Daily Media Digest June 11, 2021

Ontario’s patchwork approach to collecting race and income vaccine data could hinder rollout
Toronto Star
“Data to better understand who’s not getting COVID vaccines is being collected inconsistently across the province, advocates say, leaving huge holes in our understanding of the rollout.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, race, income, University Health Network

Perception of COVID-19 subject of phone survey
Battlefords News Optimist
“It’s part of a new study launched by University of Saskatchewan researchers who want to understand people’s thoughts about the effectiveness of public health messaging and the perceived risk of COVID-19 in their lives over the next four months.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, survey, University of Saskatchewan

SFU cybercrime team fights COVID-19 misinformation with artificial intelligence
“Simon Fraser University’s International CyberCrime Research Centre (ICCRC) is engaged in a new project to develop artificial intelligence tools to fight COVID-19-related misinformation campaigns on social media.”
TAGS: COVID-19, misinformation, artificial intelligence, social media, Simon Fraser University

New U of C research position 1st in Canada to focus on psychedelic drug therapy for mental health
“The Calgary trader anted up $3 million for a new position at the University of Calgary focusing on the use of psychedelic drugs including ketamine, ecstasy and psilocybin — commonly known as magic mushrooms — to treat mental illness.”
TAGS: mental health, treatment, Canada Research Chair, University of Calgary

Peterborough family walking to Ottawa in support of juvenile diabetes research
Global News
“We are so grateful for the medical advancements that have helped children with diabetes live a close to normal life, but this takes support from our communities.”
TAGS: diabetes, fundraising, JDRF, Diabetes Canada

Treatments for post-vaccine blood clots show promise but no ‘slam dunk,’ Canadian doctors say
“Ever since health officials announced Canada’s first known case of rare, post-vaccination blood clots back in April, scientists have been racing to learn more about what causes the potentially deadly condition — and how to treat it.”
TAGS: COVID-19, blood clots, treatment, McMaster University

Study highlights the dynamic role of social media in epidemics
“Researchers from York University and the University of British Columbia have found social media use to be one of the factors related to the spread of COVID-19 within dozens of countries during the early stages of the pandemic.”
TAGS: COVID-19, social media, York University, University of British Columbia