Daily Media Digest October 18, 2021

Anishinaabe U of M student building portable device to detect breast cancer earlier
CBC News
“A University of Manitoba graduate student in the department of physics is working on an easy-to-use portable device to help people in remote communities detect breast cancer before it becomes a death sentence.”
TAGS: breast cancer, diagnostics, medical device, remote communities, Indigenous, University of Manitoba

Canadians unprepared for dealing with dementia, new study suggests
Toronto Star
“Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences — which is home to one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience — surveyed 1,000 Canadians aged 45 and above … Roughly one in five — just 19 per cent — indicated they’re confident, or very confident in their knowledge about preventing dementia.”
TAGS: dementia, brain health, Baycrest Health Sciences

New treatment drug a game changer for British Columbians living with cystic fibrosis
“Most people living with CF have persistent lung infections and lose lung function over time. Now British Columbians will have access to a newly developed treatment option, Trikafta, a drug shown to dramatically improve lung function.”
TAGS: innovative medicines, cystic fibrosis, Provincial Health Services Authority

Calgary researchers see large increase in number of COVID long-haulers
“Pohn has been advising Raj on creating a nationwide research effort that will study 180 COVID-19 survivors with those symptoms, ranged against a control group of 40 healthy subjects. “I’d like her to be a study participant, too,” said Raj, a clinician-scientist within the Libin Cardiovascular Institute …”
TAGS: COVID-19, patient engagement, clinical research, University of Calgary

Renowned children’s diabetes researcher wins international prize
UM Today News
“Dr. Heather Dean, professor emeritus of pediatrics and child health in the Max Rady College of Medicine, has been awarded the 2021 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine.”
TAGS: diabetes, pediatric health, University of Manitoba