Daily Media Digest January 24, 2018

Study Finds
“MONTREAL —The older we get, the older our muscles feel. Although a weakened body is inevitable into our elder years, there are measures that can be taken to increase strength as you age, a recent study finds. Doctors at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre say that adding …”
TAGS: protein, seniors


” A universally accessible medication information reference could help reduce medication misuse and errors, and even save lives. A Canada-based research group has been working to identify ways to increase the availability and standardization of medication information to health care providers, patients, and families.”
TAGS: universal access, medication


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“This funding also supports a targeted initiative to address health challenges specific to Indigenous populations, improving diagnostic outcomes for … “This investment will support groundbreaking developments in genomics and precision health research and will help address a wide range of health”
TAGS: investment, genomics, precision health


“University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher June Anonson wants to develop a strategy to address homelessness in Prince Albert and beyond. According to a 2015 study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 20 per cent of people in Saskatchewan stated they were at-risk or already …”
TAGS: researchers, homelessness,


“Vancouver Coastal Health has revamped the way it offers services at three Downtown Eastside clinics. “Clients will no longer have to travel to multiple sites to address their needs,” said Bonnie Wilson, the health authority’s director of inner city and mental health and substance use. Starting Tuesday Jan. “
TAGS: New clinic, East side Vancouver


Edmonton Journal
“Dave Knight, 66, of Edmonton, was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2008. For the past two years he has been part of the Inspired hospital-to-home project, a collaboration between Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and Alberta Health Service that has …”
TAGS: Hospital-to-home, new model of care


McGill Newsroom
“More than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and over live with diagnosed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of cases. The cause of this degenerative brain disease is largely unknown and no effective treatment exists. The disease has a devastating effect …”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s disease, Canadian brain bank network


“Cases of carbon monoxide poisonings at IWK Regional Poison Centre nearly doubled in 2017. “The numbers tell me that carbon monoxide poisoning continues to be a very serious public health concern,” said Laurie Mosher, the centre’s clinical leader. “All ages can be involved. When we look at carbon …”
TAGS: Carbon monoxide poisoning, cases doubled


Montreal Gazette
“For the basis of a fair comparison, the Gazette drew upon the figures of Notre-Dame Hospital, which also has a psychiatric department and was recently part of a university teaching health network like the MUHC, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal. The Gazette also examined the statistics …”
TAGS: Montreal General, security


McGill Newsroom
“Now a team led by Jacques Drouin, a researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and professor at Université de Montreal’s and McGill University’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, …”
TAGS: Nature genetics, genome


University Affairs
“A coalition, led by the University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University, has been lobbying the federal government to provide a decade’s worth of funding that would ensure these scientists and engineers gain an alternative access to a scarce commodity: beams of the subatomic particles known as … “
TAGS: Chalk River reactor closure, scatters research community


Medical Xpress
“”Even if we exercise regularly, most of us sit or recline for an average of 11 hours a day,” said researcher Wuyou Sui, a doctoral student in the department of kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. “Our bodies just aren’t designed to function well with such low levels of activity—we all have to …”
TAGS: sit less, exercise,


CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in August he was splitting the Indigenous Affairs department in two with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs handling land claims and self-governance and Philpott’s new department taking over government programs on health, child welfare, …”
TAGS: Indigenous health, Jane Philphott


“An article published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal makes a provocative argument: given how much provinces already spend on “classic” health care (hospitals, doctors, pharmaceuticals), it would make more sense for them to spend their next dollar on social services instead of …”
TAGS: social determinants of health, improve health outcomes


Markets Insider-6 minutes ago
“Addressing children’s mental health has become of vital importance and focus worldwide. In Canada, an estimated 1.2 million children and youth aged 5 to 24 are currently affected by mental illness according to The Mental Health Commission of Canada. The Canadian Institute for Health Research reports that up to 20 per …”
TAGS: Children’s mental health, B Sharp Technologies, Telus health


UBC Faculty of Science (press release)
“The LSARP program is dedicated to bringing precision health research to the clinic where it will improve outcomes for Canadian patients. A total of 15 projects were funded nationally. The GTP funding will enable the platforms to develop new and improved genomics technologies, and provide researchers across …”
TAGS: precision medicine, childhood asthma, cancer treatment, UBC


The Gulf News-19 hours ago.
“Through its Business Development Program, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) will be funding EXCITE Corporation Inc.’s Genomics-Based R&D Centre for Health in Grand Falls-Windsor in the amount of $785,282 to help drive research. “Today’s announcement supports the Government of Canada’s … Through its Business Development Program, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) will be funding EXCITE Corporation Inc.’s Genomics-Based R&D Centre for Health in Grand Falls-Windsor in the amount of $785,282 to help drive research. “Today’s announcement supports the Government of Canada’s ..”
TAGS: genomics, health research funding