Category Archives: Health

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

Open Letter to Minister of Health: Two years ago today the Health Accord expired

March 31st, 2016 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health 70 Colombine Driveway, Tunney’s Pasture Postal Location: 0906C Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 Dear Minister Philpott, Twelve years ago today Canada’s First Ministers signed a Health Accord reaffirming their continued commitment

“Deviant” sexual behaviours common in general population, study finds

Sexual interests and behaviours considered anomalous in psychiatry are common in the general population, according to a study published in The Journal of Sex Research. The study of 1,040 Quebeckers found that nearly half of all sample subjects engaged in

Four-in-five Canadians favour allowing physician-assisted suicide in Canada

Four-in-five Canadians (79%) favour allowing physician-assisted suicide in Canada under the conditions stipulated by the Supreme Court of Canada, with only 15% being against the move, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found. In February, the Supreme Court ruled

Supervised injection facilities would be cost-effective in Toronto and Ottawa, research finds

Establishing up to three supervised injection facilities in Toronto and up to two facilities in Ottawa would be cost-effective, researchers reported in the journal Addiction after updating a 2012 analysis that recommended establishing supervised injection facilities in Toronto and Ottawa