Daily Media Digest December 6, 2017

“Research Canada in partnership with the Stem Cell Network has joined forces to celebrate Canada’s scientific leadership in stem cell research at a Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon featuring respected Canadian researchers, Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre and Professor Timothy Caulfield. “
TAGS: stem cell, regenerative medicine


Brinkwire (press release)
“… world to fully embrace the Open Science philosophy, creating the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute. The Montreal Neurological Institute is a McGill University research and teaching institute. The Montreal Neurological Hospital is part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre …”
TAGS: open science partnership, MNI, McGill University Centre (RI-MUHC)


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“LEXINGTON, Mass., Dec. 5, 2017 /CNW/ — Today, Sekisui Diagnostics and Mesa Biotech Inc. announce a strategic alliance, to distribute the Mesa Biotech POC molecular system for Flu A/Flu B. Sekisui Diagnostics will assume exclusive distribution of the Mesa Biotech POC system in the U.S. and ..”
TAGS: Sekisui Diagnostics, Mesa Biotech Inc., Molecular POC Testing System


Surrey Now-Leader
“Vancouver Coastal Health has the highest number of illicit drug-related overdose deaths this year so far. According to a proposed 2018 budget, the facility would be the department’s major capital project for the year. One portion of the funding, $500,000, would go towards construction and $200,000 … “
TAGS: opioid crisis, Vancouver Coast Health


“Alberta Health Services said it’s too early to speculate on the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine, noting that several flu strains are circulating in Alberta. “These viruses are not identical to those in the southern hemisphere,” AHS spokesperson Rob Gereghty said in an email. “The vaccine also protects …”
TAGS: flu shot efficacy, infuenza, vaccine


Kenosha News
““By using radial catheterization, there is a 50 percent reduction in heart attack mortality because there are no vascular complications,” Fullin said. Radial artery catheterization was pioneered in 1989 by Dr. Lucien Campeau of the Montreal Heart Institute. An experienced cardiologist nearing retirement, … “
TAGS: Radial artery catheterization, Montreal Heart Institute


GlobeNewswire (press release)
“Dr. Eugene Crystal, Director of Arrhythmia Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and president elect of SCRN, performed the first procedures with the e-Contact module in North America during the week of November 20. “The latest Stereotaxis innovation adds to the Niobe® …”
TAGS: Stereotaxis, e-Contact™, Dr. Eugene Crystal, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


“”One would have thought that excellent cardiovascular care would have reduced these hospitalizations, so this is a curious finding for us,” lead author Dr Sheldon M Singh (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario) commented to theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology.”
TAGS: cardiovascular care, Atrial Fibrillation, study, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


Brock University
“Trace elements of lithium in drinking water can slow death rates from Alzheimer’s disease, Brock University research has found. Rates of diabetes and …”
TAGS: lithium, drinking water, Alzheimer’s , Research


“The IWK Health Centre will start looking for a new chief financial officer in the new year. This comes months after former CFO Stephen D’Arcy resigned in September, which was shortly after former CEO Tracy Kitch stepped down amid an expenses controversy. Spokesperson Nick Cox said in an email, …”
TAGS: IWK Health Centre, search for new CEO


“The panel, commissioned by Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and chaired by U of T President Emeritus David Naylor, found Canadian funding for research has slumped in the last 15 years and that the country’s research competitiveness has diminished as a result. The panel’s report found that there has …”
TAGS: Lewis Kay, fundamental science review


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“The Toronto Rehab Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for innovative patient care, groundbreaking research and diverse education at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, a member of the University Health Network. With the generosity of its donors and volunteers, Toronto … “
TAGS: Medavie, Toronto Rehab Foundation, chronic disease


“A five-year research project focused on improving the health of indigenous seniors in Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan has received a $1.4 million federal grant. The study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is being carried out by geriatrician Dr. Janet McElhaney and her …”
TAGS: Health Science North Research Institute, Indigenous health


“Dr. Gary Kobinger, Director of the Center for Research on Infectious Diseases at Université Laval, and Dr. Qiu Xiangguo of the Public Health Agency of …”
TAGS: Dr. Gary Kobinger, Manning Innovation Award, antivirus, Ebola Virus Disease


Markets Insider
“Health Canada approves Rydapt™ (midostaurin), first targeted therapy for common form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)(1)(2) … Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., a leader in the healthcare field, is committed to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative products to improve the …”
TAGS: Rydapt™, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada, acute myeloid leukemia


“The federal government says the First Nations and Inuit health branch at Health Canada has been formally reassigned to Philpott’s new department. In the last year, the branch has been subject to criticism from Indigenous leaders for its handling of the suicide crisis plaguing Aboriginal youth across the … “
TAGS: First Nations and Inuit health services, moved to Indigenous Services, Minister Jane Philpott


Canada NewsWire (press release)-1 hour ago
“OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2017 /CNW/ – The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced the appointment of six leading researchers to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Governing Council develops CIHR’s strategic directions, goals and policies, approves …”
TAGS: Minister of Health Petitpas Taylor, appoints six leading researchers, Governing Council, CIHR


The Gateway Online-21 hours ago
“Timothy Caulfield, a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, is calling out misconceptions in international health trends in his new documentary series, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death. Caulfield, a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, and Director of the Health Law Institute at the U of A, …”
TAGS: Timothy Caulfield, debunking health trends