Daily Media Digest December 3, 2020

Research Canada Recognizes Two Champions of Health Research Advocacy
HRI Portal
“Research Canada is pleased to announce the 2020 Individual and Organization Leadership in Advocacy Awardees: Dr. Ingrid Waldron … and HealthCareCAN …”
TAGS: advocacy, health research

COVID-19 reinforces the urgent need for a national diabetes strategy in Canada
Toronto Star
“Despite the best efforts of every province and territory to manage the diabetes epidemic, Canada lacks a nationwide plan to better prevent and treat diabetes. Nor do we have a mechanism to share best practices across the country.”
TAGS: diabetes, research, Diabetes Canada

Mind control: Toronto doctors regulate patients’ brains from afar using electrode stimulation
CBC News
“Building on decades-old technology known as deep brain stimulation (DBS), which can help control the shakes and muscle tightness tied to brain disorders such as Parkinson’s …”
TAGS: neurology, deep brain stimulation, Krembil Brain Institute at UHN

Western University researchers reveal who is most likely to adhere to public health precautions
CBC News
“Researchers at Western University are looking at who in Canada is most likely to wear a mask, keep a distance, avoid crowds and scrub their hands.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, Western University

Westjet-YVR COVID-19 Rapid Testing Study Has Launched
Business Examiner
“The study—the first of its kind in Canada—is investigating a method of COVID-19 rapid testing to help inform the safest and most efficient way of testing departing passengers at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).”
TAGS: COVID-19, rapid testing, Providence Health Care, UBC

Big data analysis suggests role of brain connectivity in epilepsy-related atrophy
McGill Newsroom
“An international study has found a link between the brain’s network connections and grey matter atrophy caused by certain types of epilepsy, a major step forward in our understanding of the disease.”
TAGS: epilepsy, neuroimaging, The Neuro

Carleton Hosts the Launch of the Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub
Carleton Newsroom
“Carleton University is launching its Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub (MeWeRTH)—composed of researchers, students and community partners with a shared interest in mental health, well-being and resilience.”
TAGS: mental health, research, Carleton University

Sunnybrook now offering virtual ER amid concerns some aren’t seeking treatment due to COVID-19 fears
“A Toronto hospital has launched a new virtual emergency room service that will allow patients with “urgent but non life-threatening health concerns” to speak with a doctor from the comfort of their homes.”
TAGS: virtual healthcare, COVID-19, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University Health Network