Daily Media Digest May 31, 2021

Want to get a COVID-19 vaccine but have a needle phobia? There’s help, experts say
“Samantha Yammine, a neuroscientist, science communicator and digital media producer based in Toronto, understands the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines better than most, but that doesn’t change the terror of needles she’s had since she was 12.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, pandemic, phobia, public health, York University

Canadian study looking to prevent COVID-19 infections
CityNews Winnipeg
“The University of Calgary is one of seven sites … It’s very easy for those who want to be part of the study to do so since you …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, infection prevention, innovative preventative treatment, University of Calgary

How to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake and decrease vaccine hesitancy in young people
UM Today
“Tracie O. Afifi, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Childhood Adversity and Resilience, University of Manitoba; Ashley Stewart-Tufescu, …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, vaccine hesitancy, public health, University of Manitoba

Some kids may experience separation anxiety due to COVID-19, psychologists say
The Globe and Mail
“… Youth Mental Health Collaborative of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, mental health, anxiety, CAMH

More Canadians turning to cannabis to help deal with pandemic pressures
“Researchers at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have been monitoring the uptick in cannabis consumption. “The pandemic …”
TAGS: pandemic, mental health, anxiety, cannabis, CAMH

New decision-making tool reveals when drone-based delivery of defibrillators could save lives.
Research at UHN
“To address these issues, a research team led by Dr. Chan developed a machine learning-based system to decide when to optimally dispatch a drone. The team tested different decision-making approaches using a simulation based on data from Peel region between 2015 and 2019.”
TAGS: cardiac health, emergency care, innovative technology, defibrillator, University Health Network

Can we use radiation to treat Alzheimer’s? Canadian pilot study finds improved cognition after CT …
CTV News
“Freedman noted that the patients they looked at in the study, which was run in collaboration with Sunnybrook Health Sciences, were experiencing “very ..”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s disease, innovative treatment, pilot study, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Study finds that the Manage My Pain app can engage and empower patients towards better health.
Research at UHN
“Digital health apps are helping to connect patients with their health care teams. These apps enhance the ability of patients to manage their health while providing their care teams with real-time feedback, alongside standard care; however, their benefits are not always fully apparent.”
TAGS: chronic health, pain, pain management, virtual care, University Health Network