HSS news and information
Bringing the beats to reproductive health
Recent studies have shown that reproductive and sexual health problems affect youth significantly, yet youth are missing from the debate on these issues. Jillian Gedeon, a master’s student in health sciences, believes the answer lies in “artivism,” combining art and activism, and using music and dance to get important messages across. And so she recorded a rap about the importance of family planning.
Why do so few Canadians know about a free pill that can prevent HIV?
December 1 is World AIDS Day. It marks 30 years since HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was first identified. While we have come a long way from the time when there were no treatment options for HIV, the latest statistics still paint a bleak picture. Professor Patrick O'Byrne (School of Nursing) explains why that is and how the HIV PEP - a treatment used to prevent new infections - can make a difference.
New initiative for inclusive disaster preparedness, response and recovery
Numerous reports and studies have shown that the needs of people with a disability during natural disasters and disasters brought on by humans are often understated and misinterpreted. To address this gap, researchers from the University of Ottawa and community partners gathered under the umbrella of the EnRiCH Project to develop an approach to promoting resilience as a disaster management strategy. The broader application of the strategy will be promoted through a major new initiative, the EnRiCH Collaboration, which brings together over 60 academic, government and community partners in nine countries.
Is Human Sperm Getting Less Healthy? Professor Raywat Deonandan weighs in.
Did you know that scientists have been collecting data on sperm quality for about seven decades? Most of these data have come from men living in urban centres in Western countries. So the cause of any observed decline may be related to the modern, Western lifestyle.
Welcome Week 2012
The Faculty of Health Sciences invites new students to take part in Welcome Week, which runs from September 1 to 8, 2012. It’s the best way to discover the campus, meet your future best friends and get acquainted with University of Ottawa students and staff from across campus! Dozens of activities are planned, including mandatory information sessions.
New book on emergency contraceptives
Dr. Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM, Echo’s Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research and associate professor at the ISHS, has co-edited a new book, Emergency Contraception: The Story of a Global Reproductive Health Technology.