Daily Media Digest March 24, 2023

First patient treated in world-first cell therapy trial to heal the lungs of preterm babies
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“Researchers have treated the first patient in an innovative clinical trial of a cell therapy that aims to prevent very premature babies from developing a chronic lung disease called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).”
TAGS: clinical trial, cell therapy, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, CHEO, Stem Cell Network

Dr. Falcone to co-lead the Pan-Canadian Network on Long COVID Biomedical Team
“It will also draw on the expertise and experience of more than 300 people, including fundamental and clinical researchers, patients, partners and Indigenous community representatives.”
TAGS: long COVID, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), Université de Montréal, McMaster University, University of Alberta

Too much pruning: A new study sheds light on how neurodegeneration occurs in the brain
McGill University Health Centre
“A Montreal research team demonstrates how genetic mutations cause brain cell death and inflammation by derailing synaptic pruning …”
TAGS: genetic mutation, inflammation, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), Lady Davis Institute (LDI)

How fit is your gut microbiome?
University of Calgary
“To investigate how exercise shapes the gut microbiota in non-athletes, the study assessed information on the type, time and intensity of exercise in relation to microbiomes in a large cohort of middle-aged adults. Information on body weight, diet and hand-grip strength were also collected.”
TAGS: kinesiology, physical activity, microbiome health, University of Calgary

Ask an expert: Is my menstrual pain normal, or could I have endometriosis?
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
“Our expert answers questions about the painful condition experienced by 10 per cent of the world female population.”
TAGS: endometriosis, menstrual pain, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute