Large Canadian study finds health care cost of people living with diabetes more than double that of people without the disease

Each person living with diabetes requires care that costs the Canadian health care system an average of $16,000 over eight years, compared to $6,000 in average health care costs for people who don’t live with diabetes, a new study has found. The study is the most comprehensive Canadian analysis of...

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University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics joins the Dalla Lana School of Public Health

On July 1, 2015, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) will join the Dalla Lana School of Public Health as its new home faculty. This transition from the Faculty of Medicine into the School reflects the evolution of bioethics as a field that is expanding its scope...

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DLSPH 2014-​15 Annual Report: The beauty of what we pursue

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health published it's first annual report since its re-establishment in 2008 and achieving faculty status (U of T’s first new faculty in 15 years) in July 2013. The beauty of what we pursue is the report’s distinctive subtitle thatcaptures the idea that threats to...

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Nine Research Grants Awarded to Protect and Enhance Health in Toronto and Beyond

The first healthier cities and communities grants were awarded to nine research teams comprised of community, public sector and university collaborators to address a range of social determinants of health to improve the health of Torontonians and beyond. “More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and...

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World No Tobacco Day: Plotting Smoking’s Endgame

Sunday, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, and the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030. Canada is at the vanguard of tobacco control, with Ontario taking the lead...

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The risk of becoming a high-​cost user of health care strongly linked to socio-​economic status

Individual, household and neighbourhood socio-economic status impact future high-cost users of health care according to researchers at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Public Health Ontario (PHO). High-cost users of health care generally refer to the top five per cent of health...

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New breast cancer gene identified by U of T and Women’s College Hospital Scientists

A new breast cancer gene has been identified in a study led by Professor Mohammad Akbari, who is an assistant professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and researcher at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). The study, which was published online today in Nature Genetics, describes how...

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Reducing global tobacco use

Although global efforts to cut tobacco use have had some success, more can be done to reduce the number of deaths from smoking, according to a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) by Professor Prabhat Jha. More than 170 countries have signed the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework...

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Professor Chandler Davis on the consequences of asking the unaskable questions

Professor Chandler Davis will speak at the third Dr. Zofia Pakula Public Lecture Series on April 27, 2015 in the Music Room at Hart House. Davis is a Professor Emeritus in U of T’s Department of Mathematics. He is also an author and self-identified socialist who was imprisoned in 1960...

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Baby Boomers: Not As Healthy As Previously Believed

We hear all the time that “50 is the new 40” or “60 is the new 40”—claims that make it sound as though today’s baby boomers are healthier than their counterparts in other generations.  But are they? A University of Toronto study published in the March 2015 issue of the...

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