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August 16, 2022
Last summer’s heat dome in the Pacific Northwest, which is estimated to have killed more than 1,000 people, underscored how communities in areas that don’t traditionally get blasted with heat can be at particular risk because they’re not equipped to handle it. Heat’s effects can also be cumulative, becoming worse over long stretches. Read more from reporter Caroline Nyce and her interview with from Dr. Kenny.
August 4, 2022
"The other day it was so hot," she recalls, "I went to a shrine and prayed, 'Please let us survive this summer.'" Like North America, Europe and other parts of Asia, Japan has been dealing with a scorching summer. As temperatures soar around the world, there's more advice than ever on how you can stay cool. Read more from reporter Christine Ro and her interview with from Dr. Kenny.
July 27, 2022
In February, we always say we'll never complain about the heat...until it's July and there's a heatwave. We'll speak to a body heat specialist about what high temperatures do to us, and how we can stay safe. Listen here to hear more from Dr. Glen Kenny.
July 27, 2022
As the weather heats up around the country, we don’t often pause to think of the effects heat can have on our bodies. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat in their homes, which can have a devastating impact on their health and, in extreme cases, even lead to death. Researchers are looking into why this happens, and how we can better protect those most at risk. Read more in the Government of Canada Science of Health Blog article featuring Dr. Glen Kenny.
July 26, 2022
A new health check guide developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and University of Ottawa helps to identify people most at risk during an extreme heat event and provides guidance on how to keep cool. Read more and get a copy of the guide here!
July 26, 2022
Health checks during heat waves can help protect the most susceptible. Listen here for Radio hosts Josh from iHeartCountry speaking with Dr. Glen Kenny about conducting health checks during extreme heat events can be found here.
July 23, 2022
Heat waves are Canada’s deadliest form of extreme weather, a federal disaster database shows. And according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the threat they present will only grow amid rising extreme temperatures, continuing urbanization and increasing numbers of vulnerable people. Yet public warnings have often been impugned for not reaching people soon enough, or worse still, deluging them with contradictory advice. Read more in the Globe and Mail article featuring Dr. Glen Kenny.
July 21, 2022
Residents in dozens of long-term care facilities in Ontario are still living without air conditioning, despite new legislation. Listen in on CBC News: The National where Dr. Glen Kenny discusses long-term care homes without air conditioning in Ontario (05:33).
July 20, 2022
Ottawans again faced sweltering conditions on Wednesday, with temperatures hitting the low 30s, though the humidity made it feel closer to 40 C. Read more about how to deal with the heat in the Ottawa Citizen article featuring Dr. Glen Kenny.
July 21, 2022
Last year, during the almost week-long heat dome event in the Pacific Northwest, 800 people died in British Columbia—619 of them from heat-related causes. Of those, 98 percent of heat-related deaths occurred indoors. Two-thirds of the victims were 70 or older. More than half lived alone. Read more about the danger of heat waves in this Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article by Jessie McKenzie featuring Dr. Glen Kenny.
July 19, 2022
Many of us look forward to hot summer days all year, but extreme heat can be very dangerous. Temperatures are expected to rise across Canada this week, and heat warnings are already in effect for parts of Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Read more about the risk in this Yahoo News article featuring Dr. Glen Kenny.
July 18, 2022
Summer is the peak season for travel to Europe, but given the current extreme weather that is expected to continue, experts are urging travellers to adjusJt their plans to minimize risks. Read more about the risk in this Global News article by Saba Aziz featuring Dr. Glen Kenny.
July 13, 2022
Scientists at Ottawa use a calorimeter to measure how much heat a body can absorb, and emit, mimicking extreme heat events. Hallie dropped by their heat lab. Learn more about HEPRU with Robyn Bresnahan on CBC Live Radio.
June 28, 2022
The Ottawa Branch of Federal Retirees is proud to be working with Dr. Glen P. Kenny, director of the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit at the University of Ottawa, to help advance research on seniors’ health and heat stress. Read more on how the NAFR supports research at HEPRU.
June 27, 2022
Residents of British Columbia won’t soon forget the summer of 2021. What we now call the western heat dome was the deadliest weather event in Canada to date.
Read more on HEPRU PhD Candidate Emily Tetzlaff's research featured on the Government of Canada Science of Health blog.
June 11, 2022
With the world’s only direct air calorimeter, Dr. Glen Kenny’s lab is at the forefront of research globally when it comes to the impacts of rising temperatures on human health, particularly among vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those living with chronic illness. Read more about Dr. Kenny and Dr. Meade's research featured by the Globe and Mail.
February 13, 2022
Cold therapy is touted as good for helping with everything from insomnia to hot flashes and depression to chronic stress, but experts say it’s definitely not for everyone.
Read more on cold therapy in a recent Toronto Star article featuring HEPRU PhD candidate Kelli King.
April 12, 2022
The physical benefits of immersing your body in cold water have been known for centuries, but the greatest advantage might have more to do with your mind. Kelli King, a HEPRU Doctoral Candidate explains more.
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