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Dec. 30

How a little-known patent sparked Canada’s opioid crisis
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

The untold story of how a single pill sparked Canada’s opioid crisis, and ignited one of the biggest pharmaceutical battles in Canadian history.

Did Debbie Reynolds die of broken-heart syndrome?
‌Interview with Dr. Beth Abramson
CBC News

Dying of a broken heart is real. When Debbie Reynolds passed away this week, her son said the stress of his sister Carrie Fisher's death the day before was too much for his mother to take.

Dec. 26

A ‘miracle’ Syrian survived journey before surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital
‌Interview with Dr. Bobby Yanagawa
The Toronto Star

Muhammed Harrat had a ticking bomb in his body and a heart surgeon at St. Mike's Hospital has given him a new lease of life after a five-hour operation.

Dec. 22

'Silent strokes' up risk for full-blown stroke
‌Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik
The Canadian Press, via CTV News

Silent strokes are common as people age. About seven per cent of people in their 50s have silent strokes. That figure rises to about 15 per cent for those in their 70s. And among people aged 80-plus, about one-quarter have unknowingly been affected. Researchers estimate that for every symptomatic stroke, there are up to 10 silent strokes within the population.

Dec. 20

How many people fall on snowy and icy sidewalks in Toronto? A lot.
‌Interview with Dr. David MacKinnon
Torontoist

Toronto Public Health released some numbers showing how many people went to the emergency room after falling on sidewalks in the winter.

History of TBI linked to poor outcomes for those who are homeless, have mental illness
‌Research by Dr. Stephen Hwang
Medical Xpress

Among homeless adults with mental illness, having a history of head injuries is associated with a greater risk of adverse health conditions, new research indicates.

Dec. 18

Most dangerous spots in Toronto for cyclists
‌Interview with Amanda McFarlan
The Toronto Star

Cyclist Amanda McFarlan takes the Star to some of the spots in the city she finds most dangerous and explains why.

Dec. 17

Death on the tracks: How bad is Toronto transit’s suicide problem?
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
The Globe and Mail

Suicide by transit is a human tragedy and a pernicious public-health challenge – and Toronto has costly decisions to make about how to prevent it. Oliver Moore takes an in-depth look at the data and what could be done to save lives

Dec. 14

Opioid prescriptions drop, but overdose cases keep rising
‌Research by Tara Gomes
The Canadian Press, via Maclean's

Medically sanctioned opioid use has dropped by almost 14 per cent since national guidelines for prescribing the drugs were introduced in 2010, yet the rate of overdose-related hospital visits continued to rise, an Ontario study has found.

Review finds high attrition rate among residents in general surgery programs
‌Research by Dr. Mohammed Al-Omran
Health Medicine Network

Almost one in five residents in general surgery programs leave before finishing and the most common reasons given are uncontrollable lifestyle and deciding to switch specialties, a study published today has found.

Healthcare workers call trauma from road collisions a ‘preventable disease’
‌Interview with Amanda McFarlan
The Toronto Star

Health workers, researchers and Toronto city staff are now recognizing road safety as a public health problem.

Years later, Toronto woman haunted by collision
‌Interview with Dr. David MacKinnon
The Toronto Star

What does a collision look like? There are many combinations of pedestrian-vehicle collisions, and the injuries that stem from such incidents are just as variable, health workers say.

Dec. 8

People with traumatic brain injuries more likely to go to prison
‌Research by Dr. Flora Matheson
Reuters

Men and women who suffered traumatic brain injuries had more than twice the risk of winding up in a federal prison in Canada as their uninjured peers, a new study shows.

Dec. 5

Move over knees and hips, ankle replacements are about to become the next big thing
‌Interview with Dr. Timothy Daniels
Science Borealis

The ability to replace worn out joints sometimes feels like the new normal in today’s world. Over 100,000 Canadians underwent surgery to replace deteriorating knees and hips in 2013–2014 and that number climbed to over 1 million in the United States.

Nov. 30

Trauma and homelessness
‌Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
CBC Metro Morning

As we prepare for Sounds of the Season, we're talking about the underlying poverty that leaves people with no choice but to rely on food banks. Matt Galloway spoke with Dr. Gary Bloch; he is a family doctor at St. Michael's Hospital.

Nov. 23

Rick trains with ORNGE and takes a helicopter to St. Michael's
‌Rick Mercer Report
Tonight Rick goes on a helicopter training mission with ORNGE - Ontario's air ambulance brigade - and then he's off to St. Michael's Hospital where he lands on the rooftop.

Teens study whether ‘space worms’ can help treat patients with ALS
‌Interview with Dr. Jane Batt
The Toronto Star

Toronto high school students were able to send worms to space, then conducted microgravity experiments on them to study proteins associated with muscle atrophy.

Nov. 22

Toronto doctor screening for poverty using postal codes to make patients' lives better
‌Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
CBC News

Diabetes, heart disease, mental illness and trauma — at first glance, these conditions might not appear to have much in common, but a Toronto doctor says one key trait often lies beneath them: poverty.

Nov. 21

Drug combo may cause bleeding for patients with irregular heartbeat
‌Research by Dr. Tony Antoniou
Reuters

A blood-thinning medication used by people with a type of irregular heartbeat should not be taken with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, a study suggests.

Canadian doctors seek to improve emergency health care in Ethiopia
‌Column by Dr. Lisa Puchalski Ritchie
The Huffington Post

As an emergency physician in Toronto, Canada's largest city, I am privileged to have access to the latest research evidence, medical tools and technology. I also have access to a network of professional colleagues who I can call on for advice and assistance.

Nov. 17

Study finds reasons for accumulated stress levels more complicated than thought
‌Research by Dr. Pat O'Campo
Medical Xpress

African-American and Latina women have a higher accumulated stress level than Caucasian women, but a new study found that less than half the differences could be explained by expected factors such as poverty, neighbourhoods, stress and support systems.

Patients not attached to new primary care practices receive lower quality care, research suggests
‌Research by Dr. Tara Kiran
Longwoods

One in six patients in Ontario does not belong to an organized primary care practice, new research suggests. These patients receive lower quality care and are more likely to be poor, urban and new immigrants, the study says.

Nov. 16

Kids who drink whole milk are leaner, researchers say
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
The Canadian Press, via The Toronto Star

Researchers say young children who drink whole cow’s milk are leaner and have higher vitamin D levels than those who consume low-fat or skim milk.

Opioid poisoning on the rise
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
CBC News

3 dead after possible overdose: CBC News Network speaks with the Chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, about Canada's opioid problem.

Former refugee brings eye care to Syrian refugees
‌Interview with Tarek Bin Yameen and Dr. Myrna Lichter
Radio Canada International

A series of one-day eye care clinics is bringing free eye care to Syrian refugees in the province of Ontario in a project initiated by a young medical student who was a refugee himself.

Nov. 13

Canadian children now take far more mood-altering drugs, prescription count shows
‌Interview with Dr. Mina Tadrous
The National Post

Canadian doctors are increasingly medicating children with antidepressants and antipsychotics, suggests a new study experts worry is the latest sign of using drugs to achieve “behavioural control.”

Nov. 10

20% of Ontario drug-benefit recipients on prescription opioids
‌Research by Tara Gomes
CBC News

More than 20 per cent of adults on Ontario's publicly-funded drug benefit plan are taking doctor-prescribed opioids, swelling to nearly 30 per cent in some parts of the province, says a new study.

Nov. 4

A new concussion industry
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
CBC News: The National

Concern is growing about alternative therapies for concussions. As fears about concussions grow, hundreds of clinics are profiting.

Nov. 3

Private concussion clinics called a 'Wild West' of unregulated treatment
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
CBC News

Volunteer neurosurgeons staffing a concussion hotline 24 hours a day? There's no need for a private hotline, says Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael's Hospital, when all of the provinces already operate 24-hour telephone health hotlines.

Oct. 30

State of emergency
‌Interview with Dr. Doug Sinclair
The Globe and Mail

Toronto’s downtown hospitals are struggling to keep up with a condo boom that has brought tens of thousands of new residents to the core and through the doors of emergency departments that were already bursting at the seams

Shedding light on stillbirths
‌The Toronto Star, letter to the editor
"I am grateful to the excellent staff of medical professionals at St. Michael’s Hospital. I did not know that I would want to hold her, to name her, but they did. I named her Rose and I will never forget the minutes I held her in my arms, how beautiful she was." - Marisa Edwards, Toronto

Oct. 26

As the stethoscope turns 200, is the iconic device becoming obsolete?
‌Interview with Dr. Chi-Ming Chow
CBC News

The stethoscope changed the way doctors and nurses would treat patients. And now, on the 200th anniversary of this iconic invention, a great debate is on: In this age of digital gadgets, is Laennec's stethoscope on its last heartbeat?

Oct. 21

Can a child drink too much milk?
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
The New York Times

"Cow's milk has been a staple in the diet of children in North America for a long, long time and is loaded with essential nutrients and energy," including protein, fat, calcium and vitamin D, said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician and researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. “However, as with most healthy things, too much of a good thing is probably not a good thing."

Oct. 20

Experts warn of growing opioid crisis across Canada
‌Interview with Dr. Daniel Werb
Global News

Dr. Daniel Werb, a research scientist with St. Michael’s Hospital and director of the Toronto-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, discusses new statistics that show a growing percentage of illegal drugs containing fentanyl across Canada.

YouTube star Dr. Michael Evans on common-sense health care
‌Interview with Dr. Mike Evans
Maclean's

How Toronto Dr. Michael Evans landed a job at Apple, with dreams of improving global health.

Oct. 19

St. Michael’s creates instant network of patient-safety champions
‌Interview with Dr. Chris Hayes
Hospital News

Twenty-nine St. Michael’s clinical educators and staff have become certified patient safety trainers – and it happened all at once. Think of it as a “train the trainer” strategy, mass-wedding style.

Oct. 11

Crosby diagnosed with concussion
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
CTV News

Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano says people should take caution after a concussion, let alone a third one and will happen with less force.

Oct. 10

Cities’ homelessness plans doomed to fail without federal cash: Report
‌Research by Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Star

National housing plan urgently needed to replace patchwork of meagre, short-term funding, according to a new report.

Need a snuggle? Vulnerable infants bond with volunteer cuddlers
‌Interview with Dr. Tony Barozzino and Julia Gluck
CBC News

'The power of human touch is extraordinary,' says Toronto pediatrician Dr. Tony Barozzino of St. Michael's Hospital's baby-cuddling program. The program was developed about a year ago to provide babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with some extra tender loving care.

Increase oat consumption to lower cholesterol, Canadian research suggests
‌Research by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan
CTV News

Humble oats have long been touted for their ability to lower cholesterol and benefit health, but now new Canadian research has provided yet more evidence to suggest that eating oats can lower cholesterol levels and reduce a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Oct. 9

Religion and cancer screening: a link?
‌Research by Dr. Aisha Lofters
Med India

Does religion affect people’s likelihood of being screened for cancer? That’s the question Dr. Aisha Lofters and her team at St. Michael’s Hospital are trying to answer.

Oct. 7

Should patients be allowed to opt out of routine testing of colorectal tumours for genetic linkage?
‌Research by Dr. Yvonne Bombard
Health Canal

Health-care providers support routine testing of colorectal tumours to identify more individuals who have the most common genetic condition responsible for such cancers, a new study suggests.

Oct. 4

Mental health less of a taboo issue
‌Interview with Dr. Michaela Beder
The Toronto Star

Dr. Michaela Beder discusses her work with the homeless at St. Michael’s STAR Learning Centre and says it would not be possible without the $10 million donation from the Odette family.

Sept. 30

How do we fix Toronto's housing crisis? Experts weigh in
‌Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
Toronto Metro

We asked six experts what it will take to combat ballooning social housing waitlists and a lack of affordable homes. Hwang thinks solving the housing crisis lies in inclusionary zoning — a process where developers are required to make a percentage of the units they build affordable.

Sept. 28

Homeless, mentally ill youth benefit from housing program
‌Research by Dr. Nicole Kozloff
Health Day

A subsidized independent-living intervention appears to help homeless young people with mental illness get and keep a roof over their heads, a new Canadian study indicates.

Sept. 23

Ontario ‘slow to respond’ to growing opioid overdose crisis: experts
‌Interview with Tara Gomes
Global News

An average of two people die from opioid overdoses in Ontario each day, but unlike other other provinces across the country — there is no real time monitoring system in place to provide a comprehensive look at the issue.

Study suggests additional benefits to HIV-prevention therapy
‌Research by Dr. Darrell Tan
Longwoods

The anti-HIV drug Truvada has been shown to be very effective at preventing new infections when taken by people at high risk who strictly adhere to the drug therapy regime. A new study suggests just how cost-effective this intervention -- known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP -- could be in Toronto, and says there may be additional benefits to a PrEP program if it brings high-risk individuals into contact with the health-care system and engages them in care.

Sept. 22

Study suggests a new tool for diagnosing post-concussion syndrome
‌Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Longwoods

Repeated concussions or other mild traumatic brain injuries can lead to prolonged symptoms and impaired quality of life. Understanding the underlying cause and accurately identifying post-concussion syndrome, a common medical condition that develops after head trauma, is not a simple matter.

Sept. 20

Regular MRI is safe during pregnancy
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
The New York Times

Having an M.R.I. during pregnancy presents no danger to the fetus or the offspring, researchers have found, but the risks appear to change when a contrast agent is used.

Sept. 19

St. Michael's doctor hired by Apple
‌Interview with Dr. Mike Evans
CBC Metro Morning

A trip into a future in which your doctor prescribes an app to help monitor your blood pressure. Apple is hiring a local doctor to help make that into a reality. Matt Galloway spoke with with Dr. Mike Evans.

Sept. 14

Parents may misuse results of infant genetic testing
‌Research by Dr. Yvonne Bombard
Reuters

When parents find out their newborn carries a gene mutation linked to cystic fibrosis, many use the information unexpectedly or inappropriately, according to a new study.

St. Michael’s Dr. Mike Evans takes on new health innovation role with Apple
‌Comments by Drs. Mike Evans and Art Slutsky
Longwoods

When St. Michael’s Hospital’s Dr. Mike Evans started working as a family physician, he saw 20 to 25 patients a day. Now his potential audience is set to explode as he takes on a new role with Apple’s health division in California, with its 1 billion iPhones sold worldwide.

Sept. 13

Return from the dead
‌Features Dr. Tom Schweizer (at the 19:20)
National Geographic documentary on Daily Motion

Neurologist Steven Laureys uses virtual reality to try and induce an out of body experience. (original air date: April 24, 2016)

Ottawa needs multiple supervised injection sites, researchers say
‌Interview with Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
Ottawa Metro

With supervised injection sites on the horizon and an increased number of overdoes in the mix, Ottawa should aim to have two or three supervised injection sites in locations most likely to be used by drug users, said Ahmed M. Bayoumi, a researcher and physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Sept. 12

Growing up trans
‌Interview with Dr. Joey Bonifacio
The Walrus

One day, not long after I turned five, I pinned a poster of Walt Frazier to my bedroom wall, because I was going to be point guard for the New York Knicks. Then my brother Owen told me that could never happen, because I wasn’t a boy. I didn’t believe him.

Sept. 10

Meet Dr. Sara Gray, the woman you want in an emergency
‌Interview with Dr. Sara Gray
The Toronto Star

Sara Gray — once named Toronto’s best ER doctor — loves the ‘controlled chaos’ of her workplace at St. Mike’s. She also knows first-hand what it’s like to survive an epidemic.

World Suicide Prevention Day: What we still need to do
‌Interview with Dr. Sakina Rizvi
CTV News

World Suicide Prevention Day allows people to take a moment and think about those who are suffering from mental health issues but it’s also a day to start a dialogue about what the world can do better.

Sept. 8

Toronto study questions 'reproductive benefits' of newborn genetic tests
‌Research by Dr. Yvonne Bombard
The Toronto Star

A majority of mothers ignore their newborn’s genetic screening results when deciding whether to get pregnant again, a new Canadian study suggests.

Sept. 6

MRIs in early pregnancy appear safe, but contrast agent may not be
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Reuters

In the critical first trimester of pregnancy, undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without a contrast agent is not associated with any negative outcomes for the baby, according to a new study.

Singapore's Zika cases send warning signal to Asia
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
CNN

In just one week, Zika cases in Singapore have gone from zero to 258, raising concerns about a potential rapid surge in cases across Asia.

Dark comedy ignites conversation about mental health on World Suicide Prevention Day
‌Interview with Dr. Sakina Rizvi
Longwoods

To mark 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept.10, the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Suicide and Depression Studies Program of St. Michael’s Hospital is sponsoring The Ties That Bind, a semi-autographical solo show exploring living with mental illness. The production was written and performed by James Ince.

Sept. 1

Zika outbreaks most likely to hit eight countries in Asia, Africa
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Washington Post

The worsening Zika outbreak in Singapore and its potential to spread elsewhere in Asia and beyond is rapidly raising alarms among health experts.

Simulated emergencies inspire real improvements
‌Research by Drs. Andrew Petrosoniak and Chris Hicks
Hospital News

The trauma bay in St. Michael’s Hospital Emergency Department bustled with activity as a new patient was rolled in on a stretcher. With a possible leg fracture and significant blood loss, X-rays were quickly ordered and the Massive Transfusion Protocol went into effect. Everyone performed as if a life were at stake. The difference this time? The patient was a mannequin.

Aug. 31

Physician to embark on medical mission in Jamaica
‌Interview with Dr. Aisha Lofters
Share

Finding the perfect role model and mentor was easy for Dr. Aisha Lofters.

Aug. 30

PSEP – Canada to help St. Michael’s build patient safety capacity
‌Interview with Dr. Chris Hayes
Canadian Patient Safety Institute

St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto has embarked upon a renewed patient safety program to embed safety into the forefront of everything they do. Policies have been revamped and new tools, roles and supports have been created around the elements of a strong safety culture.

Inconsistent guidelines for screening transplant recipients at higher cancer risk
‌Research by Drs. Nancy Baxter and Sergio Acuna
Medical Xpress

People who have received organ transplants are at higher risk of developing and dying of cancer than the general population. Yet a new study has found cancer screening guidelines for this group are inconsistent as is the use of these guidelines.

Novel technology LifeVest can help newborns breathe
‌Interview with Drs. Jennifer Beck and Doug Campbell
News Medical

LifeVest, a technology being developed at St. Michael's Hospital to help newborns breathe, won the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy's international competition in Calgary.

Aug. 24

Helpwear wins $25,000 grand prize at CNE’S Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition
‌Features St. Michael’s and Biomedical Zone
BetaKit

Over the course of a weekend, startups got the chance to pitch and showcase their products in a venue not commonly associated with tech: the opening weekend at the CNE.

Aug. 23

Simulator helps train hospital staff to handle allergic reactions
‌Interviews with Dr. Christine Song and Ashley Rosen
City News

Staff at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto are learning how to handle anaphylaxis with a realistic simulator.

Aug. 22

Canadians squeamish about performing CPR on strangers, even without mouth-to-mouth, study says
‌Research by Katie Dainty
The National Post

Even doing away with the mouth-to-mouth “ick” factor of cardiopulmonary resuscitation isn’t enough to convince a significant proportion of Canadians to perform CPR on strangers, new research suggests.

Racism in health care
‌Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
CBC NWT

Dr. Janet Smylie on racism in health care. And on what investigators should consider as they look into the case of Hugh Papik's death.

Aug. 19

This is Sting's brain on music
‌Interview with Dr. Luis Fornazzari
CBC News

Sting's song Englishman in New York and the Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction might not seem that much alike to some, but scans of the English musician's brain while he listened to each work showed similar activity.

Mental health comes into the light with music from this folk collection
‌Mentions the Creative Works Studio
No Depression

I found this effort special to listen to and because of its optimistic and inspiring approach – something quite different from the regular batch of creativeness I often receive.

Aug. 18

How to cut through confusion when pregnant women are 'bombarded' with health advice
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News

Pregnancy can be a bewildering time when conflicting advice on doing what's best for her baby can put a woman on guard, but there are some strategies to cut through the confusion.

Aug. 15

Battling Zika virus with genetically modified mosquitoes
‌Interview with Dr. Jim Lavery
CTV News Channel

Research scientist Dr. Jim Lavery speaks about the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to slow down the spread of Zika virus in the Florida Keys.

Having primary care physician may not be enough to reduce ED visits by vulnerable groups
‌Research by Dr. Aisha Lofters
Medical Xpress

Having a regular family physician may not be enough to reduce Emergency Department visits among patients with disabilities, a small study published online today in the journal Canadian Family Physician suggests.

Aug. 8

Giant pouched rats sniff out tuberculosis in Africa
‌Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

At a time when tuberculosis-related death rates worldwide surpass those from AIDS, two African countries are trying a TB test that is faster, cheaper and unorthodox: giant pouched rats.

Aug. 4

Ontario increases funding for hospital repairs and upgrades
‌Government of Ontario
Ontario is providing $175 million in 2016-17 to hospitals across the province -- an increase of $50 million over last year's funding -- to keep them in a state of good repair so patients can continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.

Aug. 2

Few palliative care patients at risk under Ontario’s new opioid policy: study
‌Research by Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Only a small number of palliative-care patients in Ontario will be affected by the province’s plan to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug programs, a new study shows.

New ‘virtual’ clinic for rare blood disease a hybrid of patient care and research
‌Interview with Dr. Katerina Pavenski
The Hospital News

A new “virtual” clinic at St. Michael’s combines treatment and research for patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP, an extremely rare blood disorder.

July 29

Lasting brain changes seen in college athletes after concussion
‌Research by Dr. Nathan Churchill
Reuters

The brain may show signs of concussion for months or years after the injury occurred, according to a Canadian study of college athletes.

July 28

Driving and dementia: A delicate balance
‌Research by Megan Hird
CBC News

Mary Beth Wighton of Southampton, Ont., remembers the day four years ago when her doctor delivered her a devastating one-two combination of bad news. "She said, 'I am sorry to tell you but you have probable frontotemporal dementia.' She explained what it was and then she said, 'and there is another thing that I need to do immediately, which is to revoke your driver's licence ... effective immediately.'"

July 26

2 in 10 Alzheimer’s cases may be misdiagnosed
‌Research by Dr. David Munoz
Health Day

Alzheimer's disease is often misdiagnosed, possibly causing undue stress for those who don't have the disease but are told they do, and delays in treatment for others, two new studies reveal.

Malachy’s Soiree: A fundraiser for St. Mike’s
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Sgro
Breakfast Television

An upcoming fundraiser is looking to help the smallest little lives that are born at St. Michael's Hospital. Little Malachy joined the studio, along with his mother Kerry.

July 25

Palliative-care doctors decry Ontario’s new opioid policy
‌Interview with Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Palliative-care doctors are calling on the Ontario government not to cut off access to high-dose opioid medications for their patients, saying those nearing the end of life or suffering from cancer pain “deserve better.”

July 21

Concussions show effects on brain years after injury, study finds
‌Research by Nathan Churchill and Dr. Tom Schweizer
The Canadian Press, via CTV News

Looking back now, volleyball player Julia Hamer admits she feels like an "idiot" for not recognizing signs of a concussion. This was back when she was playing for the junior national team at age 19, and was smacked in the head by a volleyball.

July 18

Canadian babies continue to suffer irreversible brain damage due to untreated jaundice
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Sgro
National Post

It’s known in the medical world as kernicterus, meaning, literally, yellow staining of the brain caused by severe jaundice that goes untreated.

Research shows once-a-month welfare payments trigger more than 15 preventable deaths a year in B.C.
‌Interview with Dr. Joel Ray
National Post

Researchers in British Columbia are urging authorities to explore new ways to dispense welfare cheques, after concluding the current, once-a-month payments trigger more than 15 preventable drug-overdose deaths a year – in just one province.

July 14

Opioids prescribed for COPD may harm patients: study
‌Research by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris
The Globe and Mail

Many adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are prescribed opioids to treat pain, breathlessness, insomnia and other complaints. But new research shows those drugs may be further endangering the health of people with the common lung disease.

July 12

Driving ability of people with cognitive impairment difficult to assess, research review finds
‌Research by Megan Hird and Dr. Tom Schweizer
Medical Xpress

No single assessment tool is able to consistently determine driving ability in people with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, a St. Michael’s Hospital research review has found.

July 11

A smart way to cut overdose deaths: Editorial
‌Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

Medical experts across Canada and the United States have been sounding loud warnings for the past few years about the explosion of deaths related to overdosing on opioid-related drugs. One U.S. authority compares the epidemic to the rapid spread of AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Opioid antidote now free at Ontario pharmacies
‌Interview with Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Hamilton Spectator

For the first time in Ontario, family and friends of opioid users will be able to pick up naloxone kits for free from pharmacies.

July 7

Epiglottis nearly killed Sarah Silverman. So what is it?
‌Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anderson
CTV News Toronto

Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman said she's insanely lucky to be alive after suffering a life-threatening health scare.

July 6

1 in 10 newly released inmates in Ontario die from drug overdose
‌Research by Dr. Nav Persaud and Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Canadian Press and CTV News

Inmates of Ontario correctional facilities are 12 times more doubtless than most people to die of a drug overdose within the primary year following their liberate from incarceration, say researchers, who believe concrete interventions are needed to reduce these preventable deaths.

July 5

Douching is dangerous — and more common than you think
‌Comment by Dr. Mark Yudin
Chatelaine

Despite well-known risks, douching products raked in $1.2 million last year. Why won’t this unnecessary practice just go away?

Helping the tiniest of lives
‌Mentions Malachy's Soiree
The Huffington Post

When Kerry O’Reilly Wilks was 33 weeks pregnant with her second child, she went to St. Michael’s Hospital with back pain one evening, looking for advice on pain relief. Instead she was told that she would have to deliver the baby that night or both of them would die. Luckily for Kerry, her son Malachy was in the hands of the skilled and caring doctors and nurses of St. Michael’s Neo­natal Intensive Care Unit; both of them went home healthy.

July 4

Testing new ways to screen for loss of sensation in diabetic patients
‌Interviews with Ann-Marie McLaren and Suzanne Lu
Hospital News

A team of clinicians at St. Michael’s Hospital is testing a new way to assess patients for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the feet that can result in an inability to feel pain.

June 28

Playing card games aids stroke recovery
‌Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik
BBC News

Playing simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, say Canadian researchers. The scientists found it improved patients' motor skills. Playing Jenga, bingo or a games consol like Wii worked equally well.

St. Michael's Hospital addition rising at Queen and Victoria
‌Update on St. Michael's 3.0
Urban Toronto

It has been almost exactly five months since construction of a 17-storey addition to St. Michael's Hospital reached grade at the northeast corner of Queen and Victoria Streets. In the time since, the NORR Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed addition has risen eight storeys above Queen Street, and continues to impact its surroundings as it grows taller.

June 24

How Twitter will find Toronto’s happiest neighbourhood
‌Research by Dr. Ketan Shankardass
The Globe and Mail

Which neighbourhood in Toronto is the happiest? Is it Leslieville, with its hip cafés and restaurants? Or maybe the Annex, with its large and carefree student population?

June 20

A prescription for poverty
‌Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
The BMJ

It’s a predicament familiar to any doctor with patients who are living in poverty: you can treat a patient’s medical condition but the underlying reasons why the patient has poor health—low paid work, poor housing, low literacy—are beyond the scope of the prescription pad.

June 17

Women from the Caribbean and Africa at highest risk of ICU admission during childbirth
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Medical Xpress

Women born in the Caribbean or Africa are two times more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit at the time of their delivery than Canadian-born women, a new study has found.

June 16

St. Michael’s chosen by WHO as an example of integrated and people-centred health care
‌Interview with Drs. Deborah Kopansky-Giles and Karen Weyman
Healthscape

During an event at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO)recognized St. Michael's Hospital's (St. Michael's) Academic Family Health Team and its ongoing work enhancing primary care delivery in Toronto's inner-city community.

Angels in the auditorium
‌Interview with many of our Angel’s Den participants
Healthscape

TV has the Dragon's Den and Shark Tank, but St. Michael's Hospital (St. Michael's) has the Angel's Den and zebrafish tanks. What does any of this have to do with health care?

June 15

Fostering hope for stroke patients
‌Interviews with Judy Kelly and Donna Cheung
Health Canal

On Tuesdays, Ron LaCombe comes to St. Michael’s Hospital and goes to the Stroke Unit on 14 Cardinal Carter. He checks in with Mary Van Impe, an occupational therapist, and Judy Kelly, a discharge planner, about his first visit of the day.

June 13

Summer tourism could spread Zika in parts of Europe
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
STAT News

Regular summer travel to and from Zika-affected areas will place some parts of Europe at risk of local spread of the virus in the coming months, a new study suggests.

June 9

Is barley key to better heart health? Grain 'significantly lowers bad cholesterol, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke'
‌Research by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan
The Daily Mail (U.K.)

Barley is the latest in a long line of foods to be hailed a 'superfood'. The grain could hold the key to improving heart health, experts believe. They found eating barley or foods containing the grain significantly reduced levels of so-called 'bad' cholesterol.

June 8

Barley lowers not one but two types of 'bad cholesterol', review suggests
‌Research by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan
Medical Xpress

Eating barley or foods containing barley significantly reduced levels of two types of "bad cholesterol" associated with cardiovascular risk, a St. Michael's Hospital research paper has found.

May 26

Using MRIs to predict kidney failure
‌Research by Drs. Darren Yuen, Anish Kirpalani and General Leung
Hospital News

One in every two patients diagnosed with #kidney failure will not be alive in three years.

May 25

Neurosurgeon Dr. Sunit Das explains Gord Downie cancer diagnosis
‌Interview with Dr. Sunit Das
Global National News & Yahoo! News

Dr. Sunit Das, a neurosurgeon at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, discusses the type of brain cancer The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with and the prognosis.

Unemployment in recession tied to hundreds of thousands of excess cancer deaths
‌Interview with Dr. Andrew Pinto
CBC News

Cancer death rates increased in many countries as unemployment rose during the global economic crisis but universal health coverage provided a buffer, according to a large international study that includes Canadian data.

Study says Toronto leads way for ‘walkability’ in southern Ontario
‌Research by Dr. Gillian Booth
Global News

A new study says Toronto leads the way for walkability among southern Ontario communities, with its accessibility for walking, cycling and taking transit accompanied by lower rates of obesity and diabetes than the more car-focused suburbs.

May 24

Walkable neighborhoods cut obesity and diabetes rates
‌Research by Dr. Gillian Booth
The New York Times

Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of being overweight or obese and having diabetes by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes.

What is Glioblastoma? An explanation of Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis
‌Interview with Dr. Sunit Das
CBC News

Earlier today, it was revealed that Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band posted a brief message to fans on their website that said Downie had "been fighting hard," and that the band will go on tour this summer, "for Gord, and for all of us."

May 19

Refugee children's academic outcomes similar to non-refugee peers despite learning challenges
‌Research by Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
Medical Xpress

Refugee children had similar academic success as other children if adequately supported, despite having more behavioural and emotional problems overall, a comprehensive review has found.

Helping COPD patients breathe easier
‌Interview with Carolene Garcia and Jacqueline Chen
HealthScape

The Sumac Creek Health Centre will soon roll out a half-day health promotion program to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to breathe easier.

May 17

More bars, more ambulance calls
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
The Chicago Tribune

Areas with more bars have about eight times more ambulance calls than places where booze flows less freely, according to a new study.

May 16

Tough road ahead for murdered mom's preemie: Expert
‌Interview with Dr. Howard Berger
The Toronto Sun

If the baby delivered prematurely from a pregnant murder victim survives, the infant likely faces a long road of medical problems, one specialist says.

Health care providers urge Ontario to end immigration detention
‌Interview with Dr. Michaela Beder
The Toronto Star

A group of 130 doctors, nurses and social workers is asking Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister to end the province’s deal with Ottawa that allows the jailing of immigration detainees.

May 13

Research finds more EMS calls in areas with lots of licensed alcohol establishments
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Medical Xpress

Researchers found a 7.8 times higher risk of ambulance calls for patients with trauma in areas with the highest density of bars and restaurants licensed to serve alcohol, compared to a low density of such establishments.

May 12

A little cash goes a long way for babies
‌Interview with Dr. Tatiana Freire-Lizama
CBC: The National

When pregnant women were trusted with $81 a month in prenatal benefits, no strings attached, their babies' physical health did better, say Manitoba researchers, who would like similar income supplements to be offered across Canada.

May 11

Excess folic acid during pregnancy linked to autism in children: study
‌Interview with Dr. Young-In Kim
CTV News

A new study has found that excessively high levels of folic acid in pregnant women appears linked to an increased risk of autism in the women's children.

May 10

Migrant detention health
‌Interview with Dr. Michaela Beder
CBC Metro Morning

Dr. Michaela Beder, a psychiatrist at St Michael's Hospital, spoke with Matt Galloway about the health of migrants in immigration detention centres.

May 4

Why St. Michael's Hospital has doctors work on childhood literacy
‌Interview with Dr. Laurie Green
CBC Metro Morning

The "Reach Out and Read" program brings pairs doctors with librarians to improve childhood literacy. Matt Galloway spoke with physician Dr. Laurie Green.

April 29

Canadian first during transseptal heart surgery
‌Features Drs. Neil Fam, Chris Buller and Mark Peterson
Hospital News

St. Michael’s is the first hospital in Canada to have performed a novel catheter-based valve replacement technique that allows cardiac patients to go home the next day instead of staying in hospital for up to 10 days.

April 27

Ontario study shows former prisoners at higher risk of early death
‌Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Globe and Mail

Women who spend time in an Ontario correctional facility can expect to live a full decade less than the Canadian average, just one of a slew of alarming figures contained in a new study of long-term mortality rates for provincial inmates.

April 25

Cough, cold medicines could increase health risk for kids
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
New Telegraph (U.K.)

Common over-the-counter cough and cold medicines could endanger lives of children as well as increase health challenges the kids face. This was disclosed recently in a study which shows that as many as one in five kids treated with such drugs under age six can be harmed by them. The findings are published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

April 22

Cancer history may affect survival after organ transplant
‌Research by Drs. Nancy Baxter and Sergio Acuna
Health Day

Organ transplant patients who previously had cancer may be at increased risk for new cancer and early death compared to organ recipients with no cancer history, new research suggests.

April 21

Concussions and culture – how to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries in youth ice hockey
‌Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Health Canal

A cultural shift is needed to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries in youth ice hockey, said Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital.

April 19

Researchers improve identification of women at high risk of pre-eclampsia
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Medical Xpress

Researchers have developed a new tool that will improve how clinicians can identify women at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia, and who should take acetylsalicylic acid, also known as Aspirin, after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

April 16

Canadian ‘transplant tourists’ putting their lives at serious risk: study
‌Interview with Dr. Ramesh Prasad
The National Post

The steady stream of Canadians who continue to buy organs overseas are not only propping up a morally dubious trade, but putting their own lives at serious, long-term risk, suggests a new study.

April 14

Lipids may know you have diabetes before your blood sugar does
‌Research by Dr. Sagar Dugani
Health Canal

Lipids, the fat-like substances found in the blood, may be able to predict whether someone is at risk of developing diabetes before their blood glucose changes.

April 13

In Canada, every child is precious, girls and boys alike: Editorial
‌Research by Dr. Marcelo Urquia
The Toronto Star

A new Canadian study has found a “deficit” of baby girls compared to boys, among Indian-born parents. Yet every child is precious in our society.

April 11

Indo-Canadian women give birth to far more boys than women born in Canada
‌Research by Dr. Marcelo Urquia
The Toronto Star

A preference for boys among Indian-born parents may have contributed to a deficit of more than 4,400 girls over two decades in what researchers in a new study are calling Canada’s “missing girls.”

April 9

Just week in intensive care can cause lifelong muscle weakness, reveals study
‌Research by Dr. Jane Batt
The Herald Scotland

Just a week in intensive care can lead to lifelong muscle weakness that can hinder normal living, a new study warned.

April 8

Eating legumes may aid in weight loss
‌Research by Dr. Russell de Souza
Reuters

Eating one serving of beans, peas, lentils or chickpeas every day may help dieters lose a little extra weight, according to a new analysis of existing research.

April 6

Women with unhealthy BMIs who smoke and drink at two-fold higher risk of asthma
‌Research by Dr. Jayadeep Patra
Medical Xpress

Underweight and obese women who also drank alcohol and smoked tobacco had a two-fold higher risk of being diagnosed with asthma than women with a healthy body mass index who did not drink or smoke, a St. Michael's Hospital study found.

April 5

Gamblers Anonymous associated with progress, could benefit from more combined approach
‌Research by Dr. Flora Matheson
Medical Xpress

People who attended Gamblers Anonymous gambled less often, showed increased readiness for change and enhanced coping skills, but appeared to fair better when Gamblers Anonymous was combined with other therapeutic approaches, a comprehensive review has found.

April 4

Wearable heart-monitoring device
‌Interview discusses new Biomedical Zone device
Global News

Two Grade 12 students from Danforth Tech have invented a watch that tracks vital signs and can summon help in an emergency.

March 31

Study finds link between cold weather, increased risk of concussion
‌Research by Dr. David Lawrence
The Globe and Mail

Cold weather during National Football League games doubled the risk of concussion for players in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, researchers at the University of Toronto have found.

March 30

What's the key to losing weight AND keeping it off? Add a portion of PULSES a day to your diet, experts say
‌Research by Dr. Russell de Souza
The Daily Mail

Eating lots of beans, chickpeas and lentils have long been favoured by the health conscious as foods that are low in fat. But now research finds that diets rich in beans can actually make you slimmer if you add them to your diet.

Over-the-counter remedies aren't a good choice for preschoolers: Health Canada
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
The Vancouver Sun

Some parents with a snuffly, coughing toddler at home will make a trip to the cough-and-cold aisle at their favourite drug store. Yet Health Canada is once again warning caregivers not to give any over-the-counter cold medication to children under six.

March 17

Taking acetaminophen for arthritis pain? It’s no better than placebos: Canadian study
‌Research by Dr. Peter Jüni
Global News

According to a new large-scale Canadian study, acetaminophen was shown to be no better than a placebo in managing osteoarthritis pain.

March 16

One in five young children given cold remedies despite warnings
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Macleans

About one in five kids under age six continued to be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, despite a Health Canada-mandated warning against use of the products in young children, researchers have found.

March 14

Report gives diagnosis of poor health in Canadian prisons
‌Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Globe and Mail

At least half of Canada’s 40,000 prison inmates report enduring abuse as children – just one of a catalogue of maladies affecting inmates detailed in a new study that assembles the country’s first comprehensive portrait of prisoner health.

March 13

Toronto Board of Health to recommend implementing safe-injection sites
‌Interview with Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
CityNews

Toronto is joining the growing list of Canadian cities – which includes Ottawa and Montreal – that plan to set up safe-injection sites.

March 8

Parkinson’s researchers looking into easiest and best ways of diagnosing disease in early stages
‌Research by Dr. David Munoz
Parkinson's News Today

Early diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are crucial to halting its progression, since the process of neuron destruction is irreversible once it starts. However, only 50 percent of patients are correctly diagnosed with this neurodegenerative condition during a first visit with a neurologist.

March 4

New pain relief technique for ACL knee surgery preserves muscle strength
‌Research by Dr. Faraj Abdallah
Medical News Today

Anesthesiologists can significantly reduce loss of muscle strength in ACL knee surgery patients using a new pain management technique, a new study has found.

March 3

Toronto woman born on Leap Day has baby on Leap Day — what are the odds?
‌The Toronto Star
Amanda Abbott and her partner Vishnu Singh are feeling lucky. Abbott gave birth to their first child, Pavan, at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto the morning of Feb. 29, the leap day.

Isabel Fryszberg: The interview
‌Interview with Isabel Fryszberg
Folk Roots Radio

Isabel Fryszberg is an occupational therapist, visual artist and musician from Toronto who produced a wonderful album of jazz tinged country-folk-pop, “Hearts & Arrows”, with her band Isabel & The Uncommons, in 2014.

March 1

St. Mike’s to study health and financial effects of free prescription drugs
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
Ryersonian.ca

A research team at the nearby St. Michael’s Hospital is launching a study into prescription drug costs, a barrier, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that keeps one in 10 Canadians from using medication as prescribed.

Study finds no link between insomnia and cholesterol levels, except for people with insomnia who take sleeping pills
‌Research by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris
Health Canal

One of the questions that keep individuals suffering with insomnia awake at night is whether there is a link between insomnia and heart disease.

Feb. 29

St. Michael's Hospital emergency department fully open
‌The Toronto Star
The emergency department at St. Michael’s Hospital is now fully operational, nearly two weeks after a flood shut it down.

Study suggests lower income Ontario seniors less likely to access newly approved drugs
‌Research by Drs. Michelle Sholzberg and Andreas Laupacis
Medical Xpress

Wealthier seniors in Ontario were prescribed a new blood thinner for a common heart rhythm abnormality 1.5 times more often than poorer seniors when the drug was first approved by Health Canada, a new study has found.

Feb. 25

Social Mystics give voice to the healing quality of music
‌Interview with Isabel Fryszberg
Inside Toronto

An eight-person ensemble came together at Creative Works Studio, an arts-based occupational therapy program in east Toronto that operates under the umbrella of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Inner City Health Program in partnership with Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes. Participants in the program have all battled mental health issues and took up music as a form of therapy.

Ebola survivors are likely to suffer brain symptoms after recovering
‌Interview with Dr. Sharmistha Mishra
MicroCap Observer

Some Ebola survivors develop vision and hearing problems as well as joint pain months after treatment, suggesting the virus lingers in some body fluids, research shows.

Feb. 24

Lessons from Canada’s refugee-health saga: Goar
‌Comment by Dr. Philip Berger
The Toronto Star

Cancellation of refugee health benefits forces doctors to put down their stethoscopes and take up placards.

Feb. 23

Nerve block technique might help chronic back pain
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Gofeld
Health Day / WebMD

A procedure that uses radio waves to treat chronic low back pain provided long-lasting relief to a small group of patients, researchers report.

Feb. 22

How a Toronto company used big data to predict the spread of Zika
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Toronto Star

As health officials scramble to understand the mosquito-borne virus, Canadian researchers are at the forefront of advances in infectious disease modelling.

Fentanyl is now killing more Ontarians than any other opiate
‌Interview with Dr. Philip Berger
Vice News

Fentanyl, the powerful opioid responsible for causing a rise in overdose deaths in Alberta and BC, is now responsible for most opiate-related overdoses in Ontario, according to data from the Officer of the Coroner General.

Is your kid getting enough vitamin D?
‌Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Today's Parent

A new study says babies being breastfed beyond a year old may be deficient in vitamin D. Here’s what you need to know.

ARDS appears to be underrecognized, undertreated and associated with high risk of death
‌Research by Dr. John Laffey
Science Codex

Among nearly 460 intensive care units (ICUs) in 50 countries, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) appeared to be underrecognized, undertreated, and associated with a high mortality rate, according to a study that appears in the February 23 issue of JAMA, which is being released to coincide with the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 45th Critical Care Congress.

Feb. 21

Ontario’s uncounted homeless dead
‌Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Star

With the exception of a few municipalities in Ontario, no official governing body tracks homeless deaths. We investigate why no one wants to take responsibility for this file.

Feb. 18

Children breastfeeding after first birthday should take vitamin D
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Reuters

Children who breastfeed, especially those living far from the equator, may get too little vitamin D, according to a new study in Canada.

St. Michael’s ER partially reopens after flooding
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
CTV News

The emergency room at St. Michael’s Hospital has partially reopened, nearly two days after flooding halted services at the department.

Ontario simplifies medical reviews for people on disability support
‌Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
The Toronto Star

Onerous reviews for people on ODSP — many of whom suffer from mental illness —will become less stressful under a new process.

Feb. 17

ER at St. Mike's remains closed this morning after burst pipe causes flooding
‌CP24
The emergency department at St. Michael’s Hospital remains closed this morning after a flood prompted staff to close the ER for the day early yesterday morning.

Feb. 12

What threat does Zika pose to the Olympics?
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
CNN / NBC News: Montana

Well before the Zika epidemic began in Brazil last year, Olympics organizers knew they would face a challenge in keeping the approximately 16,000 athletes and 600,000 visitors to Rio de Janiero healthy.

Feb. 8

Concussion raises suicide risk, says study
‌Interview with Dr. Gabriela Ilie
The Globe and Mail

Adults who suffer a concussion are three times more likely to die by suicide than the rest of the population, according to a new Canadian study that suggests a need for better long-term follow-up for patients.

Feb. 3

Zika: The new global health terror
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
Maclean's

Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus are expected to infect up to four million people across the Americas. And there’s no cure—nor an end in sight.

Feb. 2

Will the Zika virus come to India?
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Wall Street Journal

Indian authorities have warned pregnant women not to travel to countries affected by Zika virus, which some doctors and health officials suspect is linked to a recent spate of babies born with small heads in Brazil where the disease has reached epidemic proportions.

Feb. 1

Basic science disappearing from medical journals, study finds
‌Research by Dr. Warren Lee
Science Newsline

A new study has found a steep decline in the number of scholarly papers about basic science published in leading medical journals in the last 20 years.

Heart failure spirals into major problem
‌Interview with Dr. Kim Connelly
CBC News

Heart failure is a chronic, incurable condition that places a growing burden on hundreds of thousands of Canadians, the Heart and Stroke Foundation says in a new report.

Brave the cold, get some vitamin D
‌Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Investment Executive

Although there are many Canadians who love to brave the outdoors in winter, many more shield themselves from the cold in their homes, shunning one of nature's most important nutrients: vitamin D.

Jan. 31

Stopping the spread of Zika virus
‌Research by and interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

Infectious disease expert Dr. Kamran Khan talks about the World Health Organization's emergency meeting on the mosquito-borne virus.

Jan. 28

What we know and don’t know about the Zika virus
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
BBC World News

Dr Kamran Khan is one of the lead authors of a report on the Zika virus, published in the medical journal, the Lancet. He spoke to BBC World News presenter Mike Embley about the WHO response, and challenges of dealing with the testing and the prevention of the virus.

Jan. 27

Add Zika virus to your list of parental worries: Timson
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Toronto Star

Unprecedented warnings from some countries in Latin America are a cause for concern for pregnant women, but for an expectant parent, concerns already abound

Zika virus: one-on-one interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News: The National

St. Michael's Hospital addition reaches grade on Queen
‌Update on St. Michael's 3.0
Urban Toronto

Almost one year after Bondfield Construction was awarded the contract to construct a 17-storey addition to St. Michael's Hospital on the northeast corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, the project's construction has reached a major milestone.

Jan. 26

St. Michael’s Hospital, Ryerson unveil joint venture to improve health care
‌Comments from Dr. Ori Rotstein
The Globe and Mail

Ori Rotstein, surgeon-in-chief at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, didn’t know Ryerson University’s dean of engineering when he took the seat beside him at an award announcement five years ago. Before the event ended, the pair had struck an alliance, figuring there must be ways the school and hospital, located on each other’s doorsteps, could work together.

Zika virus: An emerging health threat
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
National Institutes of Health

In a new study in the journal The Lancet, infectious disease modelers calculate that Zika virus has the potential to spread across warmer and wetter parts of the Western Hemisphere as local mosquitoes pick up the virus from infected travelers and then spread the virus to other people.

Jan. 25

Zika virus: five questions answered
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
BBC Newshour

The World Health Organisation says the Zika virus, which has been blamed for birth defects in Brazil, will spread to much of North and South America. Dr Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician from Toronto, answered our five most pressing questions.

Jan. 23

Virus chequers: A newly emerging disease is threatening the Americas
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Economist

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that arrived in Brazil last May, is an avid traveller—and an increasingly feared guest. It has since found its way into 17 other countries in the Americas.

Jan. 21

Highrise living linked to lower survival after cardiac arrest
‌Research by The New York Times
The New York Times

The higher the floor you live on, the lower your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, according to a new study.

Jan. 20

Spread of Zika virus prompts travel advisories
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The New York Times

Travel warnings about the Zika virus, especially for pregnant women, are very much in the news now, but the germ was discovered more than a half century ago, and you may have already visited places where it flourishes.

Jan. 18

What floor you live on may determine cardiac arrest survival: Canadian study
‌Interview with and research by Ian Drennan and Dr. Laurie Morrison
Global National News

Living on the upper floors of an apartment or condominium? New Canadian research is warning that the higher up you live in a high-rise building, the more your risk of death from cardiac arrest increases.

Jan. 17

Ahead of the Rio Olympics, a foreign invader is linked to an outbreak of birth defects in Brazil
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Toronto Star

Brazil has been hit by a string of newly arrived epidemics in recent years. Each disease — terrifying in their own right — has one thing in common: a mosquito.

Jan. 15

Addiction experts are concerned new rules for overdose antidote don’t go far enough amid crisis
‌Interview with Dr. Wiplove Alexander
Vice News

With the introduction of bootleg fentanyl and an increase in the number of opioids being prescribed, the rate at which overdose deaths in Canada have multiplied, leaving many advocates dumbfoundead. Now, Health Canada is proposing to change the restriction around an overdose antidote that has the ability to save thousands of lives.

Jan. 14

Zika virus could spread to North America, researchers say
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
CTV National News

The Zika virus, which has been linked to a surge in miscarriages and birth defects in Brazil, has the potential to spread into Central America, the Caribbean, and even parts of the U.S, says an international team of researchers.

Prisons face hep C-treatment funding crisis
‌Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
CMAJ

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) could face a funding shortfall of up to $100 million if it adheres to a new standard of care that would see federal inmates infected with hepatitis C prescribed a new and expensive drug.

Jan. 7

Organ transplant patients up to 3 times more likely to die from cancer: study
‌Research by Dr. Nancy Baxter
The Canadian Press / CTV News

Patients survive longer — only to face higher cancer death risk, study suggests.

Breaking new ground (page 12)
‌Feature on St. Michael's 3.0
Canadian Healthcare Facilities

St. Michael's Hospital sets sights on becoming Canada's premier critical care hospital.

Jan. 5

Poor circulation in brain linked to psychosis in Alzheimer's patients
‌Research by Dr. Corinne Fischer
Health Day

Psychosis, including delusions and hallucinations, affects about half of Alzheimer's disease patients. And researchers have set out to clarify the link between these two conditions.

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