Monthly Archives: August 2016

Low light, sleep tight: technology’s making us tired


Are you getting the best quality sleep possible? For me, the answer is a resounding no and light is the offending culprit. With technology becoming increasingly entwined with life, it’s getting harder to avoid. In this blog, Nick Hasche discusses the impact of electronic devices on sleep quality.


Children’s heart surgery data – making it available and accessible


Children’s heart surgery data is without doubt an emotive and difficult subject area. It’s also an area that has had its share of misrepresentation, confusion and sensationalist media attention. Dr Christina Pagel, a researcher in this area, wants this to change. She develops the formula used to monitor hospitals that carry out children’s heart surgery, but realised her role as a scientist goes beyond this formula.


The impact of prescription opioids on all-cause mortality in Canada


Prescription opioids are mainly used as medications for the treatment of mild to severe pain. In the context of pain care, their consumption levels have risen globally since the 1990s, but the expansions seen in North America have been unmatched elsewhere. Recently published in Substance Abuse, Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, Sameer Imtiaz and Dr Jürgen Rehm comment on comparisons between the US and Canada.


China’s unremitting efforts to prevent, control, and eliminate parasitic diseases of poverty


Infectious diseases of poverty (IDoPs), a series of diseases closely related to poverty, are mainly prevalent in the least developed countries and regions of the world. Most IDoPs not only can cause disabling chronic infections, but also can result in huge economic losses and make it more difficult for poor people to improve their quality of life and social status, as work published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty explains.