World Health Organization

WHO Elections: Will The Promise Of A Healthier Future Be Forgotten?

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Yaël Ossowski

Many countries, such as Canada, are focused on implementing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and universalizing coverage. Others, pushed by the WHO, are leading anti-tobacco efforts. But many are seeking a reduced role for determining health policy at the very top level.

Tackling Mental Illness In The World's Toughest Places

Megan Radford | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

Mental illness takes a significant toll on your ability to function in any job. When you're a single mom and have the added pressure of being the sole breadwinner, depression, anxiety and PTSD can cripple your ability to cope.

Essential Medicines Must Be Available To All Canadians

Nav Persaud | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Living
Nav Persaud

Surveys and polls often show Canadians are proud of our universal health system, which provides publicly funded care for doctor and hospital services. Canadians don't have to worry about filing for bankruptcy to get care for themselves or their families when they need it. But when it comes to prescription medications, our health system comes up short.

How Baby Formula Companies Undermine Breastfeeding

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Parents
Nicole Letourneau

Promoting a breastfeeding culture should not be seen as an affront to women who, for whatever reason, choose to formula feed their babies. We live in a society where multiple approaches are respected. BFI does not advocate one size fits all, rather it advocates promoting the best evidence so everyone can make the most informed decisions about baby feeding.

Made-In-Canada Ebola Vaccine Is Already Saving Lives

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.23.2016 | Canada

Many previous vaccine attempts have failed.

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.

New Definition For Infertility Will Help Gay And Single Parents

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Parents

The World Health Organization is making a change.

New Numbers On Tuberculosis Burden Must Galvanize India To Act

Dr. Madhukar Pai | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Madhukar Pai

India continues to bear the brunt of the TB epidemic, with 2.8 of the 10.4 million new TB cases that occurred in 2015. TB is also a major killer of Indian people. The latest Global Burden of Disease estimates from Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, published earlier this month, show TB to be the sixth leading cause of deaths in India.

Why Dr. Tedros Adhanom Of Ethiopia Should Lead WHO

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For the past three decades, Dr. Adhanom, led many institutions that have benefited from his wisdom, unique leadership and they each have shown a real, remarkable impact on the ground. As health minister, for instance, he was a celebrated advocate for accessible health care for all.

UN Says 60,000 People Have Fled South Sudan Amid Violence

CP | Cara Anna, The Associated Press | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada

Almost 900,000 South Sudanese have left their country since civil war broke out in December 2013.

Students For Liberty Take To Parliament Hill On World No Tobacco Day

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Yaël Ossowski

Prompted by World Tobacco Day, activists from the international grassroots activist group Students For Liberty took to Parliament Hill on Tuesday to hand out their "No Nanny" plain-packaged chocolate bars to legislators and federal employees.

Tobacco Monitoring First Step To Increased Sin Industry Scrutiny

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 05.25.2017 | 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.

Canada's Childhood Obesity Rates Finally Drop

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents

This is the first time rates have fallen in the past few decades.

The Top Exercise To Detoxify Your Body

Tosca Reno | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Living
Tosca Reno

What if you could do only one, low impact, fun exercise? What if that exercise could power up your immune system to fight diseases like cancer, more effectively, while also helping you manage weight? What if that were possible in one third the time other exercise takes? What if that exercise could chase fat and cellulite while making you ultra-healthy?

Poverty Creates A Vicious Cycle Of Food Insecurity And Poor Health

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 04.09.2017 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) reports that rates of diabetes are disproportionately higher among low-income individuals and First Nations people, two demographics that also face high rates of food insecurity. It's easy to tell someone to "just eat healthier," but it is a lot more difficult to actually put into practice, especially if you can't afford it.

Caretaking Tips For Seniors With Diabetes

Optimum Care | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Caring for seniors with diabetes comes with unique challenges. While many seniors may have been managing their diabetes on their own for quite some time, they often require more help as they age. And while managing diabetes can be tough, it's definitely not impossible. If you do your homework, take the time to understand the disease, and remain diligent, you can help your loved ones stay happy and healthy with or without diabetes. Here are some tips to get you started.

Martin Calls For G20 To Expand Mandate Beyond Economic Disasters

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2017 | 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."

Is This Hidden Ingredient In Wheat Causing You To Gain Weight?

Marc Davis | Posted 03.11.2017 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

the focus of this blog is how glyphosate may damage our metabolisms, causing many of us to gain weight. In essence, it is said to destroy the "beneficial" bacteria in our intestines, which is the kind of bacteria that helps us properly digest food and burn calories more efficiently.

3 Ways Canada Can Help Stem The Spread Of The Zika Outbreak

Gaëlle Groux | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Gaëlle Groux

The Zika virus has captured the attention of the international community because thousands of babies are being born with underdeveloped brains to women who were infected with Zika during their pregnancy. Should Canadians be worried? For now, WHO says no, because our country doesn't harbour the mosquito types that spread the disease, aedes aegypti and albopictus. But Canadians shouldn't be too complacent about the spread of the virus. Here's why.

Some Canadian Travellers Can't Donate Blood Due To Zika Threat

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Living

It's only temporary, though.

How Canadian Doctors Fight Cervical Cancer In Kenya

Dr. James Aw | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. James Aw

The disparity in cervical cancer mortality is even more stark, according to the database. The disease causes 2.9 deaths per year per 100,000 people here in Canada. The figure is an astonishing seven times that in Kenya, at 21.7 deaths per year per 100,000 people. In fact, in Kenya, cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer among women; in Canada, it's the 13th.

New Ebola Case Emerges One Day After Outbreak Declared Over

CP | Clarence Roy-MacAulay, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2017 | Canada

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

Foodborne Illness Is Still A Serious Issue In Canada And Abroad

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Back in 1999, a report suggested the situation could be far worse than believed in countries like the United States. In 2003, a global document concluded foodborne illness is far worse than we may have thought. In that same year, a report in Canada provided a look at only a few pathogens but revealed the situation, while not dire, could be getting worse.

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.

World Health Organization Says The Public Is Confused About Antibiotic Resistance

AFP/Relax News | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

Do you understand antibiotic resistance?