Daily Media Digest April 10, 2018

“Dr. Michael Rudnicki, OC, Scientific Director of the Stem Cell Network will announce the national funding results from SCN’s 2018 funding competition. Eight of the new projects, including one clinical trial, are being led at Ontario institutions, and will receive $1.4M in new research funding to tackle heart disease, septic shock, stroke and other illnesses.”
TAGS: stem cell, Research, funding


Science Daily
“Now, a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) led by scientist Dr. Hugh Clarke has found out who calls the shots when it is mealtime for the growing egg, how that cell-to-cell message is communicated and how the feeding tubes themselves are generated. It turns …”
TAGS: ova growth, fertility, women’s health


Technology Networks
“Owlstone Medical, a diagnostics company developing a breathalyzer for disease, announced it has signed a service agreement with AstraZeneca plc, a global biopharmaceutical company. The collaboration will explore how breath can be used to identify novel biomarkers to help differentiate between …”
TAGS: breathalyzer for disease, precision medicine, identifying disease phenotypes, Chronic respiratory disease


BC Centre for Disease Control
“The BC Centre for Disease Control, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides public health leadership through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation services. The Centre provides diagnostic and treatment services for people with diseases of public health …”
TAGS: norovirus, raw oysters, BC


NOW Magazine
“Paul Cornacchione, director of imaging operations across UHN, Sinai Health Systems and Women’s College Hospital, tells NOW that outside of a populous … For the University of Toronto/Michener Institute of Education joint program in Radiological Technology, part of the Medical Radiation Sciences …”
TAGS: radiologists, programs, Michener Institute for Education


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“”For decades, the world has looked to Canada as a source of health care innovation and a reliable supply of isotopes to diagnose and treat some of the most serious medical conditions, while also supplying critical sterilization isotopes to keep hospitals and medical facilities clean and safe,” said James …”
TAGS: Isotopes, science, healthcare, nuclear sector


CTV News
“Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer’s disease – basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today. The move is aimed at improving research, by using more objective criteria like …”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, brain function


U of T Engineering News
“There, he leads nine groups comprised of more than 100 engineering and medicine researchers to collaborate with health-care experts from the Hospital for Sick Children and the University Health Network to transform the future of heart health for Canadians through a combination of research, …”
TAGS: Craig Simmons, heart valve disease research, mechanically dynamic microtissue models


EurekAlert (press release)
“… Unit at LIH’s Department of Population Health and researchers from LIH’s Competence Centre for Methodology and Statistics, the University of Liège, the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the University of Western Ontario in Canada and the Aarhus University in Denmark.”
TAGS: Frailty, cardiovascular disease, mortality rates


The Guardian
“CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Three Charlottetown area students are competing today against the brightest young scientific minds in Atlantic Canada. Sophie MacDonald, 16, Dylan Cooper, 17, and Helen Shen, 17, will put their talents to the test at the Sanofi Biogenius Canada regional competition at …”
TAGS: Sanofi Biogenius Canada regional competition, Charlottetown, students, Dalhousie University, Science


Ottawa Business Journal
“Viewers with a front row seat to the action included Dr. Duncan Stewart. The senior research scientist is CEO and scientific director of The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and executive vice-president of research at The Ottawa Hospital. He described the dance competition as “amazing, absolutely …”
TAGS: Dancing with the Docs Gala, Ottawa Hospital, fundraiser


“Medicare in Canada is administered by the provinces with cash transfers from the federal government and legislated under the Canada Health Act, legislation mandating that patients are not supposed to pay for care at the point of service. Day’s legal action involves both the province of B.C. and the …”
TAGS: Doctor Brian Day, for-profit clinics, public healthcare


“The province announced $1.8 million in funding April 6 to provide mental health and addiction support through the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre. The funding is targeted to urban Indigenous people living in Sudbury and the surrounding area, as well as four First Nation communities in the region.”
TAGS: addiction services, Indigenous health, Sudbury, Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre


National Post
“Despite these concerning numbers, Minister of Health Ginette Petipas Taylor, Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) president Natan Obed recently announced the ambitious goal of eliminating TB from Canada’s North by 2030. While it is commendable to see …”
TAGS: Nunavut, tuberculosis (TB), Indigenous health


The Globe and Mail-14 hours ago
“Drug manufacturers obviously want to recover their research and regulatory compliance costs, thus ensuring the development of the next generations of drugs. … This is indeed already the case in certain respects, as many new drugs are submitted to Health Canada long after having been submitted to the American and …”
TAGS: innovative drugs, regulatory approach


“Dr. Joshua Rash may have only been at Memorial for a few months, but he is already putting the university on the map. A clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, Dr. Rash is also a member of a dream team of Canadian researchers and partners investigating health-care provider knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices surrounding the prescription of opioids for the management of chronic non-cancer pain.”
TAGS: Opioid Epidemic, opioid prescribing, Dr. Joshua Rash, Clinical inertia