Thinking outside the lab

Thinking outside the lab

Recently, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) celebrated the fact that the average lifespan of Canadians has increased by more than 30 years since the early 1900s. That’s something we can all celebrate.

Canada’s housing crisis is a public health emergency

Canada’s housing crisis is a public health emergency

In emergency rooms and frontline clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger.

Early interventions require a new means of social investment

Early interventions require a new means of social investment

Investing in social programs improves social conditions and, as a consequence, improves people’s lives. That’s fairly obvious. What hasn’t always been as obvious, however, is that such social spending doesn’t tend to come at the cost of economic growth.

Toward a true health accord

Toward a true health accord

Later this month, Canada’s Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, will meet with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver. This is no ordinary get-together.

Saskatoon’s housing crisis Is a health emergency

Saskatoon’s housing crisis Is a health emergency

Recently, a disturbing photo of five people sleeping in a Saskatoon bank lobby became headline news and filled social media feeds.

Four things we can do to improve healthcare in Canada

Four things we can do to improve healthcare in Canada

As the federal election campaign wages, Canadians should be pressing federal political parties to take a leadership position on the healthcare file.

Basic Income: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Basic Income:  Just What the Doctor Ordered

What makes people sick? Infectious agents like bacteria and viruses and personal factors like smoking, eating poorly and living a sedentary lifestyle. But none of these compares to the way that poverty makes us sick.

Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes

Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes

The health care system in Canada is not always perfect. Mistakes are made, but Dr. Joshua Tepper believes it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes in order to improve the quality of services.

Are we medicalizing healthy people?

Are we medicalizing healthy people?

Modern medical practice is engaged in a battle, not for hearts and minds, but for the conversion of perfectly healthy people into patients, labelled “at high risk” of various diseases in the name of prevention.

Double-failing on health

Double-failing on health

Forty is the new thirty. Orange is the new black. And Failure is the new success.

It seems these days that no success story is complete without a failure (or two) along the way: the bankruptcy that gave birth to a successful company; the entrepreneur who lost it all just before hitting the Fortune 500.