Entries by Mary Speck

Paper of the Week | November 27 | 2017

Noise exposure while commuting in Toronto – a study of personal and public transportation in Toronto Christopher M.K.L. Yao, Andrew K. Ma, Sharon L. Cushing and Vincent Y.W. Lin. Journal of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery201746:62 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40463-017-0239-6 23 November 2017 Abstract Background With an increasing proportion of the population living in cities, mass transportation has been rapidly expanding to facilitate the demand, yet there is a […]

November 20 | 2017

Estimating the health benefits of planned public transit investments in Montreal. Tétreault LF1, Eluru N2, Hatzopoulou M3, Morency P4, Plante C5, Morency C6, Reynaud F7, Shekarrizfard M3, Shamsunnahar Y2, Faghih Imani A7, Drouin L4, Pelletier A5, Goudreau S5, Tessier F5, Gauvin L8, Smargiassi A9. Environ Res. 2017 Oct 23;160:412-419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.10.025 BACKGROUND: Since public transit infrastructure […]

November 13 | 2017

The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health Watts et al The Lancet, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32464-9 Summary The Lancet Countdown tracks progress on health and climate change and provides an independent assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris […]

November 6 | 2017

The impact of urbanization and climate change on urban temperatures: a systematic review Sarah Chapman, James E. M. Watson, Alvaro Salazar, Marcus Thatcher, Clive A. McAlpine Landscape Ecology  October 2017, Volume 32, Issue 10, pp 1921–1935 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10980-017-0561-4   Abstract Context Cities have elevated temperatures compared to rural areas, a phenomenon known as the “urban heat island”. Higher temperatures increase the risk of heat-related mortality, […]

October 30 | 2017

Healthy Cities of Tomorrow: the Case for Large Scale Built Environment-Health Studies. Sarkar C , Webster C. J Urban Health. 2017 Feb;94(1):4-19. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-016-0122-1 EXCERPT FROM INTRODUCTION: New scientific evidence generated over the past decade points to a significant role played by a myriad of attributes of our cities’ built environments (BE) in shaping human […]

October 23 | 2017

A Difference-in-Differences Approach to Assess the Effect of a Heat Action Plan on Heat-Related Mortality, and Differences in Effectiveness According to Sex, Age, and Socioeconomic Status (Montreal, Quebec) Benmarhnia T, Bailey Z, Kaiser D, Auger N, King N, Kaufman J. Environ Health Perspect. 2016.  124:1694–1699; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/EHP203 Abstract Background: The impact of heat waves on mortality […]

October 13 | 2017

Lead author and CANUE Director Dan Crouse talks about his recent paper on Radio Canada. http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/10/13/new-canadian-study-suggests-that-trees-can-play-a-part-in-a-longer-life/

October 16 | 2017

Urban greenness and mortality in Canada’s largest cities: a national cohort study Dan L Crouse, Lauren Pinault, Adele Balram, Perry Hystad, Paul A Peters, Hong Chen, Aaron van Donkelaar, Randall V Martin, Richard Ménard, Alain Robichaud, Paul J Villeneuve The Lancet Planetary Health Volume 1, Issue 7, October 2017, Pages e289-e29  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30118-3 Summary Background […]

October 10 | 2017

BlueHealth: a study programme protocol for mapping and quantifying the potential benefits to public health and well-being from Europe’s blue spaces. Grellier J, White MP, Albin M, Bell S, Elliott LR, Gascón M, Gualdi S, Mancini L, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Sarigiannis DA, van den Bosch M, Wolf T, Wuijts S, Fleming LE. BMJ Open. 2017 Jun […]

October 2 | 2017

Association of Long-Term Exposure to Transportation Noise and Traffic-Related Air Pollution with the Incidence of Diabetes: A Prospective Cohort Study. Clark C, Sbihi H, Tamburic L2, Brauer M, Frank LD, Davies HW. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Aug 31;125(8):087025.  https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1279 Abstract BACKGROUND: Evidence for an association between transportation noise and cardiovascular disease has increased; however, few […]