Daily Media Digest October 5, 2023

Specialized facility illuminates genetic mechanisms underlying human health conditions
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
“Modelling health conditions in zebrafish is paving the way for genetic discoveries that may change the course of care for children around the world.”
KEYWORDS: pediatric health, innovative research, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

When RSV weighs heavily on the Canadian health-care system
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
“The adoption of preventive measures could alleviate this burden, shows a study carried out by researchers at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute …”
KEYWORDS: respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), pediatric health, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Up close: Living with early-stage Alzheimer’s
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
“One couple shares their experience of managing the disease and living life to the fullest … the potential dangers that come with wandering or bouts of confusion.”
KEYWORDS: patient perspective, dementia, MedicAlert Foundation Canada

Gene-based treatment for Vision Loss
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
“While rare, its impact on day-to-day living can be devastating, especially as symptoms usually start in early childhood.”
KEYWORDS: pediatric health, vision loss, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Research Canada Recognizes Two Health Research Advocacy Leaders at Senate Reception
HRI Portal
“Research Canada is pleased to announce its 2023 Leadership in Advocacy Awardees, who will be honoured on November 21, 2023 at a reception hosted by Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia at the Senate of Canada.”
KEYWORDS: advocacy, award, IWK Health Centre, Research Canada, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)

Is climate change increasing substance abuse?
Université de Montréal
“An international research team investigates how stress caused by global warming could increase incidences of self-medication worldwide …”
KEYWORDS: addiction and substance abuse, mental health, climate change, Université de Montréal