Daily Media Digest December 21, 2022

Diabetes testing practices in Ontario LTCS: too much of a good thing?
Women’s College Hospital
“A new study released in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) shows that diabetes testing practices of Ontario’s long-term care (LTC) residents without diabetes is high and potentially unnecessary.”
TAGS: diabetes, long-term care, Canadian research, Women’s College Hospital

Researchers are combining new technologies to examine blood proteins in COVID-19 patients
Lawson Health Research Institute
“… team at Lawson Health Research Institute have discovered unique patterns of blood plasma proteins in critically ill patients that may help develop a more personalized approach to treating severe COVID-19.”
TAGS: severe COVID-19, blood plasma proteins, Lawson Health Research Institute, Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI)

Ontario Expanding Safe Use of Biosimilars
Ontario Newsroom
“Transitioning to biosimilars will allow province to invest in and improve access to medicines…”
TAGS: biosimilar drug treatments, drug therapy funding, Health Canada

How a Canadian-first study in deep brain stimulation in depression could lead to personalized treatment in the future
“In a new leading-edge clinical study, researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre are using specialized electrodes in deep brain stimulation to track brain signals in severe depression.”
TAGS: mental health, depression, deep brain stimulation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The BETTER project is now available across Canada
“In November, to celebrate World Diabetes Day, the BETTER (BEhaviors, Therapies, TEchnologies and hypoglycemic Risk in Type 1 diabetes) project announced that it is now the first registry of people living with type 1 diabetes in Canada.”
TAGS: type 1 diabetes, clinical practices, JDRF, Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)

Newly proposed low-risk alcohol consumption guidelines are a big change from long-held official recommendations
Arch – UCalgary
“The updated guidelines reflect a substantial and growing body of research that proves that excessive alcohol consumption is a component cause of dozens of disease and injury conditions …”
TAGS: cancer, sleep cycles, alcohol consumption, University of Calgary