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The Importance of Movement on the Clock

​Research shows sitting for long periods of time can cause the brain to fall into a slumbering state and diminish one’s ability to comprehend and learn, which can have a negative impact on our workday. On the other hand, movement during the workday maximizes energy and performance, and may reduce significant health risks associated with sitting for several hours at a time (e.g. heart disease, metabolic syndrome). Although we know how important it is to incorporate physical activity into our everyday lives, finding the time to do so at work (where we spend most of our day) may be a struggle. Whether returning to the office or working from home, there are many opportunities for movement to con

A “smart” approach to monitoring drug levels in real-time

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many physicians having been looking to leverage smart technology to help monitor and track the health of their patients – and a new option may be on the horizon! Engineers and researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have developed a custom smartwatch capable of tracking drug levels within the body in real-time by analyzing the chemicals found in a patient’s sweat. This wearable technology can accurately detect a drug's unique electrochemical signal against the backdrop of signals from many other molecules that may be circulating in the body. In general, medications are prescribed with a “one-size-fits-all” approach based and current efforts t

Snapshot of Select Canadian COVID-19 Trials

Canadian researchers are active amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, investigating drugs and vaccines for the treatment and prevention of this virus. There are currently 55 clinical trials that have been authorized by Health Canada. Several are looking at products gaining international interest for their potential role in treating COVID-19, namely tocilizumab and remdesivir. Tocilizumab1,2: Tocilizumab is a recombinant IL-6 receptor monoclonal antibody, indicated for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and cytokine release syndrome. It is currently being investigated for its ability to alleviate the inflammatory response (the so-called ‘cytokine storm’) which occurs in severe cases of COVID-19.

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