The psychological benefits of self-compassion

Tamara Rosner, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science Editor Imagine that you’re scrolling through Instagram, being bombarded with pictures of other people living happy, successful, full, and beautiful lives. It’s natural to compare yourself to these images and feel that you’re not as exciting, or successful, or beautiful, which can make you feel worthless. You could […]

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Gut Feelings: How the Bacteria in Your Body Affect Your Brain

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Tamara Rosner, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences co-editor Your body plays host to millions of bacteria. In fact, the number of bacterial cells in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is about equal to the number of cells that make up your body. While we typically think of bacteria as “bad” or “unhealthy”, the bacteria that make […]

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Treating mental health virtually

Del Ingvaldson, New Science Communicator Mental health issues are of increasing importance in today’s society. According to Statistics Canada, 11.3 per cent of Canadians suffer from depression. Researchers have found that university students are among those at the highest risk, with approximately 15.6 per cent of undergraduate students suffering from depression or anxiety disorder. Mental […]

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6 ½ reasons why you should move into the forest for your health

By Lindsay Jolivet and Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-editors   Pack your belongings health conscious readers because the evidence is clear: it’s time to live #WithNature. The benefits of spending time in green spaces are well documented, and on June 5, Canada is hosting the United Nations’ World Environment Day with the […]

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors—A Win for Planet Earth and for Us, Too

By Joelle Thorpe and Catherine Lau, Biology & Life Sciences Editors   Would you believe us if we told you that some doctors prescribe “time outside” to their patients? This Earth Day, do our planet—and yourself—a favour, and spend some time in the great outdoors.    Spring has finally sprung!  With the longer days and […]

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