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


        • According to Alberta Health Services, there has been a spike in opioid-related calls in Edmonton. Health experts said they want to see the province do more to disrupt the toxic drug supply. “We’re facing a drug poisoning emergency. We are losing at least four Albertans a day to overdose deaths,” U of A public health expert Elaine Hyshka told CBC News.
        • Alberta has launched a new mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic for worksites and rural communities. The clinic is a collaboration between the provincial government and a coalition of businesses to bring vaccinations to underserved areas in the province.
        • Alberta Health Services will be closing the COVID-19 immunization clinic at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on July 29. AHS said no appointments are necessary for first or second doses this week at the clinic.
        • U of A physics professor Michael Woodside is looking into a long-term solution to prevent COVID-19 from replicating once inside an infected patient. “It wouldn’t just help with COVID-19 and its variants — it would be something like a first line of defense if we had (COVID-27) or something like that down the line,” he told CBC News.
        • A group of nurses gathered outside the Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Albert to protest the government’s proposed 3% salary rollback. The nurses warned that the “provincial tactics will have real consequences to health care,” reported Global News.
        • CEO of True Angle Medical Jana Rieger was featured in a new episode of the Shift podcast by Alberta Innovates. Rieger discussed her journey as a researcher and entrepreneur as well as the support her company has received from Alberta Innovates.
        • The provincial government will start screening newborns for spinal muscular atrophy next year as part of a pilot project funded by Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Alberta will become the second province after Ontario to begin testing babies for the rare genetic neuromuscular disease.
        • Aurora Cannabis announced the appointment of senior healthcare executive Theresa Firestone as a new independent board member. The position is a newly created directorship that expands the board to nine members.
        • mobile mammography service will visit Leduc on August 19-20 and New Sarepta on August 21 and 23. An appointment is required for the service.


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