School of Population and Public Health
Poor air quality kills 5.5 million worldwide annually
New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world’s fastest growing economies, China and India.
Feb 12, 2016
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of six, according to new UBC research.
Feb 9, 2016
UBC study: Reduce hospital readmissions to lower health care costs
Finding ways to lower readmission rates for patients discharged from hospital could reduce unnecessary health-care spending and improve patient care, according to UBC research.
Jan 28, 2016
Healthy relationships key to child well-being: UBC study
Children’s relationships with peers and adults have a greater impact on their well–being than socio-economic status, according to new UBC research.
Dec 4, 2015
Opioid overdoses linked to higher prescription rates in B.C.
Strong painkillers known as prescription opioids appear to be overprescribed in some regions of B.C., resulting in higher rates of overdose and death, according to a new study from UBC.
Oct 28, 2015
Home births save money, are safe, UBC study finds
Having a baby at home can save thousands of dollars over a hospital birth and is just as safe for low-risk births, according to a new UBC study.
Aug 20, 2015
One stop health care model transforms HIV treatment in South Africa
Providing HIV care at local health clinics in South Africa has led to a massive increase in the number of people there receiving vital HIV treatment, according to UBC research.
Jul 21, 2015
Gender differences play key role in supporting healthy diets for seniors: UBC research
Strategies to support healthier diets among seniors need to take into account differences between elderly men and women, according to UBC research.
Jul 8, 2015
Q&A Tick Talk: What you need to know about Lyme disease
Infectious diseases specialist David Patrick discusses the misinformation about ticks and Lyme disease.
Jun 9, 2015
Risky outdoor play positively impacts children’s health: UBC study
New research shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children’s health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience.
Jun 9, 2015
Exposure to air pollution in the first year of life increases risk for allergies
New research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study shows that exposure to outdoor air pollution during the first year of life increases the risk of developing allergies to food, mould, pets and pests.
May 4, 2015
Universal public drug coverage would save Canada billions
Canada could save $7.3 billion annually with universal public coverage of medically necessary prescription drugs.
Mar 16, 2015
Cancer is not a game of roulette
The journal Science published an article last month that garnered far more attention than usually. In it, the authors made a provocative claim: two-thirds of the variation of cancer risk among different types of tissues can be attributed to random mutations, in other words, “bad luck.”
Feb 5, 2015
Universal prescription drug coverage more cost-effective, improves seniors’ health outcomes: study
Universal prescription drug coverage would ensure better access, equity and efficiency for seniors, says a study by UBC researchers.
Dec 3, 2014
Hospitalization rates double for older male motorcyclists
Motorcycle-related hospitalizations and associated health care costs have increased sharply for older men, according to a new UBC study.
Oct 2, 2014
Walkable neighbourhoods more desirable, produce better health outcomes
People who prefer to walk and who live in neighbourhoods that promote walking report healthier lifestyles and better health outcomes than those who want to walk but who live in more car-friendly neighbourhoods.
Sep 29, 2014
Green neighbourhoods lead to higher birth weights: study
Mothers who live in neighbourhoods with plenty of green space are more likely to deliver babies at full term with higher birth weights, says new research from UBC and Oregon State University.
Sep 4, 2014
UBC experts for comment on forest fires
As forest fires spread across B.C., Canada and parts of the U.S., UBC experts are available to comment.
Jul 15, 2014
Ontario election: UBC expert says major parties ignore younger generation
Ontario voters head to the polls Thursday to elect their next Premier.
Jun 11, 2014
Kids benefit from rough and tumble play with dads
Ahead of Father’s Day, a UBC researcher says dads shouldn’t shy away from a little roughhousing.
Jun 10, 2014