World Health Organization

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).

Canada, Don't Forget About Basic Population Health

Hedy Fry | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada
Hedy Fry

‎Canada should and could have a role, working through the World Health Organization, to create such basic systems, through international aid. But, it must also look internally to the failure of our own health system to serve the needs of our Northern peoples where TB is highest (234 cases per 100,000) primarily because of inadequate housing and overcrowding.

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...

Ebola Cases Expected To Show Up In B.C.

CBC | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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.