Category Archives: Health

Hold on to your EpiPens: epinephrine injector may be in short supply in August

By Marina Wang Pfizer, the company that makes EpiPens, has said that the emergency medical injectors will be in “very limited” supply across Canada in August. “We understand and regret the challenges this situation continues to pose to patients. Ensuring

Victoria woman calls out “fat-shaming” medical negligence in obituary

By Marina Wang A woman from Victoria has used her obituary to call-out health care professionals that overlook serious medical problems in overweight women due to their size. Ellen Maud Bennett, 64, died of cancer in May this year. Her

Spending time in nature is good for your health, new study confirms

By Marina Wang “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and

Loneliness associated with doubled mortality risk in heart disease patients, new study finds

By Marina Wang A new study has further confirmed the adverse health effects that feeling lonely can have. Of patients with heart disease, loneliness was associated with doubled mortality risk in women and nearly doubled in men. A growing body

New study finds most supplements have little to no effect on heart health

By: Marina Wang Common belief holds that supplementary vitamins can boost overall health and longevity, but a new study has found that to be largely untrue—at least when it comes to heart health. According to a review published in the

Housing eviction a pathway to drug use, Vancouver-based study finds

By Marina Wang Vancouver’s housing crisis may also be fuelling the city’s drug epidemic, according to a new peer reviewed study by a group of Vancouver-based researchers. A longitudinal study published earlier this year found that housing eviction had a

Housing First helps homeless people with mental illness, addiction, Canadian studies confirm

By Marina Wang Studies published over the past year have found the Housing First strategy to be effective across age groups, as well as for persons with substance use disorders and mental illness. The Housing First strategy, first developed in

Andrew Wilkinson: The big tobacco defender demonizing pot

By Drew Penner British Columbia’s Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s recent comments to the media on the “troublesome” nature of the weed business have raised concerns among some residents excited about the coming public influx of cannabis cash. The BC Liberal

BC Liberal leader batted for big tobacco against BC

By ThinkPol Staff The newly-elected BC Liberal leader once acted for multinational tobacco companies against British Columbia, as the province sought to recover billions of dollars spent out of the public health-care budget to treat people with smoking-related diseases such

Double check your asthma–you might not have it

By Marina Wang, Ottawa Bureau. A new study found that 33% of Canadians recently diagnosed with asthma did not have an active form of the condition. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this