Daily Media Digest December 19, 2017

The Globe and Mail
“Scientists are making a historic pitch to revitalize basic research in Canada and the federal government is listening. After a lukewarm response earlier this year to a report that calls for a 37-per-cent increase in annual funding for university-based research, Ottawa is showing signs that it is coming around … “
TAGS: scientists pitch, revitalize basic research in Canada, Naylor report, fundamental science review


Life Science Daily
“Study findings released last week attribute the improvement in kidney failure survival rates to dialysis advancements, new medications, and adherence to clinical practice guidelines. Results of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Children’s …”
TAGS: Kidney failure, survival rates, Montreal


The Globe and Mail
“In March, findings from a large observational study suggested that eating a low-gluten diet increased the odds of developing Type 2 diabetes, presumably because it’s lacking in fibre. Two months later, European research showed that, compared to gluten-containing products (e.g., breakfast cereals, …”
TAGS: nutrition, diet for 2018


Vancouver Sun
“Province to make health-care announcement in Surrey. Jennifer Saltman More from Jennifer Saltman. Published on: December 18, 2017 | Last Updated: December 18, 2017 10:03 AM PST. The B.C. government is expected to make a health-care announcement in Surrey on Monday morning. Health …”
TAGS: healthcare, Surrey


InfoTel News Ltd
“Interior Health (IH), in partnership with the Esk’etemc First Nation and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), is pleased to announce plans for six new Aboriginal supportive recovery beds in the brand new Alkali Lake Wellness Centre, to enhance mental health and substance use (MHSU) services for …”
TAGS: Indigenous health, recovery beds, wellness centre


Kaiser Health News
““It’s unclear to me that the Canadian model is necessarily the solution the United States wants. And I think there may be other models that can be considered,” said Dr. Peter Cram, an internal medicine doctor and health care researcher who recently moved from Iowa to Toronto. “The narrow focus on the …”
TAGS: single payer, healthcare, true or false,


Toronto Star
“We believe Canada needs to adopt a CMMI approach to engage health care leaders, front-line providers and patients in redesigning Medicare. In mid-2015 a federal advisory panel recommended just that, urging Ottawa to reorganize some of its agencies and focus on supporting and scaling innovation … “
TAGS: ix medicare, innovation problems, Canada may be falling behind


Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
“Mayur Brahmania, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at the London Health Sciences Centre of the University of Western Ontario, said he was not surprised by the results of the two studies. “However, the studies do reemphasize that many of our CHB patients can lead long and fulfilling lives but …”
TAGS: hepatitis B, comorbidities rises


Toronto Star
“Restless legs syndrome, pain, sleep apnea or medications may be the culprit, according to Brian Murray, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and head of Neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Often, he said, behavioural reasons, such as staring at a tablet and giving your retinas and thus, …”
TAGS: Sleep Deprivation, insomnia, helped by Light Therapy


Whitecourt Star
“Seasonal Affective Disorder often creates feelings of depression in people during the winter months when daylight hours are reduced. A medical professional can help individuals find ways of dealing with it, AHS says (Metro Creative Connection).”
TAGS: depression, medical help


Calgary Herald
“Innovation 4 Health was established by five graduate students to address issues faced by medical and veterinary professionals. The third piece took place Dec. 11 at the new Nucleus space in downtown Calgary, in space that was once occupied by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and now owned …”
TAGS: Innovation, Health, Research


“Working with BC Housing, the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health, Blyth said they’ve put together a plan for the new facility. … the Central City Foundation and members of the public, Blyth said, and her group will also work to connect people using drugs with housing, counselling and health …”
TAGS: new facility, overdose prevention


Business Wire (press release)
“OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BIOTECanada welcomes today’s announcement by the federal government to commit $400 million to the federal Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (VCCI). The VCCI’s predecessor, the Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP), was a very successful initiative which …”
TAGS: BIOTECanada, 400 million federal investment, biotech


The Globe and Mail-3 hours ago
“The research-funding environment supported me doing a PhD and postdoctoral work in the U.S. Then, Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research … of young scientists and scholars are facing unprecedented financial pressures, with small grants and, in the case of health disciplines, very low success rates.”
TAGS: young scientists, funding obstacles


News@UofT-15 hours ago
“Backed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Buliung and two U of T researchers from the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, Associate Professor Caroline Fusco and Professor Guy Faulkner, talked to kids and their families across the Greater Toronto Area about “
TAGS: Metrolinx study, Research, U of T


Times Colonist-4 hours ago
“When provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix agreed last month to fund the drug Soliris, his decision brought a disagreeable fact to light. In Canada, Soliris costs … First, it was charged with offering generous deals to the drug industry in exchange for a promise to increase pharmaceutical research in Canada. But that promise …”
TAGS: drug costs out of control, Canada among highest in the world