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Health, Lifestyle, Society

Don’t put kids on diets, warn dietitians

Childhood obesity rates have not gone down in the last decades and are at their highest level ever, according to a recent study. But dietitians say it is a mistake to put children on diets. Danger of eating disorders “I» 

Animals, Society

In spite of bad press, drones useful to biologists

Drones have been getting some bad press in Canada recently, but biologists say, properly used, they are important for collecting information about wildlife. A drone flying near a wildfire disrupted firefighting operations last week. And a recent study found that» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Bats need natural habitat beside farmland: study

Bats are under threat in North America but new research suggests a way to help them survive. Bats are important because they eat huge quantities of mosquitos and other insects, sometime acting as a natural pesticide on farmland. Bat numbers» 

Health, Sports

Cheerleading injuries increasing: study

Cheerleading is becoming more popular in Canada and at the same time the number of injuries has doubled in the last 20 years, according to a recent study. ‘Throwing a person in the air’ “It’s a sport where… you usually» 


Major decline in seabirds: ocean ecosystem in trouble

It seems shocking, but a study of seabird populations shows that since the 1950’s there has been a 70 percent decline in seabird populations. Michelle Paleczny is currently a biologist working with Parks Canada, but researched the decline in seabirds» 

Environment, Science and Technology, Society

Ocean acidity could collapse food chain, scientist

The world’s oceans absorb carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels, making them more acidic and less hospitable to micro-organisms that support the marine food chain, says Alfonso Mucci, a professor of geochemistry and oceanography at McGill University. Ultimately, acidification could» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Many students eat less before drinking: study

Almost half of Canadian students change how much they eat before drinking alcohol and some do it for unhealthy reasons, suggests a study out of York University in Toronto. Questionnaires were sent to 3,400 undergraduates studying psychology at the university.» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Kids need outdoor, unsupervised play: non-profit

Only nine per cent of Canadian children are meeting national guidelines for physical activity needed to maintain good health, says ParticipACTION, a non-profit dedicated to getting people moving. Children between the ages of five and 17 should get at least» 

Health, Society

Many fail to recognize stroke or take quick action

Stroke is the number one cause of disability in Canada, but a lack of awareness and delays mean too many people are not getting the quick, appropriate medical treatment needed to limit the damage, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation.» 

Health, Science and Technology

Other injuries can cause concussion-like symptoms

Many people with very minor head injuries or injuries to other parts of their bodies can experience severe symptoms like those caused by a concussion, and a new study sheds light on why. The symptoms can be debilitating and include»