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.

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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.

food allergies: a growing public health concern

Food allergies are no minor concern – for many, they are dangerous as the slightest trace amount of an allergen can cause serious harm and threaten one’s life.

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?

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.

at the heart of the matter: income

Income, believe it or not, plays a vital role in shaping our health outcomes, including our risk of heart disease. Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering the same thing – how?