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Leaving no child hungry in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Centre for Global Engineering unites grad students from across disciplines in fight against malnutrition

Whether it refers to the environment, a start-up business or somebody’s wallet, the term sustainability has become a buzzword of the 21st century.

But in areas such as Dhaka, Bangladesh – where a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line and half of children are malnourished – if parents cannot feed their families, economic sustainability is far from reality.

Posted Monday, March 31, 2014

Books, bones and broccoli

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Public health students lead nutrition and aging workshop at local library

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Nicole Bodnar

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photo of Punjabi workshop participants with Dalla Lana students

The Toronto Public Library may seem like an unconventional venue to receive dietary advice, but students at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health have turned the priority neighbourhood resource spot into a one-stop-shop for healthy eating advice.

Posted Monday, March 31, 2014

Students who smoke only marijuana outperform those who also smoke tobacco

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Trend "has flipped" says researcher

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Nicole Bodnar

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photo of a marijuana plant

It used to be that the kids out in the bushes smoking marijuana were the trouble makers, but new research shows that this group academically outperforms their peers who smoke both marijuana and tobacco.

In one of the largest, long-term studies of substance co-use among teens, Dalla Lana School of Public Health researchers examined trends of tobacco and marijuana use from 1981 to 2011 and found that marijuana smokers receive higher grades than those who smoke both substances.

Posted Monday, March 24, 2014

Helping kids in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods

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Public health initiative from U of T students, alumnae

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Nicole Bodnar

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photo of kids in school sitting around at a table

If you walked by East York’s Thorncliffe Park Public School today, you’d find a quiet middle school as students and teachers enjoy March break.

Akanksha Ganguly, a first-year master's student in U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, welcomes the pause as it allows her team planning time to develop after-school programming for her “SEEDlings.”

Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Annual screening does not reduce breast cancer deaths: U of T study

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Nicole Bodnar

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photo of woman receiving mammogram with help of technician

Annual mammograms of women between 40 and 59 do not reduce breast cancer death rates compared to regular physical examination or usual care, concludes a 25-year study from the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health

The study, published on February 11 in the British Medical Journal, found that annual mammograms often pick up a lot of small, harmless cancers that will never cause symptoms or death in a patient's lifetime.

Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fewer school-aged kids are smoking, report finds

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Only six per cent of high school seniors smoking now

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Nicole Bodnar

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silhouette of a smoker

Fewer school-aged children are smoking, but the overall prevalence of cigarette smoking in the general population hasn’t changed in five years, researchers say.

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Food shortages in Zimbabwe sparked increase in tuberculosis, study finds

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Jelena Damjanovic

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photo of Assistant Professor Michael Silverman surrounded by kids in Zimbabwe

An international study led by the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health links the rise of tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-2009 to widespread food shortage.

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Innovations for developing countries: Grand Challenges Canada

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Paul Fraumeni

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photo of Timothy Chan against a concrete wall

Eight University of Toronto researchers just got a big boost for their work in the developing world, thanks to grants from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC).

Their research includes such projects as implementing a low-cost test for diagnosing malaria in Tanzania and reducing ambulance response times in Bangladesh.

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