The teenage brain has a voracious drive for reward, diminished behavioural control and a susceptibility to be shaped by experience. This often manifests as a reduced ability to resist high-calorie junk foods. (Shutterstock)

How junk food shapes the developing teenage brain

Historically, the body and movement have been widely disregarded within psychotherapy. But times are changing, as a growing movement of somatic and dance therapies are gaining scientific credibility. (Shutterstock)

From depression to Parkinson’s: Dance heals

A new report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal describes a case of severe, life-threatening airway injury related to vaping that occurred in a Canadian youth. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Popcorn lung: Teen with severe vaping injury

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are not an accurate source of health information. Users should also consider the future privacy implications of sharing their genetic data. (Shutterstock)

DNA tests: Fun gifts, but beware of the hype

DNA testing kits will be a popular gift this holiday season. Before mailing off your saliva, it’s important to understand what these kits can and cannot tell us.
Despite massive investments, Canada’s health-care system has not reaped the benefits of digital technology like banking and retail sectors have. (Shutterstock)

Good governance for better digital health care

The digitization of health care in Canada has been a bumpy ride — due to lack of focus on governance, and lack of emphasis on interoperability, transparency and accountability.
The practise of smearing microbes from mom’s vagina to the mouth, nose or skin of a baby born from Caesarean section is called ‘vaginal seeding.’ It aims to boost the child’s immune system. (Shutterstock)

‘Vaginal seeding:’ Can it help your C-section baby?

A recent study of the newborn microbiome revealed that babies delivered via C-section were missing friendly bacteria and had picked up harmful microbes usually found in hospital environments.
Although polyamorous families provide great support for themselves internally, they report experiencing marginalization within the health-care system and fear of judgment by health-care providers. Shutterstock

More romantic partners means more support

Having multiple romantic partners also offers greater financial and logistical support when raising children, according to research with polyamorous families.
Health justice funds could be used to support Black and Indigenous health initiatives and provide mental and physical health services to deal with the impact of transgenerational trauma. (Shutterstock)

Truth and Reconciliation

Reparations for slavery and genocide could address health inequities

In the United States, presidential candidates are discussing reparations for the descendants of enslaved men and women.
A woman takes a selfie with three others while attending the Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey, B.C., on April 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Punjabi honour, girl-shaming and sex selection

Studies suggest a significant proportion of Indian-origin families in Canada are practising female feticide. It is crucial to understand how gender inequality may lead to sex selection.
Hot flushes and night sweats are experienced by more than 70 per cent of menopausal women. (Shutterstock)

Menopause worse for child-abused women

Menopausal women who were abused as children experience more hot flushes while sleeping than those who were not abused, according to recent research.
Lung MRI of an ex-smoker of cannabis and tobacco, showing poor lung function and truncated airway tree. In vaping patients, oily substances have also been found inside their lung tissue and airways. (Parraga lab)

Vaping: As a scientist I fear the deadly impact

Vaping devices cause deadly lung toxicity. Their marketing to children must be banned.
Cannabis plants are seen during a tour of a Hexo Corp. production facility in October 2018 in Masson-Angers, Québec. The province is raising the legal cannabis age to 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Québec wrong to raise legal cannabis age to 21

Québec government policy is working against the objectives of cannabis legalization.
In a research study, 84 per cent of residents and families who received a pamphlet about end-of-life choices felt encouraged to think about their future care. (Shutterstock)

To die well, we must talk about death

The seriously ill and their families often want to protect each other from thoughts of death. Conversation about end-of-life choices are, however, essential to a good death.
Health Canada has some of the strongest limits on lead in the world, but they can’t be effective without testing and a plan to replace pipes. (Shutterstock)

Lead-tainted water: How to stay safe

An investigation showed that five Canadian cities had lead levels in their water on par with those in Flint, Mich. during its peak period of water contamination.
A partnership between Google and the Ascension hospital network in the United States has raised health data privacy concerns for citizens globally. (Shutterstock)

Understanding your electronic health data

Know the difference between an EMR, EHR and PHR? Our digital data expert sets the record straight.
Research has linked outdoor play among young children to improved self-confidence, self-awareness and decision-making. (Shutterstock)

Children in childcare not active enough

Experts in child health and physical activity offer recommendations for training of early childhood educators, and strategies to get kids moving.

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