Daily Media Digest October 26, 2020

Using plasma to treat COVID-19 still in question after clinical trial results

“… at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, commended the Indian … Dana Devine, chief scientist at Canadian Blood Services, is part of a …”
TAGS: COVID-19, plasma treatment, clinical trials, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

COVID-19 transmission expected to change in winter. Here’s what a microbiologist wants you to know
“York University microbiology associate professor Dasantila Golemi-Kotra said a big reason for the change in transmission is colder and drier air.”
TAGS: COVID-19, transmission, public health, York University

Don’t be fooled by fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations: epidemiologists
“Kednapa Thavorn is a senior scientist in the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s clinical epidemiology program, and an assistant professor in the …”
TAGS: COVID-19, epidemiology, public health, hospitalization, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Halifax researchers seek NICU families’ feedback on impact of pandemic
“… a professor at Dalhousie University’s school of nursing and a neonatal nurse practitioner and clinician scientist at the IWK Health Centre. If that sole …”
TAGS: neonatal health, COVID-19, developmental health, pandemic, IWK Health Centre

McMaster research on medieval plagues sheds new light on how COVID-19 spreads
“New research from McMaster University examines medieval plagues and how they spread differently, despite involving essentially the same pathogen …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, public health, plague, McMaster University

Pregnant Inuit women more exposed to ‘the new PCBs’ than other Canadians: study
Montreal Gazette
““In my eyes, as an environmental health researcher, these are the new PCBs,” Lemire said, referring to polychlorinated biphenyls. The import …”
TAGS: women’s health, community health, PCBs, developmental health

Study suggests Ontario could avoid hundreds of hep B infections with newborn vaccine
Toronto Star
“Study suggests Ontario could avoid hundreds of hep B infections with … but research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests … The World Health Organization recommends vaccination against hep B at birth …”
TAGS: hepatitis b, vaccination, children’s health