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Monday, September 11, 2017

Beverage industry capitalizing on countries with fewer health regulations

Beverage vending machine

Considerable exposure to sugary drinks combined with a lack of water fountains in high schools are likely important contributors to increased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, a new study from the University of Waterloo has found.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels

Person in yoga pose on mat.

Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Young people with chronic illness more likely to attempt suicide

Young people between the ages of 15 and 30 living with a chronic illness are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their healthy peers, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

Monday, July 31, 2017

In the media: A new reason to worry about teenage drinking

More than a quarter of Canadian teens say they binge drink at least once a month — which can be the caloric equivalent of a kilogram of body fat every year. Read A new reason to worry about teenage drinking on CBC.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ontarians still skeptical of flu shot

Half of all people who avoid the flu shot do so because they question its importance and effectiveness, a new study from the University of Waterloo reports.

The study reviewed Ontario health data from 2013/14, where only 34 per cent of people went to get the seasonal flu shot despite universal coverage in the province. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Researchers will transform health-care services for persons living with frailty

Researchers at the University of Waterloo will work to strengthen health care for older Canadians living with frailty with a new $2.6-million grant from the Canadian Frailty Network.

The money will fund a project that will give primary health-care providers in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta access to efficient screening tools to quickly identify patients who may be at risk for frailty. It will also give health-care providers access to an online platform to initiate referrals and co-ordinate care with other providers.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New CIHR postdoctoral fellowship opportunity announced

The School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS) at the University of Waterloo and Public Health Ontario (PHO), announce a one-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity to commence no later than September 1, 2017. This fellowship is made possible by CIHR’s new “Training Modernization Program”.

For complete details, see Work for Applied Health Sciences - Postdoctoral fellow positions

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Marijuana use tied to poorer school performance

When high school students started smoking marijuana regularly they were less likely to get good grades and want to pursue university, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Just as many teenagers use cannabis as smoke cigarettes

Just as many teenagers use cannabis every day as smoke cigarettes, according to a new report from the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Anne McLellan public lecture - The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis

The Honourable Anne McLellan.

On Monday, May 8, the School of Public Health and Health Systems celebrated its 40th anniversary with a public lecture featuring the Honourable Anne McLellan, former minister of justice and head of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation. A recording of the public lecture is now available.