Daily Media Digest January 11, 2018

Montreal Gazette
“Moving out of egg-based vaccines would improve protection, said Dr. Brian Ward, professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the research institute of the McGill University Health Centre. The vaccines used in the southern hemisphere did not work well because the virus grown in eggs had …”
TAGS: flu vaccine, need better design


“The Alzheimer’s Society became an important resource for Allen and his wife, as it has for countless other sufferers and caregivers. “We provide education series,” explained Mark Harris, the organization’s first link coordinator. “We offer education for caregivers and others that provide support to loved …”
TAGS: Alzheimer Society of Canada, need support


Peace River Record Gazette
“As Addictions Counsellors, we would like to provide you with some information about the various programs and services offered by Alberta Health Services to help Albertans quit smoking – including telephone and online support services, group cessation programs and one-on-one counselling.”
TAGS: National Non-Smoking Week, addiction services


Benefits Canada
“Employers will see private drug plan costs rise by about six per cent annually over the next five years, according to a prediction by a health-care research … the results of his firm’s 2017-21 forecast, produced in partnership with Innovative Medicines Canada, at Benefits Canada’s 2017 Face-to-Face Drug …”
TAGS: drug plan, cost increases


“The technology will be deployed to the four centers for 24-months and is funded through the Ontario Centers of Excellence’s Health Technology … care while they are at home,” Dr. Atul Prabhu, lead of the Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at the University Health Network, said in a statement.”
TAGS: pain management, app, Ontario


“”The study is important because it shows us a very likely cause of brain arteriovenous malformations,” study author Ivan Radovanovic, MD, PhD, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, and assistant professor of surgery (neurosurgery), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, …”
TAGS: KRAS Mutation, Brain Arteriovenous Malformations


Yale News
“… University in Jordan; Kristin Hadfield, assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London; Stan van Uum, professor in the Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology and Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Western Ontario; and …”
TAGS: mental health, children, war


“Sanofi Pasteur has said its attempt to respond to Zika has served only to mar the company’s reputation. Merck has said while it is committed to getting its Ebola vaccine across the finish line 3 it will not try to develop a vaccine that protects against other strains of Ebola and the related Marburg virus.”
TAGS: vaccines, disease


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Nanos Research Shows Broad Support For Cannabis Legalization But Considerable Discomfort Regarding Usage … In fact, while support is strongest among younger Canadians – those under 35 (82.1%) – a comfortable majority of those between 35-54 years old (67.6%) and 55+ (64.2%) support …”
TAGS: Nanos Research, cannabis legalization


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Dr. Whitaker praised Mrs. Robinson’s accomplishments, along with the hard work of the Polytechnics Canada team in growing federal funding for polytechnic and college applied research, creating new supports for Canadian apprentices through initiatives such as the Canada Apprentice Loan, raising …”
TAGS: Polytechnics Canada, leadership


UCalgary News
“Joseph Martin, LLD’12, for his sustained and influential leadership in academic medicine, and for his contributions to building health research institutions in North America. • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, LLD’14, was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada for her long-standing contributions to the …”
TAGS: Order of Canada, University of Calgary


“He added the federal government is investing significant amounts of money into the Canadian Institute for Health Research and it continues to fund community autism support groups. “I felt he did dodge the question,” Sutherland told NEWS 95.7’s The Rick Howe Show. “He did not talk about a national …”
TAGS: autism, Canada’s strategy


The Globe and Mail
“In response to the growing number of babies born to mothers with opioid dependency, the Canadian Paediatric Society has issued a document that supports … does not provide formal recommendations for practitioners, but is instead considered a practice point, offering a review of the latest research.”
TAGS: opioid crisis, newborns, Paediatric care


Angus Reid Institute (press release)
“January 11, 2018 – The thousands of deaths across Canada as a result of opioid use and addiction has been a dominating public health, public safety, and public … important elements of this problem, there are many other important areas of inquiry related to opioids in Canada that could be addressed in future research.”
TAGS: Opioids in Canada, addiction


News@UofT-21 hours ago
“Since the first cord blood transplant was performed in 1988, a global network of cord blood banks has been established, which today provides cells for about 2,000 transplants annually, according to the World Health Organization. Canada has a number of public cord blood banks that store genetically diverse stem cells.”
TAGS: blood stem cell transplants, U of T Researchers


Straight.com-14 hours ago
“With its controlled-substance licence from Health Canada—a document so challenging to obtain that Katherine (Northern Vine’s “qualified person in charge”) … The lab’s federal licence also allows them to undertake research and product development, something that all three scientists say makes their jobs much more …”
TAGS: women-led testing facility, cannabis


The Globe and Mail-11 hours ago
“The project, the bulk of which was publicly funded, builds on years of research about cfDNA’s reliability, most of it funded by test makers. … After The Globe and Mail inquired about the Harmony and Panorama tests, the two brands that appear to be most popular in this country, Health Canada opened an investigation into …”
TAGS: prenatal screening, blood test


Ottawa Citizen-18 hours ago
 “This is a tough cancer and there are not frequently new treatments or breakthroughs.” Nicholas led the Canadian arm of the research. The device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but not yet by Health Canada for use in Canada. Raymond, meanwhile, is among glioblastoma patients whose …”
TAGS: brain cancer, electronic device