Daily Media Digest February 14, 2020

The beat goes on: Shaping up to curb an irregular heart rhythm
“Researchers wanted to determine whether a program of diet, exercise and stress management training would lessen adverse cardiac symptoms and improve participants’ health and quality of life.”
TAGS: cardiovascular health, irregular heart rhythm, intervention program

Talking to families about advanced care planning: Perspectives of families and health-care providers
“…primary objective was to develop an in-depth understanding of the advance care planning experiences from the perspectives of both parents and health-care providers of children with medical complexity.”
TAGS: advanced care planning, children and youth health, complex medical care

Can bilingualism protect the brain even with early stages of dementia?
“A study by York University psychology researchers provides new evidence that bilingualism can delay symptoms of dementia.”
TAGS: bilingualism, dementia, aging population

What is perimenopause and what can I do about it?
“But perimenopause – the time leading up to menopause – can vary greatly from woman to woman, both in length and in how it manifests.”
TAGS: menopause, women’s health, perimenopause

How do you eat to feed trillions? Food and the health of our gut microbiomes
“Each of us carries around a huge host of microbes that we’re born with, that changes over time, and that programs our immune system over the course of our lives. Research shows that what we eat has the most influence over this microbiome, and the largest impact on its health.”
TAGS: microbiome, gut health, diet

Keeping score
“A study led by Dr. Donald Weaver, Director of the Krembil Research Institute, revealed a new strategy that can facilitate the design of medications for neurological disorders.”
TAGS: artificial intelligence, medical technology, blood brain barrier

Local donor rallies community to raise awareness after prostate cancer diagnosis
“Tom was referred to The Ottawa Hospital and recommended for a clinical trial. His treatment plan was in place; he underwent 42 rounds of radiation, followed by two years of hormone treatment to stop the production of testosterone which was feeding his cancer. His latest tests and scans show he is cancer free.”
TAGS: prostate cancer, clinical trial, community health