Daily Media Digest December 8, 2017

“”I think it’s been critical for the [#SupportTheReport] campaign to include and indeed be led by students in particular given they represent the next generation of science in Canada,” said U of T Professor Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. “It is their career …”
TAGS: #supportthereport, U of T, Naylor report


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Also noteworthy is the ThoughtWire Ambiant platform, which has customized features, such as the Code Blue events reduction solution developed for Hamilton Health Sciences in Canada. IBM is developing, and now marketing, the “SmartRoom” concept along with the University of Pittsburgh Medical …”
TAGS: cloud computing, Smart Hospital


“Beating rhythmically and suspended in a jar, tiny heart-like structures made from stem cells are the latest innovation for drug testing — technology that has the potential to save pharmaceutical companies money. They’re developed by Canadian-backed biotech firm Novoheart Ltd., which hopes to …”
TAGS: Novoheart, ‘Heart-in-a-jar’ technology, stem cells


IBD News Today
““#InTheirShoes gave us a deeper understanding of the associated emotional and physical challenges resulting from these diseases,” said Mina Mawani, president and chief executive officer of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, who took part in the simulation with seven other employees. “The experience was …”
TAGS: #InTheirShoes Campaign, Mina Mawani, IBD


“Paul Santerre recently flew to Boston to help launch a cerebral catheter that incorporates an anti-clotting polymer additive created by Interface Biologics, the company he co-founded nearly two decades ago based on his University of Toronto lab work. It was the sort of business trip that should be routine …”
TAGS: Innovation, researcher, Paul Santerre


Markets Insider
“This research was funded by Innovative Medicines Canada and The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, with additional support from the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care. Join report co-author, Greg Sutherland, …”
TAGS: prescription drugs plans, Innovative Medicines Canada


Business Wire (press release)
“Mr. Lievonen has served on a number of industry and not-for-profit boards including as Chair of Rx&D (now Innovative Medicines Canada), BIOTECanada, the Ontario Genomics Institute, and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015, … “
TAGS: Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Board, Mark Lievonen


Healthcare Informatics
“The study also involved investigators from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California; University of Toronto and University Health Network in Toronto; the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; and UCLA. In their preliminary data working with this population, the Cedars-Sinai …”
TAGS: study at, UHN, Western University


News & Observer
“The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the health chief said Friday. “
TAGS: vaccine injury, dengue vaccine, Sanofi Pasteur


“In recent years, a chorus of voices has affirmed that research is the lifeblood of societal well-being and that Canada’s federal government must ensure the capacity of scientists to carry out their work. Particularly since the 2017 report of the advisory panel on federal support for fundamental science, also …”
TAGS: fundamental research, Innovation, Naylor report


LWW Journals
““We are adding to the growing body of evidence that tau pathology is present in both Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” said lead study author Francesca Cicchetti, PhD, professor of medicine at Université Laval in Quebec, Canada. “We cannot overlook it anymore.” Several hundred PD …”
TAGS: Tau pathology, huntington’s disease, parkinson’s disease, Universite Laval


Government of Ontario News
“Ontario is helping Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care carry out research into preventing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mental health care providers, and ensuring those with PTSD receive timely support to return to work. The research will examine workplace events associated with PTSD …”
TAGS: Psychiatric Workers with PTSD, project, Government of Canada


Ottawa Sun
“Yet when it comes to Ontario’s public health care system, policymakers don’t pay much attention to signs of ill health. Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk pointed out some fresh symptoms of deterioration in her annual report this week. On their own, they may not look like a full-blown Code Blue, but …”
TAGS: Canada, healthcare system, ill


Toronto Star
“The provincial government could have saved taxpayers an estimated $90 million if it had acted sooner to increase the health system’s capacity to provide stem-cell transplants, the auditor general says. In her annual report, released Wednesday, Bonnie Lysyk noted that the province was first alerted to …”
TAGS: stem cell treatment, tax payers, Auditor General’s Report


CTV News
“A British study has found that type 2 diabetes could potentially be reversed through weight loss and with the long-term support of a medical professional. The initial findings come from an ongoing trial study called DiRECT (Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial), which aims to find an effective accessible way … “
TAGS: Type 2 diabetes, weight loss