This Week in Public Health News | Week of March 20, 2017

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 talk to their patients about how climate change is making them sick, just as smoking or excess drinking does.”

2) Pushed Into the Future When Illness Strikes (in an Unlikely Place)
An essay from someone who had mumps… “Whether I have children or not, I’ll be fine. When you’ve seen your best friend’s eyes water at the sight of your testicles, every other day is a good day.”
The outbreak continues here in Toronto.

3) Will Bill Morneau save 13,000 lives with a levy on sugary drinks?
The federal budget was released yesterday, and to my knowledge, the sugary drink tax was not included. But Jamie Oliver still thinks it should be!

4) Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?

5) Pilot project to introduce a basic income in Ontario gets strong public support
The Toronto PHPM residents submitted their thoughts during this consultation process. Many are excited about the potential pilot projects; other groups have vocalized their concerns.

6) Nunavut teen’s death sheds light on failures in fighting TB
Ileen Kooneeliusie was 15 years old when she died in January from tuberculosis. This Friday is World TB Day.

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Summers