Daily Media Digest August 11, 2023

New MedicAlert Partnership Will Help Identify People with Dementia in a Natural Disaster
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
“MedicAlert is teaming up with CounterCrisis Tech to get better information about subscribers with dementia to first responders in crisis situations …”
TAG: dementia, emergency care, Alzheimer Society, MedicAlert Foundation Canada

A call to improve mental health support to reduce the risks of self-harm and suicide in autistic individuals
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
“Autistic females (assigned sex at birth) have an 83 per cent increased risk of self-harm leading to emergency healthcare relative to non-autistic people, according to a new study from ICES and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).”
TAG: mental health, autism, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), ICES

Future pandemics demand a response that’s better focused on inequities
Policy Options
“One way to prevent health and social inequities in pandemic preparedness is to incorporate intersectionality into planning.”
TAG: pandemic preparedness, COVID-19, Simon Fraser University, Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society (PIPPS)

SickKids projects awarded over $15 million in funding to drive breakthroughs in diabetes research
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
“Through precision medicine and at-risk screening approaches, SickKids research projects aim to advance early intervention and equitable care for children and youth with diabetes.”
TAG: pediatric health, diabetes, funding, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

We have a loneliness crisis — it’s time to act
Toronto Star
“As a scientist studying older women’s health needs, I am struck by how many of them feel isolated, even when surrounded by neighbours their age …”
TAG: aging, isolation, mental health, Women’s College Hospital

Cecelia Moore: Being part of research that could help others
Nova Scotia Health
“After receiving surgery and treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Moore was given the opportunity to be part of a clinical trial for breast cancer.”
TAG: patient experience, clinical trial, cancer, Nova Scotia Health