Daily Media Digest July 12, 2023

A fast, effective way to detect cancer stem cells
Brighter World
“McMaster researchers have uncovered a fast and effective way to detect cancer stem cells before the disease recurs in adults who previously underwent treatment… Bhatia’s research … is a major step forward.”
TAGS: cancer, stem cells, McMaster University

Why scientists say wastewater surveillance needs to continue, despite low COVID-19 levels
CBC News
“Despite a majority of wastewater sites across the country reporting some of the lowest levels of COVID-19 since analysis began, some researchers say this type of surveillance should continue so Canada can be prepared for the next pandemic.”
TAGS: COVID-19, wastewater surveillance, Western University, University of Windsor

Magic mushroom experiences among people with bipolar disorder
“… the first to characterize psilocybin use and impacts among people with bipolar disorder (BD) — a brain condition that causes extreme mood swings and altered behaviour… potential therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms to treat BD.”
TAGS: bipolar disorder, mental health, psychedelics, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI)

Damage to bacteria linked with chemo-induced weight gain in breast cancer patients
University of Alberta
“Researchers have found a link between chemotherapy-induced changes to gut bacteria and the unhealthy weight gain seen in breast cancer patients, pointing the way to potentially help survivors avoid obesity-related illness later in their lives.”
TAGS: cancer, breast cancer, obesity, University of Alberta

Protein patterns found in patients with suspected long COVID
Technology Networks
“… a team at Lawson Health Research Institute has discovered unique patterns of blood plasma proteins in patients with long COVID that could reveal potential drug targets to improve patient outcomes.”
TAGS: long COVID, treatment, Lawson Health Research Institute

Now accepting nominations: The Health Research Foundation (HRF) Diversity and Equity in Research Award
Innovative Medicines Canada
The Diversity and Equity in Research Award recognizes outstanding individuals whose work advances equitable participation in health research and access to health care in Canada, improving the well-being of all Canadians, particularly those facing inequities.