Daily Media Digest May 17, 2021

Dementia, Alzheimer’s most common comorbidities associated with COVID-19 deaths: StatCan
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“Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were the most common medical conditions associated with all of the COVID-19 deaths reported in …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, comorbidity, public health, dementia, Alzheimer’s

How the spread of COVID-19 misinformation is undermining trust in public health
“A survey of more than 3,000 residents last spring found that more than half of respondents believed in unproven COVID-19 treatments such as vitamin C and heat exposure.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, misinformation, treatment, Provincial Health Services Authority

Why Canada’s big bets on delaying, mixing doses of COVID-19 vaccines could pay off
“… for us getting back to a more normal life,” said Alyson Kelvin, a vaccinologist with VIDO-InterVac, a vaccine development company in Saskatoon.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, vaccine, immunity, VIDO-InterVac

Surgery to prevent strokes in heart patients recommended worldwide: Canadian doctor
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“”This will open a new paradigm for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation,” Whitlock said of the results of the McMaster University-led study that was …”
TAGS: stroke, atrial fibrillation, heart surgery, cardiac health, McMaster University

Canada’s Indigenous communities at greater risk post-surgery, study shows
“Canada’s Indigenous communities are at a greater risk of death and health … Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on … The research included 1.9 million patients, 10 per cent of whom were …”
TAGS: Indigenous health, community health, surgery outcomes, prognosis

Researchers strengthen connections with teen patients through texting
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“A two-way texting platform is helping a team at BC Children’s Hospital build deeper relationships with patients through weekly texts. Early evidence and ongoing research is revealing how small texts can have big impacts for providers and patients.”
TAGS: teen health, access to care, long term care, patient interaction, Provincial Health Services BC

Preemie boys age up to four and a half years faster as men, McMaster study shows
“… oldest longitudinal study of ELBW babies who have been followed since the study began at McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences in 1977.”
TAGS: neonatal health, men’s health, developmental health, McMaster University