Daily Media Digest March 30, 2021

Dialysis patients have a high COVID-19 mortality rate, but were left out of vaccine priority: doctors
CTV News
“At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, in Toronto, Hladunewich and her colleagues in the …”
TAGS: COVID-19, at-risk population, vaccine priority, kidney disease, dialysis, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

‘A very clear shift’: Younger people getting sicker, faster with COVID, doctors say
The Guardian
“… medical director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Toronto’s University Health Network, or UHN. HIs ECMO unit, the largest in Canada, …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, vaccination, variants, University Health Network

U of T researchers to help form national Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network
“… senior investigator in the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) at Sinai Health who is among eight co-principal applicants on the project.”
TAGS: COVID-19, rapid response network, variants, Lunenfeld-Tannenbaum Research Institute

Blood survey suggests COVID-19 was more prevalent in Manitoba during second wave than …
“Jason Kindrachuk, a University of Manitoba microbiologist and Canada Research Chair in emerging viruses, said he too would question how the …”
TAGS: COVID-19, blood, pandemic, public health,antibodies, University of Manitoba

‘It’s a recipe for mental health issues’: Tracking the impact of a year of COVID-19
“… Mental Health Research Canada’s board of directors. When Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide state of emergency on March 17, 2020, …”
TAGS: COVID-19, mental health, public health, depression, anxiety, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

New radiotracers could be key for new treatments and early detection for Parkinson’s
“University of Saskatchewan (USask) nuclear medicine researcher and GlycoNet Investigator Chris Phenix has been awarded US$150,000 by The Michael J. Fox Foundation to develop diagnostic radiotracers for early detection of Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic degenerative brain disorder that affects more than 100,000 Canadians.”
TAGS: Parkinson’s disease, chronic illness, degenerative brain disorder, University of Saskatchewan, GlycoNet

Funding research toward treating the root cause of neurodegenerative disease
“Dr. Simonetta Sipione, GlycoNet Investigator and Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Alberta, was recently awarded a major five-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), worth $1.04 million. The project builds upon work previously funded by GlycoNet.”
TAGS: neurodegenerative disease, mental health, innovative research, GlycoNet