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1) Some Aunt Jemima products being recalled for possible Listeria contamination “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Pinnacle Foods Canada Corporation is recalling Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles and Frozen French Toast Slices due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.”     2) Minnesota Sees Largest Outbreak of Measles in Almost 30 Years “The outbreak started among…

1) Purdue Pharma agrees to settle OxyContin class-action suit The pharmaceutical giant behind the blockbuster pain pill that triggered Canada’s deadly opioid crisis has agreed to pay $20-million to settle a long-standing class-action lawsuit. Purdue has generated $31-billion (U.S.) in revenue from the drug.   (20 000 000/ 31 000 000 000)*100 = 0.064% The…

Dr. Hetal Patel Education & Certifications BSc Honours Life Sciences, McMaster University –  2012 MPH, University of Waterloo – 2014 MD, McMaster University – 2017   Public Health Interests Addictions and harm reduction Communicable diseases Immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases International health Chronic disease prevention

Dr. Rebecca Shalansky I‘m very excited to be joining the U of T PHPM Residency Program! I grew up in Vancouver BC, and enjoy all of the BC outdoor activities (skiing, swimming, biking, hiking). I also like to paint, read, and avidly watch the movies of the Oscars each year. I am an animal lover, and…

1) First US sugar tax sees soft drink sales fall by almost 10%, study shows “The first sugar tax to be introduced on soft drinks in the United States to fight obesity has cut sales by nearly 10% and apparently increased the numbers of people buying water instead, a study has shown.” 2) California immunization…

1) Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland “Researchers have found a 90% fall in levels of the human papilloma virus (HPV) in Scottish women since the vaccine was made available in 2008. HPV virus types are thought to account for about 90% of cervical cancers. Scientists hope the drop in HPV cases will lead…

1) Toronto Public Health investigating three confirmed cases of the measles “At least three people now have measles in the city of Toronto, and one of them is at an elementary school.” 2) Why strep throat is causing serious complications, from amputations to death People have become worried about iGAS recently following a series of…

1) Heat and health: Doctors taking the pulse of the planet on climate change The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH), a group representing 11 large medical societies and more than 400,000 U.S. physicians, released a report this past week entitled Medical Alert! Climate Change Is Harming Our Health. “The MSCCH urges front-line doctors to…

1) Exposure to pollution kills millions of children, WHO reports find “Worldwide, 1.7 million children’s deaths are attributable to environmental hazards, such as exposure to contaminated water, indoor and outdoor pollution, and other unsanitary conditions.” 2) Science confirms what you always suspected: Some people do pee in the pool Dr. Ray Copes is back in…

1) Mumps…it’s everywhere In his Globe and Mail article this week, Andre Picard argues that “Mumps outbreaks underscore need for vaccinations,” acknowledging that “Most of those who have contracted mumps are vaccinated – but under-vaccinated.” We already know, it’s in Toronto… It’s in Minnesota… It’s in Alberta…. It’s in Vancouver…. In response to an outbreak amongst the Vancouver Canucks,…