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.
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.
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.
Despite the many leaps made by women in recent years, the unfortunate reality is that a gender bias continues to prevail in our societies. This gender bias also has a strong footing in health research, where many medical studies implicitly generalize the results of studies that predominantly include men to all of humanity without taking gender differences into account.