Daily Media Digest July 18, 2023

First-in-Canada procedure seeks to remove thyroid nodules with reduced side effects
University Health Network
“An innovative procedure called radiofrequency ablation (RFA) could offer patients a less invasive option that doesn’t require surgery and reduces the potential for undesirable side effects.”
TAGS: surgery, pain management, clinical trial, University Health Network

A new study at The Neuro hopes to deliver the first targeted treatment for a common form of muscular dystrophy
The Neuro
“This is a progressive disorder that can be very debilitating. As muscle cells die over time, an individual will lose strength in facial muscles, which can really impact social interaction and communication because they can’t smile.”
TAGS: Muscular Dystrophy, Canadian research, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital)

Study: Sex or social media? The sacrifices we’re willing to make to stay online
University of Windsor
“… from the Community Health, Environment and Wellness lab in the Faculty of Human Kinetics found some young adults would rather give up sex or cut 10 years off their life expectancies than give up social media.”
TAGS: mental health, addiction and substance use, University of Windsor

‘Socks Off’ seeks to ward off Ontario’s high rate of diabetes-related foot amputations
Global News
“Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) together with the Greater Hamilton Health Network (GHHN) is launching the campaign, called Socks Off, on July 17, with …”
TAGS: diabetes, heart disease, Diabetes Canada, Hamilton Health Sciences

Landmark Report Published on the Status of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) in Canada’s Life Sciences Sector
HRI Portal
“Pfizer Canada, adMare BioInnovations, Shift Health and Life Sciences Ontario have partnered to produce this report featuring insights on areas of progress and opportunity …”
TAGS: IDEA, life sciences, Pfizer Canada, adMare BioInnovations, Shift Health, Life Sciences Ontario

Prescribing psychostimulant medication used for ADHD could help reduce illegal drug use, expert says
The Globe and Mail
“… a family physician at Providence Health Care’s Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver who has worked in the substance-use field for more than 30 years.”
TAGS: mental health and addiction, Providence Health Care, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health