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2017 archive

May 16

Study finds link between outdoor temperature and women's risk of gestational diabetes
‌Research by Drs. Gillian Booth and Joel Ray
Canadian Geographic

Women exposed to warmer temperatures during pregnancy have a higher rate of gestational diabetes compared to those exposed to colder temperatures.

May 15

Doctors should ‘admit’ patients to hospital if they can’t afford drugs, experts urge
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The National Post

A trio of Toronto health-care experts is touting a unique solution for patients who can’t afford their high-priced medication: doctors should simply admit them to hospital, where drugs have to be dispensed for free.

Does the weather influence women's risk for pregnancy diabetes?
‌Research by Drs. Gillian Booth and Joel Ray
Reuters

Yet another reason to worry about global warming may be an increase in the number of women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, suggests a new study that found seasonal higher temperatures are tied to an increased risk for what's known as gestational diabetes.

May 14

Newborn babies caught in tentacles of Ontario’s opioid addiction crisis
‌Interview with Dr. Suzanne Turner
The Toronto Star

For those struggling with addictions, pregnancy can be a difficult experience filled with shame and fear. But doctors say it can also offer a unique and unprecedented change to engage.

May 13

Opioids and babies: Addiction, pregnancy and a chance to engage
‌Interview with Dr. Suzanne Turner
The Hamilton Spectator

One Friday this past March, there were more babies in opioid withdrawal in the St. Joe’s NICU than there were rooms to keep them in.

May 11

More babies being born with opioid addictions
‌Interview with Dr. Maya Nader
CityNews

Babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) experience withdrawal after birth, and according to some medical professionals, more and more babies are beginning their lives with debilitating addictions.

Heart attack risk
‌Interview with Dr. Chi-Ming Chow
CTV News Channel

There is evidence that some of the most common pain killers -- Ibuprofen and Naproxen -- in this country increase the risk of heart attack. Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, a cardiologist at SMH, explains.

May 9

Heart attack risks from common painkillers may start early, study finds
‌Interview with Dr. Muhammad Mamdani
CBC News

People taking commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers may face a very small increased risk of heart attack as early as a week after starting the medications, an international study led by a Quebec researcher suggests.

Problem gambling: A guide for helping people experiencing poverty
‌Research by Dr. Flora Matheson
Yahoo! News

A unique collaboration between St. Michael's Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital, Good Shepherd Ministries and the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has resulted in a new guide for service providers to help people struggling with poverty and homelessness.

Study finds low rate of cancer screening among transplant patients
‌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 their rates of cancer screening do not meet existing guidelines, a new study has found.

May 6

Nursing Week: Jury duty experience affects nurse’s perspective
‌Interview with Laura Jackson
The Toronto Star

RN Laura Jackson brings lessons learned from an inquest into a child’s death to her daily work.

May 4

Study examines 'watch-and-wait' approach for people with rectal cancer
‌Research by Drs. Fahima Dossa and Nancy Baxter
Medical Xpress

A study published today suggests that a select group of patients with rectal cancer who undergo chemotherapy and radiation may have low rates of recurrence and good survival rates regardless of whether they go on to have surgery.

May 2

Crosby out with another concussion
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
CTV News Toronto

Sydney Crosby is out for an extended period of time with another concussion. Dr. Michael Cusimano said Crosby's history of concussion is a risk factor. He also said there is not sufficient enforcement of the NHL's rules against head hitting since it's still happening.

May 1

Workflow software helps automate Pulmonary Function reporting
‌Interview with Dr. Marie Faughnan and Eva Leek
Canadian Healthcare Technology

Respirologists at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital are breathing easier these days. They've deployed software from Influx Workflow solutions, which extracts patient data from a wide array of cardiology and respirology diagnostic devices and consolidates it all in a single structured report which can then be viewed easily and quickly by respirologists, cardiologists, referring physicians and other caregivers.

April 30

He saved 17 people who OD’d — but police want to jail him
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
The Toronto Star

Mark Baratta saves lives of opioid users with the antidote naloxone. But as deaths mount, Baratta’s story illustrates how far Ontario has to go to end the crisis . . . if it so chooses.

April 28

Access to medication
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CTV News Channel

Doctors, medical researchers, and health-care advocates see pharmacare as the missing essential of medicare, and question why health systems across Canada don't provide universal drug coverage as part of universal medical coverage. Dr. Nav Persaud discusses the benefits of providing free prescriptions.

St. Mike’s hospital stairwell demo a precise operation
‌Interview with Mike Keen
Daily Commercial News

As construction of the new 17-storey Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower nears completion, Michael Keen, the senior director of redevelopment, said the current focus is on the demolition of a concrete stairwell next to the new building.

April 27

Ontario budget promises free prescription drugs for kids and more cash for hospitals
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

The Ontario government’s new budget promises the largest health-spending boost in five years, including a 3.1-per-cent hike to operating funding for hospitals, as well as free prescription drugs for everyone 24 and under. The move is seen as a big step toward establishing a national pharmacare program.

April 24

Sex selection in Indian community persists despite years spent in Canada, researchers find
‌Research by Dr. Marcelo Urquia
CBC News

Contrary to what researchers expected, the length of time Indian immigrants have lived in Canada has no effect whatsoever on the practice of sex selection in favour of boys.

Pregnant women need to work out
‌Mentions Dr. Michael Geary
The Toronto Star

‘Misguided’ notions that expecting moms need to eat more and exercise less are contributing to obesity problem, doctors say.

April 23

Female surgeons at St. Michael's Hospital recreate New Yorker magazine cover
‌Interview with Drs. Nancy Baxter and Jennifer Anderson
CBC News

Female surgeons at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto have created their own version of a New Yorker magazine cover that illustrates a female surgical team in hues of blue.

How poor tobacco farmer Henrietta Lacks became a medical superstar after her death
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Szego
The Toronto Star

Henrietta Lacks died in 1951. But her "immortal" cells have sparked scientific breakthroughs, and have inspired an Oprah Winfrey movie.

April 20

The power of female surgeons unmasked around the world thanks to a magazine cover
‌Interview with Dr. Nancy Baxter and Molly Zirkle
The Toronto Star

The images are striking: Female surgeons, in surgical caps and masks, peering down from above, their eyes piercing and full of pride. What started as a magazine cover, has since turned into a rallying cry for women surgeons from around the world.

New report gives troubling new perspective on Ontario's opioid crisis
‌Research by Tara Gomes
Editorial in The Toronto Star

A new report on the latest trends in opioid deaths in Ontario says fatalities have skyrocketed at the same time opioid prescribing has increased dramatically.

2 people in Ontario die of opioid overdoses every day
‌Research by Tara Gomes
CBC News, via The Canadian Press

More than two people each day are dying of opioid overdoses in Ontario, a grim tally that underscores the soaring use and abuse of the potent narcotics, researchers say.

April 17

‘Lay rescuers’ who help those in cardiac arrest often suffer emotional trauma, but new network may help
‌Interview with Dr. Katie Dainty
The National Post

About 40,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in Canada. Early bystander CPR can increase the chance of survival three-fold. But despite an abundance of studies proving its indisputable worth, few have investigated what it’s actually like for “lay rescuers” to try to resuscitate someone who has essentially died in front of them.

April 13

Life on the Ground Floor, reviewed: Why emergency medicine is the great equalizer
‌Review of Dr. James Maskalyk's book
The Globe and Mail

The problem with memoirs, especially when they are written by Western doctors heading off to Africa for work, is they can be self-indulgent and messianic in tone. Dr. James Maskalyk deftly avoids that trap.
Read an excerpt from the book

Are creative solutions for homelessness effective or gimmicky?
‌Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
CTV's Your Morning

Dr. Stephen Hwang, from the Centre for Uban Health Solutions, on Canada's response to homelessness in comparison to other parts of the world.

April 11

Higher tobacco taxes can save 35-45 million lives in South Asia: Study
‌Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
The Times of India

Higher taxes on tobacco could reduce its consumption by at least one-third and save about 35 to 45 million lives in South Asia, including India, a study said today.

April 7

Drugs laced With fentanyl
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
CBC's Metro Morning

We know about the danger fentanyl poses to opioid users. But is it creeping into drugs like cocaine and MDMA? Matt Galloway spoke with Glen Bandiera, he is chief of emergency medicine at St. Michael's Hospital.

Biomedical Zone shows healthtech innovation happens when startups and clinicians collaborate
‌Interview with Dr. Linda Maxwell
Betakit

On the 7th floor of Toronto’s St. Michael‘s Hospital is a small space with big, innovative ideas. It’s the office of the Biomedical Zone(BMZ), a startup incubator led by physicians in a clinical environment. There, startups work with clinicians one-on-one to develop tech within the settings in which they will be used.

April 4

Why this Toronto ER doctor is dead set against extending last call
‌Interview with Dr. Joel Ray
CBC News.ca

Dr. Joel Ray warns extending bar hours will lead to significantly more violence, particularly among young men, as bar patrons pour into the streets at later hours after spending more time drinking.

April 3

St. Michael’s working on test to diagnose Parkinson’s disease
‌Research by Dr. David Munoz
Health Canal

St. Michael’s Hospital is part of an international research project trying to determine which emerging medical test would most accurately diagnose Parkinson’s at an early stage.

April 2

Canada needs a list of 'essential medicines'
‌Opinion by Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC's The 180

Dr. Nav Persaud argues that if Canada would come up with an "essential medicines" list that would not only save our health-care system money, but also help one in five Canadians who report that they, or a member of their households, do not take medications as prescribed because of cost.

March 29

Health care could be behind Canada's longer life expectancy
‌Interview with Dr. Anne Stephenson
BBC News

Canadians are outliving Americans, in some cases, by as much as a decade. Is public healthcare the secret to longevity?

Province could save money if more patients stuck with cardiac rehab, study finds
‌Interview with Dr. Beth Abramson
The Toronto Star

New local research discovers that the majority of patients referred to cardiac rehab either drop out or don’t ever go.

TBI in emergency departments a substantial economic burden
‌Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Medical Xpress

A new study that looked at nearly 134,000 emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury, including concussion, during a one year period in Ontario estimated that those visits had a total cost of $945 million over the lifetimes of those patients.

March 26

The preventable epidemic: How harm reduction helps to prevent overdoses
‌Interview with Dr. Michelle Klaiman
The Torontoist

Dr. Klaiman said St. Michael’s Hospital is seeing more overdoses and projecting to use approximately 30 per cent more naloxone over the next year compared to last.

March 16

How Canadian research helped develop promising new cholesterol drugs
‌Interview with Dr. Larry Leiter
CTV National News

When the world’s leading cardiovascular experts gather in Washington, D.C. on Friday for a three-day conference, they will highlight a new class of cholesterol drugs developed thanks to an important Canadian discovery.

March 15

Canadians with cystic fibrosis live 10 years longer than Americans with the disease
‌Research by Dr. Anne Stephenson
The New York Times

Canadians with cystic fibrosis survive, on average, more than 10 years longer than Americans with the same disease, largely because of differences in the two countries’ health insurance systems, a new study suggests.
(Plus, read their column that explains why)

Clinical Notes: Health Canada plan could give you more information about prescription drugs
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC's Metro Morning

Health Canada has announced it may release information from clinical trials for prescription drugs and medical devices. Guest host Andrew Nichols spoke with Dr. Nav Persaud, a staff physician with St. Michael's Hospital.

March 14

Health Canada aims to release secret drug records
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

A proposed Health Canada policy would make public currently confidential information about drugs’ safety and efficacy.

March 13

Cystic fibrosis patients in Canada living longer than those in U.S.: study
‌Research by Dr. Anne Stephenson
CTV National News

Canadians with cystic fibrosis tend to survive longer than American patients – a lot longer, a new study has found. According to research published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian CF patients live more than 10 years longer on average than patients with the same disease in the U.S.

March 10

Health Canada talks of opening up 'black box of medicines' safety
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News.ca

Canadians could be a step closer to being able to access sensitive information about the safety of drugs and medical devices.

March 7

Canadian foundation donates $12-million to support Indigenous people
‌Mentions major donation from Allan Slaight
Newscaf, via The Globe and Mail

The foundation formed nearly a decade ago by the family of former media executive Allan Slaight is donating more than $12-million to improve the lives of Indigenous people across Canada.

March 1

Portable screening tool for diabetic feet can prevent amputations
‌Interviews with Drs. Karen Cross and General Leung
Canadian Healthcare Technology

More than 3 million Canadians have diabetes, a number that has nearly doubled since 2002 and continues to grow. These patients have tools to manage their glucose levels, but no tools to help them manage foot wounds that often lead to infection and amputation. That’s where MIMOSA comes in.

History of incarceration linked to subsequent homelessness, study finds
‌Research by Dr. Dan Werb
Science Blog

People who have been incarcerated in Canada are more likely to subsequently experience unstable housing or homelessness compared with those who have not, new research suggests.

Feb. 28

Hospital's gender gap hasn't improved in 15 years
‌Research by Dr. Sharon Straus
CBC News.ca

St. Michael's Hospital, a Toronto teaching hospital is in danger of losing bright, creative women if its major and persistent gender gap is not addressed, a new study suggests.

Feb. 27

With universal drug coverage, Canadians could save billions: study
‌Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

Canadians and private drug-plan sponsors could save more than $4-billion a year if the federal government adopted universal coverage for a group of commonly prescribed essential medicines, according to a new analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Feb. 24

Toronto Public Health concerned new anti-HIV drug could contribute to spread of other STDs
‌Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan
CBC News

One year after it was approved by Health Canada, Toronto Public Health is concerned PrEP provides a false sense of invincibility for some users that could contribute to the city's rising rates for other sexually transmitted diseases.

Feb. 23

Canada's black market for illicit drug fentanyl booming
‌Interview with Dr. Michelle Klaiman
The Globe and Mail

The number of illegal drug samples containing fentanyl has doubled every year in Canada since dealers began smuggling a black market version of the prescription painkiller into the country, new figures show.

Feb. 22

Incarceration linked to excess burden of cancer, new study finds
‌Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
Longwoods

People who spend time in jails and prisons are more likely to develop certain types of cancer than the general population in Ontario, according to a study published today in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

Feb. 20

Children at higher risk of overdose if mom is prescribed opioids: study
‌Interview with Dr. Suzanne Turner
CTV National News

An American medical group is calling for an end to jailing or prosecuting pregnant women who are addicted to drugs, a punitive measure in certain states, while a compassionate approach in British Columbia is showing positive results.

Feb. 17

'Exciting' new therapy shows promising results for hemophilia patients
‌Interview with Dr. Jerry Teitel
CTV National News

A small gene therapy trial involving several Canadian patients is offering new hope to people living with hemophilia, a rare and potentially fatal genetic disorder.

Feb. 14

Toronto hospital fires 31 employees after audit finds $200,000 in irregular health benefits claims
‌The National Post
St. Michael’s Hospital confirmed to the National Post a routine audit uncovered “irregularities” in health benefits claims totalling approximately $200,000. Thirty-one employees have been fired. It is not known how many other employees are under investigation.

Feb. 10

Well Living House seeks to understand healthcare gaps among Toronto’s Indigenous communities
‌Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
HealthScape

A new three-year community-driven research project will explore the social determinants of health that affect Indigenous communities in Toronto, including children and youth, homelessness, poverty, women's issues and culture and identity.

Feb. 8

Issues with genetic testing
‌Panel discussion featuring Dr. Yvonne Bombard
TVO's The Agenda

Simple genetic tests are becoming ubiquitous. It's never been so easy to find out so much about DNA. Yet Canada is the only G7 country without legislation to protect citizens from genetic discrimination. The Agenda discusses the value and consequences of genetic testing.

Feb. 2

Laundry detergent pods linked to more burns of kids' eyes
‌Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
CBC News

Laundry detergent pods are increasingly contributing to eye injuries among preschoolers, indicates a U.S. study that also gives injury prevention recommendations.

Feb. 1

80 family physicians to participate in study of DI ordering patterns
‌Interview with Dr. Bruce Gray and Kate MacGregor
Canadian Healthcare Technology

St. Michael’s Hospital plans to install a clinical decision support system in the hospital’s family practice clinics to study how to improve the appropriateness of imaging tests ordered by physicians.

Jan. 26

Medical journal no longer recommends popular morning sickness pill
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CTV News

A prominent Canadian medical journal now agrees there’s no clear scientific evidence behind the recommendation to use the drug Diclectin as a “first line” of treatment for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.

Jan. 16

New research project tackles poverty, identity of Indigenous community
‌Mentions Dr. Janet Smylie
Inside Toronto

A new three-year community-driven research project will address the social determinants of Toronto’s Indigenous communities, including children and youth, homelessness, poverty reduction, women’s and men’s issues, culture and identity.

Jan. 13

The high cost of pharmaceuticals: Canada’s drug problem
‌Documentary featuring Dr. Nav Persaud (at 8:10 minute mark)
CBC's The Fifth Estate

Canada's health system is a source of pride for many Canadians. But we pay more for prescription drugs than almost every other country in the world -- and rising drug costs are taking their toll on people across the country.

Seniors with cognitive, memory impairments struggle with driving tasks: Canadian study
‌Interview with Dr. Tom Schweizer
Reuters, via Global News

Seniors with memory problems and related attention and decision-making issues may struggle with driving tasks, according to a Canadian study.

Coming soon: Safe injection sites
‌Interview with Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Last July, Toronto approved the establishment of three safe injection sites and now, in an effort to battle opioid overdose deaths, the province has agreed to fund those sites and one in Ottawa. Toronto Councillor Joe Cressy has been a strong advocate for the public health benefits of such facilities. He joins The Agenda with Ahmed Bayoumi, the co-author of a 2012 report on the harm reduction potential of safe injection sites in Ottawa and Toronto.

Jan. 4

Study raises questions about efficacy of morning sickness pill endorsed by Kim Kardashian
‌Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
The Washington Post

A Canadian doctor is raising more questions about the efficacy of a commonly prescribed drug to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnant women, after finding “many flaws” in a 40-year-old study that helped support the use of the medication in Canada and the United States.

Quick action by passersby saves man’s life after he drove off road in Clarington
‌Interview with Dr. Subodh Verma
The Toronto Star

Doctor credits CPR for saving Mike Conlin after he suffered a massive heart attack two months ago. On Wednesday, Conlin got a chance to thank the people who saved his life.

Jan. 3

Inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women will strain health resources: authors
‌Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
The Globe and Mail

The public-health community must be prepared to deal with the “emotional burdens” of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, which will likely increase mental-health issues such as depression, suicide and addiction among those who participate in the process, says a new editorial in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Jan. 2

Tracking all homeless deaths is long overdue: Editorial
‌Mentions Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Star

Starting Jan. 1, Toronto Public Health will track the deaths of homeless people across Toronto, not just those who die in city shelters. It’s a key step toward acknowledging the effects of homelessness.

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