Daily Media Digest March 27, 2018

“In a related editorial, Robert D. Reid PhD, of the divisions of prevention and rehabilitation and of cardiology, at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, wrote that Windle and colleagues findings, combined with other research on varenicline, drive home the point that smokers usually need several tools to …”
TAGS: Chantix, cardiac event, Smoking


“Earlier this month at HIMSS 2018, Mayo Clinic reported that IBM’s Watson system has driven an 80% increase in enrollment in clinical trials for breast cancer. The artificial intelligence (AI) platform has also significantly reduced the time to screen an individual patient for clinical trial matches, said Dr. Kyu …”
TAGS: artificial intelligence, clinical trial, enrollment


HuffPost Canada
“TORONTO — Arzu Ozkose is caught in a dilemma she says no mother should have to face. Her 10-year-old daughter, Alara, suffered debilitating seizures caused by Dravet syndrome, but has improved dramatically while taking a cannabis oil being tested as part of a clinical trial at Toronto’s Hospital for …”
TAGS: seizures, Cannabis Oil, clinical trials


“The chief medical health officer at Vancouver Coastal Health is applauding a pledge from Ottawa to make access to prescription heroin and methadone easier. Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Monday that the Liberal government would allow for the prescription of heroin outside of a …”
TAGS: heroin addiction, opioid crisis, prescription drugs


“A new Vancouver-based study says taking ibuprofen everyday can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. If started early enough, Canadian neuroscientists say using the over-the-counter medication can diminish the chances of developing the disease that currently affects an estimated 564,000 …”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s, study, ibuprofen


“Some Nova Scotia-born physicians say they may never come back to work at home in part because they weren’t accepted at Dalhousie University. “I think a lot of people get frustrated, saying, ‘Why aren’t there more doctors?'” said Dr. Nicky Eustace, a family physician from the Annapolis Valley who is …”
TAGS: Nova Scotia, doctors, medical school,


CBC.ca (blog)
“The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada says in 2012, 50 per cent of Canada’s OB-GYNs were women. Today, it’s 58 per cent. … women physicians doesn’t explain everything. Women have made some inroads into other surgical specialties, they dominate in obstetrics and gynecology.”
TAGS: gynecologist, women


U of T Engineering News
“… launched at the University Health Network (UHN). Supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, and co-directed by Valiante and IBBME professor Milos Popovic, the $16.4-million CenteR for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA) will …”
TAGS: U of T, Engineering students, Research, epilepsy


Toronto Star
“The new regulations are expected to come into effect in May and stem from a guideline released earlier this month by the Canadian Research Initiative in Substances Misuse. The collection of best practices, put together by a network of 43 health-care practitioners, includes suggestions on how best to …”
TAGS: ease restrictions, methadone, prescription heroin


UCalgary News
“Dr. Shelagh Coutts, a neurologist and member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the Cumming School of Medicine is leading an international clinical trial to improve treatment for people with minor stroke or TIA and reduce their chance of having a long-term disability. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of …”
TAGS: drug therapy, stroke


The Globe and Mail
“GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday it will buy Novartis’s 36.5 percent stake in their consumer health care joint venture for $13 billion in cash, and will also begin a strategic review of some other businesses. GSK last week quit the race to buy Pfizer’s consumer health care business, endangering an auction …”
TAGS: GSK, Novartis, health care joint venture


Toronto Star-21 hours ago
“Dr. Norman Buckley, scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care at McMaster University, also heads the Chronic Pain Network through a five-year funding arrangement with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He said the aim is to train researchers and translate that knowledge …”
TAGS: pain strategy, prescription drugs


Canada NewsWire (press release)-1 hour ago
“TORONTO, March 27, 2018 /CNW/ – The Gairdner Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Canada Gairdner Award laureates, recognizing some of the world’s most significant research and biomedical discoveries. Laureates receive a $100,000 cash honorarium and are formally presented with their awards on October …”
TAGS: Gairdner Foundation Award, scientists, human health