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LATEST IN PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS

1) Effects of racism on physical health should be better tracked, says U of T doctor Our very own was in the news this week – “Dr. Onye Nnorom, of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health says that, in particular, Canadians who identify as Black suffer worse socioeconomic outcomes than non-minorities…

Racism will shatter a person’s self-esteem, rob them of their sense of security, sink their feelings of belonging. But, according to some health authorities, racial discrimination can have a broad, damaging effect on physical health as well. A Toronto doctor is urging public health officials to add racism to the list of social conditions that…

1) Ontario to do more mercury tests at Grassy Narrows “Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the province’s environment minister met Friday with the chief of Grassy Narrows and environmentalist David Suzuki and committed to identifying all potentially contaminated sites and implementing a remediation plan for the river.” 2) Toronto startup lets you skip the doctor’s…

1) Globe editorial: Supervised injection sites: Unpopular, but necessary “The principle feels counterintuitive, and for many Canadians, the idea of applying it in their neighbourhood is instinctively repellent. Make it easier for intravenous drug users to shoot up by giving them a safe and legal place to do it? Really? Really.” 2) Casualties will mount…

1) Toronto gets new public health guardian Toronto has a new public health guardian — Dr. Eileen de Villa, Peel Region’s former medical officer of heath. Congrats to Dr. de Villa!  2) U of T professor reflects on first year as Nunavut’s deputy chief medical officer of health Our very own Dr. Barry Pakes reflects…

1) Norovirus struck Humber College, Toronto Public Health confirms “Officials say there has been no major increase in the number of students falling ill at a college in northwest Toronto after 215 reported becoming sick in the last four days. The outbreak of norovirus — a virulent stomach bug — at a campus residence at Humber College North, near…

1) Health minister vows to save Canadians ‘billions’ on drug prices Canadians pay the second-highest drug prices in the world, after only people living in the United States. 2) We must turn the tide on Canada’s opioid crisis The federal health minister was in the news again, this time reflecting on Canada’s opioid crisis. 3) A Superbug…

1) Beware: Winter Is Coming This article is actually from December, but highlights “that cold weather is responsible, directly or indirectly, for 17 times as many deaths as hot weather.” 2) Basic Income in the News Basic income is in the news, highlighted by this Andrew Coyne article in the National Post, and this feature…

1) Dementia risk linked to living close to high-traffic roads Our very own Dr. Ray Copes was in the news this week. His team published a study in the Lancet found that “living within half a city block of a major road may be associated with a small increased risk of dementia.” 2) Toronto moves…