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Here are some highlights from this week’s Health Innovation Roundup:


        • Nobel laureate Michael Houghton, director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, spoke with about the potential of Alberta’s life sciences sector.
        • Startup TNT has posted the video of its Top 20 Pitch Night for the Life Sciences Investment Summit. Five Edmonton-area companies — MACH32UmayCannaBiscuitExciton Pharma, and sn Biomedical — made their pitches in hopes of making it through to seek investment at the summit on March 17.
        • Health Cities has joined the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a non-profit organization that works to boost global health and wellness using information and technology.
        • True Angle has launched its professional suite, which will allow clinicians to use one of the company’s Mobili-T systems for multiple patients, and switch between the mobile and desktop apps to track their progress. It also allows health-care providers to create customized swallowing exercises to better meet their patients’ needs.
        • Charles Wong of CarePros was interviewed by Canadian Business on walking the DEI talk after his company made the inaugural Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship’s New Innovators List. The new ranking recognizes Canadian companies that take a progressive stance in their work.
        • Spinal anesthesia is neither safer nor more effective than general anesthesia for hip surgeries, according to a University of Alberta study. It was previously believed that spinal anesthesia was the better option in these cases, but research co-authored by Derek Dillane suggests that this assumption was based on small and old studies, reports Folio.
        • A University of Alberta researcher and collaborators in the United States have created a free, online risk calculator that they say could reduce the number of unnecessary and invasive biopsies for prostate cancer. Such biopsies only detect cancer 25% to 30% of the time, but the complications of the procedure are significant. “Anything we can do before the biopsy to determine whether the patient really needs a biopsy is very important for patient care,” surgeon and assistant professor Adam Kinnaird told Folio.


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