It is estimated that 1.2 million children in Canada live in low income households and 10 per cent of families with children under the age of six report some degree of food insecurity. This places kids at increased risk of developmental vulnerability. (Shutterstock)

Why Canada needs a ‘Children’s Charter’

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A skin graft to block cocaine craving

In a completely new approach to treating addiction, researchers use genetically engineered skin cells to inactivate cocaine and block cravings and addiction in mice.
Conflict, and not the separation itself, is a greater predictor of how children will fare post-divorce. from www.shutterstock.com

How will my divorce affect my kids?

Most parents worry how their child will fare after divorce. Most will be fine, so long as they don't witness conflict.
Canadian Maude Abbott’s discoveries on pediatric heart defects have saved young lives for decades. It’s time she received proper scientific recognition. (Shutterstock)

Maude Abbott: Canadian doctor deserved Nobel

Maude Abbott's discoveries on pediatric heart defects were groundbreaking, saved countless lives and have stood the test of time for more than 80 years. It's time she received her due credit.
Research among Canadians shows employment to be a critical social determinant of health, partly because those who earn higher wages have more access to safe housing, nutritious foods, social services and medical care. (Shutterstock)

Precarious employment is a public health threat

No longer can young people invest in their education and work their way into secure employment. The health impacts of this job insecurity are profound.
Self-help leaders can convince us that we have the responsibility to improve our lives. But this can ignore the realities of social inequities. Tony Robbins, motivational speaker, personal finance instructor and self-help author on ‘Wall Street Week’ in 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Self-help in the ‘age of responsibility’

Self-help books can help us get through difficult times by telling us we have the agency to take control. But this method can also ignore structural inequities and negatively influence public policy.
The failure of TV ads to explain the safety risks of over-the-counter drugs can leave people in the emergency department with liver damage or psychosis. (Shutterstock)

Drug ads leave Canadians in the dark

It's time Health Canada took back the regulation of drug advertising -- to protect consumers.
Farm-to-school programs aim to bring healthy, local food into schools, foster food literacy and enhance community connectedness (Shutterstock)

Farm-to-school’ movement takes root

New research will examine how the emerging farm-to-school movement can support local food systems, as well as providing healthy lunches for children.
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Please don’t call it a food swamp

An abundance of unhealthy food choices in neighbourhoods is called a food swamp. But since swamps are actually wetlands and good for public health, we should choose a new term.
People with anorexia nervosa often see themselves as overweight when in fact they are not. This image depicts a young, thin woman who sees herself as larger than she is. Tatyana Dzemileva/Shutterstock.com

Anorexia more stubborn than previously believed

Anorexia nervosa can be a deadly disease. A recent analysis of several studies showed that it may be even harder to treat than previously believed. But the news isn't all bad.
A few woefully underfunded academic health sciences centres are responsible for providing complex care to patients with life-threatening illnesses as well as training future doctors and testing the latest in new surgical techniques. (Shutterstock)

Why we need academic health science centres

Canada's systems of health funding, medical training and physician compensation need an overhaul – to support vital centres of medical research and complex care.
New research suggests that midlife Canadians struggle with a variety of sexual problems, with low desire reported as most common for both men and women. (Shutterstock)

Midlife sex problems? You’re not alone

Low libido, problems ejaculating, vaginal pain -- these problems are common for midlife Canadians, and some of them are way more likely if you're married.
Regular exercise can go a long way towards keeping off the weight gain at college and you don’t have to be a serious athlete to participate. (Shutterstock)

The truth about the ‘freshman five’

Research shows that young adults who don't exercise can expect an average eight kilograms of extra fat on their body by 28 years of age.
Moving to a plant-based diet is one of the top things we can do to stop climate change. Photo by William Felker/Unsplash

Eating as a political, social, spiritual act

Our current climate change crisis calls for bold action. Moving to a plant-based diet makes sense for our collective health and for our environment.
Thinking ability declines with age in those with dementia. Sam Wheeler/Unsplash

Dementia may get worse in winter

Have you noticed your thinking ability drops during winter and spring? A new study of healthy adults and dementia patients found cognitive function declines in the colder months.
The relationship might be over but the parenting isn’t. Brittany Simuangco/Unsplash

How to co-parent now we’re divorced?

Here are some ways you can successfully co-parent after a divorce. You don't have to be best friends, you just have to think of the kids.

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