An inclusive approach to Human Papilloma Virus vaccination: the case for gender neutral vaccination in Canada

By: Sabrina Bartolucci, Lilia Brahimi, Allison Hecht, Jasmine Li-Brubacher, Natasha Leblanc, Geneviève Mailhot, Janna Shapiro, and Chelsey Weir Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually-transmitted infection among Canadians (1). The causal link between specific serotypes of HPV and cervical cancer is well-established (2). HPV infections lead to more than 500,000 cases of cervical cancer worldwide […]

The Role of El Niño – Southern Oscillation in Shaping Cholera Disease Dynamics: The Case of Bangladesh

The Role of El Niño – Southern Oscillation in Shaping Cholera Disease Dynamics: The Case of Bangladesh Amanda Allnutt Cholera remains a major public health problem in many developing nations. Areas with large cholera epidemics include Bangladesh, India and countries in Africa and South Africa (Kovats et al., 2003). Figure 1 shows areas that reported […]

Bringing Birth Home: An Analysis of Inuit Birthing Practices and Policies

Bringing Birth Home: An Analysis of Inuit Birthing Practices and Policies Talia Bronstein Inuit birthing practices changed dramatically following first contact with European colonialists in the 16th century. Since then, the Canadian government has played a large role in determining what birthing practices are or are not appropriate and available to Inuit communities. In turn, […]

The Decline of Penicillin: The Modern Day Crisis of Antiobiotic Resistance

The Decline of Penicillin: The Modern Day Crisis of Antiobiotic Resistance Julien Gagnon Abstract: As antibiotics began treating a widening range of formerly fatal infectious diseases in the 1960’s, the medical community grew progressively more complacent. Reassured by clinical progress, prominent scientists were convinced that modern medicine had triumphed over its bacterial ad- versaries. In […]

In Cancer’s Genes

In Cancer’s Genes Pauline Helle Abstract: Interview with Professor Børresen-Dale: Professor Børresen-Dale  is a pioneer in gene-based cancer treatment. By decoding the genetic material of a patient’ s tumor, researchers can determine the tumor’s “Achilles’ heel,” its weak point, and thus the optimal treatment. This approach is known as “ personalized treatment” and may eventually […]

A Sobering Reality: Understanding Russia’s Alcohol Morbidity and Mortality from an Epidemiological and Political Approach

A Sobering Reality: Understanding Russia’s Alcohol Morbidity and Mortality from an Epidemiological and Political Approach Peter Shyba Abstract: If Vodka cost a dollar fifty a dollar fifty for half a litre, how much of it would you drink? In Russia, where the price of Vodka averages between $1.50 and $3.00, the answer is simple: a […]

A Crash Course on the Taiwanese Health Care System

A Crash Course on the Taiwanese Health Care System Jason Tan de Bibiana Abstract: The Taiwanese health care system has famously been described as a car manufactured domestically from parts imported from abroad [3]. For many years, Taiwan studied the health care systems of other countries and consulted with health policy experts from around the […]

Homelessness and Tuberculosis Transmission in Urban America

Homelessness and Tuberculosis Transmission in Urban America Katie O’Sullivan Abstract: Among industrialized countries, the U.S has arguably struggled most with alleviating homelessness, ever since the issue breached the federal policy agenda in the 1970s. Homelessness is associated with a diverse range of risk factors that increase an individuals vulnerability to infectious disease: poor living conditions, compromised […]

Inequalities in Pre-Natal Healthcare

Inequalities in Pre-Natal Healthcare Claire Peterson, Spring 2011 Abstract: Over 3.5 million infants die each year, almost exclusively in the developing world[2]. Many initiatives to increase children’s health have been funded, especially in the wake of Millennium Development Goal #4, which calls for the mortality of children under 5 between 1990 and 2015 to be […]