Blog Archive 2014

Witten by Jay Cullen on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Public demand for information about the impact of the triple reactor meltdowns in March 2011 at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant on the marine ecosystem and on the health of those residing on the Pacific coast of North America is considerable. After all, as a result of the devastating...

Witten by Michelle Cyca on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November is a month for thinking about men’s health, with Movember campaigns in full gear to raise awareness about prostate cancer, the most common cancer affecting men. However, for men who have sex with men (MSM) and men who identify as gay or bisexual, it can be a challenge to find cancer...

Witten by Hans Krueger on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Many of us recognize that certain behaviours and activities can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases, including cancer. For example, estimates tell us that almost 40% of colorectal cancer cases in Canada are attributable to excess weight, physical inactivity, and tobacco smoking. What...

Witten by Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Being the most common cancer among Canadian men, it is estimated that 23,600 men will be diagnosed with the disease this year. The majority of men who are diagnosed will survive five or more years post-diagnosis. However, many will live with side...

Witten by Trevor Dummer on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What has geography got to do with health, medicine, or disease prevention? After all, geography is usually associated with drawing maps–of people or places—or with our environment – the air we breathe; food we eat; water we drink; and where we live, work, and play. On the seemingly other hand,...

Witten by Sunil Kalia on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

With the dog days of summer upon us, many people will be spending more time outdoors and in the sun. But will they be practicing “sun safety”? It is well-established that ultraviolet exposure can cause skin cancer. Despite the fact that this cancer is nearly entirely preventable, the skin cancer...

Witten by Michelle Cyca on Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 21 marks National Aboriginal Day in Canada, a day when our indigenous communities are celebrated for their history and culture. This day can also be a reminder of some of the challenges faced by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in achieving health and quality of life. Although there...

Witten by Kathryn Seely on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization and its partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco use. This year’s theme is “raise taxes on tobacco.” Higher tobacco taxes are the single...

Witten by Sarah Neil-Sztramko on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Today, more than ever we live in a 24-hour society. Because of this, the demand for individuals to work outside of the traditional working hours of 9-5 is great. Occupations traditionally associated with shift work include those in the medical professionals (such as doctors and nurses) and those...

Witten by Laura Dale on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Image reprinted with permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nature Reviews Immunology (Goldrosen, M. H., & Straus, S. E. (2004). Complementary and alternative medicine: assessing the evidence for immunological benefits. Nature Reviews Immunology, 4(11), 912-921), copyright 2004. Many people...

Witten by Carolyn Gotay on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

With February 4 being World Cancer Day—an international campaign targeting improving general knowledge around cancer—we thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on some of the accomplishments and opportunities in cancer prevention research. Cancer remains one of the leading threats to...