Health at a Glance
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Each issue of Health at a Glance consists of a short non-technical article on topics that feature statistics from health-related surveys and administrative data.
Mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces
by Caryn Pearson, Mark Zamorski and Teresa Janz
This article highlights the latest data from the 2013 Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey. Findings will feature prevalence rates of selected mental health and alcohol disorders of Canadian Force members who have been deployed in support of the mission to Afghanistan. Some comparisons will also be made with the civilian population.
Understanding seniors' risk of falling and their perception of risk
by Caryn Pearson, Julie St-Arnaud and Leslie Geran
This article highlights how seniors aged 65 and older perceive their risk of falling. Perceptions of risk are examined in comparison with a senior’s risk of falling. Using data from the 2008-2009 Canadian Community Health Survey – Healthy Aging, this article identifies groups of seniors who correctly perceive, overestimate and underestimate their risk of falling.
Ninety years of change in life expectancy
by Yves Decady and Lawson Greenberg
This article explores the patterns and frequency of death by age and by cause in the population. The main goal is to explain how and why life expectancy has changed over a 90 year period. Although the article is primarily focused on mortality, it concludes with a brief discussion about how living longer may be associated with deteriorating health in later years of life.
Adjusting the scales: Obesity in the Canadian population after correcting for respondent bias
by Tanya Navaneelan and Teresa Janz
This paper presents obesity estimates adjusted for certain biases in self-reported data. Adjusted estimates for adult Canadians by age, sex, and geography, that have not been previously reported, are provided using data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).
Breastfeeding trends in Canada
This article highlights the latest breastfeeding trends from the 2011-2012 Canadian Community Health Survey. It features the characteristics of mothers who breastfed and their reasons for stopping.
Mental and substance use disorders in Canada
Caryn Pearson, Teresa Janz and Jennifer Ali
Select health indicators of First Nations people living off reserve, Métis and Inuit
Linda Gionet and Shirin Roshanafshar
Vitamin D blood levels of Canadians
Teresa Janz and Caryn Pearson
Suicide rates: An overview
Current smoking trends
Cancer in Canada: Focus on Lung, Colorectal, Breast and Prostate
Tanya Navaneelan and Teresa Janz
Injuries in Canada: Insights from the Canadian Community Health Survey
Jean-Michel Billette and Teresa Janz
Disparities in life expectancy at birth
Lawson Greenberg and Claude Normandin