Daily Media Digest October 20, 2021

Pfizer officially requests approval for kids’ COVID-19 vaccine in Canada
London Free Press
“On balance, the risk appears to be low, according to Tim Sly, a Ryerson University epidemiologist with expertise in risk management.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, pandemic, public health, Ryerson University, Pfizer Canada

Is your holiday get-together safe? Measure your risk factors
Hamilton Health Sciences
“Fall is in the air and evident in the colours of the trees. Kids have been back to school for about a month and some workers have returned to office life. With more of us now congregating in indoor spaces, what does this mean for upcoming holidays while we’re still in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic?”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, risk factor, public health, Hamilton Health Sciences

Improving mealtime practices in long-term care
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
“A study led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) researcher Dr. Lillian Hung explores how the person-centred culture of care and positive attitude at one care home brought staff and residents closer together and improved the mealtime experience for residents.”
TAGS: long-term care, aging, mental health, Vancouver Coastal Health RI

The impact of mobility aids on mental health
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
“Targeted education programs and more accessible infrastructure could improve the quality of life of mobility device users”
TAGS: mental health, mobility aids, education programs, quality of life, Vancouver Coastal Health RI

Researchers using MRI scans to pinpoint moral injury effects in health care workers
Lawson Research Institute
“Mental health concerns have been on the rise amongst health care workers during this ongoing pandemic.  With long hours, fears of the unknown, and the pressure of keeping themselves and their families safe, some health care workers have suffered a moral injury.”
TAGS: MRI, moral injury, health care workers, Lawson Health Research Institute, Western University

New biography sheds light on Fedoruk’s ‘radiant life’
University of Saskatchewan
“A just-released biography—A Radiant Life—highlights the many outstanding contributions to Canada and the world of Sylvia Fedoruk (1927-2012), a trailblazing medical physicist at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) best known for co-developing the cobalt-60 technology that revolutionized cancer treatment around the globe.”
TAGS: cancer, innovative treatment, University of Saskatchewan