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Health Issues
First Nations people living off reserve, Métis, and Inuit reported poorer health compared with non-Aboriginal people based on Canadian Community Health Survey data from 2007 to 2010. (Full Story)
In 2009-2011, just over two-thirds of Canadians (68%) had vitamin D blood levels sufficient for healthy bones. Vitamin D is important for bone health and maintenance because it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. (Full Story)
Educational attainment may be an indicator of personal skills that are needed to produce and maintain good health.   (Full Story)
Five-year cancer prevalence rates for most cancers increased from January 1, 1997, to January 1, 2008. Increases were relatively large for liver and thyroid cancer, while rates declined for cancers of the larynx and cervix.  (Full Story)
In 2010, about 27% of working adults, roughly 3.7 million people, described their lives on most days as 'quite a bit' or 'extremely' stressful, meaning that they went through a regular day feeling a high level of stress. Another 6.3 million (46%) said they were 'a bit' stressed. (Full Story)
OTTAWA - According to new statistics released today, the smoking rate in Canada has dropped to 17% in 2010. This is the lowest level ever recorded, according to annual results of the 2010 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS). (Full Story)
During the past two decades, the prevalence of obesity has increased significantly in Canada and the United States. For men, the prevalence of obesity increased by about 10 percentage points in Canada and 12 percentage points in the United States. Among women, the increase was about 8 percentage points in Canada and 10 percentage points in the United States. (Full Story)
New international and proposed Canadian guidelines recommend that to obtain substantial health benefits, adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a week. According to new data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), 15% of Canadian adults attain this level of activity. (Full Story)
Although chronic pain is usually associated with aging, it is relatively common at younger ages. In 2007/2008, about 1 in 10 Canadians aged 12 to 44, or about 1.5 million people, experienced chronic pain. That is, they responded "no" when asked if they were usually free of pain or discomfort. (Full Story)
From 1992-1994 to 2004-2006, the five-year relative survival ratio for a number of cancers increased, usually slightly, but in some cases, appreciably. (Full Story)
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