Daily Media Digest June 16, 2021

Experts divided on easing COVID-19 rules for fully vaccinated adults
Toronto Sun
“Dr. Donald Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at the McGill University Health Centre, argues that creating a separate set of restrictions for people …”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccination, pandemic, public health, McGill University Health Centre

An injection of hope: Herd immunity – where are we now?
York U
“Deep into the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is racing to catch up with a virus spreading and mutating across the globe at an incredible pace. No longer is the collective goal to “flatten the curve” – this time, armed with vaccines, the aim is to break the chain of infection altogether.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, herd immunity, vaccines, York University

Ontario researchers studying health impacts of pandemic on mothers and their babies
CTV News London
“Researchers from Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) and Western University in London, Ont. are coming together to study the possible …”
TAGS: pandemic, women’s health, maternal health, mental health, Lawson Health Research Institute, Western University

New intervention improves confidence and independence in patients with spinal cord injury.
Research and UHN
“UHN researchers have created a unique rehabilitation program that can help some of the 86,000 Canadians that live with a spinal cord injury achieve greater independence.”
TAGS: spinal cord injury, traumatic injury, rehabilitation, independence, University Health Network

Community-centred, Indigenous approach needed for mental health in the North, say territory …
The Hill Times
“The federal government could learn from working with Indigenous governments, says Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Minister Julie …”
TAGS: Indigenous health, mental health, northern and rural health, community health, access to care

Researchers identify protein markers that predict complications following lung transplantation.
Research at UHN
“A research team, headed by Toronto General Hospital Research Institute Scientists Drs. Ana Konvalinka and Tereza Martinu, has identified molecular markers that can be measured to predict future complications. Specifically, the team discovered that the levels of a set of proteins can indicate which lung transplant recipients are most likely to develop chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD)—a major long-term cause of death in these individuals.”
TAGS: lung transplant, complications, prognosis, University Health Network

Jounce Therapeutics Achieves First Milestone in Exclusive License Agreement with Gilead …
“The IND clearance triggers a $25.0 million milestone payment to Jounce. JTX-1811, which will be referred to as GS-1811 in Gilead’s pipeline, is a …”
TAGS: innovative research, medicine, investment, Gilead