pharmacare: is it finally time for universal drug coverage?

With the recent promises of pharmacare made for the upcoming provincial elections in Ontario, I thought it would be a great time to discuss what pharmacare is, its history in Canada, and more importantly, if it is finally time that we received universal drug coverage in Ontario.

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how safe is your food?

Food is essential to sustain life and without it, we would cease to exist. The food we eat, however, is not always safe for consumption as it’s often riddled with contaminants.

how gentrification effects our health

From London to Toronto to San Francisco, many urban centres around the world are transforming as crumbling old neighbourhoods are revitalized and replaced by new buildings and notably, new groups of people. Today, gentrification is a growing global reality. As the motto goes: “out with the old and in with the new,” right?

is your country among the world’s healthiest?

I recently came across the 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index, which provides a ranking for the world’s healthiest countries. As a Canadian, I was naturally confident that our nation would be ranked somewhere among the top 10. To my surprise, we didn’t even crack the top 15. Canada was number 17 on this list!

why ethics matter: the tuskegee syphilis study

Tomorrow marks the first day of National Health Ethics Week and as a reminder of why ethics matter in health studies, I would like to place a spotlight on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study - a study that began with noble intentions, but immediately paved the path to cause a tremendous amount of grievances for not only the participants, but their families as well.