Urine test reveals quality of your diet—and whether it’s the best fit for your body

Urine test reveals quality of your diet—and whether it’s the best fit for your body

FOCUS ON HEALTH Urine test reveals quality of your diet—and whether it’s the best fit for your body Scientists at Imperial College London in collaboration with colleagues at Northwestern University, University of Illinois, and Murdoch University, analyzed levels of 46 different so-called metabolites in the urine of 1,848 people in the U.S. Metabolites are considered […]

Community activist donates face masks

Community activist donates face masks

Community activist Joan Howard is busy at her sewing machines these day, turning out face masks. “It’s my latest project in giving back to the community,” said the Trinidad-born mother of two sons, one of whom she lost to gun  violence. ” My son, Kenpton, was murdered in 2003. He was 24. Since his death […]

Toronto police board member wants better system to respond to mental health crises

Toronto police board member wants better system to respond to mental health crises

Uppala Chandrasekera, a member of the Toronto Police  Services Board, said the community needs better options than calling police to respond to mental health crises. Chandraseka, co-chair of the Board’s mental ealth advisory committee, spoke of the need for community-based options that include social workers, peer workers and mental health and addictions workers. “Our system […]

Geopolitical shifts in the pandemic world order

Geopolitical shifts in the pandemic world order

The following was an address by Winston Dookeran,Under Secretary General, EUCLID University,Professor of Practice,at a virtual symposium  of  the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, in St. Augustine, Trinidad last Sunday: “The pandemic has been a global political stress test,” according to the forthcoming issue of Foreign Affairs. Capable states […]

Physical activity prevents almost four million early deaths worldwide each year

Physical activity prevents almost four million early deaths worldwide each year

FOCUS ON HEALTH Physical activity prevents almost four million early deaths worldwide each year At least 3.9 million early deaths are being averted worldwide every year by people being physically active, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global Health  last week by researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. The team […]

Ontario proposing all health units collect race-based data on COVID-19

Ontario proposing all health units collect race-based data on COVID-19

Every health unit in Ontario could soon be collecting race-based data on the COVID-19 pandemic after the provincial government announced on  Monday it would act on the advice of community leaders and public health experts who want the figures tracked. The  Ontario government said earlier this month it was considering the move, but on Monday […]

Ole time T&T ice cream now on available in Ontario

Ole time T&T ice cream now on available in Ontario

Trinidadian Canadians with long memories will no doubt remember Sweet N’ Nice, a traditional  San Fernando and  southern Trinidad ice cream. The sweet news is that many major supermarket chains in Ontario are stocking this Caribbean- style ice cream – or about to do so.  Some 80 years ago, Charles Neale was a fixture on […]

If Black lives matter, it’s time for true policy action and accountability

If Black lives matter, it’s time for true policy action  and accountability

By Celina Caesar-Chavannes Over the past several days, in the midst of the protests related to the killing of George Floyd and death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto, many people have asked me this question: what does the government do now? What are the solutions to racism in Canada, Celina? As much as it frustrates […]

Countries should maintain social distancing for controlling COVID-19 – PAHO director

Countries should maintain social distancing for controlling  COVID-19 – PAHO director

WASHINGTON — The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa F Etienne, said maintaining social distancing measures, improving surveillance, and strengthening health systems are the three keys to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Dr Etienne said during the past week there were 732,000 new cases globally, and […]

Very low level of sexual activity while social isolating at home – study

Very low level of sexual activity while social isolating at home – study

FOCUS ON HEALTH Very low level of sexual activity while social isolating at home – study New research indicates that only four in 10 adults in the United Kingdom have been sexually active during the COVID-19 lockdown—a finding that could have important physical and mental health implications. The study, published in The Journal of Sexual […]

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