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Health

Physical activity can affect children’s future heart health: study

A study of children three to five years old found that those who engaged in almost two hours of energetic play daily had better blood vessel health and cardiovascular fitness that could help prevent later heart disease. “Kids don’t get» 

Health

Vaccines important for pregnant women, say doctors

Diseases that were virtually gone are making a come-back and there are growing gaps between people’s perceptions and the medical reality about the safety of vaccines, says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).  The issue can be» 

Health

Concussion safety video to run during basketball finals

The death of a young rugby player has prompted the province of Ontario to run a new ad about concussions during the NBA finals airing tonight. The audience will be huge given that it is the first time a Canadian» 

Health

Cost of abortion pill covered by Saskatchewan government

As of today, the government of the province of Saskatchewan will cover the cost of Mifegymiso, a drug that can terminate a pregnancy of up to nine weeks. This comes one week after the province of Manitoba declared it would» 

Health, Society

New Brunswick moves to make vaccination mandatory

The eastern province of New Brunswick is considering obliging children in school and daycares to be vaccinated unless they get a signed medical exemption from health care professional.  Exemptions are given to children who may be allergic or have other» 

Environment, Society

Almost all Canadians want to reduce plastic food packaging: survey

Over 93 per cent of Canadians are personally motivated to reduce single-use plastic food packaging, according to a survey by Dalhousie University in eastern Canada. Almost 90 per cent think regulations to reduce the use of such packaging should be» 

Environment, Society

Museum features climate change and environment

The Biosphere, an environmental museum in Montreal, aims to raise awareness about the environment and climate change in its programming for 2019-2020. The museum purports to be the only one in North America entirely dedicated to these two themes. It» 

Health, Society

Opioid crisis freezes life expectancy in Canada

For the first time in more than 40 years, life expectancy in Canada stopped increasing from 2016 to 2017, in large part because of the high number of drug overdose deaths. The age to which a person can expect to» 

Health, International

Pass law banning harmful food ads to children, urges non-profit

The Heart & Stroke Foundation is urging the government to pass its proposed law which would ban the advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children. The consumption of these foods is links with chronic diseases and» 

Environment, International

Free website tracks ocean heatwaves

A new website has been created that offers to track above-average temperatures in the world’s oceans. Its creators say these marine heatwaves are having several effects including species migrations and invasions, disruptions or closures of fisheries and stress and death»