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...

Can the WHO Make Chronic Diseases Less Chronic

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Chronic diseases account for 36 million deaths annually, over 60 per cent of the human mortality rate. They continue to accelerate globally and are advancing across all regions, affecting all socioeconomic classes. It is expected that almost three-quarters of all deaths will be caused by chronic diseases by 2020.

Bird Flu Study 'Censorship' To Be Addressed By WHO

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2012 | Canada

The World Health Organization says it will take a role in helping sort through an international scientific controversy over two bird flu studies that ...

New Flu Virus Warning

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2012 | Canada

The World Health Organization is urging countries to be on the lookout for new flu viruses.The WHO is stressing the importance of monitoring for new v...

Bill Gates Pushes Financial Sector to Pay its Fair Share

Andrew Cooper | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

Amid the attention given to the entertainment celebrities operating as outsiders, there is a need also to see how a different type of celebrity from the world of business -- Bill Gates -- is acting as an insider in the campaign of change with respect to financial institutions at the hub of global governance.