The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that, thanks to global warming, insects previously stopped by cold winters are already moving to higher latitudes, a phenomenon that could expose an extra two billion people, mostly in developing countries, to the dengue virus over the next half century.
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of Agriculture

EARTHTALK: Global warming and our health

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that global warming could cause an increase in health problems and disease epidemics? Do we have any evidence that it is already happening?  — Jim Merrill, Provo, UT Global warming isn’t just bad for the environment. There are several ways that it is expected to take a toll on human 

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Causes and treatment options for muscle cramps

By Dr. George Traitses A muscle cramp can bring a jogger to his knees or elicit the fear of drowning in a swimmer; however, athletes are not the only individuals to experience a muscle cramp or spasm. According to one estimate, approximately 95 percent of people will at some time in life experience the sudden, 

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Headaches and Chiropractic

By Dr. George I. Traitses Nine out of ten Canadians suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and 

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Battle asthma with “cleaner” sleep 

By Dr. George I. Traitses Pillows can be a sanctuary for dust mites, and dust mites can aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems. Dr. George Traitses recommends washing pillows regularly and replacing them annually. Sheets should also be washed in hot water regularly, and pillows fluffed with the dryer set to “hot.” To experience results, 

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Helpful tips for a more enjoyable trip

By Dr. George I. Traitses Sitting cramped in a small space for a long plane ride is the perfect recipe for low back pain. Here are some helpful tips for a more enjoyable trip. Before you leave: Eat a light, non-fatty meal just before you leave for the airport, and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. 

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S.A.M.E. empowers thousands of activists for Migrant Worker Awareness month

TORONTO–March is Migrant Worker Awareness Month. Students Against Migrant Exploitation (S.A.M.E.) and UFCW Canada have taken the message on the road — engaging, educating and empowering thousands of students since the tour began in March. By the end of the tour’s first week, S.A.M.E. had already hosted dynamic workshops at university campuses across Ontario, reaching 

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Doctors Dentists Nurses and volunteers in Cuartero, Capiz

Gift of Hope

By Lyra Torres Earlier this year, a 10 person medical mission team from non-profit organization Gateway International Fellowship of Toronto (GIFT) travelled to the Philippines to deliver medical and dental aid to the victims devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The team went to Bingawan and Banate Iloilo, Tapaz and Cuartero, Capiz. The mission was from 

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Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia

How do you solve a problem like Cudia

By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia’s petition before the Supreme Court and his intention to appeal to the Office of the President that he be included in the March 16 commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) have been rendered moot and academic when the said graduation rites were 

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Children survivors of Yolanda: Mardi, Lexa and Maeve send a thank you card to their cousins in Toronto for helping out.

Yolanda aftermath in Tanauan, Leyte

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: At the grassroots, a deep sense of neglect by government persists TORONTO–Four months after superstorm typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit hard Tanauan, Leyte, the remaining scenes of devastation and the heartbreaking living conditions of the survivors attest to the still long road to recovery and normalcy for this once vibrant town of 50,000 people. The 

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Emma Ripalda at the graveyard by the roadside where 9 members of her family are buried.

Visiting the heartland of Haiyan (Yolanda)

I just arrived in Manila from a two-day visit of Tanauan, Leyte (from Friday Feb. 28 to today Sunday, March 2). Tanauan is one of the most devastated towns of Leyte after super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit Eastern Visayas in the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013. The visit was mainly for my wife and her 

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