World Health Organization

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

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living

It's only temporary, though.

Zika Virus Is Officially An International Emergency

AP | By Jamey Keaten And Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents

"After a review of the evidence, the committee advised that the clusters of microcephaly and other neurological complications constitute an extraordinary event and public health threat to other parts of the world."

UN To Decide If Zika Outbreak Is International Health Emergency

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Parents

"The level of alarm is extremely high.''

How Canadian Doctors Fight Cervical Cancer In Kenya

Dr. James Aw | Posted 01.21.2016 | 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 01.15.2016 | 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 12.07.2015 | 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 11.27.2015 | 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.

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?

It's Time To End Canada's Ebola Visa Restrictions

Steven J. Hoffman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven J. Hoffman

Canada panicked. But unlike other countries, we overreacted. Our mantra -- better be safe than sorry -- actually made us less safe and continues to make us sorry. To explain, lawyers like myself have argued from the beginning that Canada's visa restrictions were illegal.

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.

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?

Absolute Baloney? Hot Dog Makers Brush Off WHO's Cancer Report

CP | Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business

"Anything tastes better with bacon."

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.

Pregnant Women World-Wide Need Timely Access to Supplements

Marion Roche | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

As IFA interventions are reprioritized as part of maternal health initiatives, the composition of the supplement itself is being reconsidered. Pregnant women may benefit from more than just iron and folic acid supplements, as the diets and environments that have put them at risk of anemia may also be contributing to suboptimal intakes of other micronutrients. For example, millions of pregnant women suffer from vitamin A deficiency, zinc, and iodine, suggesting supplements could help fill the dietary gaps at the same time.

This Canadian Doctor Could Change Lives Of Women Fighting Cancer

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg says in low- and middle-income countries, breast cancer is a rapidly growing problem.

Is It Already Too Late For This Experimental Ebola Drug?

CP | Helen Branswell | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living

Moments after the first person treated with ZMapp started receiving the experimental Ebola drug he could feel effects which suggested it was working.

A Lack of Awareness Heightens the Risk of Diabetes

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar that is not yet diabetic but can lead to worsening outcomes from making important lifestyle changes, such as cutting back on sodas and sugary foods as well as losing weight and getting more exercise.

As People Die, G7 Still Can't Get it Together on Climate Change

Nick Fillmore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

During the hour that it took the world's elite G7 politicians discussing climate change to wander through an enchanting meadow of flowers in Germany's Bavarian Alps earlier this week, 800 people may have died prematurely from the impact of air pollution, most of it caused by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels.

New Global Focus Placed on Reducing Anemia in Adolescent Girls

Marion Roche | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Reducing anemia in adolescents is often motivated by efforts and interests to improve maternal and newborn health for pregnant adolescents. However, when we truly understand the consequences of anemia throughout a woman's life, the benefits of reducing it to improve adolescent school performance and productivity at work cannot be ignored.

Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day Is Good for Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Disinfection keeps our environment clean. Social distancing allows us to stay clear of those who are contagious. Then there is the use of barrier protection, such as masks, gloves, and yes, condoms, to prevent any chance of a pathogen from harming us. But the best and by far the easiest is a short and sweet practice known as hand hygiene.

In Canada, We Have the Strategy and the Tools to End AIDS

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Julio Montaner

Once the worse affected province, B.C.'s HIV burden today is way below the Canadian average. In Canada, we can lead the way forward towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but a federal level commitment is sorely lacking.

Inequality in Health and Life Expectancy Is Growing Between Nations

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Canada was generally lauded for its universal healthcare system but also faulted for its high costs as well as timeliness and efficiency of care. High marks were given to Australia for quality and cost efficiency. To turn things around, WHO experts recommend that policymakers in the respective healthcare systems combat first today's fastest spreading health threats.

This International Women's Day, Let's Be Grateful for the UN

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

On this International Women's Day, I am thankful for the United Nations and its important work around the globe. The United Nations, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, touches the lives of every woman -- and in every aspect of her life.

Breaking Down Mental Health Barriers in Africa

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Stanley Kutcher was stumped. The psychiatry professor from Halifax's Dalhousie University was in Malawi to develop a mental health program for rural communities when he learned from the locals that there was no word in Chichewa for depression. How do you diagnose and treat an illness that doesn't linguistically exist?

An "Archaea" Solution To The Post-Antibiotic Era

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFor those studying this unique branch of terrestrial life, the identification of resistance genes in the environment suggested there had to be antimicrobials out there. If this was the case, the Archaea were going to play a role. The only question they couldn't answer was the nature of this role. This past week, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University may have provided the answer: Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT).