Daily Media Digest April 27, 2018

“OTTAWA, APRIL 26, 2018 — Canada is a world leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning, technologies that have the potential to solve global challenges, like climate change, world economic crises and aging populations. Advanced computer applications will have far-reaching implications on health care, aiding in the development…”
TAGS: artificial intelligence, AI, machine learning


McGill Reporter
“McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) will each receive $7.5 million for the project. This initiative will bring together more than 250 investigators from McGill and its affiliated hospitals and research centres to develop innovative solutions …”
TAGS: infections, immune system, health


620 CKRM.com
“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, which is something University of Saskatchewan researchers are working to change. One of the collaborators, Andrew Freywald with the College of Medicine, explains that …”
TAGS: breast cancer, University of Saskatchewan, scientists


Becker’s Hospital Review
“When cancer centers advertise clinical trials as cancer treatment through nationwide billboard and radio campaigns, they betray ethics and science, potentially giving patients false hope for successful treatment, two ethics professors argue in a STAT op-ed. Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD, associate …”
TAGS: cancer centers, cancer treatment, clinical trials


“(They’re) isolated from family and friends and the support system she would have had in her own community,” Voyageur said. “I want to change this.” Voyageur, who lives in Edmonton, joined 14 female health–care providers in Fort McMurray on Wednesday to discuss best practices and new … “
TAGS: Alberta, Indigenous health, rural and northern communities, midwives


““There are a range of concerns,” said lead author Jessica Bardill of Concordia University in Montreal. Conducting such research without the full co-operation of the people from whose land the DNA was taken furthers a long colonial history, she said. It also suggests Indigenous cultures are like lifeless ..”
TAGS: genetic code, Indigenous communities, ethics


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“MONTREAL, April 26, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute announced today that they have discovered the mechanism for the protective effects of reduced activity of the ADCY9 gene in atherosclerosis resulting from accumulation of fat in the artery walls. Indeed, a reduction of …”
TAGS: precision medicine, cardiovascular benefits, genetic profile


“When it comes to analyzing body tissue for research into diseases like Alzheimer’s, how you slice it can make all the difference. “As you can imagine, brain tissues, tumour tissues, cardiac tissues, they’re very delicate,” said Dalhousie University researcher Dr. Sultan Darvesh in a recent interview.”
TAGS: brain tissue, Research, disease, Alzheimer’s


“A year ago, as chair of the nine-member Canada’s Fundamental Science Review panel, he unveiled a blueprint to strengthen the foundations of Canadian research at the request of federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan. That review – the first of its kind in over 40 years – helped contribute to a historic … “
TAGS: Dr. David Naylor, research funding, #supportthereport, fundamental science review


EurekAlert (press release)
“These results were published in a new Canadian study in The Lancet co-led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University Health Network’s Krembil Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia. The treatment is called repetitive transcranial …”
TAGS: depression, brain stimulation therapy, CAMH


McGill Reporter
“Therein lies the disappointment that Jean-Pierre Després, Professor of Kinesiology at Université Laval and winner of the 2018 Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health, expressed to an audience of almost 200 on the morning of April 10. At this year’s Manulife Prize ceremony, hosted at Maison …”
TAGS: healthy living, fitness fad, McGill University Centre (RI-MUHC)


Prince George Citizen
“Three researchers have examined the barriers to health experienced by B.C. cancer patients who have also experienced mental illness. The researchers presented the findings of their study on Thursday during a noon-time presentation at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. The researchers focused …”
TAGS: mental health, cancer treatment


“The session, the third in a series, was put on by U of T’s Health Innovation Hub (H2i), one of nine entrepreneurship hubs on campus. Among the topics covered over the three workshops: how to correctly classify a medical product for approval in Canada, the United States or the European Union; develop ..”
TAGS: U of T’s Health Innovation Hub (H2i), medical products, startups


GlobeNewswire (press release)
“HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, April 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Washington State family has turned their grief into advocating for change in the way students learn about mental health. In 2010, Deborah and Will Binion lost their teenage son to suicide. Grief stricken by a tragedy they feel could have …”
TAGS: Adolescent, Mental Health, teenmentalhealth.org