Opioids on campus: What are Canada’s post-secondary institutions doing to keep you safe?

Post-secondary students, many who have moved away from home for the first time, have the potential to face all kinds of hazards and dangers. While young adults have been known to experiment with drugs and alcohol while attending school, recent research reveals they are now at greater risk of hospitalization due to opioid overdoses. This means Canadian post-secondary institutions are now tasked with the balancing-act of educating students, while also doing their best to keep them safe from life-threatening drugs. According to a 2016 report co-authored by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 13 people were hospitalized due to an opioid overdose on an average day in Canada in 2014-15. The report also found […]

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Students bring cheap eye care to Afghanistan

A clear vision is what Babur Jahid has for his new social enterprise, and it’s also what he wants to provide for potentially thousands of visually impaired people. The third-year biology and health sciences student at Carleton co-founded You See Clear in hopes of providing affordable vision care to developing countries, starting with his native Afghanistan next spring. The non-profit has worked with partners to launch a clinic in Kabul where patients can access free eye examinations and glasses at a cost of about $5, according to Jahid. “Vision impairment is, I think, the world’s biggest yet most forgotten health issue,” Jahid, who came to Canada as a refugee three years ago, said. “There’s a huge unparalleled demand that exists […]

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Male birth control: The future of sexual health?

Birth control pills have been a female-centred form of contraception since its creation in the 1960s, but recent studies are being conducted on two new birth control methods for men. “A male contraceptive could change things between men and women. It might turn birth control into a shared responsibility, where it’s been a sole responsibility largely of women for the last 60 years,” said physician and medical columnist Brian Goldman on his CBC Radio show White Coat, Black Art. What is birth control? According to Planned Parenthood, birth control allows individuals to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of it. Birth control, with the exception of condoms, does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Female birth control For women, […]

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Brock researcher believes Zika can come to Canada

Can the Zika virus come to Canada? A Brock University professor researching the mosquito-borne virus thinks so. One of Canada’s top entomologists, Fiona Hunter, said the virus has the potential to reach the 49th parallel and go further north via a certain type of invasive species of mosquito within a few years. The Asian tiger mosquito has spread from Southeast Asia to other areas around the world—including Africa and the United States—in the last 30 years. Prior studies have found the species capable of carrying the Zika virus. Hunter said she thinks it’s only a matter of time before the bug extends its reach into Canada, as it has already migrated from the southern U.S. to as far north as […]

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Roundtable encourages critical thinking on Ebola epidemic

Carleton students were encouraged to think critically about the recent Ebola outbreak at a Sept. 9 roundtable organized by Carleton’s Institute of African Studies. The discussion focused on perceptions and responses to the pandemic. It featured Valerie Percival, assistant professor with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs; director of the School of Journalism and Communication Joshua Greenberg; and Paul Mkandawire, assistant professor with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. According to recent estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been over 3,000 deaths and over 6,500 cases of Ebola since the outbreak began in December 2013. This is the largest outbreak of the virus since it first appeared in 1976. The speakers focused on the need to understand […]

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