Daily Media Digest August 14, 2020

Neurostimulation may herald a new treatment for depression
The Conversation
“Depression is a growing problem in Canada and elsewhere, and one of the most important public health issues today, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing containment measures have had an impact on the mental health of Canadians and have created conditions that are associated with increased rates of suicide.”
TAGS: mental health, depression, treatment, University Health Network, University of Toronto

Calgary researchers zero in on gut bacteria as potent cancer fighter
Calgary Herald
“Employing intestinal bacteria could boost the effectiveness of some cancer treatment four-fold, say researchers at the University of Calgary. A lead scientist in an ongoing study said Thursday her team has made huge strides in understanding how such microbiomes supercharge the potency of immunotherapy in targeting cancer cells.”
TAGS: cancer, treatment, immunotherapy, University of Calgary

Women’s mental health disproportionately affected by COVID-19 pandemic: study
CTV News
“Women are disproportionally affected by the isolation and limited social contact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. “There’s definitely been a disproportionate effect on women,” said Karen Spencer with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region.”
TAGS: COVID-19, women’s health, mental health, University of Waterloo

Race does not determine health outcomes – racism does. As medical professionals we see this reflected in stark COVID-19 realities
The Star
“Why are people of colour, particularly Black Canadians, suffering from COVID-19 at a disproportionate rate? As doctors in the medical field, we see that racism is the virus’s risk factor.”
TAGS: racism, health outcomes, University of Toronto, University Health Network

BC Cancer researchers uncover why some HPV strains may lead to more aggressive forms of cervical cancer
BC Cancer News
“While HPV immunization and regular screening rates have decreased the incidence of cervical cancer in B.C., global rates, particularly in sub-Saharan African women, are predicted to increase 50 per cent by 2040. It is through collaborative efforts like these that continue to highlight BC Cancer as an international leader in cancer research, supporting cancer efforts that affect people across the globe.”
TAGS: cancer, HPV, women’s health, BC Cancer