Injection equipment

Equipment used for injections

New study finds major culprit behind the increase in infectious diseases

A new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University suggests that injection drug users prescribed controlled-release hydromorphone are three times more likely to develop endocarditis, a serious bacterial heart infection, when compared to those prescribed other opioids. The findings build on growing evidence that some controlled-release opioids may lead to higher risk of infectious disease among persons who inject drugs. 

Military members boarding plane

Researchers aim to understand barriers that might prevent military personnel from disclosing details of moral injury

St. Joseph’s: Parkwood Institute - 

A new study from Lawson Health Research Institute will be the first to explore Canadian Veterans’ beliefs about confidentiality in mental health care and whether those beliefs act as a barrier to seeking treatment for a type of trauma known as moral injury.

Café Scientifique event: Drs. Gregor Reid, Michael Silverman and Jeremy Burton. 

Presenters: Drs. Gregor Reid, Michael Silverman and Jeremy Burton. 

Exploring the human microbiome

Off­site - 

The human microbiome is a wonder of nature, with trillions of microbes calling our body home. They live in our gut and many other places throughout our body. They are involved in virtually every aspect of how we function and we are learning that they are essential to staying healthy. An unhealthy microbiome has been linked to many diseases from allergies to cancer and even mental health. 

Most people out there have heard about probiotics and fermented foods, and chances are you’re trying to get more of them in your diet. Drinking kombucha or eating yogurt, anyone?