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Social Sciences - Health - 19.09.2023
Identifying nutrition issues among Miawpukek youth
Identifying nutrition issues among Miawpukek youth
Two UdeM nutrition graduates went to the Newfoundland and Labrador community to identify nutrition problems among Indigenous youth. Last April and May, Université de Montréal researchers Ariane Lafortune and Milena Nardocci spent three weeks in Miawpukek , an Indigenous community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Social Sciences - Health - 13.09.2023
New action guide empowers people with dementia
New action guide empowers people with dementia
More than 597,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, and yet big gaps remain in healthcare support. It's estimated that 85 per cent of people living with dementia are not receiving support after their diagnosis. And research shows being engaged in community is one of the biggest factors in slowing the condition's progression.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.08.2023
Why men, wealthy people and maritime residents are more likely to develop skin cancer  
Study compares UV exposure and behaviours among different groups in with the goal of improving public health efforts aimed at reducing melanoma rates A new study led by McGill University examines why people living in Atlantic regions are more at-risk for developing melanoma than other Canadians, providing lessons on skin cancer prevention for the whole country.

Social Sciences - 03.08.2023
It's 2023, and coming out is, well, complicated
It’s 2023, and coming out is, well, complicated
In an era of unprecedented LGBTQ2+ visibility coupled with incredible backlash, coming out as a sexual minority can be a deeply ambivalent experience, according to new research. In a study published in Theory and Society , sociologists Dr. Amin Ghaziani and Andy Holmes conducted in-depth interviews with 52 adult Vancouverites about their experiences coming out over the last five years.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 03.08.2023
Researchers partner on interdisciplinary salmon conservation
Reversing a 40-year decline in Pacific salmon populations requires a collaborative approach that combines traditional Indigenous knowledge with archaeology and genomics. A new project, funded by Genome BC, involves a team of researchers from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Simon Fraser University's Department of Archaeology and the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.

Health - Social Sciences - 19.07.2023
Early prevention program improves child mental health and language
Findings from the Children's Health Policy Centre's (CHPC) scientific evaluation of the program Nurse-Family Partnership have shown that it improved maternal-reported child language and mental health at age two years. Results from the long-term randomized-controlled trial-known as the BC Healthy Connections Project (BCHCP )-were published today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Social Sciences - 16.06.2023
AI could replace humans in social science research
Researchers from Universities of Waterloo, Toronto, Yale, UPenn discuss AI and its application to their work In an article published yesterday in the prestigious journal Science , leading researchers from the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania look at how AI (large language models or LLMs in particular) could change the nature of their work.

Social Sciences - 05.06.2023
Water Back: A defining movement
Foregrounding Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Water research Faculty of Environment and the Water Institute The Land Back movement has called for global solidarity to address the oppression and dispossession of Indigenous Peoples' lands and territories. The alienation of Indigenous Peoples from Water has largely been absent from this call to action.

Social Sciences - Health - 31.05.2023
Research highlights alarming rates of sexual abuse among Indigenous Canadian children
A study led by Simon Fraser University criminology researchers has found that rates of child sexual abuse (CSA) among Indigenous Canadians surveyed were three to five times higher than global estimates, while those with parents or family members who attended residential schools are at significantly greater risk of experiencing CSA.

Social Sciences - Computer Science - 12.05.2023
University of Toronto researchers developing AI system to tackle harmful social media content
Hate speech and misinformation on social media can have a devastating impact, particularly on marginalized communities. But what if we used artificial intelligence to combat such harmful content? That's the goal of a team of University of Toronto researchers who were awarded a  Catalyst Grant  by the Data Sciences Institute  (DSI) to develop an AI system to address the marginalization of communities in data-centric systems - including social media platforms such as Twitter.

Social Sciences - 08.05.2023
Western study uncovers toll of economic abuse on rural women
Western study uncovers toll of economic abuse on rural women
Challenges of gender-based violence in rural settings include loss of income, isolation, absence of financial autonomy Blocked from pursuing their careers and left without any source of income. Isolated from friends, coworkers and community. Low credit scores or resumé gaps that dog them for years after the abuse.

Criminology / Forensics - Social Sciences - 02.05.2023 unveiling of the first data on police stop experiences in Montreal
Participatory mapping project reveals that one in three citizens believe their appearance or identity contributed to their stop by the police The first research report from , a participatory mapping project of police stop experiences, presents preliminary data contributed by citizens of Montreal.

Environment - Social Sciences - 06.04.2023
Second-hand cannabis smoke: Researchers investigate involuntary THC exposure in homes
University of Toronto researchers are investigating exposure to second-hand - and even third-hand - marijuana smoke in homes, including the THC that can collect on floors and surfaces. The researchers, in Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, have  published a new study  that models how THC - the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis - behaves and transforms once it is released in an indoor environment.

Social Sciences - 05.04.2023
Math can help people identify the bonds of friendship
April 5, 2023 Research is the first to test how people predict social connections using only statistical information New research reveals that math can help people identify the bonds of friendship. The work from the University of Waterloo found that people use statistical information to determine bonds between people.

Sport - Social Sciences - 29.03.2023
University of Toronto study explores the experiences of girls who play on mixed sports teams
University of Toronto study explores the experiences of girls who play on mixed sports teams
Young people who compete in sports are often organized into single-sex teams that compete separately. But what happens when youth have the opportunity to compete together? A group of researchers from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) set out to find out whether mixed teams provide girls with more opportunities to advance and compete in sports - and if they help dispel stereotypes and contribute to mutually respectful relationships.

Social Sciences - Politics - 29.03.2023
Does immigration really increase crime?
Study shows that migrants don't cause crime rates to increase but false perceptions endure Many people who oppose immigration say that it increases crime. But does immigration really affect crime? Studying a country whose proportion of migrants has tripled in less than ten years, researchers find immigration significantly impacts people's perceptions of crime but has no effect on actual crime.

Environment - Social Sciences - 24.03.2023
Six Waterloo researchers lend their expertise to the UN IPCC climate report
New report defines our understanding of the climate crisis and shapes our sustainable future Waterloo Climate Institute and Faculty of Environment After a six-year process, the leading world body for the assessment of climate change, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has released their final Synthesis Report that summarizes what we know about climate change and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Environment - Social Sciences - 20.03.2023
Forces that shape biodiversity
Forces that shape biodiversity
"If you pick a spot in, say, a rainforest, and count the number of different species of lizards within 15 metres and you come up with a number," says  Luke Mahler , "What determines that number?" Mahler is an assistant professor in the University of Toronto's department of ecology and evolutionary biology in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Health - Social Sciences - 14.03.2023
Preventing type 2 diabetes in young people is possible without medication
Preventing type 2 diabetes in young people is possible without medication
All it takes is some physical activity every day and less time spent in front of a screen, Canadian researchers find.

Health - Social Sciences - 07.03.2023
Many parents report health risks prior to pregnancy: Study
We know that a person's health during pregnancy impacts their child's developmental trajectories, but what about parental health before conception? A new study led by  Cindy-Lee Dennis , a senior scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Healthand a professor in the University of Toronto's Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, found that a significant number of Canadian women have poor preconception health or interconception health, which refers to the period between two pregnancies.
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