Daily Media Digest February 15, 2018

McGill Newsroom
“However, a team of scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University, led by Immunologist Dr. Maziar Divangahi, have discovered a protein that could soon help minimize the impact of the influenza season and become a critical player in the …”
TAGS: influenza, lung infection


Simon Fraser University News
“Jeff Reading is not one to rest on his laurels. Appointed two years ago as the inaugural First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, the Indigenous health expert has led several major research and education initiatives to improve the …”
TAGS: heart health, Indigenous health


Vancouver Courier
““We noticed in our practice that we were seeing a lot of use of screens in younger kids,” said Reda Wilkes, a public health nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health who co-authored a study of Vancouver parents. “During vaccination clinics, instead of holding their child and cuddling them when they got pain …”
TAGS: screen time, negative effects on health


Toronto Star
“But that’s what happened to 114 Canadian medical graduates who were not successfully matched to a residency program in 2017. More alarming is the estimate in a report this week from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada that that number could climb to more than 330 in 2021, if no …”
TAGS: need residency spots, medical grads


CTV News
“MONTREAL – A recent study suggests nearly one million Canadians taking prescription drugs are cutting back on food and electricity to afford them. The pan-Canadian review was conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University and the …”
TAGS: study, prescription drugs


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“MONTREAL, Feb. 14, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, the Azrieli Foundation in partnership with Brain Canada launched a program designed to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change the understanding of the brain, in illness or health. The goal is to reduce the social …”
TAGS: brain research, transformative research, health


“The Computing Infrastructure Research Center (CIRC) at McMaster University, Ontario is carrying out research to improve data centers, according to two of the center’s leading research engineers. Ghada Badawy and Souvik Pal discussed how machine learning can make use of sensor data, and …”
TAGS: Machine learning, research


UCalgary News
“Kerry Courneya, PhD, a professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer in the faculties of kinesiology, sport, and recreation, and medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta, is leading the main physical activity and health-related fitness component. The study includes taking …”
TAGS: breast cancer, Research Study


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced the appointment and renewal of several diverse members of the governing council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). They are:.”
TAGS: Appointments, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


Government of Ontario News
“These Indigenous-governed and community-driven teams will provide culturally safe primary health care services and programs to over 70,000 Indigenous people, including individuals and families living in remote and fly-in communities. Ontario is supporting the creation or expansion of Indigenous …”
TAGS: Indigenous health and wellness, Govt investing


Tech Explorist (press release)
“This, however, does not mean that there is no genetic basis to it”, explains Sergey Nikolaev, a researcher in Bioinformatics at UNIGE Faculty of Medicine, a biologist at the genomics consultation of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) and the article’s first author. “We, therefore, hypothesized that it may …”
TAGS: Cell mutations, brain aneurisms


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Today, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) launched a free online course called Understanding Stigma, designed to help healthcare providers and frontline clinicians develop strategies to improve care for people with mental health …”
TAGS: mental health stigma, healthcare providers


EurekAlert (press release)
“Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides excellent care for older adults combined with an extensive clinical training program for the next generation … The Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences is a premier international centre for the study of human brain function.”
TAGS: Cerebral Cortex, mental images, brain pattern, eyes