Daily Media Digest March 4, 2020

U of S researchers working to reduce opioid use through chronic pain management

“A University of Saskatchewan (U of S) pilot project aims to improve patient health and reduce opioid use through chronic pain management.”
TAGS: opioid crisis, chronic pain, pain management

Study links depressive symptoms during pregnancy with lowered immunity in infants

Folio – University of Alberta
“A woman’s mental health during pregnancy has a direct influence on the development of her child’s immune system, according to a new study from …”
TAGS: depression, maternal health, immunity

New research suggests being bilingual may help delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
The Globe and Mail
“From Sudoku to high-intensity workouts to playing the trombone, there are countless ways to challenge the brain – and maybe even stave off Alzheimer’s disease in the process. But according to a new study, speaking a second language may hold the real superpower when it comes to delaying cognitive decline.”
TAGS: bilingualism, dementia, aging population

Closing the gap
“The damaged cardiomyocytes break the wave of contraction, resulting in potentially life-threatening conditions, such as arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) and heart disease.”
TAGS: cardiac heath, heart arrhythmia, heart disease

Canadian scientists at forefront of coronavirus research as SARS outbreak informs response
The Globe and Mail
“The potential for a worldwide pandemic has kept scientists in Canada at the ready and placed them at the forefront of the global response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, several prominent researchers say.”
TAGS: SARS, COVID-19, public health

U of S research hopes to fight ageism in health care
The Star Phoenix
“As nursing home residents get sicker and older, experts are calling for a systemic change in the way older adults are treated. The key? Care home residents themselves, who Dr. Roslyn Compton of the University of Saskatchewan says are often excluded from conversations about their own health care.”
TAGS: aging population, geriatric care, ageism in medicine