New treatment for common form of muscular dystrophy shows promise in cells, animals
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) Researchers have designed a potential new treatment for one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Toshifumi Yokota, professor of medical genetics at the University of Alberta, led a team from Canada and the U.S. to create and test synthetic DNA-like molecules that interfere with the production of a toxic protein that destroys the muscles of people who have facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Approves Merck ’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for First-Line Treatment of Patients With Unresectable or Metastatic MSI-H or dMMR Colorectal Cancer
KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) June 29, 2020 -- Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, as... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - June 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

'A victory for our Black communities': 4 best friends in Calgary all get into med school
Four Black best friends who met at the University of Calgary not only graduated together this year — each of them were also accepted into medical school. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Born with malformed limbs 52 years ago, thalidomide victim still fights for compensation
Noëlla Hébert is one of three New Brunswickers who are still in court, after decades of arguing that they deserve to be recognized and compensated as victims of thalidomide. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Cannabis-impaired driving and Canadian youth - Brubacher JR, Chan H, Staples JA.
Acute cannabis use results in inattention, delayed information processing, impaired coordination, and slowed reaction time. Driving simulator studies and epidemiologic analyses suggest that cannabis use increases motor vehicle crash risk. How much concern ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The grief in knowing you'll one day outlive your primary caregiver as a person with a physical disability
Rebecca Wilchynski is 48 years old and has been living with cerebral palsy her entire life. Now, as her mother, who has always served as her primary caregiver, faces medical issues of her own, she must decide if she will give up what independence she has and move to a long-term care facility. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/PEI Source Type: news

The lessons Canada can take from the U.S.'s mishandling of COVID-19
A surge in COVID-19 cases in some U.S. states has important lessons for Canada as lockdown measures continue to lift across the country. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News Source Type: news

The unintended consequences of surgery delays during COVID-19
The sacrifice Canadians have collectively made to flatten the coronavirus curve also includes immeasurable suffering from postponed surgeries, says a B.C. man who lost his mother not to the virus but to cancer. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Kingston, Ont., declares mask use mandatory at many indoor locations after COVID-19 outbreak
The city of Kingston, Ont., has decided to make mask use mandatory for workers and customers at nearly all indoor locations following an outbreak of COVID-19 at a local salon. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Military confirms 40 per cent of COVID-positive troops deployed to long-term care homes were asymptomatic
A number of Canadian troops infected with the novel coronavirus may have been carrying the virus symptom-free when they were deployed to long-term care homes — and may even have contracted it in the hotels where they were billeted — the country's top military commander acknowledged today. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Quebec reinstates daily COVID-19 data updates after public backlash
After hearing the public outcry, Quebec's new health minister, Christian Dubé, says the province will resume publishing COVID-19 data every day. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

18 COVID-19 cases now linked to Kingston, Ont., salon
There are now 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases in people who work at or visited a Kingston, Ont., salon, almost a quarter of the area's total known cases. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Sisters cross Canada-U.S. border, camp in parents' backyard to be with dying father
Not even a pandemic or major border border closure between Canada and the United States would stop these two sisters from being with their father at the end of his life. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Family doctors turn to charity, other businesses to address PPE shortage
The measures come as Ontario physicians report a spike in the costs of masks, gowns and face shields — all needed for face-to-face visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

#MyCochraneStory
Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community.   Our 82,000 members and supporters from more than 130 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information and help inform health decision making. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us.  We want to come together and tell our collective and individual Cochrane stories! To share your #MyCochraneStory please contact   Rachel Klabunde - rklabunde@cochrane.org - with the following:A photo: At your desk, at Cochrane event, something beyond a headshot.Your country of residence:...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Quebec stops publishing daily COVID-19 data despite leading country in number of cases
The province's public health institute, INSPQ, had also been publishing daily updates, including the number of cases and hospitalizations in Quebec, the number of tests conducted and how many people have died. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Public school teacher in Fraser Health among 20 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.
A public school teacher in the Fraser Health region is among the 20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in B.C., Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Alberta pharmacists to begin offering tests for COVID-19
Alberta will soon begin testing for COVID-19 at community pharmacies, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

LifeLabs failed to protect personal health information of millions, commissioners say
LifeLabs failed to protect the personal health information of millions of Canadians, resulting in a "significant privacy breach," according to a joint investigation by Ontario and B.C.'s information and privacy commissioners. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Canada's proportion of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care double the average of other countries, study shows
A new study finds the proportion of Canadian COVID-19 deaths that have occurred in long-term care facilities is about twice the average of rates from other developed countries. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Talc-Asbestos Verdict Upheld, Award Cut
The Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a landmark jury verdict that said long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products, possibly contaminated with asbestos fibers, had caused ovarian cancer in 22 women. The Court of Appeals also reduced the earlier, record-setting award for punitive and compensatory damages from $4.69 billion to $2.1 billion. A Johnson & Johnson spokesperson said the company would appeal again with the Supreme Court of Missouri. Johnson & Johnson has been flooded with more than 19,000 lawsuits in U.S. state and federal courts over its talc products, the majority of which pertain to ova...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 25, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

Quebec's bid to hire more long-term care staff creates new problems for clients living at home
Home-care operators say Quebec's attempt to recruit more patient care attendants to work in chronically short-staffed long-term care institutions has led to an exodus of staff, making it difficult to meet the needs of their elderly and vulnerable clients who still live at home. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

New strategy for Canada's National Emergency Stockpile System
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) To manage Canada's emergency stockpile of medical supplies and personal protective equipement (PPE), the government could consider several approaches, including a " prime-vendor " model selling directly to health care organizations to minimize financial and equipment waste, according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.200946 (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Managing personal protective equipment in health care settings
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) An article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides an overview on personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care settings, including evidence on effectiveness of N95 masks, as well as the importance of including health care worker perspectives on usage of this equipment. http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.200575 (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI
(Human Brain Project) The new German-Canadian lab HIBALL aims to create a microscopic 3D map of functional neuroanatomy at the cellular level with the help of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. The lab will be officially kicked off this Friday with a virtual satellite event at the annual Organisation of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) conference. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Indirect adverse effects of COVID-19 on children and youth's mental, physical health
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Despite reports that children and young people may be less likely to get coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) than older adults, there may be substantial indirect adverse effects of the disease on their physical and mental health, according to an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.201008 (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Entos Pharmaceuticals announces selection of lead DNA vaccine candidates for COVID-19
(Entos Pharmaceuticals) In preclinical studies, two lead Fusogenix DNA vaccine (Covigenix) candidates demonstrated high immunogenicity and efficacy.Lead candidates to be evaluated in SARS-CoV-2 animal challenge studies and advanced to human clinical trials during summer 2020.Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) awards $4.2M grant to John Lewis, PhD., to be used for development of COVID-19 DNA vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 25, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

USask medical researchers awarded $900,000 to help fight COVID-19
(University of Saskatchewan) The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has awarded three University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams a total of $900,000 to help strengthen Canada's rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic which had killed more than 450,000 people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

USask researchers to develop saliva-based COVID-19 home testing kit
(University of Saskatchewan) University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are part of two COVID-19-related projects awarded major federal funding today -- one to develop a unique saliva-based test for COVID-19 detection and the other to track COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

B.C. to allow 'careful' travel within province as it eases more COVID-19 restrictions under Phase 3
British Columbia is further easing restrictions set in place to control COVID-19, meaning hotels, motels, resorts, spas, and RV parks will soon be allowed to open. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Family doctor from Stratford, Ont. is YouTube hit with COVID videos
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned Stratford-based family physician Sean Blaine into an internet sensation of sorts — as a YouTube commentator with health tips. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Kitchener-Waterloo Source Type: news

Some countries reconsider 2-metre rule for physical distancing, but not here
Canadian health officials continue to recommend people stay two metres apart from others to curb COVID-19 as the economy reopens, while the distancing rule is changing in Britain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Nutrition a key ingredient for cognitive health of midlife and older Canadians
(University of Toronto) A new study, investigating factors associated with verbal fluency among a large sample of anglophone Canadians aged 45-85, found that individuals who consumed more vegetables and fruits and more nuts and pulses (such as lentils and beans) scored higher on tests of verbal fluency. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Should police be on mental health calls?
Ejaz Choudry. D’Andre Campbell. Rodney Levi. In the last few weeks, several Canadians struggling with their mental health have been shot and killed by police after authorities were called. Today on Front Burner, Jennifer Lavoie, a criminology professor who helps train police on how to handle mental health calls, talks to Josh Bloch about why this issue persists, and how it can be stopped. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News Source Type: news

Elder Carole Dawson, champion of Indigenous health, dies from COVID-19 in Vancouver
Carole Dawson, a longtime champion of Indigenous health and rights in B.C., has died from COVID-19, according to the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

FDA Approves Merck ’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the Treatment of Patients with Recurrent or Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC) that is Not Curable by Surgery or Radiation
KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, as monotherapy for the... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - June 24, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Canada's largest mental health hospital calls for removal of police from front lines for people in crisis
Canada's largest psychiatric facility is throwing its support behind mounting calls to remove officers from the front lines for people in mental health emergencies. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

B.C. runs risk of rapid rebound in COVID-19 cases if contacts exceed 65% of normal, health officials say
The latest epidemiological modelling by B.C. health officials shows recent contact rates in the province are at 65 per cent of normal — hovering near the threshold for a potential rebound of new cases of COVID-19. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Number of mental health calls Mounties respond to growing exponentially, Lucki says
The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said today the number of mental health calls her officers respond to is growing exponentially, as she defended Mounties' record amid growing calls to reallocate police funding to better fund social services. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Indigenous people not surprised by reports of racist game played in hospitals
Some Indigenous people say discrimination they've faced by doctors and nurses in British Columbia is so normal that they weren't surprised to hear about allegations of an emergency room "game" in which health-care staff guessed the intoxication levels of Indigenous patients. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Canada taps BlackBerry, Shopify to help it develop COVID-19 contact tracing apps
The new app will use Bluetooth tech and will likely  launch in July in Ottawa.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Ontario reports 216 new COVID-19 cases as Toronto, Peel prepare for Stage 2 of reopening
As has been the trend in recent weeks, the newly reported infections of the novel coronavirus are concentrated in just a handful of public health units. Namely Toronto, Peel and Windsor, as well in York, which confirmed 27 cases after several straight days with fewer than 20. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Suicide Rate 170 Times Higher for People With Schizophrenia
MONDAY, June 22, 2020 -- People with schizophrenia have a suicide rate 170 times higher than the general population, Canadian researchers report. The researchers looked at 20 years of population data, including information on 75,000 patients with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

University Of Toronto, Canadian Biotech Company Collaborate On Cannabinoid-Based COVID-19 Treatment
In an exclusive conversation, the company's CEO shares details of the collaboration and says, “Given our combined expertise and proven track record, this new project is very real and has the potential to save lives.” (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Javier Hasse, Senior Contributor Tags: Vices /vices Lifestyle /lifestyle Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Editors' Pick editors-pick javierhasseblog Source Type: news

School-aged Syrian refugees resettling in Canada: mitigating the effect of pre-migration trauma and post-migration discrimination on academic achievement and psychological well-being - Walker J, Zuberi D.
In addition to psychological trauma and discrimination, discourse on refugees in Canada contributes to the risk of poor psychological well-being and academic achievement for school-aged Syrian refugees. Canadian public schools are a readily available and e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Canadian doctors of colour offer a frank look at racism in medicine
The global pandemic and the widespread protests that erupted in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have laid bare the racial inequities that permeate society. CBC News spoke with five Canadian physicians about the impact of systemic racism in their profession. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Migrant worker who died on Ontario farm identified as Mexican father of four
Politicians had harsh words today for farmers who employ temporary foreign workers after a Mexican father of four, living in Canada to work on a southwestern Ontario vegetable farm, died this weekend.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

Indigenous ontology, international law and the application of the Convention to the over-representation of Indigenous children in out of home care in Canada and Australia - Blackstock C, Bamblett M, Black C.
This paper explores the efficacy of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Convention, UN General Assembly, 1989) through the lens of the over-representation of First Nations children placed in out-of-home care in Canada and Aboriginal a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Multicriteria and multilevel framework for seismic risk management of existing buildings in Canada - Fathi-Fazl R, Lounis Z, Cai Z.
A multicriteria and multilevel seismic risk management framework is presented to ensure an acceptable and consistent level of risk for existing buildings in Canada with a focus on minimizing threats to life safety. The framework consists of three levels: (... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Suicidal behaviors among nurses in Canada - Stelnicki AM, Jamshidi L, Angehrn A, Nicholas Carleton R.
BACKGROUND: Nurses are regularly exposed to potentially psychologically traumatic events, experience high rates of burnout, and may be at an elevated risk of death by suicide. Few studies have assessed for suicidal behaviors among Canadian nurses, and fact... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news