Funding announced for dementia search-and-rescue initiative

Lili Liu, ministers and dignitaries stand at podium announcement.Project will improve data collection, coordinate community resources and prevent repeat missing incidents

Feeling stressed? You're not alone

Woman peeking shyly through window blinds.Researchers use survey data to uncover pandemic mental health insights

New approach to advance care planning preferred by Canadian long-term care residents

Physician holds patient's hands.Researchers develop better way to involve residents in end-of-life care discussions

Higher education and language skills may help reverse mild cognitive impairment

Hands holding pencil with book on the desk.

New research has found that people with mild cognitive impairment may not inevitably develop dementia and, in fact, having higher education and advanced language skills more than doubles their chances of returning to normal

Researchers awarded $10 million U.S. for global tobacco study

Person holding vape and tobacco cigarettesThe study will examine how policies impact smoking, vaping, and the use of other nicotine products

AI-powered symptom checkers could ease strain on health systems

Father feeling his son's forehead with handStudy shows how perceptions of this technology affect its adoption

New tools available to help people with dementia move forward

Two older women laughing, two older men walking behindThe Forward with Dementia launch brings in-depth supports and resources that patients need

Non-emergency control interventions form pattern of care

Hospital bed in roomStudy shows higher rates of restrictive interventions being used on older psychiatric patients

Benefits of consuming fish outweigh the risks

Study examines the effect of elevated mercury levels in some northern lakesPile of deceased fish

People in exercise class with masks onStudy examines effective messaging for persuasive health apps

How to discourage youth from using cannabis

Person going to pay for a bag of cannabis using credit card.New research shows packaging and health warnings can reduce the appeal for young people

Mobile alert app for missing people with dementia

Community member interacting with older adult in the outdoors.Researchers developing app to engage community to help locate missing people with dementia

Understanding frailty will lead to better care for older adults

Nurse helping older man get up from walkerStudy suggests concept of frailty can guide advance care planning with home care clients and their families

How international students make decisions about staying in Canada

New study explores timing and factors shaping their decisionYoung man wearing mask.

Tobacco control researchers receive Governor General’s Innovation Award

Lit cigarette with flume of smoke.Award celebrates excellence in innovation that makes a positive impact on quality of life in Canada

Long-term care infrastructure must be re-imagined in a post-pandemic world

Older adult's hands on a walking cane.Protecting residents requires different infrastructure, proper staffing conditions and a culture of quality assurance

Online farmers’ markets valuable when crisis events like COVID occur, study finds

Yellowknife Farmers Market signStudy shows the potential of online marketplaces to contribute to a resilient, sustainable food system

AI-powered symptom checkers can help health-care systems deal with COVID-19 burden

Women in bed with iPadCOVID symptom checkers may reduce the number of people going to in-person clinics

Q and A with the experts: Long-term care after a year of COVID-19

Nurse with iPad speaking to older adult.Professor Paul Stolee examines changes to long-term care and lessons learned

Social media helped spread misinformation during pandemic

Study shows need to be active on social media and guard against misinformationiPhone on book with pen and laptop.

Study shows mental health effects of pandemic affected young people most

Scrabble tiles spelling mental health.Younger Canadians reported feeling lonely, depressed or anxious

When you’re a gig worker during a global pandemic and your boss is an app

A rideshare driver looking through the front windshield into traffic.Gig work is transforming our global economy and public health as workers weigh risks every day

Long-term care homes must balance risks and benefits to mental health during lockdowns

Nurse with iPad speaking with older adult.Study shows outcomes can be measured and mitigated with thoughtful interventions informed by data

Nurse wearing mask vaccinates older adult.What we’ve learned about COVID-19 in the past year, and what we still need to learn

Hannah Tait Neufeld named new Canada Research Chair

Hannah Tait NeufeldResearch will explore Indigenous health, wellbeing and food environments

Smart home thermostats help monitor patient health

Older woman sits on couch using television remote.Researchers use data from thermostat to determine user behaviours such as sleep and physical activity

Applied Health Sciences welcomes ATMD postdoctoral scholar

Oluwakemi AmoduKemi Amodu receives inaugural fellowship supporting development of exceptional global talent

Vaping up, cigarette use down, among Canadian youth

Two youth in silhouette, vaping.Study shows vaping increased dramatically, starting before nicotine vapes were legally available in Canada

Availability of grocery-store alcohol has led some teens to binge-drink regularly

Grocery shelves of beer.A policy change that allowed alcohol to be sold in grocery stores in Ontario has led some teens to go from abstaining from alcohol to binge-drinking multiple times per week, a new study has found.

International partnership improves long-term care quality

Older couple smiling outdoors.Study shows resource-strapped long-term care organizations enhanced resident outcomes

Bullying is linked to increased BMI, new study shows

Young adult hangs head in folded arms.New research shows that while both young men and young women saw an increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) one year after bullying occurred in high school, young men were more affected than young women.

Dementia care study highlights need for caregiver support, quality of care

Caregiver watches older adult colour a picture.People with dementia and their caregivers need to be included when health priorities are determined at the local level, shows a University of Waterloo study

Substance use linked to chronic physical and mental disorders in youth

Woman sits on hill staring out over water.New research shows it is vital to consider pre-existing mental health issues when determining how to treat substance abuse among young people with a chronic physical illness

Q and A with the experts: Stage 2, what does it mean?

Stylist cuts client's hair while both wear face masks.Professor Zahid Butt speaks about what’s open, what’s closed and why

Q and A with the experts: What’s the deal with masks now?

Woman wearing a face mask reaches for groceries.Professor Narveen Jandu clarifies guidelines on wearing masks

Q and A with the experts: Is working from home possible for everyone?

Hands typing on laptop on home desk.Professor Ellen MacEachen answers questions on the implications and future of working from home

Game apps help people make healthy choices

Person wearing mask picks out healthy groceries.Study finds apps can curb impulse purchases and contribute to a healthier lifestyle

COVID-19 screening tool can identify older adults at risk

Elderly man with mask looking out of window.Screener identifies those at high risk of adverse health outcomes due to COVID-19

Bridging local efforts for global supports

Rural area in the PhilippinesHow Waterloo professors are helping adapt health-response guidelines for lower-resource areas

Face masks

Woman wearing a face mask reaches for groceries.Professor Zahid Butt answers common questions about face masks, who should be wearing them, and when

The ins and outs of physical distancing

Illustration of crowd of people spread out from each other.Q and A with Professor Shannon Majowicz

Social media and COVID-19

Young person in pajamas looking at cell phone.Professor Jim Wallace answers questions about social media use during the pandemic

Cortisol levels show links between parent and child mental illness

Long-haired mother and daughter in conversation.Impact of mental health conditions passed on from parents varies depending on the child’s sex

Few consumers understand THC levels in cannabis edibles

David Hammond holding packages of cannabis edibles.More effective THC labelling and packaging could help to reduce accidental over-consumption

Back to the future

CigarettesVaping trends are sweeping the globe, making us revisit the lessons we learned decades ago

Research calls for new measures to treat mental illness and opioid use

Pills spilling out of pill bottle.Integrated approach is needed to managing mental illness, pain and substance use

Patterns of youth alcohol use show need for early intervention

Young people clinking beer glasses.Students who drink a few times per month in grade nine are likely to become weekly or even binge drinkers in following years

Perception of risk may lead to more cancer screening

Mammography machine.Screening rates may be increased by better sensitizing women to their risk of getting breast cancer

Weight stigma affects gay men on dating apps

Adult perusing cell phone.Study shows popular dating app had a negative effect on men’s body image

What multilingual nuns can tell us about dementia

Num wearing habit writes in very old book.Strong ability in languages may help reduce the risk of developing dementia

How students and professors perceive classroom technology

View of a large classroom from the back.Students think it’s professors’ responsibility to engage students away from tech

Youth in Canada and U.S. vaping more than ever

Hand holding vaping device.New generation of e-cigarettes with higher levels of nicotine could be the reason

Health policies key factor in hospitalization of seniors

Hospital patient uses walker to get out of bed.Study examines the influence of health care policies, infrastructure and professional practices

New research suggests sugar taxes and labelling are effective

Teaspoon overflowing with sugar.Taxes on sugary products and labels on the front of packages can help reduce sugar consumption

The top 25 medical lab tests around the world

Technician in lab surrounded by bottles and lab samples.New study reveals the most common diagnostic lab tests, of use by areas considering universal health coverage

Surge in cannabis use among youth preceded legalization in Canada

Person smoking marijuana.Legalization discussions and increased access to medical marijuana may have fueled trend

Assessment tools could reduce end-of-life hospital stays

Person holding hands with someone in a hospital bedData helps health providers determine which conditions require hospitalization vs remaining in long-term care setting

Inability to perform basic activities delays mental health patients’ discharge

Medical professionals writing patient information on a clipboard.Study shows these patients are four times more likely to experience discharge delays

Even small delays in school start times can benefit teen health

Alarm clock, book and pencil on desk.Study finds even 10 minutes later can result in significant sleep benefits

Cannabis youth prevention strategy should target mental wellbeing

Sad face on chalkboard, with a man drawing a happy faceStudy shows students with positive mental health are less likely to consume cannabis

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

Traffic lights show green for go and red for stop.Study dispels previous findings

Truck driver pain and discomfort can be alleviated

Trucker holding the steering wheelStudy examines musculoskeletal pain and discomfort, and associated risk factors

Everything you wanted to know about cannabis legalization in Canada

Cannabis legalization in CanadaMini-series explores various themes from education and advertising to impaired driving

Lingering effects of wildfires

Wildfire in forest.Waterloo researcher finds experiences of evacuation and isolation have long-term effects on mental wellbeing

Study shows how the brain controls food cravings

Illustration representing active colourful areas of brain.When activity in a specific part is suppressed, the desire for high-calorie food increases

Majority of teenagers need food safety education

Young person preparing food.Researchers find that the ‘next generation’ of food handlers has a low level of awareness of proper precautions

Dieting associated with risky behaviours in teenage girls

Cigarettes on a dinner plate being cut with knife and fork.Study finds those who diet are more likely to engage in other health-compromising behaviours

Young hockey players interested in healthy protein, not French fries

Close up of hockey player taking a slap shot.Waterloo study finds greasy food being served isn't what young players want

Mandatory nutrition policies may impact sugar consumption

Pouring sugar from a soda can.Study investigates adolescents' purchase and intake of sugar-sweetened drinks

Obesity could be linked to early childhood behaviour

Baby's feet on weigh scale displaying 86 pounds.Unhealthy behaviours among youth could be greatest predictors of issues in adulthood

Beverage industry capitalizing on countries with fewer health regulations

Beverage vending machineHigh school students in Guatemala consume twice as many soft drinks as their Canadian peers

Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels

Person holding yoga pose on mat.Waterloo study finds practising just 25 minutes per day can boost the brain’s executive functions

Chronic illness and mental health

Teen holding head in hands.Waterloo study finds young people with chronic illness more likely to attempt suicide

Waterloo software improves care for kidney patients

Doctor typing on laptop.A new software system is improving patient care and setting the gold-standard in data reporting at Grand River Hospital. One day, it may help patients choose what kind of treatment to receive

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.