Daily Media Digest May 29, 2023

Free medications produce overall health-care savings in Ontario trial, new study suggests
CBC News
“… suggest covering the cost of medication produces overall savings for the health-care system, according to a new study.”
TAGS: prescription medication, Canada Research Chair, pharmacare, University of Calgary

Precision health brings hope to children with a rare disease
“With a cleft palate, extremely low red blood cell counts, hearing impairment, and constant fatigue, the little girl has spent a lot of time at BC Children’s Hospital …”
TAGS: rare diseases, pediatric health, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Provincial Health Services Authority

The release of Poll 16 presents findings that indicate a stagnation in the mental health of Canadians
Mental Health Research Canada
“This finding underscores the potential association between high levels of stress and exhaustion, and the adoption of substances as coping mechanisms or self-medication …”
TAGS: mental health and addiction, cannabis use, self-medication, Mental Health Research Canada

Perinatal transmission of HPV: Encouraging new data
Université de Montréal
“Pregnant women who have HPV rarely transmit it to their baby, and when they do, the infection does not persist …”
TAGS: human papilloma virus (HPV), perinatal health, Université de Montréal

New funding to support Canadian veterans and their families
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
“RI-MUHC research project will examine the mental health needs of women veterans …”
TAGS: mental health, veteran health, funding, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)

Provinces must seek anti-smoking measures in Big Tobacco settlement: health groups
CTV News
“In an open letter, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Lung Association and Heart and Stroke Foundation say governments should make cutting …”
TAGS: health care costs, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Lung Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation