President Donald Trump visits the El Paso Regional Communications Center after meeting with people affected by the El Paso mass shooting, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Why do we keep debating video-game violence?

Stop blaming video games for violent acts, a digital culture expert says. Instead, look to the link with public health to help us deal with a complicated culture of violence.
When drug companies and drug regulators, such as Health Canada, sit down together at “pre-submission meetings” this may have a negative impact on public health. (Shutterstock)

Health Canada and Big Pharma: Too close for comfort

Drug companies have a job to do and so does Health Canada. When the relationship becomes murky, the public are at risk.
A health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccination in the north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo. EPA-EFE/STR

How African researchers are tackling Ebola

Uganda is the testing ground for a new vaccine that could work on more strains of the Ebola virus and other haemorrhagic fevers.
Research with almost 500,000 women in Alberta, Canada, reveals connections between fainting in pregnancy and medical problems in both mother and child. (Unsplash/Chris Benson)

The risks of fainting during pregnancy

Research shows fainting in pregnancy may be associated with medical problems for the child at birth and heart conditions in the mother post delivery.
Ultimately, just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption while breastfeeding. (Shutterstock)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Does beer help a new mother's milk come in? Does 'pumping and dumping' allow you to drink and breast-feed? A doctor sorts the evidence from the myth.
People’s relationships with their pets impact wellness and health in perhaps surprising ways. (Shutterstock)

Aging with pets improves health

Governments must think about older people's relationships with pets when they're planning both aging-in-place strategies and disaster management.
Finding a fitness routine that fits your life and then sticking to it is key. (Shutterstock)

How to think yourself into a fit person

Research shows that the more adults identify with exercise or physical activity, the more they engage in it.
As bike sharing and other forms of micromobility become more common in global transportation systems, who benefits? Ben Mater/unsplash

Bike sharing isn’t just for rich hipsters

Combining big data sources about bike-share trips with anonymized data from traditional survey research can best capture who is using bike-share programs.
We need many more funded research studies to fully understand exactly how CBD might play a role in the treatment of opioid use disorder. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

CBD misinformation can be life-threatening

There is no evidence yet that cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating heroin addiction, despite news headlines claiming this.
Only three per cent of HIV organizations in British Columbia offer basic dental care to those who need it. (Shutterstock)

People living with HIV struggle to access much-needed dental care

Research shows that many people living with HIV struggle with tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity -- due to the costs of dental care and discrimination by dental professionals.
Queer men are using comics as a medium of self-expression to challenge, destabilize or embrace ideas about body image. Here, an excerpt from ‘Garden’ by Derrick Chow. ('Garden' by Derrick Chow)

Pow! Comics improve queer men’s body image

Queer men's comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.
Providing workers who have autism with a quiet workspace and detailed instructions on tasks are among several accommodation strategies for employers. Crew/Unsplash

Accommodating workers with autism benefits us all

Employers that make accommodations for workers with autism can help all workers and make our workplaces more just and productive for all.
“Gaming disorder” was introduced into the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, by the World Health Organization in 2018. (Shutterstock)

Is your child addicted to screens?

It is possible for teenagers to be addicted to screen-time activities such as video gaming. It is also possible for parents to do something about it.
Advances in sex robots and technologies have applications in health care, education and research. Shutterstock

Beyond sex robots: The field of erobotics

Beyond revolutionizing sex and intimacy, erotic technologies have applications in health care, education and research. Erobotics explores implications and possibilities of these technologies.
Thomas Durcan’s lab is using pluripotent stem cells to grow human brain neurons in a dish, in search of a cure for Parkinson’s disease. (Shutterstock)

Why I’m giving my brain disease data away

Thomas Durcan's lab is growing 3D mini-brains in the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease. Over the next year he is giving all his lab's protocols, methods and results away.
Children report being at their happiest when playing outside. (Shutterstock)

Outdoor play is the best medicine for children

Adults must let go of their fears of injury and kidnapping. Children need free outdoor play to build physical immunity, psychological health, executive functioning and social skills.
Climate change and especially variations in the ozone layer have increased the danger from the sun’s harmful rays during the last 25 years. Children are particularly at risk. Shutterstock

Protecting your children’s eyes this summer

The sun emits harmful rays 365 days a year, even when cloudy or rainy. Children must be protected or they may develop cataracts at an earlier age and run the risk of skin cancer of the eyelids.

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