Daily Media Digest January 18, 2018

The Globe and Mail
“”After all, leadership by nurses, anesthesiologists and surgeons alike is so critical in high-stakes environments like the operating room,” says Darren Beiko, a urological surgeon at Kingston General Hospital and study co-author, along with Amy Akers, a former Smith PhD student and now with Deloitte …”
TAGS: surgeon’s leadership, OR


“The MSFHR Board is pleased to announce that following an executive search process, Dr. Bev Holmes has been appointed as president and CEO. With an eight-year history of leadership within MSFHR, Bev is ideally suited to lead BC’s expert health research funding agency, and continue to develop the talent BC needs to advance health research and the knowledge economy.”
TAGS: The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Dr. Bev Holmes, CEO


McGill Newsroom
“This research was funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, the Fonds de recherche du Québec — Santé, the Douglas Institute Foundation, the Graham Boeckh Foundation, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research …”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s disease, Study, minor neuronal and synaptic losses


Edmonton Journal
“Thaer Manaseer, a PhD student with the faculty of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta, is developing a new suite of tests that he believes can better diagnose issues in balance and co-ordination suffered by youth healing from sports-related concussions that could be missed with current …”
TAGS: concussion, balance


“Now in its second year, the I2C Program provides funding to help BC health researchers advance their products or technologies towards practical application to improve health outcomes, benefit society, and enrich the health innovation ecosystem in BC.”
TAGS: I2C competition, Michael Smith Foundation


McGill Reporter
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kent Saylor to the position of Director, Indigenous Health Professions Program (IHPP) at the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Reporting directly to the Dean of Medicine, in his role as Director Dr. Saylor will work to ensure the program’s primary …”
TAGS: Dr. Kent Saylor, Indigenous Health Professions Program, McGill University Centre (RI-MUHC)


Toronto Star
“The findings of the new analysis, authored by Persaud and four other Canadian researchers, are based on 9,174 pages of previously secret clinical trial records obtained from Health Canada. The regulator would not allow Persaud to show the journal or the public any of the underlying data in his …”
TAGS: Diclectin, not effective, clinical trials


“While there, Strong overheard the doctor mentioning that a bowel obstruction at birth could sometimes be a sign of cystic fibrosis. At that time there was no newborn screening for cystic fibrosis, so they sent away for genetic testing and discovered that Mikayla had the disease. (Today in Canada, babies at …”
TAGS: Cystic fibrosis, fatal disease, children


The Globe and Mail
“Optical magnifiers and other devices have existed for decades to help patients with low vision, but eSight is “a true game-changer,” says Robert Devenyi, ophthalmologist-in-chief and director of retinal services at the University Health Network in Toronto. He adds that eSight “has an impressive work …”
TAGS: eSight, medical device, eye sight


“The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada saw an opportunity to improve the medical education system by closing some gaps and assumptions. One assumption was that a learner absorbs and excels at an activity simply by the amount of time spent on the activity. This spurred the …”
TAGS: new model, teaching bedside


“The brand name pharmaceutical lobby is warning that the Liberal government’s proposed drug policy reforms could destabilize the market and lead to job cuts. Innovative Medicines Canada, an industry association group for patented pharmaceutical companies, says that Health Canada is …”
TAGS: pharmaceutical, drug reform, job loss


Canada NewsWire
“January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – an opportunity to reflect on our growing understanding of Alzheimer’s and other … The Government of Canada is developing a dementia strategy for Canada to help Canadians deal with the impacts and costs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Mental Wellness, demential strategy


“Health officials have urged Vancouver city council to push forward with new strategies to curb the high opioid death rate, including providing a safe supply of drugs to addicts. Dr. Patricia Daly with Vancouver Coastal Health and Dr. Mark Tyndall with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control made the …”
TAGS: opioid crisis, safe opioids, death rate too high


MetroNews Canada
“This move puts the school in an even more competitive position to attract top talent. Over the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,179 of the total 6,145 PhD students were international. Jim Woodgett, director of research at the U of T-affiliated Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, said lowering international … “
TAGS: tuition, PhD studies


McGill Reporter
“From 2004 to 2013 he was Director of the Respiratory Division at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). … Dr. Menzies currently has funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a large project entitled “Tackling the two greatest obstacles to Tuberculosis elimination: Treatment of … “
TAGS: Dr. Richard Menzies, Indigenous Health Professions Program