Daily Media Digest December 18, 2019

U of S team sheds light on new Alzheimer’s drugs

Ottawa Sun
“A University of Saskatchewan research team has shed light on the functioning of potential new Alzheimer’s disease drugs that target copper plaques […]”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, innovative treatments

Substance abuse, depression ‘significantly higher’ in pregnant teens: study

CTV News
“The study conducted out of Lawson Health Research along with Brescia University College in London, Ont. found that teenagers who are pregnant […]”
TAGS: substance abuse, mental health, pregnancy

Pioneering iron research has application in heart health and diabetes
York University
“A biology Professor and York Research Chair undertook a compelling study on iron overload and insulin that could inform future approaches to heart health and diabetes […] ultimately, improving patients’ health outcomes. York U is leading in this area of research.”
TAGS: cardiac health, diabetes, iron

Home Advantage
UHN Research
“A group of researchers at UHN have found compelling evidence that shifting more people to home dialysis could provide significant savings for the healthcare system and better survival rates for patients.”
TAGS: kidney disease, dialysis, at-home care

This type of neuron may revive brain plasticity
“Manipulating a specific type of neuron in the auditory cortex of rats can restore their brain plasticity, researchers report.”
TAGS: brain plasticity, neuron, innovative research

Halifax clinical team works to improve recipe for feeding sick babies
The Chronicle Herald
“Over one-third of NICU babies are there because they arrived in the world too soon. The NICU has treated premature babies born as early as 23 weeks, weighing just over a pound.”
TAGS: pediatric health, newborn health, nutrition

A smoother recovery after heart surgery
Hamilton Health Sciences
“Hamilton Health Sciences’ cardiac program is leading the way with new developments in Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), also known as TAVI (Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Insertion). […] This latest advancement focuses not on what happens during the surgery, but after it.”
TAGS: heart surgery, cardiac health, innovative treatments

Unravelling the mystery of how one gene contributes to Parkinson’s, Crohn’s and leprosy
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“Increased inflammation may explain the link between Parkinson’s, Crohn’s and leprosy, according to new research from five Canadian institutions.”
TAGS: genetic analysis, comorbid diseases, inflammation

Revolutionary Indigenous dementia tool developed by Manitoulin research team

Manitoulin Expositor
“It is a forum through which to examine healthy aging with Indigenous peoples and raise awareness about cognitive health in Indigenous communities.”
TAGS: dementia, community health, culturally appropriate tool