The Canada Food Guide has always been subject to political and economic agendas. The new 2019 guide could present dominant visuals of affordable foods like frozen vegetables — to connect to more Canadians and tackle food insecurity. (Shutterstock)

New food guide fails on culture and sustainability

The Chronic Pain Association of Canada has received money from Eli Lilly Canada Inc., Purdue Canada Inc. and Merck Frosst Canada. A blog post on the association’s website contains messages favourable to increased opioid use. (Flickr/Ajay Suresh)

Big Pharma must disclose cash to patient groups

Flexitarians are those who still eat meat, but only on a part-time basis. Restaurants and fast-food chains have them top of mind, with A&W’s version of a veggie burger, like those seen above, a huge hit among customers. (Shutterstock)

Restaurants are now wooing ‘flexitarians’

Body ideals can often lead gay men into feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem and depression. The photographer captioned this image, ‘You just want to go in the fetal position and you kind of feel alone.’ (Moe)

Body ideals shape the health of gay men

Modern citizenship in the West increasingly involves a duty to care for ourselves – to eat healthily, exercise enough and even screen ourselves for disease – to minimize our health-care costs to the state. (Shutterstock)

Are your New Year’s resolutions a free choice?

Are your new diet, exercise, meditation and self-care resolutions for 2019 really a personal choice? Or are you a model Western "biocitizen," living a life of unfreedom?
The excessive use of mobile devices by parents is wreaking havoc on children, and family dynamics. (Shutterstock)

Technoference: A habit parents should ditch

It's not too late for a New Year's resolution. If you're a parent - resolving to stop 'technofering' could be one of the most important things you do this year.
Many towns in Newfoundland and Labrador have issues with disinfection byproducts created by chlorination. (Shutterstock)

A fix for Newfoundland’s troubled drinking water

Chlorine has been used to disinfect drinking water for more than a hundred years. But new alternatives may be safer.
The Ontario government is proposing more than a 30 per cent pay cut for doctors working in new primary care models. (Shutterstock)

Cuts to primary care would be a disaster for Ontario patients

The Ontario government and the Ontario Medical Association are currently engaged in arbitration to determine how family doctors will be paid.
President Woodrow Wilson in Paris, Jan. 1919. United States. Army. Signal Corps, photographer/Library of Congress

The Spanish flu and a flawed peace treaty

While negotiating the end of the First World War at the Versailles Peace Conference, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson collapsed. Was it a neurological disorder associated with the Spanish Flu?
As cannabis is legalized in Canada and parts of the United States, it’s worth looking back on the public health impact of the repeal of Prohibition laws in the United States. Grav/Unsplash

Legalization can have a public health impact

As cannabis is legalized in Canada and parts of the United States, it's worth looking back on the public health impact of the repeal of alcohol Prohibition in the U.S.
Reading recipes enhances vocabulary. Baking involves measurement, addition and subtraction. Slicing your personal pizza is a great way to explain fractions to your child. (Shutterstock)

Five fun, healthy recipe books for kids

Research shows that cooking with your kids helps them try more foods, eat more healthily and waste less food. It also offers opportunities to practise math and bond as a family.
Research suggests that family approval has a significant impact on relationship stability. (Shutterstock)

When you have two lovers, the holidays can be tricky

Many people are 'polyamorous' -- they have two or more romantic partners. Often this is challenging to disclose to family.
Senior leaders need to move beyond design thinking as it’s often introduced in non-design-savvy settings, like business schools, and get to deep design thinking that inspires and ultimately produces results. (Shutterstock)

Beyond Post-it notes: How to drive innovation

Leaders in private and public organizations should seek creative problem-solving skills to better innovate. Design thinking may be the answer.
The practise of ‘mindful eating’ can help you maximize the pleasure from rich holiday foods, without eating too much. (Shutterstock)

Ten ways to indulge healthily this holidays

From going out dancing to choosing smaller plates, two nutrition researchers offer some tips for reaping the fun of the holidays without destroying your health.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours. (Shutterstock)

Infusing your family with the spirit of generosity

Children start developing empathy and compassion as toddlers and should have a good understanding of generosity by age nine. Here are five thoughtful ways parents can help foster these behaviours.
Remote presence technology enables a medic to perform an ultrasound at the scene of accident. (University of Saskatchewan)

Robots save lives in the Canadian North

A remote medicine program in Saskatchewan allows acutely ill children and pregnant women to be treated by specialist doctors, without leaving their communities.
Paramedics bury a man who died of the Nipah virus in Kozhikode, southern India, in May 2018. There is no vaccine for the virus, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting, and kills up to 75 per cent of people infected. (AP Photo/K.Shijith)

How we can stay ahead of the microbes

As new viruses "jump" from wildlife to humans and we struggle with antimicrobial resistance and even climate change, a new interdisciplinary approach to human health might just save the day.
MP Boissonnault attended World AIDS Day flag raising on Parliament Hill, Dec. 1 2017. Gov't of Canada/LGBTQ2 Secretariat

World AIDS Day

Let’s stop criminalizing HIV status

In Canada, people living with HIV can be charged with not disclosing their HIV status to their sexual partners. There is evidence that Black men suffer the most under this criminalization.
The growing trend of sexualised injection meth use — colloquially referred to as ‘slamming’ — is a growing public health concern due to the dual risk of transmission of HIV and other blood-borne viruses via both injection and sexual transmission. (Shutterstock)

Gay men who use meth need integrated care

The sexualized use of crystal meth by gay men is one of the key drivers of rising HIV rates and has many negative mental health consequences. Integrated sexual and substance use care is vital.
Addressing Canada’s health inequities through the health-care system will only take us so far. Real change will require listening to Indigenous stories, which teach about our relationships to one another as human beings, and between us and our four-legged, winged, finned, rooted and non-rooted relations. (Unsplash/jongsun lee)

Indigenous knowledge for health equity

To improve Indigenous health in Canada we need more Indigenous health professionals and more culturally competent health-care providers. We also need to listen properly to Indigenous stories.
This Nov. 14, 2018 photo shows six women who have filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female graduate students to harassment, groping and sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

We need to learn from the men who rape

It's time to stop surveying women about their experiences as rape victims, time to research the men who perpetrate these crimes and work to inebriate and isolate women.
New research indicates women are much happier when they work with other women, as opposed to men. Here a scene from the set of ‘Ocean’s Eight’ with Cate Blanchett and Rihanna looking happy working together.

Women feel better if they work with other women

Men have defended gender segregation by treating women who cross over into male-dominated occupations with scorn and ridicule.

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