Daily Media Digest January 23, 2018

Vancouver Courier
“Vancouver Coastal Health announced Jan. 22 that it has revamped services offered, and how care is delivered, at three Downtown Eastside clinics located on Heatley Avenue, Pender and Powell streets. The Heatley Community Health Centre, at 330 Heatley Ave., traditionally only provided mental …”
TAGS: Health services, mental health


The Globe and Mail
“One of the most frustrating traits of the Canadian health-care system is its failure to recognize and embrace success. Believe it or not, there is a lot of innovation in health care. Yet, it gets lost in the endless stream of complaints, ranging from the price of hospital parking to lack of pharmacare, and …”
TAGS: Innovation, healthcare


“The machine will be used to transport stable babies to community hospitals, or to SickKids Hospital. Markham Stouffville Hospital had a similar unit in the past, but updated safety regulations meant they had to take it out of use. For months, paramedics from SickKids have been driving up to Markham to … “
TAGS: mobile ICU for newborns, Ontario


Medical News Bulletin
“Researchers at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Division of Urology in Toronto, Canada examined the rate of hematuria-related complications in over 800,000 elderly patients. These complications were defined as a visit to the emergency department, a hospitalization, or a urological procedure …”
TAGS: Research Study, blood thinners, Hematuria-Related Complications


“An artist and researcher in Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine is painting portraits of people with dementia to better understand what they, and those who care for them, go through. Mark Gilbert has spent the last two decades sitting across from patients and, with their consent, turning their stories …”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s, Art


Medical Xpress
“Now a team led by Jacques Drouin, a researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine, has identified a key that can open up some parts of the compacted or closed genome. The discovery of this key, a pioneer factor, provides …”
TAGS: Genome, DNA, open


Sarnia Observer
“The spending plan will help the government highlight what it intends to do if re-elected and will detail some of what is likely to be in the Liberal Party’s platform this spring, said Henry Jacek, a political science professor at McMaster University. “The approach (to this budget) is, we look at our problems, we …”
TAGS: budget, Ontario


“Iliana C. Lega, MD, MSc, of the Women’s College Research Institute at the University of Toronto, and colleagues evaluated data from Ontario administrative databases to compare the rate of receipt of breast cancer treatment between women with and without diabetes. Participants were diagnosed with …”
TAGS: breast cancer, diabetes


The Globe and Mail
“Alan Bernstein is the president and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. Steven J. Hoffman is the scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health and a professor of Global Health, Law and Politics at York University. Chances are …”
TAGS: flu, artificial intelligence


“Can cutting back on smoking cigarettes help some drug users quit opioids? Researchers with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute think so. After a six-month trial involving 80 smokers — all drug users — in one of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods, their findings are about to be published in the medical …”
TAGS: smoking, opioids


Canadian Accountant
“OTTAWA, Jan. 23, 2018 – Canadian accountants have questioned why the Canada Revenue Agency would change and then reverse the way it assesses how diabetics qualify for the disability tax credit (DTC). “The adjustment was made so that the CRA would have the explicit documentation from …”
TAGS: diabetes, disability tax credit


CTV News-20 hours ago
“Canadian provinces should spend more on social services instead of health care in order to improve the overall health of the population, new Canadian research suggests. While health spending increases seem like a common sense approach, the study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on …”
TAGS: spend less on Healthcare, more on social services


The Globe and Mail-4 hours ago
“The ability of researchers and doctors to more easily and cheaply sequence a patient’s entire genome has launched a new era of “precision medicine,” in which treatments can be tailored to the specific genetic variations that may underlie a disorder or disease. For Indigenous peoples in Canada, however, the technique has …”
TAGS: precision medicine, Indigenous health


CBC.ca-12 hours ago
“Dr. Victoria Lee, chief medical health officer for Fraser Health and author of the new report, said the research highlights a critical issue of self-medication. “People that are using substances are self-medicating whether it’s because of pain that’s physical or emotional or underlying trauma,” she said. “They feel isolated, they …”
TAGS: opioid crisis, epidemic