Daily Media Digest April 15, 2021

Ottawa woman hoping clinical trial will help others conquer COVID-19
“An Ottawa woman who was severely ill with COVID-19 earlier this year has taken part in a clinical trial led by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital that could help future patients.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, innovative treatment, stem cell, clinical trial, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Uncovering the impact of COVID-19 in Canadian prisons
“Dr. Kronfli had one her first experiences working with prison populations through CTNPT 034, a study comparing standard hepatitis C screening with point-of-care testing in Quebec’s largest provincial prison. Dr. Kronfli is also a professor of medicine at McGill University and serves as a scientist in the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vulnerable population, at-risk group, pandemic, infectious disease, MUHC-RI

“A Historical Moment”: COVID-19 Vaccination at the FCJ Refugee Centre
FCJ Refugee Centre
“On Tuesday, over 50 residents and staff at the FCJ Refugee Centre received their vaccines, in a vaccination day organized by the University Health Network’s Social Medicine Program and the Women’s College Hospital’s Crossroads Clinic for Refugees.”
TAGS: COVID-19, immunization, vaccine, at-risk population, University Health Network, Women’s College Hospital

Study shows how chronic stress may inhibit the body’s cancer-fighting ability
Western News
“New research from Western University has shown how psychological stress hinders the immune system’s defences against cancer. By investigating …”
TAGS: cancer, cancer treatment, chronic stress, mental health, prognosis, Western University

Ottawa gives $2.3 million for new opioid addiction program in Toronto
Toronto Star
“Amid an opioid overdose crisis killing dozens of Torontonians every month, drug users are getting a new option for safe supply prescribed by health …”
TAGS: opioid addiction, mental health, substance use and abuse, safe supply, University of Calgary

UBCO research shows a mother’s fat intake can impact infant infectious disease outcomes
UBC Faculty of Medicine
“The latest research by Drs. Gibson, Ghosh and Zandberg into dietary fat suggest current health guidelines should be reevaluated. Findings show types …”
TAGS: infectious disease, developmental health, maternal health