How does wildfire smoke affect our health?

By Michael Limmena, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science editor The year 2021 was one of British Columbia’s biggest wildfire seasons in our lifetimes. Between April and September of that year, the province saw about 1,600 wildfires that burned approximately 8,700 square kilometres. Although the wildfires occurred in BC, the smoke from the wildfires spread throughout […]

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Are we what we eat? The link between gut microbiota, antibiotic use and health


Overuse of antibiotics might be making us more vulnerable to disease Sunitha Chari, Biology and Life Sciences co-editor Our gastro-intestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion (1014)) micro-organisms – bacteria, viruses and fungi – that together are called the gut microbiota. If that seems like a mind boggling number consider this: the human body […]

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Science and society: 1867 vs 2017

Robert Gooding-Townsend and Katrina Wong, Science in Society co-editors   This year we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. While this is a big moment in Canadian history, it is also a big moment for Canadian science. The history of Canada is so seamlessly intertwined with developments in science and technology that the two are practically indistinguishable. […]

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