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Anti-Transparency On Display At COP7 Global Anti-Tobacco Conference

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada
Yaël Ossowski

A Students For Liberty activist carries a protest sign at the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 7th Annual Conferenc...

Reducing Hospital Noise Can Improve Patient Care And Health

Steve Titus | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Titus

Excessive noise in a health-care environment is not just annoying but studies have shown that it adversely affects patient healing. A U.S. study found the average noise level in hospital wards to be close to 95 decibels -- 10 decibels beyond the noise level at which U.S. federal law requires ear protection for prolonged exposure.

The Stigma Against Depression Hurts Us All

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

Talking about mental health, especially depression, is still highly stigmatized. In a society that values achievements as a sign of success, tackling the topic of depression seems daunting to many of us. In the public's mind, it is connected to ideas of weakness and laziness. Those suffering from depression are aware of this too -- which often keeps them from seeking help.

Yes, You Can Catch Superbugs From Your Chicken Dinner

Marc Davis | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Imagine a not-too-distant future where the survival of mankind hangs in the balance because modern medicine's frontline defenders -- antibiotics -- are being outsmarted by deadly microscopic enemies. I'm talking about the emergence of so-called "superbugs." They're real, they exist, and if you eat non-organic chicken, then you're all the more at risk.

Tobacco Monitoring First Step To Increased Sin Industry Scrutiny

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Business
Yaël Ossowski

The World Health Organization is pulling out all the stops in its effort to turn public opinion against the tobacco industry. Its campaign will launch "monitoring centres" in cities across the world, tasked with unmasking the tactics of the tobacco industry and its attempts to "interfere" with public health policy.

Martin Calls For G20 To Expand Mandate Beyond Economic Disasters

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics

"The fact is, with 60 million people now displaced worldwide, the UN's humanitarian agencies are almost as starved for international support as are the people they are trying to help."

New Ebola Case Emerges One Day After Outbreak Declared Over

CP | Clarence Roy-MacAulay, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada

Tests on a 22-year-old woman who died earlier this month in Sierra Leone's north proved positive for the virus.

Fossil Fuel Companies Threaten To Undermine Paris Climate Talks

Nick Fillmore | Posted 11.27.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 10.30.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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 08.30.2016 | 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.