Daily Media Digest May 14, 2020

Testing underway in London, Ont., for non-invasive ventilation mask
“The effort is being led by the Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), University Health Network (UHN) and …”
TAGS: innovative research, non-invasive ventilation, COVID-19

Alberta in final stages of validating serology tests to detect COVID-19 antibodies
“According to Alberta Health Services, Alberta Precision Laboratories is in the final stages of validating multiple serology tests, including one that was …”
TAGS: COVID-19, serology tests, antibodies

Global clinical trial to test blood thinner on COVID-19 patients led by UM and UHN
UM Today (press release)
“The University of Manitoba and the University Health Network are working together to make this large international trial a reality. Dr. Zarychanski has …”
TAGS: COVID-19 , innovative treatment, public health, blood thinner

COVID-19 brought Canada’s medical research to a halt. Thousands face layoffs this week
Toronto Star
“Now top research directors and hospital leaders warn that even COVID-19 clinical trials are at risk of halting if there is no support for the lab operations …”
TAGS: medical research, public health

Cannabis firm exploring plant-based tech with VIDO-InterVac researchers in quest for COVID-19 …
“Saskatoon’s Zyus Life Sciences is working in collaboration with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO- …”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine development, cannabis

The Royal opens urgent mental health clinic to help during pandemic
Kitchissippi Times
“The Royal Hospital, located at 1145 Carling Ave., wanted to find a way to provide care to those with urgent mental health needs before emergencies …”
TAGS: COVID-19, mental health, virtual care

Canada authorizes use of first blood tests to detect COVID-19 antibodies
“In a previous interview with Global News, Dawn Bowdish, the Canada Research Chair in aging and immunity at McMaster University, said that while …”
TAGS: COVID-19, serology tests, public health

Halifax researchers working to turn wood pulp into N95 masks
“Researchers at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax are investigating whether Nova Scotia fir and spruce can be converted into pulp for use in medical …”
TAGS: personal protective equipment, innovative solutions, N95 masks, COVID-19