Daily Media Digest December 7, 2020

COVID-19 reinforces the urgent need for a national diabetes strategy in Canada
The Star
“The diabetes community, led by Diabetes Canada, has repeatedly asked the federal government to implement a nationwide Diabetes 360° strategy to improve the prevention, screening and treatment of diabetes, achieve better health for Canadians, save billions of dollars of health care costs, and help to strengthen our economy by creating a healthier workforce.”
TAGS: COVID-19, diabetes, vulnerable population, chronic illness, treatment options, Diabetes Canada

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine could ship to Canada within 24 hours of approval, exec says
“Canada is well-positioned to approve Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine soon — and it could be delivered to the country very quickly after that, a …”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine approval, public health, pandemic, Pfizer

USask partners on a made-in-Saskatchewan ventilator project
USask News
“One hundred made-in-Saskatchewan ventilators will soon be available to support the needs of the province’s residents, thanks to an innovative collaboration among the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), and RMD Engineering Inc.”
TAGS: ventilator, lung health, innovative collaboration, University of Saskatchewan

Depression, anxiety, dementia. Studies link COVID-19 to a number of mental health disorders
Caledon Enterprise
“Depression, anxiety, dementia. Studies link COVID-19 to a number of mental health disorders. Nadine Yousif. Local Journalism Initiative Reporter.”
TAGS: COVID-19, mental health, depression, anxiety, dementia

From disinfecting produce to disinfecting N95 masks — U of G research shows importance of …
“Keith Warriner, professor and food scientist who originally developed Clēan Works said for researchers, it is crucially important to be open minded …”
TAGS: COVID-19, N95 mask, personal protective equipment, disinfection, University of Guelph

HHS team is first in Canada to perform lifesaving cardiac valve repair procedure
Hamilton Health Sciences
“A Hamilton Health Sciences patient is the first in Canada to undergo a lifesaving cardiac valve repair procedure as part of an international study underway at a select group of hospitals in Canada, the United States, and Europe.”
TAGS: cardiac health, valve repair, innovative procedure, Hamilton Health Sciences

How a fantasy video game aims to help youth in Nunavut with their mental health
York University
“When Chelsea Singoorie was growing up in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, she found that talking about mental health was highly stigmatized. Now, she’s opening up the conversation with a video game designed for young people in the territory.”
TAGS: mental health, Indigenous health, community health, York University

USask research team part of project to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada
“Neudorf says the research is designed to survey who is not behind getting immunized and finding out why. “What things are preventing people from…”
TAGS: cancer, cervical cancer, immunization, women’s health

Michener to create new programs in Digital Health and Data Analytics
HRI Portal
“The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is creating new programs in artificial intelligence to meet the health system’s need for digitally-literate health professionals.”
TAGS: Digital health, artificial intelligence, data analytics, Michener Institute of Education