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Added sugar found in two-thirds of packaged foods

Grocery cart in shopping aisle.Study finds even baby food and products marketed as healthy alternatives often contain added sugar.

Parkinson's patients are over-prescribed antipsychotics

Prescription pad and medications.More than one-third of people with Parkinson's disease in long-term care homes are given antipsychotic medication. 

Your teenage years may predict your risk for Alzheimer’s

Suzanne Tyas.Research is investigating links between adolescence and Alzheimer's disease later in life.

Canadian magazines miss the mark on skin cancer messages

Woman sunbathing and reading a magazine.Study shows Canadian magazines are sending women mixed messages about skin cancer and tanning.

Daily physical activity policy not working in schools

Children in gym class.Many elementary school students aren’t getting the 20 minutes of daily physical activity mandated by the Ontario government.

Canada’s mental health system is failing children in crisis

 Children at risk of suicide are ending up in adult psychiatric units, Waterloo expert saysThe “orphan’s orphan” of Canada’s health-care system: Children at risk of suicide are ending up in adult psychiatric units.

Restraint and confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings

John HirdesSpecial issue of Healthcare Management Forum features eight new papers on interRAI mental health assessment system.

Celebrating excellence in teaching 

Chris PerlmanExpert in mental health services inspires students to think beyond policy.

Waterloo student designs new clay filter for unsafe drinking water

Timothy Muttoo holds the clay water filter he designedMaster of Public Health student is working with a non-profit group in the Dominican Republic to bring filters to thousands of families.

Healthier teaching with Scott Leatherdale

Scott LeatherdaleOne of the first things students learn when attending Professor Scott Leatherdale’s lectures is to embrace curiosity. Being curious, says Leatherdale, opens the door to enhanced critical thinking.

Technophobia may keep older adults from using apps to manage diabetes

Close-up of senoir's hands holding a smartphone.More senior-friendly smartphone and web apps may help people manage glucose levels and track their diet.

Each dollar spent on kids' nutrition can yield more than $100 later

Children shopping in a marketGood childhood nutrition produces people who can contribute more and help boost economic growth, says Waterloo professor.

Research shows Parkinson’s disease linked to riskier driving

Older man driving a carWhen it comes to road safety, Parkinson’s disease is a bigger threat than once thought.

Craving high-calorie snacks? Blame your brain

Woman eyeing up a cupcakeResearch shows that we rely on a specific part of the brain to curb our craving for snacks.

Do low-nicotine cigarettes make you smoke more?

Low nicotine cigarettes scattered on tableLandmark study shows people smoke the same number of cigarettes regardless of nicotine level.

On the front lines of mental health

police officerNew screening tool developed by interRAI better connects Ontario Provincial Police and clinicians to support those in crisis.

Using data to treat patients right

Joon LeeJoon Lee is changing the way doctors make decisions and patients receive care. Lee and his team are at the forefront of a field that harnesses the power of information technology to analyze health data and provide doctors with answers that would take years to obtain through clinical trials.

Does climate change affect your health?

Susan ElliottWhile researchers have flagged climate change as the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, research by Professor Susan Elliott and her graduate student Francesca Cardwell found that most Canadians just don’t see the link.

Experiential learning in the streets

Kelly Anthony and students speak with formerly homeless man on street.A proponent of hands-on and experiential learning, Kelly Anthony doesn’t believe in just telling—she believes in showing.  Students in her social determinants of health class don’t just learn how environmental factors impact health, they see it with their own eyes.

A global approach to curbing smoking

Warning that smoking leaves you breathlessTobacco is the largest preventable cause of premature death in the world. David Hammond is working with researchers, policy makers, and non-governmental associations around the world to guide and evaluate the use of graphic warning labels on tobacco products.

Assessment system aids seniors after NZ quake

Fire fighters beside fire truckUpon hearing of the earthquake, John Hirdes realized the interRAI databases he helped develop held valuable information that could lead rescuers to the homes of New Zealand’s most vulnerable citizens. “It occurred to me that we would actually be able to help out by using our system in a novel way.”

Enabling nutritious choices

Person preparing food to be cookedRhona Hanning and team travel by small plane and boat, snowmobile, or pick-up truck to assess food intake and physical activity levels in remote northern communities as part of a $1.9-million national project aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

A love of people, a passion for learning

rose eelman

For Rose Eelman, the decision to pursue a career in medicine came after a high school co-op position in her local emergency department. She chose Waterloo's Health Studies program as the first step in her journey.

Internship provides global health insights

master of public health intern

With over 7,000 applications and only 140 spaces, three Master of Public Health (MPH) classmates were delighted to be awarded a prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) internship and the chance to work with international colleagues dedicated to creating a healthier world.

Connecting to public health needs

person holding a clipboard"Many public health professionals are well trained in specific disciplines but don’t have a wide enough grasp of other areas of the field to be able to make decisions for public health. The MPH gives grads the cross-cutting tools they’ll need to take on leadership roles in the field.”

Developing new model for geriatric medicine

picture of George HeckmanGeorge Heckman is collaborating with partners across the province to review the management of frailty and chronic disease, with the goal of keeping seniors as functional as possible and ultimately reducing pressures on long-term care.