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Study links oilsands and aboriginal illnesses

Members of the remote aboriginal community of Fort Chipewyan in the western province of Alberta have long worried about pollution from oilsand development nearby and cancer rates in the community. A new study conducted by First Nations groups and scientists» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Trying to get Canadians to rethink alcohol

Canadians like to have beer when they watch hockey, drink wine at dinner, and sometimes have cocktails after work. But health officials say they underestimate how much they drink and the cumulative, negative effects on their health. The Canadian Centre» 

Environment, Science and Technology

Botanists to collect plants from far northern land

Four people have travelled by helicopter to a remote and underexplored area of Nunavut in Canada’s north to survey and collect hundreds of plants.  They are part of an ambitious project by the Canadian Museum of Nature to create a» 

Health, Society

Consultants help parents get babies to sleep

Canadian parents often complain they have a hard time getting their babies to sleep and to sleep right through the night. This can disrupt parents’ lives and make them quite miserable. Adults rarely live with their own parents or extended» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Canadians underestimate alcohol consumption

Canadians underestimate how much alcohol they drink and that hinders their understanding of the health risks and makes it difficult for health officials to plan how to avert disease and accidents, say researchers at the University of Victoria. Scientists discovered» 

Health, Society

Health calculator predicts hospital stays

You can use a new internet tool to predict how much time you will spend in hospital depending to your current lifestyle, thanks to some researchers in Toronto. The biggest factors that will make a difference are whether you smoke,» 

Health, Lifestyle

Pregnancy can increase road accident risk

Women in the second trimester of pregnancy have a much higher risk of being in a vehicle crash than they were before their pregnancy, according to Canadian scientists. They do not recommend women stop driving, but they do advise them» 

Health, Society

Too few children get early dental care: dentists

Canadian dentists recommend children first see a dentist by the age of 12 months but a recent study shows less than two per cent has seen one by the age of two. That could be why almost half the children» 

Environment, Health, Society

Lyme disease increasing and mishandled: advocate

As Canada gets warmer more disease-carrying ticks are spreading Lyme disease and advocates say not enough is being done to help those who are stricken. A government website says most people infected with Lyme disease get a bull’s-eye rash, but» 

Health, Science and Technology

Depressed young men become more sedentary: study

Young men who reported depressive symptoms at age 20, four years later reported spending more time on computers or watching television, according to research at McGill University. The same was not true for women. Sedentary behaviour is associated with adverse»