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Fatigue is a hazard that needs to be addressed for your safety and those around you.

Combating farm fatigue

Tips on how to sleep better, feel better and work safer

Farmers probably don’t need a seminar to tell them they don’t sleep enough. Caffeine-induced heart palpitations probably do that for them as spring field work grinds on. However, as a June 9 seminar from Keystone Agricultural Producers reminded, that sleep deprivation is more than an annoyance. “Fatigue is a hazard just like your chemicals on the farm,” said

Grant given to study transition from hospital to rural areas

Dr. Heather Campbell-Enns, assistant professor of psychology at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), received a one-year grant worth $100,000 through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Campbell-Enns will use the grant for a research project titled Best Practices: Transitions from Hospital to Community-Based Settings for Rural and Remote Persons with Dementia. One aim of the


The new food guide is a bold move from Health Canada – containing some hits and misses – but the plate concept is clever as few Canadians could tell how big portions should be in the old version.

Opinion: Canada’s Food Guide a new dish, with a dash of condescension

Some parts of the Guide offer trite advice only an idealistic health professional would give

Say goodbye to the four food groups; they are now gone. Almost 12 years after the launch of the previous version, the new food guide celebrates food by displaying a plate filled with greens, fruits, plant proteins and grains. And if you look very carefully, you’ll see a cup of yogurt, alongside a piece of

The Canada Food Guide has not been revised for eight years, leaving many to wonder what 2019's update to the guide will bring.

New Canada Food Guide to debut January 22

Health Canada minister says updated document will better meet the needs of Canadians

The 2019 revision of Canada’s Food Guide will be released January 22, with Canada’s dairy and livestock sectors, which have already had plenty to say about what it may contain, especially anxious to see its recommendations. Worrisome to both industries is the increased emphasis the guide is expected to place on eating protein-rich foods derived

“We believe that this information shows there are factors outside of a person’s control that influence the individual’s health, and these factors likely differ depending on where they live.” – Russell de Souza.

Research tips rural health challenges

Availability of healthy and unhealthy products a factor

Those who live in rural Canada may have a harder time keeping their New Year’s resolutions to eat better and live healthier lifestyles. There are factors beyond individual choices influencing your personal health, and these differ depending on where you live, according to a new study released by McMaster University in Hamilton. The researchers looked


Oluwafemi Oluwole compared rural and urban children’s asthma diagnoses.

Study sheds light on low asthma rates in rural children

Rural children less likely to be diagnosed compared with children in cities

Researchers Oluwafemi Oluwole and Joshua Lawson have shed light on findings from previous studies that indicated rural children are less likely to have asthma. Without investigating diagnostic explanations, those studies suggested that early-life exposure to dust and other environmental allergens may have protected rural children from developing asthma. “This may not be entirely the case,”

Comment: Now comes the tricky part

Cannabis edibles are a looming regulatory headache

Legalizing cannabis recently was the easy part. Just wait until Canada gives its thumbs-up on edibles. For months now, the focus has been on the smokable version of the drug, some oils and gels, and that’s all. As the cannabis-friendly market matures in Canada, we still have no idea how edibles will be marketed, when

Comment: The protein wars are here

The consumer’s view of meat is changing and producers need to be aware of that

Apparently, Canada is going meatless, unless you are a white older male, that is. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, as many Canadians still need a regular meat fix. In fact, many see meat consumption as one of the pleasures in life, as well as a necessary part of a balanced diet. Some even


Technology and campaigns linking the farm community together are enabling more open conversation about mental health in agriculture.

How are you?

Campaigns championing the mental health of farmers are making it a little easier to reply ‘not so good’

Farmer-to-farmer campaigns talk about it and it’s a topic around corporate board tables. It’s a dinner table discussion, too. It’s getting easier to talk about mental health in agriculture, say those providing the farm community with places to do so. For nearly 20 years the confidential farm and stress line — Manitoba Farm, Rural and

A compound in milk appears to protect appetite in chemotherapy patients.

Milk protein could help cancer patients

Researchers say lactoferrin can help maintain appetite giving patients better outcomes

A major problem for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy is weight loss due to loss of appetite. There are many reasons for this, but one important one is that these types of cancer therapy destroy the delicate interplay between the senses of smell and taste that make food appealing. In a new paper published in the