Daily Media Digest August 11, 2020

COVID-19 is testing the ability of Canada’s health research system
The Globe and Mail
“COVID-19 is testing Canadian society on many levels, revealing our strengths and weaknesses as individuals and communities, and those of our public systems. As a clinician-researcher and funder-researcher who study evidence production and use, we’re paying attention to how Canada’s health research system is standing up to the COVID-19 challenge.”
TAGS: COVID-19, health research, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

COVID-19: Back-saving tips to help improve your workspace as you work from home
“Whatever your new workstation is, it may be time to take a good look at where, and how, you’re working to help prevent injury such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which cause pain in muscles, tendons and nerves.”
TAGS: COVID-19, musculoskeletal disorders, work from home, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Anishinaabek Dementia Care website aims to educate and assist
CBC News
“A new website is aiming to share Indigenous teachings about dementia and also help those living with it and their caregivers connect with local resources.”
TAGS: dementia, health technology, Indigenous, Health Sciences North

Can researchers find a way to run 10,000 COVID-19 tests at once? A team in Toronto is trying
The Star
“THE GOAL: To run upwards of 10,000 COVID-19 tests daily – and perhaps significantly more – by repurposing an existing “ultra-high-throughput” next-generation genome sequencing platform.”
TAGS: COVID-19, testing, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

Why the idea of social bubbles might need to be re-evaluated
CBC News
“For many people, the bubbles — also known as social circles — are a conundrum, said Dr. Gerald Evans, a professor and chair of the infectious diseases division of the department of medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.”
TAGS: COVID-19, social distancing, Queen’s University, University of Toronto

New study finds association between cannabis use during pregnancy and autism
CTV News
“Children born to mothers who used cannabis while pregnant are more likely than other children to have autism, according to a new Canadian study believed to be the largest of its kind.”
TAGS: cannabis, pregnancy, autism, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute