Daily Media Digest January 8, 2024

B.C. researchers developing breath test for lung cancer
“Researchers in B.C. are working to develop a breath test that could help show signs of cancer earlier, and screen more people, more easily.”
KEYWORDS: cancer, respiratory health, B.C. Cancer, Canadian Cancer Society, Provincial Health Services Authority

Award-winning technology promises earlier diagnosis of macular degeneration and more independence for people with visual impairments
University of Waterloo
“One award-winning new invention aims to change that, while another aims to diagnose a common eye disease earlier, potentially preventing vision loss in the first place.”
KEYWORDS: medtech, optometry, University of Waterloo

A lower extremity stroke rehabilitation program using video-conferencing technology, shows promising results
CanStroke Recovery Trials
“Community-based telerehabilitation programs, such as TRAIL, could extend the continuum of care during the transition back to community post-discharge, or during global disruptions, such as …”
KEYWORDS: stroke, recovery and rehabilitation, CanStroke Recovery Trials

KHSC switches to low-volume blood test tubes, reducing the risk of blood loss-related complications for patients
Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)
“To help, KHSC introduced a new approach to blood testing earlier this fall that reduces blood-loss from diagnostic testing. The idea is …”
KEYWORDS: blood testing, health care, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Immunotherapy improves survival with mesothelioma lung cancer
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“Results showed that patients who received immunotherapy (pembrolizumab) together with chemotherapy had a 21 percent reduction in their risk of death compared to those …”
KEYWORDS: cancer, clinical trial, Canadian Cancer Trials Group, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

‘Cutting edge’ lab probes weight loss mysteries in children, adults in Canada
CTV News
“Researchers from McMaster University say their new Energy Lab is the first one in Canada focused on investigating the mysteries of weight loss in both children and adults …”
KEYWORDS: pediatric health, diabetes, weight loss, McMaster University