Daily Media Digest April 6, 2018

The Link
“Concordia research chair Muthukumaran Packirisamy holding a plate with encased engineered gold nanoparticles. Photo Daren Zomerman. Multidisciplinary researchers at Concordia University are proving that, actually, you can teach an old medicine new tricks. A team of Concordia students and …”
TAGS: researchers, Ancient Indian treatment, Gold


The Globe and Mail
“That’s one of the findings in a report released on Thursday by a panel struck last fall to examine British Columbia’s significant increase in overdose deaths. … B.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, assumed responsibility for health care in …”
TAGS: overdose victims, prison, opioid crisis, British Columbia


“The IWK Health Centre unveiled a new neonatal intensive care unit Thursday that puts families first in the care of critically ill babies. IWK officials visited hospitals in Europe and Toronto to get ideas for the redeveloped NICU. Designers even built a full-sized mockup in a garage at the IWK so it could be …”
TAGS: neonatal unit, IWK Health Centre


CTV News
“Public Health England recently reported the first case of gonorrhea that was resistant to a combination of antibiotics, azithromycin and ceftriaxone, typically used to … Dr. Andrew Morris, director of the Sinai Health System-University Health Network’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Programin Toronto, said that …”
TAGS: super-gonorrhea, treatments, University Health Network


Science Business
“Researcher Tamar Makin of University College London and her colleagues hope that the new findings will help prosthetics manufacturers …. and the University of Oxford, in collaboration with researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Western Ontario and Radboud University …”
TAGS: brain function, reprogram, prosthetics, Research


The Globe and Mail
“Greg Evans is a professor in the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the University of Toronto. Brian Frank is associate dean (teaching and learning) and DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education at Queen’s University. Another week brings another public call for …”
TAGS: research funding, STEM education, interdisciplinary initiatives


University Affairs
“Sometime later this year, if all goes as planned, Canada will usher in what University of Calgary health policy researcher Fiona Clement calls “the largest cultural change in my lifetime” – cannabis will cease to be an illegal drug, ending decades of prohibition. It is a development that few people would …”
TAGS: cannabis legalization, Reserachers, Canada, biomedical and social aspects of cannabis


HuffPost Canada
“It isn’t unique to PHAC — we see government funding flow into over-researched topics like the multimillion-dollar methadone study by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), or interventions that should be far less of a government priority, like the Health Canada investment in drug-checking … “
TAGS: opioid crisis, PHAC, opioid-related deaths


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“As a result, the sample size of the dal-GenE study will be increased to 6000 patients while maintaining the originally projected recruitment timelines of year-end 2018,” commented Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif, Chair of the dal-GenE Executive Committee. “The prospect of precision medicine for cardiovascular …”
TAGS: DalCor Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif, precision medicine for cardiovascular health, clinical trials


McGill Reporter
“GAIHN emphasizes that global health is about local and worldwide health improvement, reduction of disparities, recognizing the health disparities that exist for marginalized and vulnerable populations, including Indigenous peoples, persons in situations of homelessness and poverty, immigrant and … “
TAGS: nurses, education, Global health, McGill University Centre (RI-MUHC)


Humboldt Journal
“Diabetes Canada is coming to town from May 1-15 to collect donations with their 2018 residential campaign. Last year they raised $7,098.75. Diabetes Canada is also looking for more canvasers before the campaign starts. Contact Diabetes Canada’s Saskatoon office for more details. photo courtesy of …”
TAGS: diabetes, campaign, Diabetes Canada


News@UofT-21 hours ago
“A new treatment for heart failure based on their cardiac regeneration research would have enormous health and economic impacts: 600,000 Canadians are currently …. Medicine by Design is made possible thanks in part to a $114-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the single largest research …”
TAGS: stem cells, heart failure, Interdisciplinary research, Michael Laflamme, Gordon Keller