Daily Media Digest December 7, 2017

“Under questioning from reporters, Health Minister Eric Hoskins said the province has spent millions to expand the capacity to treat stem cell transplant patients at facilities such as Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as locations in London and Hamilton.”
TAGS: sending cancer patients to U.S., Auditor General’s Report, stem cell transplant


Government of Ontario News
“As well as investing in new capital projects at Sunnybrook Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, London Health Sciences Centre, The Ottawa Hospital and University Health Network. With respect to cancer drugs, we recognize that some drugs can be costly to Ontarians, and we know there is more than …”
TAGS: Long-Term Care, Auditor General’s Reports, Ontario Drug Programs, cancer, Chronic disease


Huffington Post Canada
“Donna May Kimmaliardjuk’s grandfather was born in an igloo in Nunavut and lived off the land for years. Now his granddaughter is Canada’s first Inuk heart surgeon. Kimmaliardjuk, 28, a fourth-year cardiac surgery resident at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, says her grandfather couldn’t be …”
TAGS: Kimmaliardjuk, Inuk, Heart Surgeon, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


Red Deer Express
“Payne added the government has been working with Alberta Health Services to ensure front line staff have access to the resources they need. She added they have also expanded access to detox beds. “When someone is in hospital, there is also an opportunity to initiate conversations with them about …”
TAGS: Alberta, 3rd Quarter, opioid report


Benefits Canada
“While Canadians hear about the high cost of drugs all of the time, “the sky is not falling,” said Jim Favaro, senior manager for private payers at Amgen Canada Inc. Favaro, speaking at the Calgary Drug Trends Summit on Nov. 23 on behalf of Innovative Medicines Canada, said he believes plan sponsors … “
TAGS: Jim Favaro, Innovatiive Medicines Canada, drug costs


Hill Times
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, right, announced medical researcher Mona Nemer, left, as the government’s new chief scientist in September, but the government still has a ways to go in improving its international science and technology performance, writes Daryl …”
TAGS: Govt long way to go, international science and technology performance


McGill Reporter
“In 2017, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Innovation, announced that universities must also focus on diversity among the candidates they nominate. The objective to “expand diversity” is included in McGill’s Strategic Academic Plan 2017 – 2022, including its equity targets in academic recruitment … “
TAGS: 9 million, CRC Program, McGill University Centre (RI-MUHC)


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“The project was a collaboration between CAMH, University Health Network and Surrey Place Centre. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, …”
TAGS: Mother to Mother, autism, CAMH, University Health Network


Medical Xpress
“Hideto Takahashi, a researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine, is like a computer specialist, but for neurons. By studying signals transmitted by these “biological processors,” Takahashi and his team have identified a gene …”
TAGS: neuron signals, IRCM, Montreal Clinical Research Institute


EurekAlert (press release)
“A new partnership between the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) will use a … the rate at which we make meaningful discoveries to help people suffering from neurological diseases,” says Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of The Neuro.”
TAGS: McGill University Centre (RI-MUHC), open science partnership, Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), Parkinson`s, ALS


University Affairs
“But consider that the Quebec government has allocated $100 million to its AI community in Montreal; Ontario has set aside $50 million for Vector; and, in September 2016, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund gave $93.6 million to a trio of universities – Université de Montréal, Polytechnique …”
TAGS: AI, Innovation, Canada


CTV News
“The researchers behind this latest analysis said widely used tests are often unable to clearly identify the infection before health problems occur. They suggest the latest generation of diagnostic tools promises to help patients avoid long-term health consequences by allowing doctors to prescribe … “
TAGS: accurate detection, Lyme disease


PR Newswire (press release)
“REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX) today announced a multi-year research collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to evaluate the Oncotype DX Genomic Prostate Score™ (GPS™) test for their prostate cancer drug pipeline.”
TAGS: Genomic Health, Research Collaboration, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Prostate, drugs


“Ontario’s spending watchdog has uncovered a spike in sick pay to school board employees, and revealed that hundreds of government-owned buildings are sitting empty, wasting millions every year. Those are among the findings in Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s annual report to the Legislature, …”
TAGS: Auditor General’s Report, waste in healthcare


“We finally did it last year. In 2016, we hit the 20-week mark for the average wait time for treatment by a specialist (across 12 medical specialities) after referral from a general practitioner. Canada’s national shame had reached a record high of 20 weeks, a far cry from the 9.3-week wait measured by the …”
TAGS: Canada, Wait times, record high


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“ABU DHABI, UAE, Dec. 6, 2017 /CNW/ – Today the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) presented the interim results of the first ever multi-country online survey on CVD risk awareness and knowledge among people living with type 2 diabetes, indicating low levels of awareness and limited dialogue … “
TAGS: Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Risk, Global Survey