Daily Media Digest January 17, 2020

New method can help labs around the world grow stem cells more efficiently

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
““Making mature adult cells from stem cells is a long and expensive process. We hope our method can make this more efficient, and ultimately […]”
TAGS: stem cells, innovative methodologies

Study looks at how to slow progression of dementia
CTV News
“He’s now part of a study using immunotherapy to remove one of two […] Dr. Michael Borrie, associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute.”
TAGS: dementia, neurobiology, Alzheimer’s disease

University Health Network Completes Validation of SQI Diagnostics’ TORdx LUNG™ Organ …

Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Major milestone in commercialization of precision medicine technology achieved. […]”
TAGS: transplant, lung health, transplant diagnostic

Special delivery: McMaster physicists design ‘super-human’ red blood cells to deliver drugs to specific targets within the body
Brighter World
“A team of physicists from McMaster University has developed a process to modify red blood cells so they can be used to distribute drugs throughout the body, which could specifically target infections or treat catastrophic diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s.”
TAGS: targeted treatment, red blood cells, innovative treatments

Study finds that disruptive behaviour in operating rooms often goes unreported

UM Today (press release)
“University of Manitoba researchers have found that disruptive behaviours are happening all too often in the operating room (OR) – and many […]”
TAGS: disruptive behavior, patient outcomes, surgery

Vancouver’s drug-dispensing machine: Why it exists and how it works

“Health advocates say a safe supply of opioids is critical to help prevent people from overdosing on tainted street drugs. Now, a pilot project in […]”
TAGS: mental health, addiction, opioid crisis

Lakehead U researcher receives grant for new breast cancer detection system

Northern Ontario Business
“The first clinical prototype of the PEM system is assembled and it’s now at the University Health Network-Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, in Toronto, […]”
TAGS: breast cancer, early detection, innovative technologies