World Psoriasis Day

For over a decade, World Psoriasis Day has been held on October 29th as a way to raise awareness of psoriasis – a systemic, immune-mediated inflammatory condition affecting the skin, which impacts over 125 million people worldwide. Psoriasis is also associated with numerous inflammatory comorbidities at sites remote from the skin. This year the aims of World Psoriasis Day are to: Raise awareness of the effect psoriasis has on people’s lives physically, socially, emotionally and financially Spread information about psoriasis, dispel common myths and answer questions Improve access to treatment by addressing key health decision-makers (national governments, policy-makers and healthcare provide

What does the election mean for pharmacare?

​This Monday the Liberals won a minority government and Justin Trudeau is heading back to Ottawa as Prime Minister. What can we expect from this new minority government when it comes to national pharmacare? The Liberals, the NDP and the Green party all promised national pharmacare on the campaign trail. The NDP and the Green Party both planned to rapidly implement pharmacare starting in 2020. The Green party planned to spend $26.7 billion on national pharmacare in 2020. The Liberals had a more gradual plan. Justin Trudeau plans to follow the recommendations in the pharmacare report conducted by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, which estimated a cost of $15.3 billion by 2027. In 2

MEDUCOM Takes on a Maize Maze!

We at MEDUCOM put on our thinking caps and visited this year’s Hanes Corn Maze, a 20-acre attraction which was built in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Equipped with only a map of the field, we navigated the labyrinth, collecting clues to crack a diabetes-themed code—and learning some facts about Type 1 diabetes (T1D) along the way! This year’s maze theme was “Type 1 to Type None”—a mission set forth by the JDRF to drive research into T1D and ultimately to deliver a cure. We believe that the first step to reaching this goal is to spread awareness for the disease, so here are 3 facts about T1D that we learned during our visit: T1D is an incurable autoimmune

October 20th was World Osteoporosis Day

Imagine you sneeze and a bone in your body breaks, or you bend over to pick something up and fracture your spine. This is a reality for people living with osteoporosis. This past Sunday was World Osteoporosis Day, a campaign aimed at making osteoporosis and fracture prevention a global health priority. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture. This year’s theme was “THAT’S OSTEOPOROSIS”, highlighting impactful visuals and stories of people living with osteoporosis in all regions of the world. The campaign emphasized the direct link between osteoporosis (the silent, underlying disease) and broken bones, which have a serious, life-changing impact

5 Technological Advances in Healthcare

​Technology in healthcare eases workflows, betters patient outcomes, lowers costs and improves record keeping and communication. As technology advances, broader opportunities for its application do as well. Technology also empowers patients to be in tune with their own health through trackers, wearables and sensors. Although still in the infancy of development, here’s a list of 5 new “smart“ advances that caught our eye: Temporary tattoos: the Electrozyme is a temporary tattoo that measures lactate and can monitor muscular exertion, fatigue, hydration levels and electrolyte balance.1 Shirts: using smart shirts designs from professional athletes, researchers have developed the Hexoskin, a shi

This Sunday October 13th is World Thrombosis Day

Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot, known as a thrombus, within a blood vessel. Once formed, a clot can slow or block normal blood flow, and even break loose and travel to an organ. A clot that travels through the circulation is called an embolism. Each year, 1 in 4 people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis. It is the often preventable underlying pathology of heart attack, thromboembolic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE), the top three cardiovascular killers. World Thrombosis Day is this Sunday, October 13th. It’s a day to increase global awareness of thrombosis, including its causes, risk factors, symptoms, prevention and treatment. To support this important

No Need for Needles: Introducing the Non-Invasive Vaccine Patch

Flu season is here and though many are protecting themselves with the influenza vaccine, there remains a considerable number of people who are hesitant to get vaccinated, often due to a fear of needles. Exciting new research from the University of Rochester may put an end to needle-phobia and make immunization a more comfortable process for all. The study team developed a novel vaccine patch, which delivers the same viral proteins found in vaccines through a patch stuck on the skin for 18 hours. To combat the challenge of delivering large protein molecules through layers of tightly joined skin cells, the researchers drew inspiration from an unlikely source: atopic dermatitis (eczema). Eczema

World Cerebral Palsy Day

Today we supported World Cerebral Palsy Day (October 6th) by going green and getting educated! World CP Day is a campaign to improve public awareness, civil rights, medical therapies, quality of life and access to education for people with cerebral palsy (CP). To help spread the word, here are 6 quick facts about CP: CP is an umbrella term for a group of life-long disorders that can affect muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. The severity of CP varies and may improve or worsen over time. CP is the most common childhood motor disability. In Canada, it is estimated that 1 in 500 babies, and up to 1 in 3 premature babies, is affected by CP. Most CP is r


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