Daily Media Digest April 29, 2020

Ottawa researchers attempting to repurpose cancer-fighting viruses for COVID-19 vaccine

“… Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. “One of the key things we’ve learned is that the best cancer-killing viruses also stimulate the body’s own immune …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, innovative treatment

Could an Existing HIV Drug Slow the Spread of COVID-19?
Technology Networks
“A team of scientists from Sinai Health, St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is launching a clinical trial to understand …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, innovative treatments

Laurier researchers studying mental health impacts of COVID-19 outbreak on Canadian workers
“As Canadians implement social distancing measures to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University are studying the effects of social isolation on Canadian workers in real time.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, mental health

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What you need to know
“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for organizations across the country, including March of Dimes Canada.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

UM study one of first to explore link between antidepressants during pregnancy and child …
UM Today (press release)
Dr. Deepa Singal, an adjunct researcher at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences …
TAGS: mental health, women’s health, developmental health

Making a difference: UBC students design low-cost ventilator for COVID-19
“UBC engineering students have developed a simple, low-cost COVID-19 ventilator that may very well save lives. Their design—built around a modified BiPAP machine—is among the final 10 in the Code Life Ventilator Challenge, an international competition that has attracted more than 1,000 teams from 94 participating countries.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, ventilator

N.B. scientist part of national COVID-19 task force looking into shortage of PPE
“Betti’s work on the COVID-19 task force includes crunching numbers to determine things like how much PPE Canada needs – province by province.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, personal protective equipment