Recent news reports have placed a spotlight on global supply shortages for a variety of foods, among them are lettuce, avocados, rice, vanilla, and cocoa. Changing weather patterns have had an impact on such common household food items, as climate change has gradually altered the environments in which these crops grow and thrive.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Today, many people believe that a cocktail of vitamin and mineral supplements is necessary to be “healthy” – the more you have, the better, right? Well, not exactly.