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Canada Donates To Ebola Fight

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2014 | 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 10.17.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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...

Ebola Cases Expected To Show Up In B.C.

CBC | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s provincial health officer says it would not be surprising to see cases of the Ebola virus appear, but that there is no reason for alarm. ...

What the History of Schizophrenia Can Teach Us About the Present

Marvin Ross | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates October 10 as World Mental Health Day to raise awareness. This year, they are focusing on schizophrenia. To add my little bit to awareness, I would like to explore the history and the controversy of this malady.

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Prescription For Human Health: Fight Global Warming

David Suzuki | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Reducing the threat of global warming and finding ways to adapt to unavoidable change will also help people around the world "deal with the impact of heat, extreme weather, infectious disease and food insecurity." Climate change affects human health in multiple ways.

Don't Let International Bureaucrats Control Canada's Tobacco Taxes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The case of Quebec provides a cautionary tale, as the prevalence of tobacco use has hovered around 24 per cent since 2003 despite a doubling of the price of cigarettes. And to the extent that tobacco taxes do reduce consumption, they can end up reducing total tax receipts, thus working against the competing and contradictory government objective of raising revenue.

Why Canada Must Approach Ebola Like A Natural Disaster

CBC | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada

With dire predictions of 20,000 people — more than six times the current toll — becoming infected with Ebola, calls are mounting for countries,...

1,200 DEAD

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada

GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people.The World Health Organization says the de...

Fear Won't Put a Stop to Ebola, Humanitarian Action Can

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

As I scan the latest headlines about Ebola, I think not only of the rising death numbers, but also of the children, families, and local Plan staff that I have encountered during my visits to West Africa. We can all be humanitarian actors when it comes to fighting Ebola.

How the Ebola Crisis Is Uniting the World

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern over Ebola is one of the world's most important actions although people may choose to see it differently; the situation requiring its call may lead to fear and panic. But, the only reaction should be resilience.

More Than 729 Dead

CP | Boubacar Diallo And Krista Larson, The Associated Press | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada

CONAKRY, Guinea - An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the ...

Washing Your Hands Can Help Save Lives

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

However, one action, hand hygiene, learned in our youth has an incredible ability to keep us healthy, but also to ensure an even safer world. Because of this link between hand hygiene and health, the WHO has set aside May 5th as a day for celebration of this part of our daily life.

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...

Workers' Health Should Be a Priority for Business Leaders

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As self-evident as some of these descriptions may seem, employers have not always been quick to recognize their role in addressing the health concerns of their workforce. Work-related stress is now considered a top health risk and drives workplace wellness programs in many parts of the world

Yes, This Will Kill You

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

LONDON - What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer.The Inter...

Despite Fukushima, Scientists Say Eating West Coast Fish is Safe

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Due to continued contamination following the Fukushima disaster, social media is now abuzz with people swearing off fish from the Pacific Ocean. Given the lack of information around containment efforts, some may find this reasonable. But preliminary research shows fish caught off Canada's Pacific Coast are safe to eat.

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?

What Do We Do When the Antibiotics Stop Working?

Kapil Khatter | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada
Kapil Khatter

Gonorrhea, tuberculosis, staphylococcus -- you didn't want to get them before, and you definitely don't want them now. These are some of the not so pretty faces of today's antibiotic resistance, of today's untreatable diseases. And the worst is yet to come.

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...

The Group Most in Need of Hand Hygiene

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

On May 5th, the WHO will be celebrating its annual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands day to mark its campaign to help save lives from infections in healthcare. While the association between infections and having clean hands had been known there was little indication that it could have been this bad.

Meet the New Strain of Flu: H7N9

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgMuch like any new offering from Stephen King, which requires time to determine its place in his legacy, the new H7N9 flu requires more than just a few weeks to determine its place in the historical records of infectious disease.