Highlights / prevention

Health, Society

Pandemic posing increased poison risks for children

The emphasis on hand washing and cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Canadians to buy more products that, if they get into the hands of children, can cause them serious harm.   “The number of calls to poison centres regarding »


Prevent cancers caused by HPV, urge doctors

It’s estimated that three out of every four sexually active Canadians will contract Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives and that puts them at risk for genital warts and as well as several types of cancer.   HPV »


Exercise can help with cancer and help prevent it, says panel

An international panel of experts in cancer and rehabilitation has devised new guidelines to help people prevent cancer or recover from it and improve their survival. “In terms of cancer treatment, we know that being active, in theory, has been »


Falling is the leading cause of injury among seniors

Of all the seniors who were hospitalized for injuries in 2017 to 2018 in Canada, most had suffered falls, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The institute is an independent, non-profit organization that provides information on the »


As avalanche risk increases, government funds prevention

The Canadian government says avalanches are the country’s deadliest natural hazard and they occur in almost every province and territory. It adds that the risks posed by avalanches are increasing as more people take part in backcountry sports and because »


Canadians warned against melanoma

Canadians live in northern latitudes where the sun is not as strong, but they still face a risk of getting skin cancer, say dermatologists. It’s World Melanoma Day and spring means people are spending more time outdoors and shedding the »


Expose babies to allergenic foods early, advise doctors

In a change from past practice, Canadian pediatricians are advising parents of infants at risk for allergies to feed them one common allergen at a time starting at the age of six months. Research suggests this might prevent some infants »

Health, International

Tobacco plain packaging spreading worldwide

The Canadian Cancer Society is lauding what it calls tremendous momentum worldwide for plain packaging on tobacco products. An international report says there are now 25 countries and territories moving forward with plain packaging including Canada. Plain packaging was implemented »


Eliminate cervical cancer in Canada, urge doctors

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) wants Canada to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer.  In 2017, an estimated 1,550 Canadian women were diagnosed with the disease and an estimated 400 died »

Health, Society

Drowning case reminds Canadians to swim safely

A mother and her five-year-old daughter died at a resort pool in Collingwood, Ontario last week and are among the hundreds who will likely drown in Canada this year. Public awareness campaigns and an abundance of swimming classes offered in »