Daily Media Digest April 20, 2018

Sudbury.com (press release)
“The program will provide an exchange among cross-border experts in Indigenous health profession programs and ideas on mentorship programs for undergraduate and postgraduate learners including students, residents and faculty, as well as compare models for health research with Indigenous …”
TAGS: The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Indigenous health, first nations


“Icon has reached a preliminary agreement with Intel to use the Intel Pharma Analytics Platform in clinical trials. Launched in 2013, the Intel platform can continuously monitor and collect clinical data from study participants using sensors, wearables and other mobile technologies. A dedicated phone …”
TAGS: artificial intelligence, clinical trials, monitoring program


Vancouver Sun
“BC Laboratories and BC Cancer have identified an issue with the test used to screen for colon cancer. … The Provincial Health Services Authority says, despite the recent spike, testing will continue and a higher percentage of patients than normal will be referred for a follow-up colonoscopy.”
TAGS: BC health authorities, cancer, colon cancer


“McGee was the winner of the University of Toronto round of the Three Minute Thesis Competition, collecting a $1,000 prize and moving onto provincials at York University on April 19. The competition challenges Canadian doctoral students to present their research in a compelling way to a panel of …”
TAGS: breast milk, 3 minutes thesis, U of T, obesity


Vancouver Sun
“Last year, it began a partnership with a Vancouver Coastal Health researcher who surveyed women and health care providers to find out why B.C. has a high C-section rate. Sarah Munro, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of B.C., found that although medical evidence shows that the vast …”
TAGS: caesarean-section, rates, BC


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“OTTAWA, April 19, 2018 /CNW/ – The following statement can be attributed to Pamela Fralick, President, Innovative Medicines Canada. “Innovative Medicines Canada agrees with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health on the premise that all Canadians should have equitable and … “
TAGS: National Pharmacare, medicines, Pamela Fralick, Innovatiive Medicines Canada


The London Free Press
“It’s a meal Dr. David Hill, a research scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute who has been researching diabetes for 35 years, has seldom missed. That’s because the money from that meal keeps the research churning, pushing ever closer towards a world where the deadly disease is defeated.”
TAGS: Dr. David Hill, diabetes research, Lawson Health Research


“A new study from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education has found that starting aerobic exercise sooner rather than later … professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, and Paul Comper from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network.”
TAGS: aerobic exercise, concussion, recovery time


EurekAlert (press release)
“… Hospital Universitari Mútua de Terrassa, Spain; Maria J. Arranz, Fundacio Docencia I. Recerca Mutua Terrassa, Spain; and Stephen W. Scherer, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. Funding for this research came, in part, from the National Institutes of Health (grants MH076431, … “
TAGS: non-coding DNA, autism, genetics


Policy Options
“Policy discussions of research and development (R&D) and of innovation in Canada often take on a best-of-times, worst-of-times flavour. This makes the issues seem bewildering, all too often leading to hands being thrown in the air and cries of “paradox.” But the facts are not so mysterious when we …”
TAGS: Canada, globally, R&D


““These findings open up a new avenue of work to identify ways to prevent the abnormal gelling of FUS in motor neuron disease and dementia,” said St George-Hyslop, who is also a professor at the Institute for Medical Research at the University of Cambridge. The scientists used human cells that …”
TAGS: neuron death in ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia, University of Cambridge


“… long-term health consequences associated with abrupt ovarian hormonal withdrawal,” Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD, associate professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto and scientist at Women’s College Research Institute of Women’s College Hospital, and colleagues wrote.”
TAGS: Estrogen, breast cancer, oophorectomy


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Accu-Chek® Guide; Simply Smart. MONTREAL, April 19, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – In 2016, an estimated 11 million Canadians were living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, while Roche Diabetes Care worked tirelessly to provide an innovative solution that would meet their needs. For diabetics, it is very …”
TAGS: Roche Diabetes, Accu-chek guide system, smartpack vial