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Dec. 31

James Bond villain gets 'A' for evil, but 'F' for brain surgery
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
Yahoo! News

The latest James Bond villain in the new movie "Spectre" may get an "A" for his evil schemes, but he failed spectacularly at neuroanatomy, according to a new report.

Dec. 29

Healing power of cuddles studied
‌CBC News
Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital is testing whether hugs can help heal babies born with a drug addiction.

St. Michael's Hospital launches its first Syrian refugee clinic
‌Interview with Dr. Philip Berger
CBC News

St. Michael's Hospital launched its first Syrian refugee clinic today, becoming the largest clinic in the GTA to open its doors to the newcomers.

Plain cigarette packaging helps smokers quit the habit, new study reveals
‌Research by Dr. Raglan Maddox
The Daily Mirror

People also stop believing some brands are less harmful than others when tobacco products only feature health warnings, say researchers.

Dec. 18

More adults prescribed ADHD meds, but access often a problem
‌Research by Tara Gomes
CTV News

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not just a childhood condition, with many adults reporting that the hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention of the disorder can continue into adulthood. But a new report finds that many Canadian adults are finding it difficult to access the medications that can help manage their symptoms and bring them better quality of life.

Dec. 17

Immigrant parents at lower risk of preterm birth than Canadian-born couples
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Science Codex

Couples who immigrate to Canada are generally at lower risk of having a preterm birth than Canadian-born couples, new research has found.

New paper outlines strategies to address hepatitis C in incarcerated individuals
‌Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
News Medical

More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.

Dec. 8

Women say they weren't warned of possible side effects of anti-nausea drug
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CTV News

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Canada by women who say their babies were harmed by a powerful anti-nausea drug not technically approved for use in pregnant women.

Dec. 7

Medical community across Canada mobilizing health care for refugees
‌Interview with Dr. Ashna Bowry
The Globe and Mail

Tucked behind the food court of a mall in northeast Calgary, the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic cares for between 800 and 1,000 patients a year, making it one of the busiest in the country.

Dec. 2

Anti-retroviral drug almost completely eliminates risk of HIV transmission, says study
‌Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan
The Globe and Mail

An anti-retroviral drug has the potential to help wipe out transmission of HIV in Canada, but the high cost and lack of access could keep it out of the hands of people who need it.

Supervised injection sites make financial sense, researcher says
‌Research by Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
The Ottawa Citizen

Opening two supervised injection sites in Ottawa would save the health system money, new analysis suggests.

Dec. 1

Ontario should open five supervised-injection sites: researcher
‌Research by Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
680 News / The Canadian Press

Opening five safe-injection sites in Ontario makes financial sense, says a medical researcher who based his study on a Vancouver clinic where drug users shoot up under supervision.

Canada urged to create national system to track opioid-related deaths
‌Research by Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Medical experts are calling for the creation of a national system to track Canada’s epidemic of opioid-related deaths, as fatalities from popular painkillers continue to mount.

Nov. 30

Study bolsters case for safe injection sites
‌Research by Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
The Toronto Star

A new study says that the opening of three supervised injection sites in Toronto would be good value for money.

Nov. 27

Some Canadian prisons are denying inmates methadone, putting war on drugs before health
‌Interview with Dr. Philip Berger
Vice

In prisons all across Canada, there are inmates using methadone—an opiate that satisfies the cravings of those with opioid addictions without providing the signature high that comes along with drugs like heroin or oxycodone. It is considered one of the most effective treatments available to stop extreme withdrawals and curb addiction, but not every inmate has access to it, and some have even been pulled off it.

'Most incredible thing': Toronto-area man injured in Costa Rica awakes from coma
‌CTV News Toronto
The parents of a man injured while on vacation in Costa Rica are overjoyed after their son awoke from a coma nearly two weeks after crashing an ATV.

Talking to the dead
‌Interview with Dr. Prabhat Jha
52 Insights

A shocking and little known fact: only 3% of individuals that die worldwide have an official cause of death certificate. More specifically, in India, a country of over a billion people, 80% of deaths take place outside the healthcare system.

Nov. 25

Charlie Sheen speaks out about HIV
‌Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan
Global News

Dr. Darrell Tan explains how the chances of transmitting HIV to an uninfected partner can be extremely low, provided that certain measures are taken.

More than 18 million women severely undernourished in developing countries: study
‌Research by Dr. Fahad Razak
Xinhua

More than 18 million women in the developing countries, including India, Senegal and Sierra Leone, are severely undernourished, according to a study published Tuesday by the U.S. journal JAMA.

Nov. 24

Video: Health workers prepare for arrival of refugees
‌Interview with Dr. Ashna Bowry
CBC News Now

Canadian health-care professionals are preparing for a large influx of Syrian refugees with medical issues that may have been neglected.Who is coming? Who will assess their health?
Or read the web article.

Nov. 20

Charlie Sheen discusses having HIV
‌Interview with Dr. Kevin Gough
CTV News: eTalk

Nov. 18

Charlie Sheen's HIV disclosure reflects lingering stigma
‌Interview with Dr. Philip Berger
CBC News

Actor Charlie Sheen's announcement that he's been HIV positive for four years could help to clear up some public misconceptions and stigma, experts say.

Nov. 17

World's most complex face transplant
‌Interview with Dr. James Mahoney
CTV News

Doctors in N.Y. have completed the most complex facial transplant to date for a badly burned firefighter.

Nov. 16

Four diet myths and one good food habit
‌Column by Dr. Mike Evans
The Toronto Star

Here are four things about healthy eating that need clearing up: one diet works better than the others; you can melt off pounds by tinkering with carbs, protein, and fats; there must be one diet that works; and trying really hard should pay off, right?

Nov. 13

Student chefs aim to change perception of hospital food
‌Interview with Melanie Ragnitz and Nino Jose
CityNews

St. Michael's Hospital is teaming up with George Brown College culinary students to win over palates.

Regent Park school opens much-appreciated health clinic for families
‌Interview with Dr. Sloane Freeman
CBC News

For families in Regent Park, it has become a little easier to get their children to a doctor. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has partnered up with St. Michael's Hospital to open up a new health clinic inside Nelson Mandela Public School.

Nov. 12

Inner-city school clinics hailed as insurance for kids
‌Interview with Dr. Sloane Freeman
The Toronto Star

Chaka Nero-Heath usually takes a bus or makes the half-hour drive to take her children to the doctor, taking time out of her busy schedule to ferry her sons and daughter. But with the creation of a pediatric clinic at their school, she’ll take them to the doctor at a place they go to nearly every day.

Ensuring defibrillators are accessible when heart attacks are most likely to happen
‌Research by Dr. Laurie Morrison
Medical Xpress

Walking through an office building on St. George Street, Engineering's Christopher Sun quickly spots a portable automated external defibrillator (AED) conveniently tucked near the side of the entrance.

Researchers call for investment in cancer control in low- and middle-income countries
‌Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
Medical Xpress

Loss of consciousness (LOC) at symptom onset is an important manifestation of early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and a predictor of death or poor functional outcome at 12 months, a retrospective analysis has shown.

Nov. 9

The best diet yet? Scientists say eating nuts, soy and leafy vegetables is the route to slashing your risk of heart disease
‌Research by Dr. David Jenkins
The Daily Mail

The best healthy diet yet has been devised by scientists to reduce the risk of heart disease. The diet, known as the Portfolio Eating Plan, is packed with nuts, soya, leafy vegetables, oats, beans and pulses.

Nov. 5

Oilers sensation Connor McDavid out with broken collarbone
‌Interview with Dr. Aaron Nauth
CTV News

Nov. 4

Processed meat joins tobacco, asbestos on WHO list of carcinogens
‌Interview with Dr. David Jenkins
The Globe and Mail

Those strips of bacon on your breakfast plate and salami in your lunchbox are increasing your risk of cancer – and red meat probably is as well – says the World Heath Organization in a strong statement on the health hazards of a common food in our modern diet.

What your baby's Apgar score may mean for YOUR health
Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Parents Magazine

A new study has found a link between a newborn's Apgar score and the mother's risk of becoming critically ill.

Belly fat linked to gestational diabetes risk
Research by Leanne De Souza
WebMD

It might be a better way to spot women in danger of developing blood sugar disease, researcher says.

Nov. 3

Newborn, mom's health 'remain intimately linked' after birth
Research by Dr. Joel Ray
CBC News

The Apgar score pediatricians use to evaluate a baby's condition at birth could also help predict whether a mother will need to be admitted to intensive care, a Canadian study suggests.

Nov. 2

Abdominal fat in early pregnancy can predict development of gestational diabetes
Research by Leanne De Souza
Science Codex

Women who have high levels of abdominal fat during their first trimester of pregnancy have a higher risk of developing diabetes later in their pregnancy, according to a new study published today in Diabetes Care.

Oct. 30

Tackling global vision problems
Interview with Dr. Neeru Gupta
CCTV America

A global issue with such a simple solution. For more on what needs to be done, CCTV America's Mike Walter spoke to Dr. Neeru Gupta. She's the Director of St. Michael's Hospital's Glaucoma Unit and chief of glaucoma at the University of Toronto

Oct. 29

Common shoulder dislocation can heal without surgery
Research by Dr. Michael McKee
Science 2.0

The acromio-clavicular joint is located at the top of the shoulder, between the collarbone and top of the shoulder blade. The AC joint is most commonly injured during sports, but can also be caused by motor vehicle accidents or falls. This dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries orthopedic surgeons treat.

Oct. 23

Common shoulder dislocation can heal just as well without surgery: Study
Research by Dr. Michael McKee
WebMD

Acromio-clavicular joint dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries orthopedic surgeons treat. Severe dislocations are often treated with surgery, but patients who opt for non-surgical treatment typically experience fewer complications and return to work sooner, according to new research published today in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

Hospital food goes fresh and local
Interview with Melani Ragnitz
Yonge Street

In case you haven’t noticed, the food in Toronto is getting better every year, and that includes hospital food.

Oct. 20

Melanoma risk estimated from fast mole counts
Interview with Dr. Sandy Skotnicki
CBC News

Family doctors could count moles on the arm to estimate a patient's risk of melanoma, a British study suggests.

Recovered spinal cord patient to run Scotiabank marathon
Interview with Dr. Howard Ginsberg
The Toronto Star

When Robert MacDonald crosses the finish line of the Scotiabank half-marathon Sunday, it will be less than three years after his prospects of merely walking unsupported seemed remote and the idea of running roughly 21 kilometres seemed absurd.

Study of pregnancy complications finds refugee women in Ontario have higher rates of HIV
Research by Dr. Susitha Wanigaratne
Health Canal

Refugee women were 34 per cent more likely to experience serious complications – such as HIV, blood clots and severe bleeding after giving birth – than Canadian-born women, according to the study by Dr. Susitha Wanigaratne, a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Oct. 16

Fewer Pap smear tests due to rewritten guidelines led to less STI testing: study
Research by Dr. Tali Bogler
The Canadian Press / CTV News

Young women in Ontario are being screened for sexually transmitted infections far less often since updated guidelines reduced the frequency of Pap tests for cervical cancer, a study suggests.

Screening all immigrants for TB a waste: study
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Hamilton Spectator

Screening all immigrants to Canada for tuberculosis is a waste of money that is failing to catch the infectious disease, concludes a study done in part by McMaster University.

Oct. 15

Do I have a cold or flu?
Interview with Dr. Matthew P. Muller
Toronto Metro

You wake up with a scratchy throat, nose a touch stuffy. Those uncomfortable symptoms subside as you go about your morning and head to work. But by day’s end, that not-so-good feeling returns: You’re tired, a bit achy. What’s going on? Is it the common cold or the flu?

Oct. 14

Health Canada hands over documents but muzzles doctor
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

New research from the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) shows the country’s current drug review process is extending patients’ lives in some provinces while leaving others to die in another.

Why it hurts to fight the flu or a cold
Interview with Dr. Matthew P. Muller
Toronto Metro

Stuffy nose, achy throat, nagging cough, maybe a fever — you know you are dealing with one of winter’s nasty companions, the common cold or the flu.

Oct. 13

High opioid use in elderly with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, study finds
Research by Dr. Nicholas Vorzoris
Forbes

Results from a new report, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, revealed that clinicians could be over prescribing opioids to older adults suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult for individuals to breathe.

Oct. 9

Keeping Canada alive: Tracking infectious diseases
Footage featuring Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. The diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Tuberculosis, hepatitis, rabies and malaria are examples of infectious diseases.

Oct. 8

Preventing injection drug use
Interview with Dr. Dan Werb
Hospital News

Dr. Dan Werb wants to prevent potential injection drug users from ever starting, by limiting their exposure to experienced injection drug users. He also wants to increase the opportunities people who inject drugs have to find recovery support when they need it. Luckily, his new research may accomplish both.

Oct. 7

Ontario shift to family health teams leads to improved diabetes care for patients
Interview with Dr. Tara Kiran
Pharmacy Choice

Paying doctors differently and adding other professionals to the health team has improved diabetes care for patients in Ontario, according to a new study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital.

Oct. 5

High opioid use in older people with COPD raises safety concerns
Research by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris
Medical News Today

Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Oct. 1

Installing tour TV properly could save your children's lives
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Huffington Post

Toppling televisions can severely injure or even kill small children, especially toddlers - and these accidents are likely to become more common because today’s larger, thinner TVs are more easily toppled when not mounted properly, researchers say.

Sept. 30

Immigration officials urged to improve tuberculosis screening
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Toronto Star

With the majority of active tuberculosis cases found in people arriving in Canada from six countries, a new study calls on Ottawa to improve its immigration health screening system.

Protect your kids from falling flat-screen TVs, researchers warn
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Reuters

Toppling televisions can severely injure or even kill small children, especially toddlers - and these accidents are likely to become more common because today’s larger, thinner TVs are more easily toppled when not mounted properly, researchers say.

'Housing First' approach for homeless people doesn't help obesity
Research by Dr. Stephen Hwang
Medical News Today

The "Housing First" approach of giving homeless people with mental illness a place to live without any preconditions such as sobriety or enrollment in a psychiatric treatment program has many benefits. But losing weight isn't one of them.

Sept. 29

Falling TVs causing injuries - and deaths - in young kids: study
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Canadian Press / CTV News

There's an often unrecognized hazard lurking in most Canadian homes that poses a potentially deadly threat to young children - the big-screen TV.

Rather than screen all immigrants for TB, developed countries could be more focused
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
Medical News Today

While Canada screens all immigrants for tuberculosis, the vast majority of active cases of the disease are found in people arriving from a handful of countries where TB is prevalent, new research suggests.

Sept. 25

Study: Diabetics healthier with family health teams
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran
Northern Life

Patients with diabetes have better outcomes when they're treated by family health teams than by traditional family physicians, says a new study by doctors at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Sept. 23

Ontario's opioid problem
Interview with Tara Gomes
TVO's The Agenda

Opioid consumption and overdose has reached record levels in Canada - from 2010 to 2013, almost 2,300 people died in Ontario alone from opioid-related causes. The stories in the news tend to be about illicit use, but that's just one part of the picture. The Agenda examines the use and misuse of some common medications and the challenges of keeping people pain-free through access to powerful drugs.

Drug company CEO to lower price of Daraprim after public outcry, news report says
Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan
CBC News

The drug company CEO and former hedge fund manager who previously defended a 5,000 per cent price hike for an anti-parasitic drug did an apparent about-face after a public outcry Tuesday, telling ABC News he would drop the price after all.

Sept. 22

Energy drinks and brain injuries
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
CTV's Canada AM

Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano explains how energy drinks affect a teen's brain and why they have a connection with brain injuries.

Ontario shift to family health teams leads to improved diabetes care for patients
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran
Medical Xpress

Paying doctors differently and adding other professionals to the health team has improved diabetes care for patients in Ontario, according to a new study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital.

Sept. 21

How bad will this year's cold and flu season be?
Interview with Dr. Matthew P. Muller
Toronto Metro

Sometime after the back-to-school rush has ended and the holiday music starts, it hits: Cold and flu season. Since each year is a little better or worse than the last, you may be wondering what’s in store this time around. Turns out, the pros are wondering, too. Kind of.

The best ways to protect yourself and others during flu season
Interview with Dr. Matthew P. Muller
Toronto Metro

If you take public transit, work with others, shop in busy malls, have kids, go to movie theatres ... in short, if you have any close contact with people, you will be exposed to one of a couple hundred common cold viruses, as well as several main strains of influenza viruses in the coming weeks.

Sept. 18

Energy drinks tied to brain injuries in teens
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Huffington Post

Teens who drink energy drinks a lot are more likely to get head injuries than those who don't consume the highly caffeinated beverages, a new study from Canada suggests.

Sept. 17

Study links energy drinks and traumatic brain injury in teens
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Time

In a new study, researchers found that teens who reported having a traumatic brain injury in the past year were seven times more likely to report drinking at least five energy drinks in the last week, compared to teens who did not have a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

Sept. 16

Cassy is counting on a stranger to save her life
Interview with Dr. Jeff Zaltzman
The Hamilton Spectator

Cassy St. Pierre is counting on a stranger to save her life. At 29, she needs an angel of a stranger to donate one of their kidneys because her body could fail again, at any time, to accept dialysis. All of her family and friends have been ruled out as good donor matches.

Sept. 4

Inexpensive drug saves blood and money
Research by Dr. Greg Hare
Medical Xpress

Using an inexpensive drug for every hip or knee replacement since 2013 has helped St. Michael's Hospital reduce its number of red blood cell transfusions performed during these surgeries by more than 40 per cent without negatively affecting patients, according to new research.

Sept. 3

Faces of Health Care brings Canadians' stories into the health policy picture
Interview with Dr. Andreas Laupacis
The Globe and Mail

A transgender male explains how he felt stigmatized by the health-care system when looking for help. A daughter brings her ailing mother home to die. These are some of the personal accounts profiled on the website Faces of Health Care, a recent initiative that seeks to bring the human face back into the health policy picture.

Sept. 1

Inner-city neighborhoods may affect risk of developing heart disease, research finds
Research by Dr. Stephen Hwang
Longwoods

The inner-city neighbourhood in which someone lives may affect his or her risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, a new research paper suggests.

Aug. 28

Do sleep-deprived surgeons give worse care?
Research by Dr. Nancy Baxter
CBS News

Don't panic if your doctor worked into the wee hours of the night before he operates on you, new research suggests.

Aug. 27

Do tired docs give worse care? New study challenges assumptions
Research by Dr. Nancy Baxter
Yahoo! News

Going without sleep the night before does not affect the performance of doctors doing elective surgery the next morning, according to a new Ontario study that runs contrary to research demonstrating that sleep-deprived physicians pose a hazard to patients.

Could cameras in operating rooms reduce preventable medical deaths?
Interview with Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
The Washington Post

A surgeon in Toronto has built a “black box” that synchronizes a patient’s physical data with video and audio recordings of an operation, enabling doctors to review their work the same way athletes watch video of their performances. And he said he has lined up two U.S. hospital systems to take part in the first testing of the system.

Aug. 24

Opioid deaths twice as likely among male patients: study
Research by Tara Gomes
CBC News

More than one in 10 people prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time become chronic users, say Ontario researchers who also found the men are twice as likely as women to die from causes related to the drugs.

Aug. 21

A newfound link between brain injuries and ADHD
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
Maclean's

Toronto researchers have found a ‘significant association’ between brain injuries and ADHD—and could affect even those with mild concussions.

Aug. 20

Study reveals trend of early and preventable death among First Nations
Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
The Globe and Mail

Members of First Nations communities are more than twice as likely to face an early and avoidable death than other Canadians, with the greatest risk faced by native women and young adults, according to a new benchmark study by Statistics Canada.

Aug. 18

Breastfeeding could significantly cut illnesses in aboriginal babies
Research by Dr. Kathryn McIsaac
CBC: The National

A new study has found that encouraging First Nations, Inuit and Métis mothers to breastfeed would be a simple way to significantly cut down the high rates of common infection — and even deaths — seen in aboriginal babies in Canada.

Aug. 17

Study shows Ontario nearing UN AIDS targets
Research by Dr. Sean Rourke
The Toronto Star

Ontario is nearing United Nations targets set to ensure an international standard of HIV treatment and to bring about the end of the AIDS epidemic, a new study suggests.

Supervised injection site proponents push on despite Harper’s opposition
Interview with Dr. Daniel Werb
The Globe and Mail

Supporters of supervised drug-injection sites, such as Vancouver’s Insite, are keeping a cautious eye on the federal election, as Stephen Harper vows to fight their expansion and questions their benefit as part of his government’s tough-on-drugs agenda.

Vitamins from A to Zinc: A reality check
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News

Almost 40 per cent of adults say they have taken vitamin and mineral supplements, Statistics Canada reports, but the practice may be worth rethinking, nutrition and medical experts say.

Aug. 14

Fentanyl related deaths
Interview with Comments by Tara Gomes
CBC's Metro Morning

Fentanyl is a painkiller that's increasingly being linked to deaths across Canada.David Common spoke with a drug policy researcher from St. Michael's Hospital about why fentanyl is a growing problem.

Study suggests Ontario nearing U.N. targets to help end AIDS epidemic
Research by Dr. Sean Rourke
Longwoods

A new study suggests Ontario is nearing ambitious United Nations targets for ending the AIDS epidemic.

Aug. 13

Kim Kardashian's paid drug ad breaks rules
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud (starts at 2:14)
CBC's The National

The world of online celebrity and pharmaceutical advertising rules collide.

Aug. 12

Morning sickness drug and Kim Kardashian
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud (starts at 1:45)
CBC As It Happens

Construction proceeding on St. Michael's Hospital addition
Comment by Dr. Bob Howard
Urban Toronto

Since early 2015, when the contract to construct the new 17-storey addition to St. Michael's Hospital was awarded to Bondfield Construction, there has been significant activity on the site, with shoring and excavation now well underway following the project's groundbreaking in the Spring.

Aug. 11

Fentanyl use called ‘a disaster…across Canada’
Interview with Tara Gomes
Radio Canada

Sixteen people overdosed in the western city of Vancouver yesterday and police think the drug fentanyl was involved. They suspect victims thought they were taking heroin and didn’t know it contained other toxic chemicals.

Aug. 7

Kim Kardashian endorses Canadian-made morning-sickness pills on Instagram
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The National Post

Kim Kardashian has leant her formidable brand power to a Canadian-made morning-sickness drug, promoting the pill in an Instagram post that could herald a “fascinating” new form of pharmaceutical marketing.

July 31

Hooking up to an IV drip is the latest health fad, but critics say there is little proof it works
Interview with Dr. David Jenkins
The National Post

Forty years after John Myers, a Baltimore physician, began injecting vitamins and minerals into patients, “intravenous micro-nutrient therapy” is all the rage in natural health care — buoyed by celebrity endorsements and “Mainline your multi” headlines that tout vitamin drips as a cure-all for the stressed, the anxious, the depressed, the dehydrated, the immune-weakened and the overweight.

July 28

Moving to solutions on social issues in Thunder Bay
Research by Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
Net News Ledger

Thunder Bay politicians have continued to talk about the need to get to solve the root issues in the social problems that plague the city.

July 27

Brain injury hidden factor in homelessness
Research by Dr. Jane Topolovec-Vranic
San Jose Mercury News

Ruben Michael's story of slipping into homelessness has familiar themes. Job loss. Depression. Drinking. Then eventually, a life on the streets.

July 21

Urban Angel Golf Classic raises funds for St. Michael’s Hospital
Global News
Global’s Crystal Goomansingh hosted the Urban Angel Golf Classic at Angus Glen Monday evening in support of St. Michael’s Hospital.

July 20

Faces of Health Care project gives a human face to the issues
Interview with Dr. Andreas Laupacis
The Toronto Star

Andreas Laupacis is the first to admit he is a policy wonk. The doctor who co-directs a 500-employee research institute and chairs a provincial agency that strives to improve health quality is also the first to admit there are gaping schisms between health policy-makers like himself and those working and being cared for on the front lines.

Study in mice may identify new ways to treat immune thrombocytopenia
Research by Dr. Heyu Ni
Medical News Today

Immune thrombocytopenia, or ITP, is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune system sends antibodies to attack and destroy the body's platelets--blood cells responsible for controlling bleeding.

July 17

Sumac Creek Health Centre now serving downtown communities
Interview with Jacqueline Chen, Judy Shearer, Cian Knights and Dr. Danyaal Raza
Inside Toronto

Residents in the downtown communities of Regent Park, Moss Park and St. James Town have much-improved access to health care with this week’s opening of the Sumac Creek Health Centre.

July 16

How antiretroviral drugs can suppress HIV, one pill at a time
Research by Dr. Sean Rourke
The Globe and Mail

Outreach nurse Jacey Larochelle's prime objective is to get her clients onto antiretroviral therapy. The potent medications, if taken once a day, can stop HIV’s assault on the immune system that eventually leads to AIDS, which is deadly. And they can prevent virus from spreading to their sex partners.

Could cholesterol, vitamin D levels in toddlers predict heart disease risk?
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Global News

New Canadian research is suggesting that there may be telltale signs in your toddler’s blood that could predict his or her risk of heart disease later on in life.

'Housing First' can reduce alcohol problems for homeless people with mental illness
Research by Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
Medical Xpress

A "Housing First" approach, where homeless people with mental illness are provided with a place to live without preconditions such as sobriety or seeing a psychiatrist, coupled with intensive case management, helps to reduce alcohol-related problems, a new study has found.

July 14

Regent Park health clinic opens
Interview with Dr. Danyaal Raza and Jacqueline Chen
CBC News

A new health clinic opens today in Regent Park, a neighbourhood where thousands of people have no family doctor.

Young cancer survivors face more hospitalizations 2 decades after beating disease: Canadian study
Research by Dr. Nancy Baxter
Global News

Young cancer survivors may have beaten their disease, but new Canadian research is warning that this group encounters more hospitalizations than their healthy peers, even two decades after they’re declared cancer-free.

July 13

Twenty times as many migraine sufferers in Ontario could get some relief if the government broadened access to an effective group of drugs known as triptans
Research by Tara Gomes
Health Canal

Almost one in 10 Ontarians suffer from migraines every year but just 1,200 patients receive public coverage for medication to manage the most debilitating headaches, a new study has found.

July 10

Seniors waiting longer for spinal surgery, Toronto study says
Research by Dr. Henry Ahn
The Toronto Star

Toronto research finds older patients wait 37 hours on average for spinal surgery after injury, almost twice as long as younger patients.

July 9

St. Michael’s Hospital to open family health team clinic in Regent Park
Longwoods
St. Michael’s Hospital announced today the opening of a new family health team clinic in Regent Park. The Sumac Creek Health Centre is a key part of the revitalization of the Regent Park community housing project in downtown Toronto, Canada’s oldest and largest social housing project.

Money spent on community-based HIV prevention translates into treatment savings
Research by Dr. Sean Rourke
Medical News Today

Every $1 spent on community-based HIV prevention programs in Ontario saves $5 in treatment costs, a new study has found.

July 7

Older patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries less likely to get surgery
Research by Dr. Henry Ahn
Medical Xpress

Older patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries are less likely to receive surgery compared with younger patients and they experience a significant lag between injury and surgery, according to new research by an orthopedic surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital.

July 6

New clinic in Regent Park brings much needed support to community
Interviews with Drs. Karen Weyman and Vicky Stergiopoulos
Inside Toronto

For many new Canadians the challenge of finding a family doctor who is accepting new patients can serve as the first of many barriers to accessing the health care they need.

Why monitoring patient x-ray exposure matters
Interview with Dr. Bruce Gray
The Globe and Mail

X-ray technology has revolutionized medicine, especially computed tomography (CT), which allows doctors to see inside the body to find and treat illnesses that might otherwise go undetected.

Study finds people over 65 with traumatic brain injuries are hospitalized almost four times as often as younger people
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Health Canal

A disproportionate number of people hospitalized in Canada with traumatic brain injuries are 65 years or older, a new study from St. Michael’s Hospital has found.

July 3

Doctor pushes the boundaries of health-care
Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Star

Stephen Hwang, the new head of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, aims to make medicare fairer.

July 2

8 life jacket tips that can save your child's life
Interview with Dr. Joelene Huber
Today's Parent

If you don’t have this life-saving water gear for your child, it’s time to invest.

June 30

Singer Joni Mitchell recovering from brain aneurysm
Interview with Dr. Loch Macdonald
The Toronto Star

Joni Mitchell, 71, suffered a burst brain aneurysm in March, her spokesperson has announced, adding that she is recovering well. According to Toronto neurosurgeon Loch Macdonald, only one in five people who experience a burst brain aneurysm recovers fully.

Risk of developing asthma begins in the womb, study says
Research by Dr. Ketan Shankardass
CTV News

New research blames early exposure to pollution for higher asthma rates in some Toronto communities.

June 29

Coming to Regent Park: mental health services that really work
Interview with Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
The Toronto Star

FOCUS, a 24/7 integrated service that supports people with complex issues, will be part of a new family clinic opening next month.

Poorer, more polluted Toronto neighbourhoods have higher childhood asthma rates: Study
Research by Dr. Ketan Shankardass
Global News

Children living or born in poorer or more polluted Toronto neighbourhoods are more likely to develop childhood asthma, new research suggests.

How St. Michael’s Hospital is preparing for a major disaster
Interview with Dr. Sara Gray and Lee Barratt
The Toronto Star

Imagine the scene: Hundreds hurt in a chemical, biological or nuclear incident in Toronto. Hospital staff gathered in their ambulance bay for a full-dress rehearsal of emergency decontamination plans.

June 26

Medically complex patients with Type 2 diabetes could benefit from seeing a specialist soon
Research by Dr. Gillian Booth
Medical News Today

People recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and who have other serious chronic health issues have less heart disease and lower death rates if they see an endocrinologist within one year of diagnosis, new research suggests.

June 25

Arrhythmia risk increased by post-operative antinausea-steroid combination
Interview with Dr. Andrea Tricco
MedicalResearch.com

We were commissioned by Health Canada to assess the safety and effectiveness of serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonists in patients undergoing surgery. In order to examine this research question, we conducted a systematic review and network meta-analysis including more than 450 studies.

June 23

Preventing flu deaths: New drug testing targets fatal respiratory damage
Research by Dr. Warren Lee
Metro

Researchers from St. Michael’s and Sunnybrook hospitals think they have found a way to prevent people from dying from the flu.

June 22

9 ways to get healthier right now
Interview with Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre
Chatelaine

A head-to-toe guide to boosting your memory, fighting gravity, banishing period pain, improving your nails and more.

June 18

Some common anti-nausea medications used post-operatively could increase patients' arrhythmia risk
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Medical Xpress

Certain commonly prescribed anti-nausea medications given to patients during or after an operation could increase their risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, new research has found.

June 15

Cystic fibrosis patients can benefit from lung transplant
Research by Dr. Anne Stephenson
The Canadian Press

Canadians with cystic fibrosis who have a lung transplant get a definite boost in survival, with half of those who receive the new organs living at least 10 years following the surgery, researchers have found.

Homeless and pregnant
Interview with Marisa Cicero
Canadian Living

A heartbreaking number of women become pregnant when living on the streets. Here's how one program is helping homeless pregnant women have healthy babies.

New drug could help flu patients
Research by Dr. Warren Lee
Global News

Dr. Warren Lee with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto discusses a new drug that doesn’t target the flu virus itself, but could still help flu patients.

June 15

Soylent, the popular meal replacement, comes to Canada
Interview with Dr. David Jenkins
The Toronto Star

Soylent, which advertises itself as nutritionally complete, affordable and convenient, has amassed a loyal following in the U.S. — along with some critics.

June 11

Make your day harder
Interview with Dr. Mike Evans
CBC Radio, Metro Morning

June 10

Diagnosing poverty: New stats show people in North End die 16 years earlier
References research by Dr. Gary Bloch
The Winnipeg Free Press

Doctors urged to include patients' financial well-being as warning sign for chronic illness.

June 9

Preventing the flu: Researchers looking for new approach
Research by Dr. Warren Lee
CTV's Lifetime

Many researchers are trying to develop new drugs to defeat the flu virus. But researchers at St. Michael's Hospital had a completely different idea.

June 5

Team targeting host rather than flu virus have success with new treatment in mice
Research by Dr. Warren Lee
Medical Xpress

Many researchers are trying to develop new drugs to defeat the flu virus. But researchers at St. Michael's Hospital had a completely different idea.

June 3

Use of anti-psychotic drugs on seniors rising
Research by Tara Gomes
The Toronto Star

The use of anti-psychotic drugs by seniors in their own homes and other community settings in Ontario has jumped by a whopping 26 per cent in only five years, according to new research.

June 1

Why the demand for blood is going down
Interview with Dr. John Freedman
The Toronto Star

A recent shift in medical views on transfusions — along with improved surgical techniques and successful conservation strategies — has led to decreased demand for blood.

How neighbourhood impacts partner abuse
Research by Dr. Patricia O'Campo
Yahoo! News

People who enjoy more social support, including trust and a sense of belonging, are less likely to experience emotional or verbal abuse while in a relationship, says a study.

Doctors' checklist could help decrease length of COPD patients' hospital stay
Research by Dr. Samir Gupta
Medical Xpress

Patients with worsening chronic obstructive pulmonary disease spend less time in hospital when their doctors manage their care by using a checklist of steps called order sets.

May 28

Inside the world's best mental-health program to keep homeless people off the street
Interview with Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
The Globe and Mail

Loud and clear: Teach-Back enriches nurse-patient communication
Interview with Vimy Barnard-Roberts and Ada Andrade
HealthScape

When research shows patients immediately forget 40 to 80 per cent of medical information they hear, and nearly half of what they do retain is inaccurate, better methods of communicating are required. Three nurse practitioners at St. Michael's think the Teach-Back Method is the solution.

May 27

ED doctors stress need for good communications with police
Research by Drs. Alun Ackery and Brodie Nolan
Longwoods

A good working relationship with police is essential for the smooth operation of a busy Emergency Department. Police are in and out of EDs regularly, supporting EMS, transporting patients and helping to provide a safe environment for hospital staff.

May 25

St. Michael’s Hospital health team offers prescription for poverty
Interviews with Drs. Gary Bloch and Philip Berger
The Toronto Star

Recognizing that poverty increases the risk of illness, a pioneering program at St. Mike’s is offering its patients access to social workers, legal aid — and, most important, money.

May 11

Common medicine mistakes parents make with their kids
Interview with Dr. Joelene Huber
City TV's Breakfast Television

May 8

Poverty linked to future high health-care costs
Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
CBC News

People living in poverty are more likely to place a high burden on the health-care system but addressing the inequity could prevent both medical complications and health expenditures, Canadian doctors and public health experts say.

Dr. Elizabeth Tullis appointed to Cystic Fibrosis Canada Chair in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research
Longwoods
Dr. Elizabeth Tullis, a respirologist and clinical researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, has been appointed to the first Cystic Fibrosis Canada Chair in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research. This chair, the first in adult CF research in Canada, will support research and innovation in care to adults with CF.

Nightingale Awards: Street Health manager’s daily nursing anything but typical
Interview with Joyce Rankin
The Toronto Star

Joyce Rankin always knew she’d be a nurse. But what she didn’t know was that she’d be as much a public advocate for her clients as a caregiver.

May 6

Traumatic brain injury linked to increased road rage
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
Medical Xpress

Ontario adult drivers who say they have experienced at least one traumatic brain injury in their lifetime also report significantly higher incidents of serious road-related driving aggression, said a new study published Monday in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

May 5

Meet a woman who fights for every breath
CBC Radio
When Christine MacLeod was growing up, she met every obstacle head-on. "It's as easy as breathing," she would say. Now, breathing is Christine's biggest challenge.

April 30

Seeking NHL medical records going back 45 years
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano (segment begins at 13:27)
CTV News

A judge has been asked to order the NHL's 23 American-based clubs to turn over medical information about every player who has suited up for them since January 1967.

New inmates denied medicine due to drug-plan flaw: prison ombudsman
Interview with Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Globe and Mail

Newly admitted federal inmates can be denied prescription medication for 30 days or more while they wait for an assessment from time-strapped prison doctors, a dangerous practice with potentially far-reaching health consequences, especially for prisoners dealing with mental-health issues.

St. Michael’s breaks ground on construction project
Comments by Dr. Bob Howard
Healthscape

Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins was on hand when St. Michael's Hospital broke ground for a redevelopment project that will include a new 17-storey patient care tower to care for critically ill patients and renovations that will nearly double the size of the Emergency Department.

April 29

Health care and the online world
Interview with Dr. Mike Evans
CBC News

What happens to your health care in a digital world? Our Check Up panel tackles that tricky question.

April 23

Drug companies using doctors, discount cards to skirt generic substitutions
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News

Pssst! Want brand-name prescription drugs at generic prices? It's a sales promotion that's happening right in the doctor's office. Increasingly, physicians are handing out drug company "payment assistance" cards along with the prescriptions they write.

Papers identify effective and cost-effective treatments for complex wounds
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Medical Xpress

Deciding how to treat a complex wound is a bit like shopping at a supermarket: there's a lot to choose from.

Doctors’ Notes: Reading program puts books in hands of young Toronto patients
By Dr. Laurie Green, references Dr. Katie Dorman
The Toronto Star

When you visit the family doctor at a St. Michael’s Hospital clinic with a young child these days, don’t be surprised if you walk away with a new children’s book.

Mental prep for trauma care may mitigate ER errors
Research by Dr. Chris Hicks
Pharmacy Times

By mentally rehearsing resuscitation procedures, trauma care team members can reduce clinical errors and improve patient safety.

April 22

#48in48: Raising Canada's organ donor rates
Interview with Dr. Jeff Zaltman
Global News

Starting Monday, April 20, Global News wants to help sign up 48,000 people across Canada to become organ donors.

Got Milked?
Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
CBC Radio

"Milk helps build strong bones" has always been the conventional wisdom through the ages, but the auther of a new book suggests it's not so wise and she's urging you to put down the milk for the sake of you health... and even your bones.

Reducing global tobacco use
Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
Medical Xpress

Although global efforts to cut tobacco use have had some success, more can be done to reduce the number of deaths from smoking, according to a commentary published in CMAJ.

April 21

Ontario investing $316 million in new patient care tower at St. Michael's Hospital
Health News Network
Ontario is supporting the expansion of St. Michael's Hospital to provide patients with improved access to critical care services.

Coaching surgeons with video replay would help them get better faster, trial suggests
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
The National Post

Imagine, says Teodor Grantcharov, a golfer joining the professional tour, then playing his or her entire career without any individual instruction — learning only from embarrassing results.

Breast cancer in South Asian women often diagnosed at later stage: study
Research by Dr. Aisha Lofters
CTV News

Women of South Asian descent are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in its later stages compared to the general population, while women of Chinese ethnicity tend to be diagnosed when the disease is at an early stage, an Ontario study has found.

April 17

Common heartburn drugs linked to kidney failure in the elderly
Research by Dr. Tony Antoniou
Reuters

Older patients taking drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, a common remedy for heartburn and acid reflux, are two times more likely to be hospitalized with kidney failure than peers who don't take the pills, a study finds.

April 16

Rita Wilson reveals cancer diagnosis
Interview with Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley
ET Canada

Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, shared very difficult news, revealing that she has breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

April 15

Immigrant parents might be at greater risk of stillborn births, Ontario study suggests
Research by Dr. Joel Ray
The Toronto Star

A new study by Ontario researchers suggests that some parents who are immigrants might be at greater risk of having a stillborn birth.

Does home care serve men and women equally?
Research by Dr. Arlene Bierman
Medical Xpress

As the population ages, there is increasing demand for publicly funded home care services to help older people preserve their independence, improve their quality of life, and delay or avoid going into a long-term care facility.

Mental rehearsal helps ER clinicians best prepare for trauma patients
Research by Dr. Chris Hicks
Longwoods

n the same way athletes mentally visualize races long before lacing up, doctors and other members of trauma resuscitation teams should map out mental blueprints, and then communicate their strategy to all team members involved in caring for patients, a new study suggests.

April 6

Multiple Sclerosis: Canadians at risk
Interview with Dr. Paul O'Connor
Canadian Living

Canada has one of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It's three times more common in women than men. Are you at risk?

'What's a life worth?'
Interview with Dr. Naheed Dosani
CBC Radio

A house-call for the homeless may sound like a contradiction in terms - but it's a living mission for an Ismaili Muslim doctor in Toronto. Dr. Naheed Dosani is a young physician who makes house-calls on people who don't have houses.

April 1

Research on pain relief for shoulder surgery
Research by Dr. Faraj Abdallah
Longwoods

Around 10,000 patients undergo shoulder surgery in Ontario every year and most go home the same day. Since it’s quite a painful procedure, a lot of effort goes into making sure patients can manage their pain while at home recovering.

March 31

Concussion protection?
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
CTV News

Most hockey helmets do not do a good job of preventing concussions, a new study finds, with even the best-rated helmet not scoring well enough to significantly cut the risk of a brain injury.

March 27

Preventative surgery: Is it for everyone?
Interview with Dr. Jory Simpson
Global News

What are the risks of preventative surgery. Are there other options? Jennifer Palisoc reports.

First responders treating stroke patients
Interview with Dr. Laurie Morrison
CTV News

When you're having a stroke, seconds are precious. A new drug trial puts brain-saving medication in the hands of first responders.

March 25

MD watchdog scraps controversial methadone registry
Interview with Dr. Philip Berger
The Toronto Star

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is scrapping its controversial methadone registry, which keeps tabs on recovering addicts who take the drug.

March 24

Study could explain why some fetuses with different antigens to mother suffer brain bleeds
Research by Dr. Heyu Ni
Neuroscience News

A newly discovered bodily process in mice may explain why some human fetuses who have different antigens than their mothers suffer life-threatening brain bleeds, according to a new study.

March 23

Infant wearables: Handy tools or too much information?
Interview with Dr. Doug Campbell
The Globe and Mail

In the first few months with her infant daughter, Seraphina, Tammy Rasmussen found herself tiptoeing into her baby’s room during the night to check that she was breathing okay.

For-profit company helps doctors earn government bonuses — and patients have privacy concerns
Interview with Dr. Tara Kiran
The National Post

Susannah Hendricks is still rattled by the call. It came out of the blue and the for-profit company on the other end seemed to have access to her private health information.

March 12

Grassroots groups, labour key to fighting inequality in Toronto
Opinion by Dr. Patricia O’Campo and Amy Katz
The Toronto Star

Unions and grassroots organizations have an important role to play in fighting rampant and growing income inequality in Toronto.

March 9

GTHL bans body checking at ‘A’ level starting next season
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Canadian Press

The Greater Toronto Hockey League will be eliminating body checking at the “A” level beginning next season. The league announced Saturday the “progressive elimination” of body checking, starting with minor bantam for the 2015-16 season.

This critical step could keep homeless people with mental illness off the streets
earch by Drs. Vicky Stergiopoulos and Stephen Hwang
The Huffington Post

It's becoming more and more clear: Providing homeless people with housing first and foremost is vital in getting them off the streets for good.

Study finds Filipinos diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age
Research by Dr. Jory Simpson
The Toronto Sun

Filipinos who move to Canada are diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age, a new study as found. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of cancer and choose a drastic mastectomy, Dr. Jory Simpson wrote in a paper published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Research on gene expression profiling tests
Research by Dr. Yvonne Bombard
Longwoods

Oncologists welcome gene expression profiling tests as an added tool in deciding whether women with early-stage breast cancer should have chemotherapy, a new study has found. But they have significant reservations about the cost of the test and whether it is being overused and used for the right patients.

March 5

“Housing first” approach works for homeless, study says
Research by Drs. Vicky Stergiopoulos and Stephen Hwang
The Washington Post

A new Canadian study lends backing for a commonsense approach to moving people off the street that has been used in the District and other U.S. cities since the 1990s: Ensure that the homeless receive permanent shelter first, and their chances of achieving stability will increase.

Toronto hospital program looks at employment and health
Interviews with Drs. Gary Bloch and Andrew Pinto, and Karen Tomlinson
CBC News

A new program at St. Michael's Hospital is delving into how employment may affect a person's health.

SAD science: Why winter brings us down, but won't for long
Interview with Dr. Richard Leung
CBC News

For many Canadians, winter is the season of our discontent. Fortunately, there's light at the end of a long, cold, dark tunnel. The sleep-deprived are waking up to warmer weather and brighter days, and biological rhythms will readjust.

March 4

Housing First program has success in study of homeless people with mental illness
Research by Drs. Vicky Stergiopoulos and Stephen Hwang
Medical Xpress

It sounds simple, but it appears to be working: Give homeless people financial help to find free-market rental accommodation in the community as well as mental health support services, and the success rate in ending their homelessness is far higher than with current approaches.

March 3

Alcohol-abuse risks need more attention in Canada, researchers say
Research by Dr. Suzanne Turner
CBC News

Do you drink beer, wine, coolers or other alcoholic beverages? That's a question Canadians could hear more often as doctors try to get us to think about the risks of drinking.

Feb. 27

One-of-a-kind program set to ease bottleneck for dietetic students
Interviews with Dr. Patricia Houston and Helen Tomalik
The Toronto Star

As many as 50 per cent of dietitians in Ontario are planning to retire in the next eight years. That’s great news for students looking to get into the field, except for one thing: there has long been a shortage of the practical training positions, which all dietetic students must acquire before becoming registered dietitians.

Feb. 26

Reducing chronic pain after surgery
Research by Dr. Faraj Abdallah
CTV News

One in every three women undergoing a mastectomy could potentially be spared chronic post-operative pain if anesthesiologists used a regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care, according to a new study.

Improving the health of prisoners could improve the health of the general public
Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
Medical Daily

Just because someone earns their place in a state or federal penitentiary does not mean they should be cut off from basic human rights. Unfortunately, inmate health care tends to fall toward the bottom of the priority list at budget meetings.

Feb. 25

Mental illness, homelessness linked to heart disease in study
Research by Dr. Agnes Gozdzik
Fox News

Homeless people with mental illness are at high risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that they have a 24.5 percent risk of heart attack, fatal or nonfatal stroke, or sudden cardiac death over 30 years.

Filipino women who move to Canada face breast cancer risk at younger age
Research by Dr. Jory Simpson
Medical News

Filipinos who move to Canada are diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age than women from other parts of East Asia or Caucasians, new research has found.

Feb. 24

Homeless people with mental illness have higher 30-year risk of serious cardiovascular disease, research finds
Research by Dr. Agnes Gozdzik
Medical Xpress

Homeless people with mental disease have a greater than double risk of developing serious or fatal cardiovascular disease over 30 years than people of the same age and gender with no risk factors for the disease, new research has found.

Feb. 23

Targeted treatment for breast cancer
Interview with Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley
The Toronto Sun

When Betty Power faced breast cancer for the second time after two decades, she found there were targeted therapies for her case.

Feb. 20

Is health care too important to be left to health departments?
Research by Dr. Andrew Pinto
Medical Xpress

Some governments have decided that health care is too important to leave to their health departments and have made health care a priority for all departments. The concept, called Health in All Policies, or HiAP, has gained traction in some governments but little research has gone into measuring its effectiveness.

Feb. 18

Next-gen baby monitors
Interview with Dr. Joelene Hubert
CTV News

Dr, Joelene Hubert says what the new devices can and cannot do.

Feb. 17

Taking measure of growth charts
Interview with Dr. Marcelo L. Urquia
The Wall Stereet Journal

When it comes to measuring babies and young children, a growing body of research—controversial though it is—says one size fits all.

How a pacemaker proved accused killer's innocence
Interview with Dr. Iqwal Mangat
The Toronto Star

Frank Cara, accused of killing his father, is suing Durham police after time-of-death data lifted from a pacemaker supported an alibi.

New procedure a ‘major breakthrough’ in stroke treatment: Canadian study
Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, Dr. Aditya Bharatha and Dr. Walter Montanera
The Globe and Mail

A new stroke treatment has been shown to be so effective that Canadian researchers say they believe it will be used as part of standard stroke care.

Feb. 12

Stroke survivor, researchers encourage patients to discuss driving with their doctors
Research by Megan Hird and Kristin Vesely
Global News

More than two years ago, occupational therapist Sherry Mourant had a stroke that affected the left side of her body. Luckily, she responded well to surgery and has had a relatively quick recovery.

Opiate withdrawal in Ontario newborns jumps 15—fold
Research by Dr. Suzanne Turner
The Canadian Press

Study published in the journal CMAJ Open found a dramatic increase from 1992 to 2011, a sign more mothers are being prescribed pain killers.

Feb. 11

Put an end to racism in the ER
By Dr. Janet Smylie
Invited to write for The Globe and Mail

What actions could end the shocking disparity between the prosperity of Canada and the deprivation of First Nations? In our series Rich Country, Poor Nations, a range of contributors argue for one idea that could make a difference.

Feb. 6

New research finds 25 per cent of homeless people surveyed reported vision problems
Research by Drs. Myrna Lichter and Christopher Noel
Longwoods

Twenty-five per cent of homeless people surveyed in Toronto had vision problems up to and including blindness, four times higher than the rate of the overall population in North America, a new study by St. Michael’s Hospital has found.

Feb. 5

How closing the ‘word gap’ could give poorer kids an equal chance at success
Interview with Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
The Toronto Star

University of Toronto experts are refining research that found close links between family income, children’s vocabulary and academic performance, adding cultural factors to the mix.

Feb. 4

Racism linked to illness in Indigenous peoples in Canada
Research by Dr. Janet Smylie
Longwoods

Over six years after the historic apology by the federal government regarding residential schools, Canada’s Indigenous people still face racism and lack equal access to health care, according to a new report.

Feb. 3

Common antibiotic combined with heart drug raises risk of sudden cardiac death: study
Research by Dr. Tony Antoniou
The Canadian Press

A new study says older patients who take a commonly prescribed antibiotic with a diuretic widely used to treat heart failure can have an elevated risk of sudden cardiac death.

Jan. 30

St. Michael’s Hospital launches “Reach Out and Read”
Interview with Dr. Katie Dorman
The Morning Show, Global News

Dr. Katie Dorman, Family Medicine Resident at St. Mike’s, discusses the hospital’s latest intiative called “Reach Out and Read” to get kids reading earlier in life to help their development.

Jan. 29

Contract awarded for St. Michael's Hospital expansion
Comments by Dr. Robert Howard
UrbanToronto.ca

The renovation and expansion of St. Michael's Hospital moved a big step closer today, with the hospital and Infrastructure Ontario's announcement that Bondfield Construction has been awarded the contract to design, construct and finance the project.

Jan. 28

Doctors introducing patients to literacy
Interview with Dr. Laurie Green and Cheryl Skovronek
Global News

Physicians at St. Mike’s Hospital have embarked on a new mission – the first of its kind in Canada. Minna Rhee reports on the Reach Out and Read program.

Communication is key to Emergency Department success, new study says
Research by Dr. Alun Ackery and Kirsty Nixon
Medical Express

The high-risk, rapidly changing nature of hospital Emergency Departments creates an environment where stress levels and staff burnout rates are high, but researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have identified the secret sauce that helps many emergency clinicians flourish - communication.

Mental visualization helps hone surgical skills
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
The Canadian Press

It's said that practice makes perfect, whether serving an ace in tennis, nailing a three-pointer in basketball or being able to rocket a puck past a particularly agile goalie. But practice doesn't have to be physical: mental training using visualization can also up one's game — and not only in the domain of sports.

Jan. 27

Cognitive disorders high among homeless: study
Research by Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
The Toronto Sun

The majority of Canada’s adult homeless population with mental disorders have a high rate of cognitive disorders, a new study shows.

What happens to your body when a cold or flu virus invades
Comments by Dr. Lisa Graves
Metro

You may have a cold or the flu but not know it. That’s because it can take hours to days before the associated miserable symptoms take their nasty hold, says Bryce Wylde, associate medical director of Toronto’s P3 Health and host of TV’s Wylde on Health.

Reach Out and Read program promoting childhood literacy
Comments by Dr. Katie Dorman
The Toronto Star

Alongside vaccines and medications, family physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital are adding something new to their tool kits: books.

Jan. 26

VIDEO: Toronto cardiac team successfully replaces aortic valve through neck incision
Interview with Dr. Mark Peterson
Postmedia, Canada.com

Toronto surgeons have rewritten the old adage that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. In fact, it’s through his neck.

Jan. 21

Stabbings up 36% in Toronto last year
Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
CBC News

The number of stabbings in Toronto jumped dramatically in 2014, according to new numbers obtained by CBC News. According to data obtained from the Toronto Police Service under the Freedom of Information Act there were 815 stabbings in Toronto last year — a 36 per cent increase from the 599 in 2013.

Jan. 15

Mother gives back
Interview with Dr. Doug Campbell
CTV News, Lifetime

A generous act by a grateful mother to other parents' preemies after hers, Malachy, received excellent care and support at St. Michael's Hospital.

Doing things better without adding hours to the day
Interview with Dr. Chris Hayes
Hospital News

Change is all around us! Thousands of passionate people at St. Michael’s Hospital are working right now on countless projects and initiatives to improve the way they do what they do, while at the same time actually doing their work.

Jan. 14

Cold alert science
Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
CBC, Metro Morning

Many advocates for the homeless question the approach of determining what qualifies for the city's extreme cold-weather alerts. Scientists at St. Michael's Hospital are researching other factors that could be considered.

Jan. 13

Applied Public Health Research Chair will address gaps in Indigenous health
Announcement about Dr. Janet Smylie
Longwoods

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada have awarded Dr. Janet Smylie an Applied Public Health Research Chair to address the striking inequities in health and health service access experienced by Indigenous people in Canada.

Jan. 12

Payday lenders sub in for banks in poor areas
Research by Drs. Joel Ray and Flora Matheson
The Toronto Star

Toronto is divided not only by income, but by access to formal banking - which impacts the financial and physical health of the city's poor.

One woman’s story of prescription drug addiction
Research by Dr. Irfan Dhalla
Chatelaine

In an attempt to ease the pain in her back, one women lost her daughter, job and ended up in a coma. Her story is a revelatory glimpse into the dark world of prescription drug addiction in Canada.

Jan. 9

Helping the homeless: What works? What doesn't?
Interview with Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
CBC, Ontario Today

The deaths of two homeless men in the bitter cold in Toronto this week have prompted calls for action. But what would actually help?

Jan. 8

The needs of women in prisons
Research by Dr. Flora Matheson
Canada AM

Female inmates are in need of specific treatment for physical and sexual abuse they endured as children and adults, according to new research from Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

Jan. 7

Abuse, trauma leads women in prison to cry out for help
Research by Dr. Flora Matheson
CBC News

Women in Canadian prisons should be assessed for previous trauma such as physical and sexual abuse and connected with treatment resources when they’re released, a medical sociologist says.

Jan. 6

I was scared skinny, starting my journey back to health
Comments by Dr. Catherine Yu
The Toronto Star

When I turned 50 I weighed 260 pounds and had high blood pressure. The horror of looking in the mirror started me on the long road back to health.

Influx of trainee docs in July doesn't affect stroke care: study
Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik
Winnipeg Free Press

People who suffer strokes in July -- the month when medical trainees start their hospital work -- don't fare any worse than stroke patients treated the rest of the year, a new study finds.

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