Daily Media Digest August 5, 2020

$800,000 dedicated to frailty and COVID-19 research
Canadian Frailty Network
“As we have seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults living with frailty have been disproportionately affected with devastating impacts. Though there is ongoing research that addresses COVID-19 in older Canadians, this funding will fill the gap in COVID-19 research which is yet to address frailty specifically.”
TAGS: COVID-19, frailty, research funding, Canadian Frailty Network

Giving patients and caregivers a voice in setting research priorities
“Generally, research projects are determined by those doing the research, but what about the people the research impacts? One group is turning this idea on its head by bringing together those impacted by myeloma to make sure everyone has a chance for their voice to be heard – and their questions answered.”
TAGS: patients, research, Myeloma Canada

U of T researchers find diabetes medication may slow memory decline in Alzheimer’s patients
University of Toronto News
“A new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the Sunnybrook Research Institute has shown that a common diabetes medication may have the potential to slow memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto

Canada, we need to talk about COVID-19, pandemics, technology and the way forward
“The COVID-19 pandemic has rightly sparked a serious and long-overdue national conversation about long-term care. All of us should be deeply troubled by the suffering wrought by COVID-19 in our long-term care homes – death and serious illness among residents and caregivers, painful isolation from loved ones, debilitating stress and fear among workers with insufficient resources. ”
TAGS: COVID-19, technology, long-term care, AGE-WELL, Bruyère Research Institute, Carleton University

Managing obesity is not about weight loss alone, says McMaster researcher
Global News
“The co-author of new clinical guidelines for treating obesity believes there’s a need for a re-think in helping people perceived to have a problem with weight gain since health science has evolved over the past few decades.”
TAGS: obesity, treatment, McMaster University