Daily Media Digest December 13, 2017

“But manufacturing stem cells is a laborious process, says Aaron Dulgar-Tulloch, a director at GE Healthcare, who’s currently working at the CCRM-GE lab. A skilled technician must carefully put the cells in a small bowl and feed them, transfer them to a special environment with ideal temperature and …”
TAGS: stem cell factory, AI


Vancouver Sun
“Provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix, who also spoke at the launch, said there was no new funding allocated for the five-year strategy, but that the funding exists for the programs already. He said … The research found “significantly” higher colorectal and cervical cancers in B.C.’s Indigenous population.”
TAGS: cancer care, Indigenous peoples


“”I don’t think it’s surprising but I think it’s very important,” saud Dr. Michael Levin, the MS research chair at the University of Saskatchewan. He says the study found “there was really no difference between people with MS who got the procedure and people with MS who got a sham procedure where they …”
TAGS: MS, multiple sclerosis, liberation therapy, ineffective


Harvard Medical School
“Samuel Lessard of the Montreal Heart Institute and Université de Montréal was the study’s first author. Co-authors were Laurent Francioli, Jessica Alfoldi, Patrick T. Ellinor and Daniel G. MacArthur of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Jean-Claude Tardif and…”
TAGS: Gene-editing systems, customized to patients


MIMS General News (Hong Kong) (blog)
“… promote timely access to care and provide opportunities to educate surgical trainees. Nonetheless, overlapping surgeries – in this instance, hip surgeries – was found to be associated with a 90% increased risk, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre …”
TAGS: overlapping surgeries, risky


“But after consulting with the Canadian Medical Protective Association, a group that provides legal advice to doctors, Dr. Cramer was advised by a lawyer that Vickers’ illness didn’t fit the new law’s eligibility criteria. That is, that a death has to be reasonably foreseeable in order for the patient to quality for …”
TAGS: Parkinson’s disease, assisted death


“The Canadian Diabetes Association recently ignited the opposition’s fury over the Canada Revenue Agency’s administrative move to restrict the disability tax credit for three million adult Canadians with diabetes. Other health stakeholders — such as Autism Canada, representing the one in 68 Canadian … “
TAGS: Liberals, diabetes, Tax credit for diabetics


““The action plan is essential to the future of research in Canada,” said Dr. Paula Rochon, a professor in U of T’s department of medicine and vice-president of research at Women’s College Hospital. “Ensuring equity in science is not simply a laudable goal, it is the way things should be,” she said. “
TAGS: greater equality, Paula Rochon, diversity in Research


“A program aimed at helping patients at the IWK create their own television content has topped 100,000 views on YouTube. Child Life Television is written, produced and performed by children at the health centre, and have been a staple of the hospital’s inpatient TV network since 2011.”
TAGS: patients, youtube videos, Child Life Television


Newswise (press release)
““Patients with cystic fibrosis present genetic defects that cause the abnormal production of a protein called CFTR in cells and an excess of mucus in organs,” said … The work was funded mainly by Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the organization Vaincre la … “
TAGS: Cystic fibrosis, key molecule for improving treatments


Medical Xpress
“… François Maltais, M.D., from the Université Laval in Québec City, and colleagues reported their clinical experience with DNA sequencing in the investigation of AATD. DNA sequencing of the coding regions of SERPINA1 was performed by Sanger sequencing and applied in 65 consecutive individuals.”
TAGS: DNA sequencing, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency


Digital Journal
“The first collaborative program will focus on anti-Kv1.3 antibodies, targeting Type 1 Diabetes. TetraGenetics has discovered several functional antibodies to this well-validated target and is using funds provided by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to characterize them. The lead … “
TAGS: TetraGenetics Partners with LifeArc, biopharmaceutical, juvenile diabetes research


“What is truly unforgivable is a government taking credit for health care service and innovation that is significantly funded by private citizens. When Kathleen Wynne hosted Bernie Sanders in Toronto recently, it was reported that he was particularly impressed by Sinai Health System’s neonatal intensive …”
TAGS: public health care system, private money


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2017 /CNW/ – World West Technologies Inc., an innovative Canadian developer of enterprise integration middleware, announced today that it has been awarded a Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) contract to deploy its latest software, Mobius, to BC Clinical and … “
TAGS: health care integration, technology, BC


CTV News
“We have to stand our ground … the right to have health care covered … we will continue to push so that applies.” Cannabis is not currently eligible for coverage through the First Nations Inuit health branch, Health Canada confirmed Tuesday, noting medications must meet appropriate criteria, including a …”
TAGS: Indigenous health, legalized marijuana


“David Wells has been walking over a mat with built-in sensors in the performance lab at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. The sensors assemble a picture of where he puts the most pressure, using 1,600 data points per second. The 78-year-old is part of a study being conducted by masters …”
TAGS: senior care, falls


Toronto Star
“Dr. Gurpreet Jaswal is completing her fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, where she is also pursuing a Masters of Health Science in Translational Research in Health Science. Doctors’ Notes is a weekly column by members of the U of ..”
TAGS: stroke symptoms, act fast


Government of Ontario News
“Ontario has passed legislation to enhance transparency, accountability and the quality of care across the health care sector, including greater oversight of long-term care homes and pharmaceutical companies. The Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 will ensure that the …”
TAGS: govt legislation, transparency, healthcare


CTV News
“TORONTO — The health-care sector helped boost Canada’s main stock index on Tuesday despite a slide in energy prices, as the loonie lost ground. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.52 points to 16,114.03, with shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) up $1.73, or 6.54 …”
TAGS: healthcare, strong TSX


Canada NewsWire (press release)-18 hours ago
“12, 2017 /CNW/ – Eli Lilly Canada Inc. (Lilly) is pleased to announce the Health Canada approval and availability of ENTUZITY™ KwikPen® (insulin human biosynthetic … Eli Lilly Canada was established in 1938, the result of a research collaboration with scientists at the University of Toronto which eventually produced the …”
TAGS: Insulin Approved, Eli Lily Canada