Daily Media Digest July 25, 2023

Canadian medical research breakthrough – Gut bacteria combination shows risk for Crohn’s disease
Canada Newswire
“This discovery is inspiring for the Crohn’s and colitis community. It gives us hope for major improvements in care and prevention for this lifelong disease.”
TAGS: Crohn’s and colitis, Canadian research, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

Leveraging artificial intelligence to make care safer for mental health patients
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
“In recent years, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare has shown great promise, and one area where it holds significant potential is the development of an early warning score (EWS) system for mental health patients.”
TAGS: mental health, artificial intelligence, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

CMAJ paper by Providence and UBC urges prescription stimulants as harm reduction
The Daily Scan
“While there is no Health Canada-approved treatment for stimulant use disorder, evidence has emerged to support the off-label prescription of psychostimulants to treat this condition.”
TAGS: mental health and addiction, opioid use, Providence Research, University of British Columbia

Children in food-insecure homes visit doctors, ER more than peers, study says
The Globe and Mail
“The study, published… children and teens in food-insecure homes had a 55-per-cent higher prevalence of doctors’ visits and were 74 per cent more likely to end up in hospital for mental or substance-use disorders.”
TAGS: pediatric health, emergency care, Western University, University of Calgary

Behind the lab doors: Sleepy driving simulator study
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI)
“New study from the Road Safety and Public Health Research lab assesses driving performance among medical residents after long overnight shifts.”
TAGS: brain health, Canadian research, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI)

McMaster researcher trials post-partum therapy using only public health nurses
McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences – McMaster University
“Mothers with post-partum depression (PPD) can be successfully treated in group sessions run by public health nurses, according to new research led by McMaster University in collaboration with Niagara Region Public Health (NRPH).”
TAGS: post-partum depression (PPD), perinatal health, McMaster University