World Health Organization

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 05.24.2016 | 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.

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 04.12.2016 | 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 04.08.2016 | 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 04.05.2016 | 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 03.29.2016 | 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."

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

Marc Davis | Posted 03.14.2016 | 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 02.23.2016 | 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 02.03.2016 | Canada Living

It's only temporary, though.

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 07.05.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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.