People in Residential Buildings Smell Cannabis More Than Cigarette Smoke: U of T Researchers

U of T researchers found that more people in apartment buildings and condos reported being exposed to cannabis smoke than to tobacco in the year before legalization. In 2017, based on surveys of Ontario residents living in multi-unit dwellings, an estimated 800,000 people smelled cannabis smoke from hallways, other units or...

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The Future of Obesity May be Whiter, Older and Male

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH DLSPH Prof. Laura Rosella and her team at the Population Health Analytics Lab predicts that in ten years the typical Canadian living with obesity will most likely be a Canadian-born white man, between the age of 50 and 64 – and that he...

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Weight Gained from Psychiatric Medications Can Be Lost With Basic Diet and Exercise

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Weight gain can be a major challenge for patients taking psychiatric medications. But a new DLSPH-led study suggests basic exercise and dieting are effective at controlling it. “A lot of doctors tell patients they won’t be able to lose weight because they are...

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Uncovering the Communities with the Highest Premature Deaths in Ontario

Alumnus Emmalin Buajitti

U of T researchers have conducted the first spatial analysis of death in Ontario, discovering that social and demographic factors  are by far the biggest factors in predicting who dies before their time. Public health researchers used traditional statistical and geography tools to break down premature death rates community by...

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Reducing Waste in Health Care – Are We Making Progress?

Assistant Professor Sara Allin

For the past five years, Choosing Wisely Canada has helped introduce patients to the idea that there could be a downside to unnecessary tests and procedures. Although the movement is focussed squarely on what’s best for patients, health systems researchers are following Choosing Wisely closely --  interested in whether it...

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DLSPH Grad Challenges International Standard of Care for Trans Patients

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer DLSPH This week, Postdoctoral Fellow Kinnon MacKinnon turned his PhD dissertation into a website tailored for clinicians on trans patient care. MacKinnon’s PhD dissertation focuses mainly on equity in the administration of hormones and surgeries for trans people. As a trans person himself, he argues...

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DLSPH Push Forward Recommendations to Improve Health of LGBTQ2S+ Communities

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Trans people do not have access to adequate and inclusive medical care. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men face discriminatory policies when donating blood. When measuring homelessness, researchers cannot determine how many LGBTQ2S+ youth and young adults experience homelessness....

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DLSPH Student to Help Strengthen U of T’s Mental Health Supports

PhD student Corey McAuliffe

As she was preparing to move to Toronto to study at DLSPH, Corey McAuliffe travelled to Haiti for a short teaching stint, and got a bad case of food poisoning. This sparked a rare autoimmune condition which left her in terrible pain and unable to work, walk or start her PhD...

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Seven DLSPH Faculty Receive Prestigious Canada Research Chairs

The newest crop of Canada Research Chairs includes DLSPH professors Patricia O’Campo, Nav Persaud, Tara Gomes, Noah Ivers, Vincent Kuuire, Beate Sander and Wendy J. Ungar. Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan made the announcement June 14 at the University of Victoria. The Canada Research Chairs Program aims to make...

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Why Young Men Die

U of T Professor Prabhat Jha finds race and education strongly correlates with a young man’s chances of dying from guns in U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Brazil An epidemiologist with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health has published a ground-breaking study of the young men who die from gun violence. Prahbat...

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