Daily Media Digest August 22, 2023

Omicron infection may leave seniors more susceptible to future COVID infections, say McMaster researchers
Brighter World – McMaster University
“Researchers at McMaster University have found that rather than conferring immunity against future infections, infection during the first Omicron …”
TAGS: aging, long-term care, COVID, McMaster University

Lessons from the transition to virtual care
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
“Researchers share insights on how the move to virtual medical appointments impacted physicians’ sense of self and care delivery …”
TAGS: virtual care, mental health, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, University of British Columbia

Infrared camera sparks innovative surgical solution
Sunnybrook Foundation
“More than 30 Sunnybrook head and neck surgery patients have benefited from a new technology inspired by a drafty house.”
TAGS: cancer, surgery, Sunnybrook, University Health Network

Uncovering racial bias in AI – Computer scientist investigates fairness in healthcare and imaging diagnostics
Ascend Magazine – YorkU
“… examined data from multiple sources in the U.S. and discovered that AI-driven screening tools of chest X-rays had a concerning rate of under-diagnosis among underserved patient populations.”
TAGS: artificial intelligence, diagnosis, health equity, York University

Meet the innovators creating affordable tech for low-resource communities
Western News
“The Frugal Biomedical Innovations Program has launched 15 catalyst grants to support these innovations, which will help in diagnosis of diseases and in therapy, while costing less to operate or maintain.”
TAGS: medtech, diagnoses, Canada Research Chair, Western University

Global genomic collaboration provides diagnoses and informs care for infants with epilepsy
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
“A technique known as rapid genome sequencing has provided a diagnosis for 43 per cent of infants with unexplained epilepsy and informed their care in an international partnership.”
TAGS: pediatric health, epilepsy, diagnoses, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Joint medical-policing pilot program aimed at supporting individuals struggling with substance use disorders extended
Windsor Star
“As a system, we need to modify our hours of operation and look to meeting with these populations where they are, instead of requiring them to attend a fixed address …”
TAGS: mental health and addiction, nursing, Windsor Regional Hospital, University of Windsor