Daily Media Digest February 16, 2018

“Medical laboratory technologists do diagnostic testing, lab tests, blood work, and biopsies that help diagnose and treat disease. Christine Nielsen, CEO of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, said that 35 per cent of the society’s members report feeling stressed or burned out on a …”
TAGS: Medical lab technologists, high job vacancies


Surrey Now-Leader
“The only city in B.C. with a higher overdose death toll than Surrey was Vancouver, which saw 348 fatalities last year. But Ma noted Fraser Health had the highest number of illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected in 2017 (377), eclipsing Vancouver Coastal Health’s total of 337. Ma held a talk at …”
TAGS: Study, drug use


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“”Our Government is proud to support advancements in innovation for aging and brain health in older adults as we work towards a national dementia strategy,” said the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health. “Innovative projects and partnerships will help us achieve our goal to improve the …”
TAGS: Brain Health, Innovation , funding support


McGill Newsroom
“Joseph Therriault, a master’s student in McGill’s Integrated Program in Neuroscience and lead author of the paper drew on data available through the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a global research effort in which participating patients agree to complete a variety of imaging and …”
TAGS: memory problems, Alzheimer’s Disease


“Company CEO Tony Chahine has worked closely with several researchers from U of T and the University Health Network, including Professor Milos Popovic of Toronto Rehab, to integrate sensor and computer technology into garments that can track heart rates, breathing rates and hydration.”
TAGS: supercluster bid, artificial intelligence, innovation


“Rob Baker, the school’s vice president of research, called the initiative a “win-win” for everybody involved. Story continues below. On Thursday, federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains named five technology groups in Canada that will each get a piece of up to $950 million in what the government …”
TAGS: Digital Technology Supercluster, federal funding, innovation


Huddle Today
“The first two New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) Rising Stars of 2018 are an innovative cancer researcher inspired by the possibility of saving lives and one whose work shows that kids who play more than one sport when they’re young are more likely to be physically active as they …”
TAGS: Health Research, New Brunswick, cancer research


“… in health care. All of the students will receive a certificate at the end of the week for their participation. The program is a partnership between the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Nunavut’s departments of Health and Education, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre.”
TAGS: week-long health camp, Nunavut health care


Quesnel Cariboo Observer
“I’ve received an update from Dr. Kim Connelly, Heart & Stroke Researcher, that he and colleagues including Dr. Duncan Stewart and Dr. Michael Kutryk have begun a clinical trial phase for real patients. If the clinical trial is successful, it opens the possibility that damaged heart tissue can actually repair …”
TAGS: heart disease, Heart Research, clinical trial, Dr. Duncan Stewart


“The pace of research – and investment – quickened last year after the government introduced legislation to legalize recreational use. Equity offerings by Canadian marijuana firms tripled to nearly $1 billion in 2017. Canopy Health raised C$16 million ($12.77 million) last year to finance medical trials …”
TAGS: medical marijuana, pot medicine


UCalgary News
“This was far from a surprise to Louise Baptiste, co-director, Indigenous initiatives with the Faculty of Nursing. As a member of the Samson Cree Nation and a nurse educator with the Indigenous Health Team for Alberta Health Services, she had first-hand experience with unconscious bias among health … “
TAGS: Indigenous peoples, Nursing


“In contrast, people who die in the hospital often have to deal with a “noisy and cramped” environment, where most patients expect to be attached to medical devices and get “pricked and prodded.” Both doctor house calls and palliative home care respectively reduced the chance of dying in hospital by …”
TAGS: End-of-life care, study, die at home