Daily Media Digest September 17, 2020

Easier, quicker saliva sampling eyed for next stage of COVID-19 testing
North Shore News
“A spokeswoman for British Columbia’s Provincial Health Services Authority acknowledges the province is “looking into alternate collection methods as …”
TAGS: COVID-19, testing, saliva sample, public health, Provincial Health Services Authority

Montreal researchers testing potential COVID-19 treatment with steroid inhaler
CTV News
“A Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) team has begun a study that will test ciclesonide (a nasal inhaler used for asthma and nasal rhinitis) on a controlled group of patients who tested positive for COVID-19.”
TAGS: COVID-19, innovative treatment, inhaler, McGill University Health Centre

Study sheds light on coronavirus ‘long-haulers,’ but experts still lack clear picture
Global News
“The likelihood someone might experience long-term symptoms is hard to pin down because that data is not being collective en masse, according to Gorfinkel.”
TAGS: COVID-19, long-haulers, chronic health effects, Queen’s University

Stroke emerging as a symptom of COVID-19 in new research
“Researchers at Western and Lawson Health, led by Dr. Luciano Sposato, have published a new study looking at the relationship between COVID-19 …”
TAGS: COVID-19, stroke, innovative research, Lawson Health Centre, University of Western Ontario

New clinical trial tests common diabetes drug to enhance brain function in childhood brain cancer survivors
Canadian Cancer Society
“A new clinical trial funded by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is testing a promising treatment to repair brain injury and improve quality of life in survivors of childhood brain cancer.”
TAGS: cancer, innovative treatment, diabetes drug, Canadian Cancer Society

McMaster researchers named Canada Research Chairs
McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences
“Richard Whitlock, professor of surgery, is the Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a practising cardiovascular surgeon whose …”
TAGS: Canada Research Chair, Health Science, medicine, McMaster University

The male chromosome Y does more than we thought
Montreal Clinical Research Institute
“In an article published in Scientific Reports, a Nature Research online journal, Christian Deschepper – Director of the Experimental Cardiovascular Biology Research Unit at IRCM, Full Research Professor at Université de Montréal and Adjunct Professor at McGill University – recently highlighted a hitherto unknown role for some of the exclusively male genes found in the male Y chromosome.”
TAGS: genetics, prognosis, Y chromosome, IRCM

New research finds people react better to both negative and positive events with more sleep
“New research from UBC finds that after a night of shorter sleep, people react more emotionally to stressful events the next day—and they don’t find as much joy in the good things. The study, led by health psychologist Nancy Sin, looks at how sleep affects our reaction to both stressful and positive events in daily life.”
TAGS: sleep, mental health, emotional reaction, UBC