Daily Media Digest March 13, 2018

Business Wire (press release)
“The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and foremost heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. UOHI delivers high-tech care with a personal touch, shapes the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced and revolutionizes cardiac treatment …”
TAGS: Cardiac PET Imaging Agent, Heart Failure


“15 and is a biologic that helps get inflammatory bowel disease under control and “improve the quality of life” of patients, says Mina Mawani, the president and CEO of the national charity. She said other provinces have listed new “bio-similar” drugs that can be 45 to 50 per cent cheaper, but might not work …”
TAGS: Crohn’s and Colitis, Mina Mawani, drug Remicade


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“TORONTO, March 12, 2018 /CNW/ – Mr. Brian Porter, Chair of the Board of Trustees of University Health Network (UHN) today announced that Kevin Smith, … Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN.”
TAGS: University Health Network, Dr. Kevin Smith, UHN


“In 2016, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) introduced a four-legged virus fighter to help wipe out a nasty superbug in hospitals. Two years later, the dog is heading to the B.C. Interior to showcase his infection detecting skills. Angus is a three-year old English springer spaniel that is trained to detect C.”
TAGS: C. difficile, dog, detects


The Concordian
“The university marketing firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) announced on Feb. 28 that Concordia had risen in the ranks in several subjects in its 2018 World University Rankings list. Notably, QS placed Concordia among the top 51-100 universities in the world at which to study art and design. As of June …”
TAGS: top universities, ranking


“Dr. Mark Sinyor, psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre poses in this undated handout photo. Journalists face an ethical challenge when writing about the issue of suicide or a celebrity who has taken their own life: how to report on such deaths without prompting vulnerable people to copy …”
TAGS: media responsibility, suicide reporting


Medical Xpress
“”Plavix was one of the most commonly used drugs in cardiology, so switching to generics can reduce a lot of cost for individuals and health systems,” said Ko, who is also a cardiologist at the Schulich Heart Centre of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the University of Toronto. While the study …”
TAGS: generic antiplatelet drugs, heart patients


“In just a few weeks, a group of nearly 40 Dalhousie University students, plus a physician, will arrive in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, before heading out to rural communities as part of a volunteer medical and health-related infrastructure mission. Organized through the Dalhousie chapter of …”
TAGS: Global Medical Brigades, Honduras,


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Today, while visiting the University of Regina, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, highlighted a recent federal investment of $937,000 for health research at the University of Regina. This support, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research … “
TAGS: health research funding, addiction, personal support workers


McGill Tribune
“If there was a substantial causal effect of cannabis usage on schizophrenia, one would expect countries with higher youth cannabis usage to have higher rates of schizophrenia. But Dr. David Bloom, medical director of the psychotic disorders program at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and … “
TAGS: cannabis, schizophrenia myth