Headlines Didn't Tell You About That Bacon And Cancer Study

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

They put processed meat into Group 1 -- "exposures known to be carcinogenic to humans." But categorization caused misunderstandings. The report simply put processed meat in the same category (Group 1) as cigarette smoking, but did not claim it was as dangerous as smoking.

5 Ways To Reduce Meat's Cancer Risk Besides Moderation

Theresa Albert | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

I really detest the saying "everything in moderation" because my moderation is different from yours, and neither of us knows what the outcomes will be of our choices. We don't eat nutrients, we eat foods and for many different reasons.

Is That Hot Dog Going To Kill You? Dietitian Responds To WHO Report

Abby Langer | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

The World Health Organization has just declared that asbestos, tobacco, your bacon cheeseburger, and that ham sandwich you're about to eat are all going to kill you. This is the first time in history that any organization has made such an aggressive declaration against meat. But is it true? Are processed meats definitely carcinogenic?

Don't Panic About Cancer-Causing Meat Just Yet

Talia Zenlea, MD | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Talia Zenlea, MD

When you read that processed meat has "Grade 1" status, just like cigarette smoking, arsenic, or asbestos, it just means that the WHO is confident in the relationship between processed meat and cancer - NOT that processed meat is as likely to cause cancer as cigarette smoking is.

Get The Cured Pork Off Your Fork

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

If you follow my 80 twenty rule and eat healthy foods such as vegetables, beans and lentils, fruit, nuts and seeds, fish and lean poultry 80% of the time, you can have some of the less healthy options 20% of the time. Whether it's sugar or bacon, no diet is 100% perfect.

Ham, Sausages As Big A Cancer Danger As Cigarettes: WHO

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Living

They determined red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.

It's Time for Canadian Doctors to Divest in Fossil Fuels

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In line with the hippocratic oath, we physicians-in-training make a formal request to our colleagues and mentors, we call upon the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to divest from fossil fuels.

Vitamin A Helps Reduce Death From Measles

Marion Roche | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

WHO recommends vitamin A supplements to improve child survival. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50 per cent, in populations with vitamin A deficiency. For children who are vitamin A deficient or undernourished, it would seem a simple solution -- immunization against measles and better nutrition -- to save lives.

Canada Used Loophole To Justify Ebola Visa Ban: WHO

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Canada appears to have used a loophole — a rather large one — to justify to the World Health Organization its decision to stop issuing v...

Canada Donates To Ebola Fight

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Canada is contributing an additional $30 million for the international Ebola containment effort, Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said F...

Canadian Ebola Vaccine Ready To Be Tested By World Health Organization

CBC | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada

The experimental Canadian Ebola vaccine that has been donated to the World Health Organization will be shipped to Geneva on Monday, the agency said t...

Is An Intellectual Property Spat Holding The Vaccine Back?

CBC | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Living

Questions remain over why a made-in-Canada experimental Ebola vaccine is still sitting in a Winnipeg laboratory instead of being dispensed in West Afr...

Treatment Centres Overflowing

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada

DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centres in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided.Spo...

World Headed For Potentially Deadly "Post-Antibiotic Era": WHO

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living

LONDON - Bacteria resistant antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, accor...

121 People Dead In Ebola Outbreak

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada

DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 12...

Ebola: 'There Are Far Worse Diseases Out There'

CBC | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living

An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the west African nation of Guinea has revived fears of a global contagion, but infectious disease experts sa...

Can People Control Obesity?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As a dietitian and health counselor, I have no problem with declaring obesity a disease, especially considering the complexity of potential causes, some of which are indeed beyond an individual's control. Having said that, I also believe that the only appropriate response to illness is to make every effort to overcome it as quickly possible.

There's No National Wealth Without Public Health

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Despite record-high spending on medical services, people get sicker everywhere in greater numbers. According to the World Health Organization, more people die every year from so-called non-communicable diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer than ever before, and the trends are worsening.

How Far is Canada From Being AIDS-Free?

Laurie Edmiston | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Laurie Edmiston

banner Adhering to medications has the potential to bring about very positive results in the overall population. The thinking is that if you increase the number of HIV-positive people on treatment, you lower the total amount of virus circulating in a community and, ultimately, reduce the number of new HIV infections.

Here's A Compelling Reason To Visit Your Folks Now

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Living

Go see your parents -- you only have a limited number of visits before they die. That's the morbid, yet heartwarming message the creators of 'See Y...

2 New Diseases Could Spark Global Outbreaks

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living

LONDON - Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the...

UN and WHO Release Report Warning of Human Health Risk of Toxics in Household Products

Maggie MacDonald | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada
Maggie MacDonald

The topic of links between chemicals found in household products and cancer was brought to the world stage this week. The UN Environment Programme (...

Aging in Developing Nations: Beyond Depression

Lindsay Jolivet | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada
Lindsay Jolivet

The concept of "age-friendly," coined by the World Health Organization , stresses the need for communities to develop transportation, streets, housing , and social engagement for seniors to remain happy, active members of society. But in developing nations, the issue goes far beyond building better sidewalks and housing.

WATCH: How To Quit The Butt

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.31.2012 | Canada Living

If you're a smoker and aren't yet thinking about quitting, congratulations -- today is your day. For the past 24 years, the World Health Organizati...