Daily Media Digest August 20, 2021

Researchers developing COVID-19 vaccine education initiatives with PSWs
“The interprofessional project team – including (clockwise from top left) Dr. Claudia Barned, Dr. Nikki Woods, Dr. Maya Goldenberg and Dr. Stella Ng – will work in partnership with personal support workers, other healthcare workers and leaders from partner home and community agencies, as well as the Michener School of Continuing Education, to development education and engagement activities.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, vaccine education, public health, University Health Network

CAMH Nurse and Physician leaders reflect on partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic
“The collaboration between nurse and physician leaders helped CAMH weather the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new article by Dr. Gillian Strudwick, CAMH Scientist and former Interim Chief Nursing Executive, and Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos, CAMH Physician-in-Chief. Published in Longwoods’ Healthcare Quarterly, the two spoke of the challenges experienced while working in mental health and addictions care, and provided insights from their involvement working together as nurse and physician leaders.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, collaboration, mental health, addictions, CAMH

Researchers work towards the development of targeted therapies for ovarian cancer
“Researchers have made great strides in developing targeted therapies for many cancers, but the treatment options for ovarian cancer remain limited. Motivated by a desire to help these patients, Dr. Johanne Weberpals and her colleagues conducted a detailed study of the tumor molecular characteristics associated with poor chemotherapy response.”
TAGS: ovarian cancer, cancer research, women’s health, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

I Am Astounded That I Survived: The story behind a misunderstood and often misdiagnosed heart condition that’s affecting Canadian women
““SCAD is a perfect example of where we need to do so much more with respect to research,” says Dr. Paula Harvey, director of cardiovascular research and physician-in-chief of medicine at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.”
TAGS: women’s health, heart, SCAD, Women’s College Hospital

IWK drug discovery may help fight rare disease and solve cell biology mystery
“Researchers at IWK Health have discovered a drug that may help in the fight against rare diseases known as Peroxisomes Biogenesis Disorders (PBD). The study published in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology identified a small molecule that can be used as treatment to slow down the disease or improve the viability of children affected by PBD.”
TAGS: innovative research, cell biology, rare diseases, IWK Health Centre

Virus versus virus: novel approach shows promise against HIV in lab study
“Thanks to the development of effective drugs, HIV has become a chronic, treatable condition for most people. But it still isn’t curable, and that isn’t good enough for Dr. Jonathan Angel and his colleagues.”
TAGS: virus, HIV, chronic health disease, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute