The cancer Kaposi sarcoma. South Africa has large productivity losses because of deaths caused by it. Shutterstock

Cancer is costing BRICS economies billions each year

Policies encouraging lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of cancer could have positive effects on the economies of BRICS countries.
Is meat the new tobacco? Some are suggesting it is, and urging a “sin tax” on beef, pork and other meats. (Shutterstock)

Meat is not the ‘new tobacco,’ and shouldn’t be taxed

Taxing a food product like meat, which has been entrenched in our culture for so long, is silly. We should let the market evolve and allow consumers to make their own choices.
Wooden stakes representing the 2,224 confirmed overdose deaths in British Columbia - many of them young Indigenous people - over the last three years, are placed on the ground at Oppenheimer Park, in Vancouver on September 29, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Indigenous women suffer greatest risk of injury

Research shows that Indigenous women are at greatest risk of injury within Canada. Income, education and housing inequities play a role. So does systemic racism and post-colonial trauma.
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Scientists believe flight may influence their immune responses to coronoviruses, which cause fatal diseases such as SARS and MERS in humans. (Shutterstock)

Can bats help humans survive the next pandemic?

Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?
A bottlenose dolphin leaping from the ocean in Panama. Christian Wittman/Shutterstock.com

Researchers find pathological signs of Alzheimer’s in dolphins, whose brains are much like humans’

Researchers have found evidence of the same brain pathologies in dolphins that are present in the brains of humans who died with Alzheimer's. What might this suggest about Alzheimer's in humans?
Plush toys, recovered from a flooded home, hang out to dry on a wrought iron gate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Ramon Espinosa/AP

The mental health toll of Puerto Rico’s prolonged power outages

Long after the hurricane's over and the power comes back, residents can still experience lasting mental health issues.

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