Daily Media Digest October 29, 2021

Canada ‘sort of flying blind’: Stopping COVID-19 travel PCR tests will put country at risk, experts say
“Julianne Piper, project coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. “The fact that even fully vaccinated travellers are at …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, PCR test, vaccination, Simon Fraser University

IWK doctor answers questions about children and COVID-19 vaccines | CBC News
“Dr. Karina Top, an infectious disease specialist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, answers questions about the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, vaccines, children and youth health, IWK Health Centre

Sask. virologist responds to parents’ concerns about getting their kids vaccinated | CBC News
“Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at VIDO Intervac in Saskatoon, says any risk associated with the vaccine is much smaller than the risk of not doing …”
TAGS: virology, COVID-19, pandemic, vaccination, children and youth health, VIDO InterVac, University of Saskatchewan

200 Canadians urge Ottawa to fast-track Canada Disability Benefit
“People with disabilities are ready to work together with the federal government to fast-track consultation, provide the research, and move quickly to implement the Canada Disability Benefit.”
TAGS: disability, Canada Disability Benefit, March of Dimes Canada

Marking a century of life-saving discoveries in diabetes care – Western News
Western News – Western University
“Today, Western, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health …”
TAGS: diabetes, innovative research, Canadian solutions, Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute

Women’s mental health is suffering, we need a comprehensive plan to change that | TheSpec.com
Hamilton Spectator
“… 50 per cent say their mental health has worsened, according to a report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), …”
TAGS: mental health, women’s health, mental health support, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Behind the research: managing apathy in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
“Methylphenidate, a medication commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has shown preliminary efficacy in treating apathy. Dr. Lanctôt and her collaborators at Sunnybrook and nine U.S. sites set out to investigate the drug as a potential treatment for apathy in Alzheimer’s disease.”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s disease, mental health, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, apathy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences

New commentary in Nature Medicine explores placebo effects in clinical trials
“Dr. Matthew Burke, cognitive neurologist at Sunnybrook, and Dr. Daniel Blumberger, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), contemplate blinding and placebo effects in clinical trials and how this relates to the recent wave of psychedelic treatments in psychiatry, in a new commentary “Caution at Psychiatry’s Psychedelic Frontier,” published in Nature Medicine.”
TAGS: placebo, clinical trials, psychedelic treatment, Sunnybrook Health Sciences

Dr. Daniel C. Andreae President’s Lecture on the Future of Work
“While equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential for better science, the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified long-standing gender inequities, and it threatens to erode hard-fought gains. Dr. Duncan explores these impacts and makes recommendations on how science should respond.”