Entries by Mary Speck

January 1 | 2018

Evaluation of daily time spent in transportation and traffic-influenced microenvironments by urban Canadians Carlyn J. Matz ,David M. Stieb, Marika Egyed, Orly Brion, Markey Johnson Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health pp 1–12|  First Online: 30 November 2017 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-017-0532-6 Abstract Exposure to traffic and traffic-related air pollution is associated with a wide array of health effects. Time spent in a vehicle, in active transportation, […]

December 18 | 2017

The Lancet Commissions The Lancet Commission on pollution and health The Lancet Commission on pollution and health Philip J Landrigan, Richard Fuller, Nereus J R Acosta, Olusoji Adeyi, Robert Arnold, Niladri (Nil) Basu, Abdoulaye Bibi Baldé, Roberto Bertollini, Stephan Bose-O’Reilly, Jo Ivey Boufford, Patrick N Breysse, Thomas Chiles, Chulabhorn Mahidol, Awa M Coll-Seck, Maureen L Cropper, Julius […]

In-FLAME 7th Annual Workshop | Apr. 4 – 6th| 2018| Canmore Alberta

At this critical time in human history, low grade inflammation and immune dysfunction are both a non-communicable disease (NCD) reality and a metaphor for broken systems. In this new era, it is becoming increasingly important to integrate seemingly disconnected areas of research. This is the ongoing mandate of inFLAME. The 2018 program promises to be the most exciting yet, with new speakers who bring expertise […]

December 11 | 2017

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017 – Designing Healthy Living The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017 – Designing Healthy Living A message from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Without being aware of it, our neighbourhoods and how […]

December 4 | 2017

Heat and pregnancy-related emergencies: Risk of placental abruption during hot weather. He S1, Kosatsky T2, Smargiassi A3, Bilodeau-Bertrand M4, Auger N5. Environ Int. 2017 Nov 13. pii: S0160-4120(17)31686-0  DOI:10.1016/j.envint.2017.11.004 Abstract INTRODUCTION: Outdoor heat increases the risk of preterm birth and stillbirth, but the association with placental abruption has not been studied. Placental abruption is a medical emergency associated with major […]

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, […]