President Donald Trump releases a ‘blueprint’ to reduce prescription drug prices, with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hiking drug prices Canada won’t help U.S.

The medicinal plants eaten by chimpanzees could develop improved traditional medicines. Reuters/James Akena

Chimpanzees point to new disease treatments

The medicinal plants that chimpanzees feed on in the wild could hold the key in dealing with common diseases.
Research from around the world shows that at least one in eight teens has had a sexually explicit image of themselves forwarded, without consent. (Shutterstock))

Why sexting must be on the curriculum

Sex-education curricula that openly discuss sexting, consent and other online behaviours have never been more important for teens -- in Ontario and globally.
Far more than eating green vegetables and going to the gym more often, living and working conditions have a big impact on health. Saskatchewan’s new NDP leader is determined to see it reflected in public policy. (Shutterstock)

How work and living conditions can kill us

It's not all about eating leafy green vegetables and working out: Living and working conditions have a profound impact on our health. So why are politicians avoiding taking action?
Exposure to omega-3 fatty acids during a child’s early years may play a role in reducing breast cancer risk later in life. (Shutterstock)

How fish may reduce your child’s breast cancer risk

New research suggests omega-3s from seafood to be more effective at reducing breast cancer risk than those from plant-based sources.
The changes in the brain from a concussion do not appear on conventional imaging tests such as CT scans or MRIs; nor are there any other tests to diagnose a concussion. (Shutterstock)

Do you know the symptoms of concussion?

All parents should understand the symptoms of concussion, whether their child plays sports or not.
‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ was the first modern drug memoir and set the tone for opium use for decades. Here: Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy), a group of deep red flowers, buds and seed pods. Opium is extracted from the latex of the unripe seed pods. Ripe seeds are innocuous and widely used in baking. (Rowan McOnegal/Wellcome Collection)

The book that spawned the opioid crisis

'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater' is considered the first modern drug memoir. Many believe it is responsible for our romantic ideas of opium-based drug use today.
A rally on March 12 at York University to call for the repeal of Section 38-1-C. Laura Bisaillon

Finally, changes to health discrimination

Immigration Minister Hussen recently announced changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act helping to remove health discrimination in immigration. However, we have a long way to go still.
Some women are very sensitive to small shifts in oestrogen and progesterone; others aren’t. from

The link between the pill and depression

We usually focus on the physical health effects of the pill, yet the most common reason women stop or change the pill is mental health side effects.
Healing is a political act says Global Health Prof. Roberta K. Timothy. In this article, she offers eight ways to deal with and heal from racism. Henri Meilhac/Unsplash

Racism and grief: How to support yourself

Racism affects us emotionally and physically. Prof. Roberta K. Timothy offers eight ways to strategically empower and care for oneself when dealing with everyday racism.
Protesters march against police shootings and racism during a rally in Washington, DC on December 13, 2014. (Shutterstock)

Are white killers more valuable than Black folk?

In activist circles a conversation is taking place about the lives of white killers and how their lives might matter more to police than everyday Black folks.
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Chemotherapy timing may influence success

Circadian clocks regulate the timing of hundreds of processes in the cell, suggesting that matching medications with your biological clock could improve the outcome
Google co-founder Sergey Brin arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards on Dec. 12, 2013, in Moffett Field, Calif. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Is this the year for a life science Breakthrough?

The nomination deadline for science's most lucrative prize -- the Breakthrough Prize -- is looming. Why has no Canadian ever received this prize, despite groundbreaking discoveries?

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