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Staying connected, staying productive!

At MEDUCOM, we’ve been working remotely for the last month and have established some great habits to stay productive, stay connected and succeed in the work-from-home environment! Check out our team’s advice in the photos or read it below: Take a morning or lunchtime walk Take regular stretch breaks or do yoga Bring home your comfy office chair Keep up with your morning routine and dress as if you are going into the office Use video Pre-make healthy snacks to avoid extra trips to the fridge Schedule virtual socials

#VaccinesWork for All

It’s World Immunization Week! With the news cycle dominated by the hope for a timely vaccine against COVID-19, it’s important to switch gears and shine a light on approved vaccines that provide protection against other life threatening ailments and save millions of lives. During this week, the WHO is reminding everyone that #VaccinesWork for all. Their 2020 campaign objectives are to demonstrate the value of vaccines and address gaps in routine immunization. They encourage everyone to spread the word that vaccines: Are safe and effective Protect individuals and those around them Prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases Are the only sustainable response to disease outbreaks Immunizat

The Impact of COVID-19 on Clinical Trial Research

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical trials are running into challenges with how they conduct their research. These challenges may arise from quarantines, site closures, travel limitations, interruptions to the supply chain for the investigational product, re-allocation of clinical trial personnel and resources towards other healthcare duties, and overwhelmed hospitals, resources, and systems. These challenges may lead to difficulties in meeting pre-specified trial protocols and as a result, trials are needing to adapt their processes or, as is the case for many, being put on hold for the foreseeable future. To help provide guidance during this time, the FDA released a document last updated

#AllinRed for the 30th annual World Hemophilia Day

World Hemophilia Day is an international awareness day for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, such as von Willebrand disease. Approximately 300 000 Canadians carry an inherited bleeding disorder gene and at least 30 000 Canadians have symptoms severe enough to require medical care. It is estimated that two-thirds of Canadians living with a bleeding disorder have not yet been diagnosed. For 30 years, the entire bleeding disorders community has been coming together to celebrate the continuous advances in treatment while raising awareness of these conditions among the general public. The mission for this year’s celebration was to GET+INVOLVED virtually and all of us at MEDUCOM wanted to s

Who is immune to COVID-19?

One of the questions surrounding COVID-19 is whether those previously infected are now immune to further infection. Unfortunately, the answer is not simple as immunity after any infection can range from lifelong to nearly nonexistent. Previous human-challenge studies with seasonal coronaviruses, as well as SARS and MERS antibody measurements suggest that COVID-19 infection might provide immunity for about a year. To understand more about immunity to this virus, studies to measure COVID-19 antibodies in previously infected patients are currently underway. Determining the link between antibody levels and an individual’s risk of getting reinfected as well their contagiousness to others will be

Canadian hematologists to initiate world’s largest clinical trial for COVID-19 treatment

Canadian hematologists to initiate world’s largest clinical trial for COVID-19 treatment While many pharmaceutical companies race to develop vaccines or new pharmacologic treatments for COVID-19, a team of Canadian hematologists have gone back to the basics with an experimental treatment involving the injection of antibody-rich plasma from recovered patients (convalescent plasma) into newly infected patients. While small trials using convalescent plasma have been conducted, there have yet to be any large, randomized, controlled clinical trials. With the help of Canadian Blood Services, Héma-Québec and provincial health ministries, the current study aims to involve 1000 patients across 40 Can

How to keep busy during quarantine

​ ​Stay in routine Get ready for your day as if you weren’t in quarantine. When you wake up: have a daily grooming routine, get dressed in nice clothes that you would wear out, make a recipe for breakfast that you have been wanting to try, and continue to schedule things throughout your day to look forward to. Digital connections Social media has made it really easy to virtually connect with people anytime and anywhere in the world. Connect with your friends, family, and coworkers over the days to get in social interaction and you’ll feel a lot less isolated. Take up a hobby or start a project This is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or maybe try getting back into an old hobby! Scrapb

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