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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Inability to perform basic activities delays mental health patients’ discharge 

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Mental health patients who have difficulty performing daily living tasks are four times more likely to experience discharge delays than someone who can perform those tasks independently.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Even small delays in school start times can benefit teen health

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Starting high school even 10 minutes later can result in significant sleep benefits for adolescents, says a new UWaterloo COMPASS study.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Cannabis youth prevention strategy should target mental wellbeing

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High school students with positive mental health are less likely to consume cannabis, a recent University of Waterloo study has found.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

ADHD youth no more at risk for traffic violations than non-ADHD youth

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A recent University of Waterloo study showed that youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are no more at risk of incurring traffic violations than their non-ADHD counterparts, contrary to previously published studies.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Everything you wanted to know about cannabis legalization in Canada

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Public Health Professor David Hammond and doctoral student Elle Wadsworth have developed a video mini-series chronicling the ins and outs of cannabis legalization in Canada. Recreational marijuana was legalized on October 17, and Canada is only the second country in the world to do so (after Uruguay).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Truck driver pain and discomfort can be alleviated

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Almost 60 per cent of truck drivers in a recent Canadian study reported experiencing musculoskeletal (MSD) pain and discomfort on the job, even though it may be preventable.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Virtual reality motion sickness may be predicted and counteracted

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo have made progress toward predicting who is likely to feel sick from virtual reality technology.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Long-term mental wellbeing of northern communities increasingly affected by wildfires

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With climate change conditions favouring the spread of wildfires in Canada – even increasingly affecting the north and subarctic regions in Canada – it is important to address the impact of fire and smoke on the mental health and livelihoods of northern populations, says Warren Dodd, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Youth are more at risk for substance abuse than young adults

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Individuals between the ages of 15-22 are at increased odds for substance use disorders, says a study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry this month.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Study shows how the brain controls food cravings

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A newly published study from the University of Waterloo shows that when activity in a specific part of the brain is suppressed, our desire for high-calorie foods increases.

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