The Health Innovation Roundup, sponsored by Health Cities, is written and published weekly by Taproot Edmonton to bring you the latest news and events in research, technology, companies and people changing health for the better in Edmonton.

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


        • Prelivia, a University of Alberta-developed device that protects bedridden or chair-bound patients from bed sores received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The approval means the device can now be used in hospital intensive care units or care homes.
        • Health Cities and Invest Alberta are launching a new panel series to help companies find market success. The first session takes place Nov. 4.
        • Grant MacEwan University student Christine Wincentaylo talked with the Student Life Network about her A Tin A Day initiative, in which donated tin containers filled with self-care products are distributed to low-income and homeless people in Edmonton and area.
        • Haidong Liang, executive director of the Westend Seniors Activity Centre, was awarded a Minister’s Senior Service Award for his work with a virtual fitness program that helps keep seniors active.
        • A new report co-written by U of A sociologist Sara Dorow found that the mental health of fly-in, fly-out oilsands workers compares poorly to the rest of the population.
        • U of A cancer researcher Kerry Courneya was part of a study that found exercise could help lead to better outcomes for rectal cancer patients receiving radiation therapy.
        • U of A professors Jane Schulz and Adrian Wagg led a study that found a link between the high rate of forceps use during childbirth in Canada to a high number of preventable injuries in mothers.


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