Daily Media Digest January 30, 2018

Calgary Herald
“A glaring yellow CTrain is part of Alberta Health Services latest effort to raise awareness about the province’s opioid crisis. The $700,000 campaign unveiled Monday includes billboards, radio and social media spots and posters and advertising on campuses, bars and public transit with messages about …”
TAGS: opioid awareness, opioid crisis


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF) raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, as well as the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Together with its donors, TGWHF is helping UHN pursue the …”
TAGS: Eating disorder Awareness Week, #7billionsizes campaign


The Globe and Mail
“But there is room for interpretation on some of the other eligibility criteria, says Sally Bean, an ethicist and policy adviser at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. If your father was “stoic” and didn’t express his true feelings, the assessor may have thought, rightly or wrongly, that his suffering was …”
TAGS: assisted death, federal law


CTV News
“OTTAWA – Science Minister Kirsty Duncan has been sworn in to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities portfolio, during a ceremony Monday morning at Rideau Hall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tapped Duncan to take on the additional minister position following Liberal MP Kent Hehr’s …”
TAGS: Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Utilizing the experience of its senior scientists and executive board, and the support of its clinical and academic partners in the University of Toronto and the University Health Network, Avicanna strives to be at the forefront of advancements in the global medical cannabis industry. Avicanna is focused on …”
TAGS: biotechnology company, Research, medical cannabis, University of Toronto, University Health Network,


Government of Ontario News
“In addition to his research and teaching, he continues to direct development projects in the health care sector in Rwanda. … He established the Hong Fook Mental Health Association to provide culturally-sensitive services in five Asian languages, as well as the Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation to …”
TAGS: Order of Canada, 2017 Appointees


London Free Press
“One London doctor is trying to spare terminal lung cancer patients of painful radiation side effects with a new pilot program that’s already gone nationwide. Lawson Health Research Institute scientist Dr. Alexander Louie launched the PROACTIVE program – which uses more precise and targeted …”
TAGS: terminal lung cancer, treatment, pilot project


Toronto Star
“Dr. Marla Shapiro, C.M., M.D.C.M. is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also a family physician. Doctors’ Notes is a weekly column by members of the U of T Faculty of Medicine. “
TAGS: shingles vaccine, Dr. Marla Shapiro


“While Type-1 (insulin dependent) diabetes is hereditary and is not treatable, Type-2 (insulin resistant) diabetes, which is often related to obesity, is treatable. In a watershed trial in the U.K., nearly half of the patients in a large study have successfully reversed their Type 2 diabetes. Patients spent up to five …”
TAGS: curable disease, huntington’s disease, type 1 diabetes


The Globe and Mail-12 hours ago
“”This deal is good in some ways and bad in other ways,” said Michael Law, a University of British Columbia professor who holds a Canada Research Chair in access to medicines. While the agreement yields immediate savings provincial governments can plow back into their health-care systems, Dr. Law said the deal “
TAGS: generic-drug makers, cut prices, Quebec


Canada NewsWire (press release)-38 minutes ago
“This follows authorization from Health Canada for transfer of ownership of the Drug Identification Number (DIN) for BELBUCA® to Purdue Pharma (Canada) in September … Purdue Pharma (Canada) is a research-based pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company which has operated in Canada for over 60 years.”
TAGS: BELBUCA®, chronic pain