The Toronto Star: Aboriginal leaders are warning of the mental health cost of climate change in the North
February 29, 2016It’s mid-February and the ice roads into and out of Deer Lake First Nation still aren’t reliable enough to officially open, a reality that weighs heavily on the minds of residents. “It’s very late. It’s bad. We want to get our stuff, our supplies, housing materials, fuel. I don’t know if we’ll be able to get it this year (by road),” said chief Roy Dale Meekis. “You feel isolated.” Anxieties are high in this small Oji-Cree community, located about 700 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. An unusually warm winter in Ontario’s north — what’s expected to become the new norm in a changing climate — has left the roads unstable and unsafe, and kept local road groomers out of work. Read the full article here.
The Toronto Star: Why Zika matters to Canada
February 25, 2016The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that clusters of brain-damaged babies possibly linked to the Zika virus constitute a “public health emergency of international concern.” Already thousands of babies have been born with underdeveloped brains to women who were infected with the virus during their pregnancy. Should Canadians be worried? For now, the WHO says Zika is unlikely to appear in Canada, because our country doesn’t harbour the mosquito types that spread the disease. But Canadians shouldn’t be too complacent.
The Londoner: Managing diabetes with math
February 25, 2016Committing to a healthy diet while effectively managing stress, exercising regularly, and keeping an eye on blood sugar levels can often be all that’s required for many people with Type-2 diabetes to live a long and healthy life. In Charles Ling’s case, having a PhD in computer science didn’t hurt either. Originally from China, Ling is a Western University computer science professor, director of the Data Mining and Business Intelligence Lab, and an associate scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. An expert in data analytics, Ling is also the CEO of GlucoGuide Corp., a company he founded to pursue a diabetes management app that can help diabetics number-crunch their way to a healthier lifestyle, without needing the PhD. Ling was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes in 1994, not long after becoming a new faculty member at Western. Read the full article here.
St. Catharines Standard: Brock researchers working on healthy ice syrup
February 24, 2016A research team and Niagara company are working to create a grape product with potentially sweet health effects. Brock University biologist Jeff Stuart has joined forces with Niagara-based firm Sweet and Sticky to research a syrup that could be a cancer fighter. On Wednesday, a Brock group including biologist Jeff Stuart and students Shehab Selim and Breanne Gillie joined a group of university-industry partners at Toronto’s Queen’s Park to showcase research that’s focused on Sweet and Sticky’s Cabernet Franc and Vidal ice syrups.