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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

Truck driver pain and discomfort can be alleviated

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A​lmost 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.

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, 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 public health professor Warren Dodd.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Healthy Eating Index can be used to assess Canadian dietary behaviours

sharon Kirkpatrick

How healthy are our eating patterns? Based on nationally representative data from 2011-2012, the average Healthy Eating Index (HEI) score among Americans was 57 out of a possible 100 points, indicating that there is a long way to go in shifting the population’s consumption patterns toward dietary recommendations. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Youth more at risk for substance abuse than young adults

Unhappy male youth sitting in empty stands

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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

In Memoriam: Eva Neufeld

Eva Neufeld

Eva Neufeld, a valued member of the School of Public Health and Health Systems community, passed away on July 27 after a five-year battle with cancer.

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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dementia research gets a boost with new Schlegel Research Chair

Carrie McAiney

While more and more older adults are living with dementia, many are living well, thanks in part to researchers like Carrie McAiney. She works together with individuals with dementia, their families, and care partners to understand and address their future and current needs.

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