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Talking for Change is a government-funded national program that aims to prevent child sexual abuse. It provides an anonymous national helpline and treatment options for anyone concerned about their attraction to children. (Shutterstock)

To prevent child sexual abuse, we need to change our thinking — and stop exploitation before it happens

There is a dire need to prevent child sexual abuse in Canada. It is critical to intervene early, and provide those at risk for offending with support through an anonymous helpline, as well as therapy.
People inquire about receiving a monkeypox vaccine at an outdoor walk-in clinic in Montréal on July 23, 2022. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Why it’s important to tell people that monkeypox is predominately affecting gay and bisexual men

Engaging in open and honest dialogue with the public to increase understanding of health inequities has never been more important.
A homeless man sits with his dog as people walk past in Toronto in January 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

What if we treat homelessness like a pandemic?

This approach would cause an outcry, but when it comes to homelessness, addressing only the symptoms has been the norm.
Students wearing facemasks wash their hands before attending a class at a government-run school in Secunderabad, March 4, 2020. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

India and coronavirus: lack of access to handwashing facilities among poor makes fight even harder

In India handwashing practices have come under scrutiny as millions of Indian poorest return home from major cities. Many do not have access to basic amenities.
Ouch! Here’s the evidence to bust some myths about sunscreen. Now, there’s no excuse to look like a rock lobster this summer. from www.shutterstock.com

4½ myths about sunscreen and why they’re wrong

Do you know people who cling to myths about sunscreen? Here’s the evidence to convince them they’re wrong.
Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil… Italian food is at the heart of intense diplomatic lobbying. Shutterstock

Front-of-pack nutrition labels: ‘The parmesan and prosciutto war’

To defend traditional Italian products such as meats and cheeses – delicious, but often high in fat and salt – the country’s government has launched an intense lobbying campaign to fight nutrition labels.
Elementary schools provide excellent targets for interventions to prevent obesity as children spend much of their day and consume many of their calories at school. (Shutterstock)

Is your child’s school an obesity risk?

Research shows that children attending schools with low-quality food environments, in poorer neighborhoods, gain more central body fat – putting them at risk of obesity and cardiometabolic disease.

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