School of Population and Public Health
Even low levels of air pollution contribute to increased health risk
Levels of air pollution well below national and international air quality guidelines are associated with an increased risk of death, according to a new Canada-wide study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia.
Jul 14, 2022
UBC experts on decriminalization of hard drugs in B.C.
The federal and B.C. governments have announced today that possession of small amounts of hard drugs will be decriminalized in B.C. UBC experts are available to comment.
May 31, 2022
Drones get blood to patients faster—and reduce waste
Using drones instead of ambulances for emergency delivery of perishable blood products in Rwanda resulted in blood arriving for transfusions 79 minutes faster on average.
Mar 16, 2022
Reduce ADHD with more parks, less pollution
A study conducted in Metro Vancouver finds that the more green space and less air pollution children have in their neighbourhoods, the less likely they are to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Feb 24, 2022
Spread cheer, not COVID: Tips for staying safe this holiday season
Devon Greyson, assistant professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, answers some common questions about how to stay safe and healthy this holiday season.
Dec 9, 2021
Life expectancy varies by as much as 9.5 years across Metro Vancouver
Life expectancy in Metro Vancouver can vary by as much as 9.5 years depending on the neighbourhood in which you live, a new UBC-led study has found.
Nov 4, 2021
UBC experts on the U.S. reopening its border to Canadian travellers
The U.S. border will reopen to fully vaccinated Canadian travellers on Nov. 8. UBC experts are available to comment.
Oct 15, 2021
New text-message program helps ease transition to parenthood
For new parents, life with an infant is full of highs and lows: the first smile, the first fever, the first step, and the many sleepless nights.
Oct 7, 2021
Heightened food worries linked to worse mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns may have worsened worries over food insecurity among many Canadians and negatively impacted their mental health, according to a nationwide survey conducted during the first wave.
Sep 23, 2021
UBC experts on wildfire smoke and air quality
UBC experts are available to comment on air quality due to smoke from B.C. wildfires.
Jul 9, 2021
New global air pollution and health impact study the most comprehensive ever
An international research team co-led by UBC’s Dr. Michael Brauer has published the most detailed analysis ever conducted on global air pollution sources and their health impacts, covering 204 countries and territories.
Jun 14, 2021
UBC experts on B.C. paid sick leave legislation
UBC experts are available to comment on the new paid sick leave legislation introduced in British Columbia.
May 11, 2021
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