what is the opioid crisis? a canadian perspective

If you’ve tuned into the news recently, then you might have heard about the opioid crisis that’s gripping North America. In recent years, it’s become clear that the US and Canada are facing a serious substance abuse problem, with deaths due to opioid overdoses alarmingly high.

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the solar eclipse and your eyes

A solar eclipse is a rare astronomical event. It happens when the Moon, Sun, and Earth line up in the day sky, with the moon passing in-front of the Sun to either partially or totally block it. For those of us to living in North America, we will experience this amazing event tomorrow! But be careful, because looking directly at the sun is dangerous for your eyes.

cancer

Cancer isn’t something anyone wants to experience – either themselves or for their loves ones. It instantly elicits a visceral reaction of anger, fear, and grief. Yet, the reality is that most of us will experience cancer in our own lives or in the lives of someone we know.

extreme weather: heat waves

Extreme heat impacts our lives in various ways. It effects our transportation systems by grounding airplanes and halting trains, our food supply by wrecking crops and killing livestock, and importantly, our health.

want to quit smoking? you’ll have better luck if you’re richer and more advantaged

Across Canada, smoking leads to 37,000 deaths every year, meaning that someone dies every 12 minutes due to some smoking-related illness. Altogether, cigarettes kill more people than the combined deaths from traffic accidents, drug abuse, suicides, and murders across the country.

are you drinking too much?

Although many of us are aware of the negative social effects of drinking, as well as the consequences we may face if we are not careful and responsible, it is all too easy to neglect the health effects that come with drinking.

the northern advance of ticks

With warming temperatures and thus, more regions growing to become increasingly habitable, climate change is creating a more livable environment for vectors that spread infectious, and often sever, diseases. In recent years, this spread has been very evident in Canada with the northern advance of ticks.