Daily Media Digest June 18, 2021

Researchers develop quantum dot smartphone device to diagnose and track COVID-19
“Researchers at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Public Health Ontario and Mount Sinai Hospital, …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, diagnosis, Sunnybrook Health Sciences

Vaccine coverage not high enough to prevent a surge of COVID-19: Etches
Ottawa Citizen
“Ottawa’s Dr. Doug Manuel, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and a member of the province’s science advisory table, has also …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, vaccine, public health, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Researchers develop innovative patient-reported compassion measure for health care
UM Today
“A joint University of Manitoba and University of Calgary team have scoured research studies, formal health inquiries and survey data from patients in …”
TAGS: health care, compassion, patient care, innovative research, University of Calgary

Queen’s researchers develop new blood test for earlier cancer detection
““This paper looked at women with metastatic breast cancer who are … Following funding from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Dr. …”
TAGS: cancer detection, blood test, screening, metastatic breast cancer, Canadian Cancer Society

Study reveals how a combination of two drugs helps the immune system to target leukemia
UHN Research
“A study led by Dr. Aaron Schimmer, Research Director at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Dr. Li Zhang, Senior Scientist at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, aimed to investigate why a new drug combination was effective at treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in patients who are not eligible for standard chemotherapy.”
TAGS: immune system, leukemia, innovative treatment, University Health Network

Solving blood supply shortage with glycomics
“For blood transfusions to be safe, the donor and patient blood types must match. Now GlycoNet researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have identified a new, more powerful group of enzymes that can turn any type of blood into the universally usable type O—expanding the pool of potential blood donors and making blood matching safer and easier.”
TAGS: glycomics, blood transfusions, blood types, GlycoNet

Cancer causes structural and mechanical changes in the heart
UCalgary News
“James White heads the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre. Research at the University of Calgary’s Cumming …”
TAGS: heart, cardiac health, cancer, innovative research, University of Calgary

How a new program frees up beds by helping patients stuck in hospital find care elsewhere
“Maria Manalo spent more than four years living in a hospital room at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), even though she didn’t …”
TAGS: mental health, access to care, hospital, CAMH