Unknown effects from medications putting Canadian children at risk

A small effort could make a big difference in child drug safety

Unknown effects from medications putting Canadian children at riskBy Terry Klassen University of Manitoba and Martin Offringa University of Toronto Almost a year has passed since an important report was released on ways Canada can improve medicines for children. The report was commissioned, by Health Canada and undertaken by the Council of Canadian Academies, after experts sounded alarms because there wasn’t enough knowledge…

The reality, rhetoric and ‘rithmetic of childcare

We need to understand – and measure – the problem before we dive into expensive fixes

The reality, rhetoric and ‘rithmetic of childcareAs summer winds down, we can count on at least two topics to attract an increasing share of Canadians’ attention: their children – yes, the new school year is just about upon us – and the federal election to be held on October 19th. These two subjects converge in the parties’ campaign promises related to…

Young students with diabetes should get equal treatment

A supportive school environment is critically important for keeping children with diabetes safe and healthy

Young students with diabetes should get equal treatmentFor parents of kids with diabetes, the beginning of each new school year brings not only the usual preparations, but also fears for their child’s health and safety. This is especially true if their school or school district does not have a policy to ensure staff are knowledgeable about diabetes, know how to prevent emergencies,…

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood development

Supports children receive in infancy have a profound influence on their intellectual and social development

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood developmentUNICEF recently released a report card ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries on earth. Canada came 17th, placing us in the bottom half of the pack on factors such as child poverty, emotional well-being and life satisfaction. Clearly, we can do better. It’s time to have a frank conversation about how our country…

Faith at heart of Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s mission to save babies

Disabled son inspired his "drop box" for abandoned babies

Faith at heart of Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s mission to save babiesHe is a man with a mission – a mission to save abandoned babies. He is Pastor Lee Jong-rak of Seoul, South Korea. The documentary film The Drop Box tells his story. In 2009, after a mother left her baby on his doorstep one cold night, Lee created a system to safely receive abandoned babies.…

Getting a grip on the risks of vaccination

In the case of MMR vaccination, doing nothing is the more dangerous choice

Getting a grip on the risks of vaccinationEvery day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumour resection, I have a full discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of doing “something.” Each time…

Why Canada does so poorly on children’s health rankings

Studies show early childhood education and family supports yield excellent return on investment

Why Canada does so poorly on children’s health rankingsSomething is amiss in Canada. A 2014 UNICEF report compared the health and development of children in Canada with 28 other wealthy nations. In spite of being a G8 country, Canada’s children rank number 17th, a status that has not budged in the last 10 years. When measuring the quality of children’s relationships with their…
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