Daily Media Digest October 11, 2019

‘Most critical problem we’re facing:’ Medical groups urge climate change action
Times Colonist
“Canada’s medical professionals are presenting a solid front during the federal election campaign to urge political parties to take climate change seriously as a public-health issue.”
TAGS: environmental health sciences, community health, climate change

‘Sky is the limit’ for heart treatment without invasive surgery
The Crag and Canyon
“Performed by a team of doctors from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in partnership with doctors at The Ottawa Hospital cancer centre, the treatment done in late September was a first in Canada. The Heart Institute is now one of the few centres in the world capable of performing it.”
TAGS: heart disease, innovation and health, heart treatments

University of Calgary study looks at potential negative health effects of vaping
“A new study from the University of Calgary is taking a closer look at the health effects of vaping — in particular, mental health.”
TAGS: vaping, mental health, lung health

High-tech research projects to create futuristic health-care aids
UM Today (press release)
“One of the projects is aimed at creating a future where older adults will be able to live on their own longer thanks to sensors in their homes that track their health and help in their day-to-day lives. The other research team is developing a robotic device that patients with motor impairments will use to control a video game while simultaneously performing rehabilitation exercises.”
TAGS: innovation and health, technology and healthcare, virtual reality

Mental Health Car will see police, nurses responding to calls together
CTV News
“The city’s RCMP detachment and Vancouver Coastal Health said they’re launching the program to tackle a concerning rise in calls relating to mental health issues in the region.”
TAGS: mental health, first responders,