School of Population and Public Health
New national survey finds Canadians’ mental health eroding as pandemic continues
The second wave of the pandemic has intensified feelings of stress and anxiety, causing alarming levels of despair, suicidal thoughts and hopelessness in the Canadian population.
Dec 3, 2020
Teens who participate in extracurriculars, get less screen time, have better mental health
A new study from UBC researchers finds that teens, especially girls, have better mental health when they spend more time taking part in extracurricular activities, like sports and art, and less time in front of screens.
Nov 2, 2020
UBC experts on B.C. Supreme Court ruling against legalizing private health care
B.C. Supreme Court has ruled against legalizing private healthcare today following a landmark trial that lasted three-and-a-half years and involved more than 100 witnesses.
Sep 10, 2020
Wildfire smoke has immediate harmful health effects: UBC study
Exposure to wildfire smoke affects the body’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems almost immediately, according to new research from the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health.
Jun 24, 2020
Q&A: UBC researchers warn of dangers of air pollution during COVID-19 outbreak
With all attention on COVID-19 and concerns about the capacity of our health care system to cope, emphasis has rightly been placed on social distancing, handwashing and increasing hospital capacity.
Mar 30, 2020
Peer mentorship programs vital for supporting women leaving prison
New UBC research underscores the value of peer mentorship programs in supporting incarcerated women navigating the transition from prison back into the community.
Feb 18, 2020
UBC experts on Vancouver’s 2019 Empty Homes Tax data
The City of Vancouver released initial 2019 Empty Homes Tax statistics this morning, which showed that almost 15 per cent fewer properties were declared vacant last year. UBC experts are available to comment.
Feb 7, 2020
Living near major roads linked to increased risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS
Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health.
Jan 23, 2020
Canadians dying at a higher rate in areas with more air pollution
Air pollution – even at levels below national and international air quality guidelines – is associated with an increased risk of deaths in Canada, according to new UBC research.
Nov 25, 2019
Drug discount cards could actually cost patients more
New research published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) reveals that brand-name drug discount cards are leading to higher health care spending in Canada—increased costs that are ultimately passed on to patients.
Nov 12, 2019
Benefits of letting children run free far outweigh the risks
This physical inactivity crisis owes a lot to the decline in children’s independent mobility, which is the subject of a new documentary called Running Free: Children’s Independent Mobility from UBC’s school of kinesiology.
Sep 10, 2019
UBC experts on B.C. PharmaCare announcement
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix will be making an announcement on B.C.’s PharmaCare program this afternoon.
Sep 5, 2019
UBC experts on opioid crisis lawsuits
A court in Oklahoma has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the U.S. state’s opioid crisis and has ordered the company to pay $572 million. UBC experts are available to comment.
Aug 27, 2019
Science says when kids participate in team-based extracurricular activities, they have better mental health
Extracurricular activities that nurture a sense of belonging with peers appear to bolster preteen’s mental health, new research from the University of British Columbia suggests.
Aug 26, 2019
UBC experts on federal government announcement on drug pricing changes
The federal government has announced changes to drug prices in a step towards national Pharmacare.
Aug 9, 2019
Music students do better in school than non-musical peers
High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology.
Jun 24, 2019
UBC experts on World Health Day
World Health Day is on Sunday, April 7. This year’s theme focuses on universal health coverage. UBC experts are available to comment.
Apr 5, 2019
UBC experts on B.C. budget
The B.C. NDP government is unveiling its second provincial budget this afternoon. UBC experts are available for comment.
Feb 19, 2019
UBC experts on B.C. climate plan
The B.C. government is set to unveil a new climate plan today.
Dec 5, 2018
Many Canadians borrowing money to pay for prescription drugs
An estimated 731,000 Canadians have to borrow money in order to pay for drugs prescribed by their physician, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
Nov 20, 2018