Daily Media Digest March 23, 2021

The movement to address environmental racism is growing. This bill could provide the data it needs
CBC News
“There’s something that all of these communities that I’ve looked at, and also the communities that I’ve met, share — they all have very high rates of cancer, high rates of rare cancers and respiratory illness,” said Waldron. “Something is happening and I think it needs to be investigated.”
TAGS: racism, Indigenous health, environmental health

UM immunologist applies interferon expertise to COVID-19
UM Today News
“The immunologist studies interferons – proteins that are released by the immune system to defend against viruses. Specifically, she is an expert on type III interferons or “interferon lambdas,” which scientists discovered less than 20 years ago.”
TAGS: COVID-19, treatment, University of Manitoba, University Health Network

Healthcare professionals warn of ‘echo’ pandemic as Canadians’ mental health suffers
Ottawa Citizen
“…at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research in Ottawa, found that the proportion of people without a psychiatric history who screened positive for generalized anxiety disorder increased from 23.1 per cent before the pandemic, to 34.7 per cent during. Even more dramatically, those who screened positive for depression jumped from 19.3 per cent, pre pandemic, to 48.7 per cent.”
TAGS: pandemic, mental health, The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research

Celebrate Insulin 100 with those whose lives have been affected
HRI Portal
“Toronto is understandably proud of its role in the discovery of insulin, which took place here at the University of Toronto,” says Dr. Gary Lewis, Director of the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre and Scientific Co-Lead for Diabetes Action Canada. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate virtually with friends and colleagues…”
TAGS: diabetes, insulin 100, Diabetes Action Canada, University of Toronto

Want to improve your health? A new study says head into nature and absorb the sounds
Carleton Newsroom
“The team found people who experienced the sounds of nature felt decreased pain, lower stress, improved mood and enhanced cognitive performance. The sounds of water were most effective at improving positive emotions and health outcomes, while bird sounds combat stress and annoyance.”
TAGS: health benefits, nature, Carleton University