Daily Media Digest March 6, 2020

The beat goes on: Shaping up to curb an irregular heart rhythm
“The study gave participants with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) tools to manage their symptoms. Non-valvular AF is an irregular heart rhythm often associated with such things as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, obesity, diabetes and sedentary behaviour.”
TAGS: cardiac health, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure

Our eye movements help us retrieve memories, suggests a new Baycrest study

“In a recent study, scientists at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI) found that research participants moved their eyes to determine whether they …”
TAGS: memory, neuroscience, eye movements

Your back pain may be due to evolution and spine shape

Simon Fraser University News
“… has a bearing on their spinal health,” says Mark Collard, SFU archaeology professor and Canada Research Chair in Human Evolutionary Studies.”
TAGS: back pain, spondylosis

Project brings patient perspective to health research

UM Today (press release)
“Much of the research on care transitions is focused on health service … course of one year to help develop a study that is deemed relevant to all stakeholders. … back to Canada made me want to understand the bigger picture of health … Face coronavirus with courage, UM alumnus urges medical peers.
TAGS: patient perspective, health research, patient centered care

Intensive blood pressure therapy may lower death risk in type 2 diabetes
Diabetes Canada
“People with type 2 diabetes who received intensive treatment to keep their blood pressure levels at 130/80 mm/Hg or below had fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other diabetes complications compared to those who did not get intensive treatment.”
TAGS: diabetes, blood pressure, chronic illness

USask awarded $3.6M to tackle opioid withdrawal in babies, improve health care for youth and elderly
University of Saskatchewan
“Eight University of Saskatchewan (USask) health research projects have been awarded nearly $3.6 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to improve health and quality of life for children, mothers, seniors, Indigenous communities, and people in rural areas.”
TAGS: community health, opioid crisis, aging population, children and youth health