Daily Media Digest March 1, 2021

Why the pandemic is a trigger for eating disorders
“… Information Centre helpline has seen a 70 per cent increase in calls and texts, said Alexa Giorgi, a spokesperson for the University Health Network, …”
TAGS: pandemic, COVID-19, eating disorders, mental health, University Health Network

Bird flu outbreak prompts warning about future pandemics
Radio Canada International (en)
“Researchers at McMaster University are working on developing a universal influenza vaccine which could protect people against all influenza viruses.  …”
TAGS: pandemic, bird flu, COVID-19, influenza viruses, McMaster University

There’s no ‘best’ vaccine, expert says as Canada OKs AstraZeneca shots
“… vaccines are good,” Dr. Bradly Wouters, executive vice-president of science and research at the University Health Network told Global News Friday.”
TAGS: vaccine, public health, infectious disease, innovative research, University Health Network

New studies look at COVID-19 antibodies among Canadian correctional populations
Yorkton This Week
“… Dr. Nadine Kronfli from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Principal Investigator of the Quebec provincial prisons study.”
TAGS: COVID-19, antibodies, at-risk population, public health, infectious disease, McGill University Health Centre

A combination therapy for treating severe neurological childhood disorders
“A study aiming to develop a new therapeutic technique could bring a revolution in our approach to treating rare, fatal Sanfilippo syndrome, a disorder that affects children as young as 2 years old and leads to childhood dementia and premature death.”
TAGS: pediatric care, children and youth health, neurological disorder, innovative treatments, dementia, GlyCoNet

Seniors, patients, astronauts will all benefit from new USask research on bone health
Yorkton This Week
“Kontulainen’s study, which focuses on bone and muscle health, is part of a 17-month national project funded by CIHR to understand the health …”
TAGS: bone health, innovative research, muscle health, University of Saskatchewan

Sugar research might help answer the unanswered in cancer
“Scientists at GlycoNet are taking the challenge by making the invisible visible. In other words, they look closely at the structure and the changes of sugars on tumor cells, investigate the interactions between these sugars and other biomolecules in our body, and leverage this knowledge to develop technologies that can recognize or attack cancer cells when our immune system fails to do so.”
TAGS: cancer, innovative research, sugar, tumor cells, GlyCoNet