Daily Media Digest August 23, 2021

McMaster study points to effective treatment for COVID-19 using common antidepressant
Global News
“McMaster University researchers say recent trials in the study of an inexpensive antidepressant are showing signs of some effectiveness as a treatment for COVID-19.”
TAGS: COVID19, pandemic, antidepressant, treatment options, McMaster University

Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered
University of Manitoba
“Now that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has expanded to everyone over the age of 12 in Manitoba, we checked in with Dr. Pierre Plourde, professor of Community Health Sciences and Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Max Rady College of Medicine, on the questions about vaccines we all want to know.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, vaccinations, public health, University of Manitoba

Long COVID rare among children, but experts call for more research
Global News
“Freedman, a pediatric emergency physician at Alberta Children’s Hospital and a clinician-scientist at the University of Calgary, said MIS-C is different from long COVID, which can be harder to define and diagnose.”
TAGS: COVID-19, long COVID, children and youth health, MIS-C, University of Calgary

Manitoba scientist continuing cancer research after losing research partner to the disease
CTV News
“A Manitoba-based research scientist is keeping her best friend’s memory alive through a project the pair started together.”
TAGS: cancer, cancer research, prognosis, treatment outcomes, Canadian Cancer Society, University of Manitoba

Study finds cancer screening tool may help predict risk of developing a new cancer among childhood cancer survivors
“Research led by SickKids and the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre found that a novel cancer predisposition screening tool shows promise for helping doctors better predict which childhood cancer survivors may be at risk of developing future cancers.”
TAGS: cancer, screening tools, prognosis, RI-MUCH, SickKids

High-efficiency masks up to six times better at filtering aerosols than cloth, surgical masks: Canadian study
CTV News
“A recent study from engineering researchers in Ontario has found that high-efficiency masks are up to six times better at filtering aerosols compared to more commonly used cloth and surgical masks.”
TAGS: masks, public health, communicable diseases, University of Waterloo