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


        • Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation is partnering with the University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology to form the Canadian Critical Drug Initiative. The initiative will help take latest scientific pharmaceutical insights from the lab to the marketplace.
        • new program by Boyle Street Community Services is trying to steer people away from consuming non-beverage alcohol, like Listerine or hand sanitizer.
        • study led by U of A pediatrics professor Michael Hawkes found that respiratory virus infections follow a predictable seasonal pattern. Hawkes found that infections peak in January and bottom out in June, with the peaks being worse every second year.
        • The latest drug poisoning numbers from the province show that Alberta is on track to see its deadliest year ever for opioid deaths. There were 1,026 deaths between January and August, up from 856 during the same period last year.
        • A new research project led by U of A professor Daniel Baumgart hopes to use Alberta’s electronic medical record system to deliver specialized care for people living with inflammatory bowel disease.


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