Daily Media Digest December 10, 2020

Health Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

“Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said 249,000 doses of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine will be on hand by year’s end — shots …”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, innovative research, public health

U of M scientist elated by COVID-19 vaccines, calls them a game-changer
“U of M scientist elated by COVID-19 vaccines, calls them a game-changer … said Brian Mark, a microbiology professor at the University of Manitoba.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccines, innovative research, public health, University of Manitoba

Canadians agree: More federal government health leadership needed in a COVID world
HRI Portal
“A new poll commissioned by HealthCareCAN reveals that while Canadians believe the health system has responded acceptably to the pandemic, the federal government should play a bigger role in healthcare by providing more resources and sustainable funding for healthcare and health infrastructure and ensuring pan-Canadian standards and guidelines are in place.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, public health, HealthCareCAN

Fear, frustration, compassion and shame: What nurses are dealing with during the pandemic
“Nurse Clarice Shen is a nurse in the intensive care unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She’s seen first-hand the physical and …”
TAGS: frontline workers, nurses, pandemic, COVID-19, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Integrated Youth Services: a pan-Canadian movement critical to addressing youth mental health
Hill Times
“Youth everywhere in Canada deserve access to high-quality, integrated mental health services and this should be even more widely recognized. All provinces and territories should be supporting these services.”
TAGS: mental health, youth health, community health, integrated mental health services

Focused ultrasound shown to enhance the delivery of promising therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease
Sunnybrook Research Institute
“A recent preclinical study from scientists at Sunnybrook Research Institute, Canadian Blood Services and the University of Toronto has demonstrated that focused ultrasound improves the delivery of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg), a blood product composed of antibodies from healthy donors, previously shown to have potential in treating a subgroup of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.”
TAGS: ultrasound, Alzheimer’s disease, therapeutic, antibodies, Sunnybrook Research Institute

HHS, McMaster University & PHRI launch national post-operative virtual care study
Hamilton Health Sciences
“A team of researchers and health care providers at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and McMaster University have launched a major study to remotely manage patients after surgery. Their joint research centre, Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), is testing virtual care and remote monitoring technology.”
TAGS: virtual care, surgery outcomes, recovery, post-operative care, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University

The Canadian Service Dog Industry & Marketplace Study
“The Foundation is an impartial national non-profit and registered charity that promotes the advancement of Canada’s Animal-Assisted Services Sector.”
TAGS: animal-assisted services, mental health, animal intervention, CF4AASS

New clinical trial at Sunnybrook for bilateral essential tremor treatment with focused ultrasound
Sunnybrook Research Institute
“Sunnybrook researchers are paving the way for broader applications of the use of focused ultrasound to address essential tremor, a common and debilitating movement disorder that leads to shaking in the body.”
TAGS: tremor treatment, ultrasound, novel treatment, movement disorder, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Carleton Research Funds Show Rapid Growth As Researchers Shine Internationally
Carleton University
“Carleton University’s research income has grown to more than $81 million, an increase of more than 50 per cent over the last two years. After achieving the highest growth in research income among comprehensive universities in Re$earch Infosource’s Top 50 Research Rankings last year, Carleton has again placed in the Top 3 in Canada. Carleton is the only university to rank in the Top 3 for growth in both of the last two years.”
TAGS: innovative research, research income growth, Carleton University

2021 Summer Student Awards Competition Now Open!
Canadian Frailty Network
“Every year, the Canadian Frailty Network invests in the future of frailty care by funding and training undergraduate students through an experiential program in partnership with member institutions and partners across the country. In New Brunswick, the competition is presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), with students from New Brunswick (NB) being funded under the terms of the collaboration.”