Public Health

Nearly 1 billion people still smoke daily

Nearly 1 billion people still smoke daily

Despite strong declines in the rate of tobacco smoking over the past 25 years, one out of every four men still smoke daily, as...
Addictive nut's derivatives could help smokers break the nicotine habit

Addictive nut’s derivatives could help smokers break the nicotine habit

As many as 600 million people in Southeast Asia chew areca nuts with betel leaves, sometimes adding tobacco leaves. Many users are addicted to this...
40% of cancer cases in US might be linked to tobacco

40% of cancer cases in US might be linked to tobacco

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 40% of cancers diagnosed in the US may have a link...
More than 8 million children could face higher insurance costs without CHIP

More than 8 million children could face higher insurance costs without CHIP

More than 8 million children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could be at risk of losing coverage if federal funding for...
Yearly exposure to chemicals can harm hormone function and cost Americans hundreds of billions

Yearly exposure to chemicals can harm hormone function and cost Americans hundreds of billions

Annual healthcare costs and lost earnings in the United States from low-level but daily exposure to hazardous chemicals commonly found in plastic bottles, metal...
Alcohol could damage the liver in a second way

Alcohol could damage the liver in a second way

Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells. Now researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report evidence that alcohol is also harmful...
flame retardants, thyroid cancer

Greater exposure to flame retardants might be associated with thyroid cancer

Higher exposure to chemicals used to reduce the flammability of furniture, carpets, electronics and other household items appears to be associated with papillary thyroid...
Lead exposure in childhood linked to lower IQ, lower status

Lead exposure in childhood linked to lower IQ, lower status

A long-term study of more than 500 children who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline has shown that their exposure to the...
Consumer behavior causing premature deaths from air pollution

Consumer behavior causing premature deaths from air pollution

A UBC researcher is drawing attention to the human cost of our consumer behavior by examining the number of deaths caused by air pollution...
Study cautions of risks for young pot smokers

Study cautions of risks for young pot smokers

With new legislation imminent in Canada, marijuana is a hot topic these days. Those who smoke it may be cheering. Those who've never tried it...