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- The Stem Cell Network has granted $700,000 to the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, where professors Ubaka Ogbogu and Timothy Caulfield are working on the Law, Public Policy and Social License for Next-Generation Regenerative Medicine project. The institute also received a share of $1.5 million from the Canadian Institute of Health Research for ScienceUpFirst, Caulfield’s project to find creative ways to stop the spread of misinformation.
- The Health Innovation Hub (HIH) is in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding with Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) to join its portfolio of programs. “This exciting partnership will allow us to create more exciting programs and expand our services to meet your needs better,” Paramita Chaudhuri Basu said in HIH’s newsletter.
- Health Cities shared a recent webinar on the home health monitoring initiative conducted with the Alberta Central Zone Primary Care Networks (PCNs). The project showed that participating patients with chronic illnesses felt comfortable with the technology, and more than 60% reported improvements to their quality of life.
- Health-care professionals are trying to understand the relationship between COVID and diabetes as more patients are seeking medical attention for new onset diabetes and others are struggling to manage their conditions. “So much has happened over the last two and a half years that has affected people’s lifestyles, their ability to access medication (and) ability to access care,” Dr. Neeja Bakshi told CBC News. “It shows that we have a long way to go in understanding how COVID works.”
- Growing up in a larger body imposes a particular kind of work on young women, indicates a study conducted in Edmonton and published in BMC Public Health. “Noticing the perpetual lack of larger women’s bodies in fashion and media, informants learned from an early age that thinness was required for being seen and heard,” says the study, which was funded in part by the Edmonton Community Foundation and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Informants responded by performing three types of work: hiding their weight, trying to lose weight, and resisting dominant weight discourses.”
- Thejus Swamy is using his love of racing to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
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