Daily Media Digest November 2, 2020

New research hopes to improve COVID-19 swab test
The Daily Scan
“New research led by a team at St. Paul’s Hospital hopes to make the diagnostic process a bit more comfortable. Their study found that rotating the swab after it’s inserted into the nose – a step that makes the procedure take longer, and may increase patient discomfort – does not improve the quality of the sample collected and is therefore unnecessary.”
TAGS: COVID-19, testing, public health, Providence Health Care

Stopping breast cancer from making its way to the lungs
CTV News London
“… types of breast cancer where there really aren’t many if any targeting treatments,” says Dr. Alison Allan, scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute …”
TAGS: breast cancer, innovative research, women’s health, Lawson Health Research Institute

‘World first’ Parkinson’s treatment undergoing clinical trial in Toronto
“More than 100,000 people in Canada have been diagnosed, according to Parkinson Canada, and there is no cure. Read more: Why are my hands …”
TAGS: Parkinson’s disease, innovative treatment, deep brain stimulation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Online breast cancer support program at a Montreal hospital has had some unexpected benefits
CTV Montreal
“One in eight Canadian women will get breast cancer, and the MUHC (McGill University Health Centre) foundation has support programs at the …”
TAGS: breast cancer, online support program, virtual care, mental health, McGill University Health Research Centre

Calgary scientists buzzing over magic mushroom-inspired medical research
Calgary Herald
“In doing so, his company MagicMed Industries and the U of C would create a stash of psychedelic knowledge — the psybrary — at the university. “ …”
TAGS: mental health, anxiety, depression, addiction, innovative treatment, University of Calgary

U of Waterloo researchers develop diabetes unit that monitors with radar & AI
Electronic Products & Technology
“A palm-sized device developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo uses radar and artificial intelligence (AI) to non-invasively monitor glucose …”
TAGS: Diabetes, artificial intelligence, medical technology, chronic illness