Let’s make school vaccination rates public

by Hannah Hoag & Kasra Hassani Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science subject editors After questioning more than 1,500 Canadians on their attitudes and actions toward childhood vaccination, the Angus Reid Institute published a report in February concluding that Canadians strongly support vaccination. The majority even said vaccines should be mandatory for children to attend daycare […]

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Ebola and the fear factory

by Kasra Hassani & Hannah Hoag Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Sciences editors This is not the first Science Borealis editorial post about Ebola, nor will it be the last. We’ve discussed Ebola from multiple perspectives such as Health, Engineering, and Policy over the past few months. The deadly virus – which had previously caused only […]

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Climate change and the northward spread of infectious diseases

by Hannah Hoag and Kasra Hassani Medicine and Veterinary Science subject editors What emerging infectious disease are you most worried about? You may think that here in Canada we’re far from the threat of infectious diseases that originate in warm southern climes, but climate change could bring that threat into our backyard. Last month, at […]

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Trading in Wellness

by Hannah Hoag and Kasra Hassani Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science subject editors Less than 25 years ago, a McMaster University research group headed by David Sackett and Gordon Guyatt developed a set of methods to test the scientific value and clinical benefits of medical interventions. The methodology helped push physicians to practice evidence-based – […]

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