Daily Media Digest April 13, 2018

“Canada’s Stem Cell Network investing in clinical trials and advanced research on diabetes, brain injury, heart disease & blindness”
TAGS: stem cell research, funding, clinical trials, advanced research


“… according to findings published in Arthritis Research & Therapy. “Most RA patients initiate therapy with methotrexate, which is the cornerstone RA drug,” Sasha Bernatsky, MD, PhD, FRCPC, of the Research Institute of McGill University Health Center, told Healio Rheumatology. “However past research …”
TAGS: antirheumatic drugs, rheumatoid arthritis, Research


McMaster Daily News – McMaster University
“It also focuses on collaboration with both internal and external partners to better integrate Indigenous knowledge and issues into educational and research programs within the Faculty. The initiative is informed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which identified Indigenous health ..”
TAGS: Indigenous health, Milestone, health initiative


“BC Health Emergency Services trains first responders to deal with the everyday stresses and demands of dealing with emergency scenarios using a mannequin. (Provincial Health Services Authority/YouTube). A group representing firefighters in Vancouver applauded the move, saying in a statement …”
TAGS: first responders, mental health


“In a study published in Nature Communications, a team led IRCM Hematopoiesis and Cancer Research Unit director Tarik Möröy reveals how the GFI1 protein sometimes helps leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells evade therapy. This discovery could eventually help orient patients towards more effective treatment by considering the particular characteristics of their disease. In this Q&A, Möröy and his team offer an overview of their findings.”
TAGS: GFI1 protein, Tarik Moroy, leukemia and lymphoma


Canada NewsWire (press release)-22 hours ago
“LONDON, ON, April 12, 2018 /CNW/ – On Thursday, April 12th, six renowned medical pioneers will be recognized as the 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductees at a special ceremony, hosted in partnership with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, including….”
TAGS: medical hall of fame, inductees, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame


“Anticancer medications account for the lion’s share of global drug spending, and the average price per month of these drugs is known to have more than doubled in recent years, Dr. Kelvin Chan of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and colleagues note in the Journal of Oncology Practice. “
TAGS: cancer drug, prices, Anticancer medication


The Conversation CA
“In practice, the agency has turned over the day-to-day regulation of promotion to a combination of industry, as represented by its lobbying arm Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC), and an independent external group with strong industry representation, the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board … “
TAGS: Big Pharma, drug cost


“United Way Ottawa also works with several Project Step partners, including Ottawa Public Health, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, and … counselling in a school setting, Project Step also offers services at Operation Come Home, Youville Centre, and Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre.”
TAGS: Ottawa program, Addiction solutions


The Globe and Mail
“Health Canada is warning people with severe allergies that EpiPens are in short supply across the country after the company that makes the auto-injectors reported shortages of both the regular and junior versions of the emergency medication. Pfizer Canada flagged shortages of EpiPens four times last ..”
TAGS: epipen, shortage, Canada


Regulatory Focus
“The approach for digital health products in Canada echoes the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) moves in the space under its Digital Health Innovation Action plan. FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health intends to have its Pre-Certification program for expediting product reviews … “
TAGS: medical device, digital health technology


Huddle Today
“Carole Goodine of the University of New Brunswick is developing a Polypharmacy App that aims to solve the simultaneous use of multiple drugs – which has become a major issue in the aging population. The App will result in a more efficient and accurate medication safety review, which will save …”
TAGS: Researchers awarded, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, R3 gala


Toronto Star
“Medical students and faculty are calling for changes to the way graduates apply for and “match to” residency positions, amid expectations that a record-high number of Canadian …. The University of British Columbia, as the sole medical school, is responsible for all residency programs in the province.”
TAGS: medical school, residencies,


“Volunteers will be giving information as well as swabbing registrants for OneMatch (Canadian Blood Service’s unrelated bone marrow and stem cell network) and having a blood donor clinic. Did you know that there are 800-1,000 patients at any given time across Canada needing a stem cell transplant … “
TAGS: blood drive, stem cells, stem cell transplant


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“LAVAL, QC, April 12, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Faced with the knowledge that an estimated 1.5 million Canadians living with diabetes2 are not able to achieve their glycemic targets3, a panel of Canadian Experts was brought together by sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. (Sanofi Canada) to address the common …”
TAGS: Sanofi Canada, Type 2 diabetes, insulin, blood glucose