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Aboriginal people are dispersed across Canada with many living in small rural and remote communities separated by vast geographical distances and differentiated by language, culture, and history.

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to flames and corrosion and was used during the past century as an insulator, is a leading cause of deaths from mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Biomarkers of exposure, which enhance our ability to quantify an individual’s “internal dose” of a contaminant, are revolutionizing the study of toxins in the same way genetic tests are revolutionizing the study of heritability

Cryptococcus gattii (C. gattii) is yeast that can be found in soil, trees and bird droppings in certain temperate regions of British Columbia. When the spores of the yeast are inhaled they can infect the central nervous system, lung and skin in both humans and animals.

Many Canadians live in “food deserts”: neighbourhoods where residents have little or no access to stores and restaurants that provide healthy and affordable foods.

The dramatic effect of heat on human health was clearly demonstrated during recent major heat waves including Chicago in 1995, the North American mid-west in 1999, and across Europe in 2003, which together have resulted in thousands of excess deaths.

Lead, an element found naturally in the earth’s crust, is released into the environment by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, mining and manufacturing.

Does excessive exposure to artificial light at night have a harmful impact on human health? “Light pollution” from powerful street lamps and business and office buildings that are lit throughout the night reduces much of our natural exposure to darkness.

SARS is a droplet-spread viral illness that emerged in Guangdong Province of southern China in November 2002. In less than a year, cases were identified in 26 countries, illustrating the speed at which an emerging infection can spread around the globe via international air routes.