Monday, January 28, 2019

Researchers work with Indigenous partners to determine if fish is safe to eat

View of lake from canoe

Food security is an urgent and growing concern for Indigenous populations in Canada.Environmental change in aquatic ecosystems can impact the health of fish and the communities that rely on those fish in many ways. Some of those ways can involve exposure to contaminants like mercury.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Assessment tools could reduce end-of-life hospital stays for older adults

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Better use of standard assessment tools could help long-term care homes identify which new residents are at risk of hospitalization or death in the first 90 days of admission.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Inability to perform basic activities delays mental health patients’ discharge

Doctor writing on a patient's chart

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

Truck driver pain and discomfort can be alleviated

Trucker holding the steering wheel

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

Smoke behind a tree line in the distance

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.