National Newswatch

From bionic arms to predicting patient surges in ER, AI is reshaping patient care

Apr 9 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Chris Neilson is on his second prosthetic after losing his left arm above the elbow in a nasty work accident about six years ago. Partly myoelectric, the artificial hand and arm is a step up cosmetically and functionally from the first body-controlled device that featured a hook and claw. But the 33-year-old mining industry worker is looking ahead, helping researchers at the […]

From bionic arms to predicting patient surges in ER, AI is reshaping patient care

Apr 9 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Chris Neilson is on his second prosthetic after losing his left arm above the elbow in a nasty work accident about six years ago. Partly myoelectric, the artificial hand and arm is a step up cosmetically and functionally from the first body-controlled device that featured a hook and claw. But the 33-year-old mining industry worker is looking ahead, helping researchers at the […]

Transforming health care with AI: tons of potential, but not without pitfalls

Apr 8 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It's already crept into so many aspects of everyday life, from powering digital assistants like Siri and Alexa to personalizing entertainment choices on streaming services like Netflix to driving the development of autonomous vehicles. Now artificial intelligence is poised to revolutionize key aspects of how doctors practise medicine and the ways in which patients are diagnosed and treated. AI systems, specifically machine learning, have the ability […]

Transforming health care with AI: tons of potential, but not without pitfalls

Apr 8 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It's already crept into so many aspects of everyday life, from powering digital assistants like Siri and Alexa to personalizing entertainment choices on streaming services like Netflix to driving the development of autonomous vehicles. Now artificial intelligence is poised to revolutionize key aspects of how doctors practise medicine and the ways in which patients are diagnosed and treated. AI systems, specifically machine learning, have the ability […]

Experts offer coping tips as fear of flying takes off in wake of plane crash

Mar 12 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — For many people with a fear of flying, Sunday's deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash may have triggered fresh bouts of anxiety about taking to the skies in the future, especially as the tragedy came less than five months after the same model of aircraft plunged into the ocean off Indonesia, also killing all on board. TV and newspaper images of the African crash site, […]

NFB’s interactive game for mobile devices aims to close ‘orgasm gap’

Mar 4 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Pretty well everyone knows what a penis looks like, whether in the flesh, in the form of sex toys or from depictions scrawled on the walls of public washrooms. But a woman's clitoris? Not so much. Enter the National Film Board of Canada, which on Monday launched an interactive game for mobile devices that takes a playful, informative approach to female sexual […]

B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister

Feb 21 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The B.C. government is considering a mandatory vaccination registration program similar to that in Ontario in the wake of an outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday. Such a system would be aimed at boosting the proportion of residents in the province who are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease, he said. "While there are some people […]

B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister

Feb 21 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The B.C. government is considering a mandatory vaccination registration program similar to that in Ontario in the wake of an outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday. Such a system would be aimed at boosting the proportion of residents in the province who are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease, he said. "While there are some people […]

B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister

Feb 21 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The B.C. government is considering a mandatory vaccination registration program similar to that in Ontario in the wake of an outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday. Such a system would be aimed at boosting the proportion of residents in the province who are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease, he said. "While there are some people […]

Vancouver measles outbreak sending unvaccinated youth to doctors for shots

Feb 20 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Vancouver doctors are seeing an uptick in the number of unvaccinated teens and young adults seeking to be inoculated against measles in the wake of an outbreak of the disease at two schools in the city. Dr. Eric Cadesky, a family physician and president of Doctors of BC, said he's seen a number of young patients recently who made appointments to get the measles, […]

Vancouver measles outbreak sending unvaccinated youth to doctors for shots

Feb 20 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Vancouver doctors are seeing an uptick in the number of unvaccinated teens and young adults seeking to be inoculated against measles in the wake of an outbreak of the disease at two schools in the city. Dr. Eric Cadesky, a family physician and president of Doctors of BC, said he's seen a number of young patients recently who made appointments to get the measles, […]

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says in wake of B.C. outbreak

Feb 20 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's top doctor is urging Canadians who haven't been vaccinated against measles to get their shots in the wake of a B.C. outbreak of the disease and the always present danger of cases being imported into the country by travellers. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said measles is a "serious and highly contagious disease" and that getting […]

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says in wake of B.C. outbreak

Feb 20 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's top doctor is urging Canadians who haven't been vaccinated against measles to get their shots in the wake of a B.C. outbreak of the disease and the always present danger of cases being imported into the country by travellers. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said measles is a "serious and highly contagious disease" and that getting […]

Canada’s female researchers get less funding than male counterparts, study finds

Feb 7 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Female scientists are less successful than their male counterparts in being awarded research grants from Canada's federal funding agency, a gender gap that often can have long-term consequences for women's careers, a study has found. The study analyzed almost 24,000 grant applications made to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) between 2011 and 2016, comparing outcomes when reviewers assessing a proposal were required to focus on the principal investigator, rather than the quality […]

Canada’s female researchers get less funding than male counterparts, study finds

Feb 7 2019 — Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Female scientists are less successful than their male counterparts in being awarded research grants from Canada's federal funding agency, a gender gap that often can have long-term consequences for women's careers, a study has found. The study analyzed almost 24,000 grant applications made to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) between 2011 and 2016, comparing outcomes when reviewers assessing a proposal were required to focus on the principal investigator, rather than the quality […]