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Help us keep vital health data available for research

Help us keep vital health data available for research | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Individuals’ health data is vital resource for health research and researchers have used this data for decades to understand more about the factors underpinning health and disease. The EU is reachi...
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Maximizing health benefit from data remains complex and difficult.  This (from the UK's Wellcome Trust) describes European developments.

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UBC football players wear sensors to help measure head injuries

Players of the University of B.C. football team are wearing sensors behind their ears for research that could help diagnose concussions
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Concussion has been an issue for a long time.  Although this study is designed to determine fitness to return to play, it raises the possibility of long-term cohort-based research.  Well done to the two students who developed the idea.

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2015 Transitional Open Operating Grant recipients - CIHR

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CIHR's Transitional Open Operating Grants - mostly to support research & knowledge translation in all areas of health research.  500 grants were awarded, providing an average of $656,204 CAD over an average duration of 4.5 years. 

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How big data has transformed research

How big data has transformed research | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
We speak to the academics behind four inspiring projects to see how big data is being used to develop and enhance research
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Big data is often and simply defined in terms of scale rather than content, accessibility and intelligibility. For it to be really useful to communities it needs to be carefully translated and made relevant. Data needs humanising.

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Strengthening health research in the Maritimes - SUPPORT Unit builds ... - Canada NewsWire (press release)

Strengthening health research in the Maritimes - SUPPORT Unit builds ...
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This announces the arrival of CIHR's Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT unit in the Maritimes.  There will be the same opportunity for BC, but it's probably a year behind this one.

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No-consent medical experiments put ethics to test

No-consent medical experiments put ethics to test | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
It's a fact of emergency research: Patients wake up after serious accidents to discover they've become unwitting subjects in medical studies without ever agreeing to participate.
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This is a real quandary.  No-one expects to become an injury statistic without any warning, but how do we do trials - which may save lives -  in these situations? 

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National Health and Medical Research Council says homoeopathy doesn’t work and patients are putting their health at risk

National Health and Medical Research Council says homoeopathy doesn’t work and patients are putting their health at risk | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
The nation’s peak medical research body has pronounced homoeopathy an ineffective medical treatment and warned the health of people who use it may be at risk if they delay proven treatments.
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The verdict from Australia's lead medical research body. 

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Medical research can not ignore the wishes of the dying forever

Medical research can not ignore the wishes of the dying forever | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday has been causing quite a stir in the United States this week. It has concluded that, despite national efforts there to improve end-of-...
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More about dying in the best way possible.

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Social Media And Its Impact on Medical Research

Social Media And Its Impact on Medical Research | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
A social media campaign may have little (if any) effect on article readership, a recent study reports.

Via Plus91
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This is an important finding which requires confirmation, given the amount of effort and scarce resource being put into establishing a social media presence for reputable research. It raises a question about the role of marketing focused on reputable research.
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Andrew Bateman's curator insight, January 23, 2015 4:18 AM

i would be interested to ssee replications  of thsi study in our field. my impression is that psychologists, physios and other rehab researchers are more connected to twitter and other social media

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5 Things We Learned About The Brain In 2014

5 Things We Learned About The Brain In 2014 | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
2014, it could be said, was a big year for the brain. As The New York Times declared in February, the next frontier in science is "inside your brain" -- and indeed, some neuroscience research was particularly noteworthy.
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Exciting times for neuroscience.
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Innovation comes in many forms with endless benefits - The Globe and Mail

Innovation comes in many forms with endless benefits - The Globe and Mail | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
To keep producing big ideas, the province needs to nurture its thinkers and attract talent
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"... Government and industry need to trust that research is an investment, not an expense, and that the benefits, sometimes, cannot be measured in sales." David Castle, VP Research at UVic
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Men really are more stupid than women, research shows - Telegraph.co.uk

Men really are more stupid than women, research shows - Telegraph.co.uk | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
It's official! Men really are stupider than women, accounting for 90 per cent of people who have died in foolish ways, according to the Darwin Awards
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MIT (Male Idiot Theory) - an analysis of the Darwin Awards shows that nearly 90% have been awarded to men. From the Christmas BMJ - where else?

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The Use of Social Networking Sites for Public Health Practice and Research: A Systematic Review

The Use of Social Networking Sites for Public Health Practice and Research: A Systematic Review | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it

Via Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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This is a bit stale.  The research was conducted in Mar 2012, published in Mar 2014, and published on-line in Nov 2014.  

More interesting would be what has happened since then. 

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Island Health grants fuel UVic research | The Ring


Via Centre for Biomedical Research
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Thanks!

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Centre for Biomedical Research's comment, August 10, 2015 6:00 PM
To see the article click on the ring.uvic.ca
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UBC health researchers receive more than $73M in CIHR funding

UBC health researchers receive more than $73M in CIHR funding | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Health researchers at the University of British Columbia have received a combined total of $73.6 million in grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to bolster cutting-edge med...
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UBC researchers did well in the CIHR funding round this year.  Congratulations to all the successful applicants!

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2015 Foundation grant recipients - CIHR

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research 2015 Foundation Grant Recipients - 150 applications funded for 5 or 7 years, with an average grant size of $2.7m CAD.  These grants are a really important source of stable long-term funding.  Congratulations to all the successful applicants, but a thought also for those who weren't - better luck next round.

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Cerner strengthens EHR offering with completion of $1.3B Siemens acquisition

Cerner strengthens EHR offering with completion of $1.3B Siemens acquisition | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Cerner just became an even bigger player in the competitive health IT marketplace. 

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Apple ResearchKit Turns iPhones Into Medical Diagnostic Devices

Apple ResearchKit Turns iPhones Into Medical Diagnostic Devices | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Medical research is plagued by small sample sizes and inconsistent data collection. So Apple is stepping up to help health innovation with Research Kit, a new..
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One of a number of similar initiatives, but this one backed by a big name.  ResearchKit (which is an IOS software framework) will be open source.  Apple won't see users'/patients' data.

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This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study

A shocking number of them are wrong.
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Bad news travels fast, but this is an interesting situation - where good news does so.  Many factors align to push early or hyperbolic publication of interesting but unconfirmed results.  Doing so grabs the interest of news media, the public and patients, makes researchers look good, and stimulates research funding - possibly to the detriment of funding other research.  So how should we maintain some balance, keeping hope in proportion whilst early, promising findings are replicated and properly evaluated? 

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Voluntary amputation allows injured patients to operate bionic hands

Voluntary amputation allows injured patients to operate bionic hands | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Injured patients underwent voluntary amputation, nerve and muscle transplantation, and then learned to command the hand
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Fascinating progress for those with serious and disabling hand injuries.

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Health researchers digging into own pockets to bridge gap in funding - The Globe and Mail

Health researchers digging into own pockets to bridge gap in funding - The Globe and Mail | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Orthopedic surgeons at Toronto’s University Health Network donated $1.25-million to help kick-start research into a cure for arthritis
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The Globe and Mail reports that medical researchers directly funding research out of their own pockets is rare in Canada - but that hasn't been our local experience here on Vancouver Island.  However, this may be an anomaly, since mechanisms for charitable donation to support research are very weak here.

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Three BC universities provide provincial-wide access to research materials | About UBC Library

Three BC universities provide provincial-wide access to research materials | About UBC Library | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
BC residents now have free perpetual access to Gale Digital Archive Collections, a database of nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content.
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Useful resource, but how easy is it to find specific content?
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Three years of research lost after external hard drive stolen at UBC Okanagan

Three years of research lost after external hard drive stolen at UBC Okanagan | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Kelowna RCMP is seeking the public’s help after a woman lost three years of research documentation when her hard drive was stolen.
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Regardless of privacy concerns, every researcher should guard against catastrophic loss of data, whether due to technology failing at time of greatest need, or theft, fire or other misadventure. A proper backup regime, including offsite storage is not a luxury, it's prudent and entirely necessary.
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Doctors and nurses working with critically ill patients suffer moral distress, research finds

Doctors and nurses working with critically ill patients suffer moral distress, research finds | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
Five years ago, Canadian critical care specialist Dr. Daren Heyland walked out of an intensive care unit and never went back.
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Important account of the disconnect between patients' stated wishes and what is ordered on the chart - and the suffering for patients and emotional cost for relatives and staff from doing so.  "Heroic" medicine isn't.

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Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research

Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research | Vancouver Island Health Research | Scoop.it
The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it.

Via JW
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Vancouver Island is Canada's retirement destination of choice, and sex is emerging as an important lifestyle issue for older adults.  Is anyone doing research in this topic area?

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