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Dec. 28

Black boxes in operating rooms
Interview with Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
CBC Radio's Metro Morning

You've probably heard of black boxes, but have you heard of them being used in the operating room? We speak to a Toronto doctor improving surgeon performance by recording conversations, videos and even room temperature in the OR.

Precilla Veigas touched hearts as she fulfilled dying wish of getting PhD
The Toronto Star
Aurora mother died of a rare form of cancer in October, months after receiving PhD in medical science at special ceremony at U of T.

Dec. 27

Five questions about your vagina that you’re too embarrassed to ask
Interview with Dr. Deborah Robertson
Global News

While most people generally feel very comfortable talking to their doctor about any manner of illness or concern — after all, we’ve been led to believe that they’ve heard it all before — some questions about women’s health tend to come up more in conversations among friends than they do in the doctor’s examination room.

Dec. 26

In-school pediatric clinic gives Toronto students greater chance of academic success
Interview with Dr. Sloane Freeman
The Globe and Mail

The thinking behind the in-school pediatric clinic is that by providing health services close to home and in a school setting, often considered a safe, comfortable space, families living in poverty or newcomers are more likely to access it. For children, diagnosing and treating health issues and learning disabilities early gives them a greater chance of academic success.

Dec. 24

Advocates urge more action for shelter crisis in Toronto
Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
The Toronto Star

City of Toronto has a target of a 90 per cent occupancy rate but on Dec. 21, homeless shelter system was at 95 per cent capacity with more than 5,400 people.

Dec. 22

Swapping animal protein for plant protein can lower cholesterol
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Global News

Close to 50 per cent of Canadians have an unhealthy level of cholesterol. New Canadian research shows swapping out some servings of animal protein for plant protein could be good for your heart. Allison Vuchnich reports.

Woman has a heart-shaped baby bump; here’s how it could cause complications
Interview with Dr. Deborah Robertson
Global News

Sometimes babies really are born out of love — almost literally. That’s because for a small group of women, their baby bump takes the shape of a heart, instead of your garden variety beach ball. At least that is the case for one woman in Turkey.

Researchers find lack of data and protocols for head injuries in mixed martial arts
Research by Dr. Joel Lockwood
The Globe and Mail

Mixed martial arts is considered one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, with the professional UFC league worth more than $4-billion (U.S.) and amateur gyms popping up across the country. Yet in spite of its popularity and full-contact nature, the rate and risk of brain trauma involved in the sport remain unclear.

Dec. 20

Swapping one or two portions of meat or dairy for plant-based protein every day reduces the risk of heart disease by 5 per cent, reveals study
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Daily Mail (London)

Substituting one to two servings of meat or dairy with plant-based proteins every day reduces the risk of heart disease by five per cent, research suggests.

Amanda Hignell nominated for Torontonian of the year
CBC Metro Morning
A social worker who helps new moms in need has been nominated for Metro Morning's Torontonian of the Year.

Dec. 18

'It's worrisome': More babies being treated for opioid withdrawal in Canada
Interview with Dr. Suzanne Turner
CTV News

When Courtney Castonguay gave birth to her daughter Emma 15 months ago she just knew something wasn’t right. Emma had an unnaturally high-pitched cry and she was inconsolable.

Dec. 12

St. Michael’s Hospital surgical schedule stays on track during major construction with mobile medical device reprocessing unit
Interview with Catherine Hogan
Healthcare Purchasing News

When St. Michael’s Hospital began a major building and renovation project, its Medical Device Reprocessing Department had to move out of its longtime home in the basement so its space could be modernized to meet Canadian Standards Association requirements and improve workflow.

Dec. 10

Dry coughs, wet coughs, mucus: Everything you need to know about coughs and phlegm
Interview with Dr. Samir Gupta
Global News

It’s not just you. Everyone seems to be coughing right now. During the winter months, people can develop lingering coughs and a build up of mucus in the nose and nasal cavity area. And according to a Toronto-based respirologist, there is a difference between the type of coughs a person can get.

Dec. 9

Health Canada to release clinical trials data (third story on the page)
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News

Health Canada quietly introduced new regulations governing the public release of confidential drug and medical device industry documents. The new regulations published in Canada Gazette would relax Health Canada's long-standing practice of denying public access to the clinical trial documents submitted by companies in their applications for federal approval.

Dec. 8

Waterloo woman home for Christmas after rare tumour removed from spine
Interview with Dr. Sunit Das
CBC News

Rashmi Sanjay still tears up when she thinks about her daughter wanting to go with her to the hairdresser back in September. It was no ordinary haircut. She was about to go into surgery to have a tumour removed from her cervical spine at the back of her neck and the cut would make it easier to brush her hair afterwards.

Dec. 7

Inadequate surgical mesh regulation put women at risk: experts
Interview with Dr. Vladimir Iakovlev
CTV News

A new report concludes that transvaginal mesh products used to help treat incontinence and organ prolapse were approved on the basis of weak evidence and “may have exposed women to avoidable harms.”

Dec. 3

Uncounted: Census far underestimated Ottawa's Inuit population, study says
Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
Ottawa Citizen

Statistics Canada’s most recent census has seriously underestimated the numbers of Inuit in Ottawa, a new study has concluded.

Dec. 1

Toronto study aims to combat HIV stigma
Interview with Drs. Sean Rourke and Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco

A research team from St. Mike’s Hospital has received $1.5 million to carry out a new study that aims to combat HIV stigma — which one of the doctors leading the charge experienced himself.

Nov. 27

Higher-risk groups should get greater access to HIV drugs, new guidelines say
Research by Dr. Darrell Tan
The Globe and Mail

Groups at higher risk of HIV infection should have access to a course of anti-retroviral medications before and after exposure to the virus, according to new national guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the disease in Canada.

Nov. 25

The radical ex-hippie who infiltrated Ontario’s health-care establishment
Feature about Dr. Philip Berger
The Toronto Star

During a remarkable 40-year career, Dr. Philip Berger was able to walk a fine line between the decision-making health-care establishment and the rabble-rousing anti-establishment.

Nov. 24

Toronto researchers say zebrafish may be key to new flu vaccine
Research by Drs. Warren Lee and Xiao-Yan Wen

Could a new influenza virus come from studying baby zebrafish? Two researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital say they might have found a way to identify the right compound to combat the flu and prevent deaths.

Nov. 22

Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis. Now St. Michael's Hospital is launching a $30M centre to fight MS
Interview with Drs. Tom Parker, Xavier Montalban and Jiwon Oh
The Toronto Star

The Barlo MS Centre, funded mainly by donations, is expected to be a global leader in multiple sclerosis care and research.

New MS centre announced for Toronto
Interview with Dr. Xavier Montalban
CBC Radio's Metro Morning

St. Michael's Hospital announced plans to build the world's leading multiple sclerosis clinic. Matt Galloway spoke with Dr. Xavier Montalban and a patient about the difference this could make.

Nov. 21

The Dragons are taking over the ‘Angels Den’
Interview with Dr. Muhammad Mamdani and Joe Mimran
Breakfast Television

Joe Mimran, Dragons Den Judge and Dr. Muhammad Mamdani are talking about 'The Angel's Den,' an event that set to raise funds for scientific research projects picked by the 'Angels.'

Nov. 18

These are the songs playing in your hospital’s operating room — doctor’s orders
Interview with Dr. Sunit Das
The Toronto Star

Playlists are becoming a crucial part of doctors’ surgical routines, with many surgeons saying music boosts morale and concentration in the operating room.

Nov. 15

Cardiac arrest study in young athletes raises heart screening questions
Research by Dr. Paul Dorian

Screening exams to identify young athletes at risk for cardiac arrest might not be worthwhile, a new study suggests. Not only do screening programs exclude people who could safely engage in sports, the money spent on them could be better used by having defibrillators handy at competition sites and training people to use them.

Nov. 14

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust award winners announced at Toronto gala
Book by Dr. James Maskalyk wins top prize
The Globe and Mail

Dr. James Maskalyk's Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine is the winner of this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Nov. 13

New transfusion threshold affirmed for cardiac surgery
Research by Dr. David Mazer
MD Magazine

A restrictive red blood cell (RBC) transfusion strategy was non-inferior compared with a more liberal approach for patients undergoing cardiac surgery, according to phase 3 findings from the TRICS-III trial presented at the 2017 AHA Annual Meeting and simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Through 20 years of MS and marriage, couple is grounded by their love
The Toronto Star
Paul Bacakos adjusts his wife’s legs, one baring a large scar that travels down her right shin — a reminder of the many arduous surgeries she has been through. Mary Bacakos rests beside him in a bed at St. Michael’s Hospital. Around her neck is a small fan that cools her face, which turns red when she’s in pain. Mary, 56, has had multiple sclerosis, an incurable condition, for almost as long as the pair have been married.

Nov. 8

Small babies born preterm at much higher risk of neonatal death
Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Health Canal

Neonatal mortality is 100 times higher for infants born preterm who are also severely underweight for their gestation age, according to a new study from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Nov. 7

Exercise may be most effective for preventing falls in older people: study
Research by Drs. Sharon Straus and Andrea Tricco

Exercise appears to be the most effective strategy for preventing falls causing injury among older people, a new study showed Tuesday.

Nov. 1

Baseball, softball players should wear helmets to prevent brain injuries: study
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Globe and Mail

Traumatic brain injuries occur infrequently in baseball and softball, but the effects can be devastating. Yet players often fail to wear helmets and many do not comply with return-to-play guidelines following a concussion, according to a new research paper published online Monday in the journal Frontiers of Neurology.

Nighttime coughing? Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do
Interview with Dr. Nicholas Vozoris
Global News

So what can you do to relieve that cough? Or should you even relieve it at all? Here’s what Dr. Nick Vozoris, respirologist and sleep physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, has to say.

Oct. 31

Diary of the week: Angel Ball raised $4 million
The St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation rounded out its fundraising campaign with its annual Angel Ball at the Beanfield Centre. The foundation raised $4 million in support of the hospital’s Slaight Family Emergency Department.

Oct. 30

Review finds poor compliance with helmet use in baseball and softball
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Medical Express

Despite lower rates of traumatic brain injuries in baseball and softball, there is poor compliance overall with helmet use and return-to-play guidelines following a concussion across all levels of play, according to a new systematic review.

An hour in the life of an influenza case
Interview with Shara Junaid
Canadian Healthcare Technology

St. Michael’s Hospital infection preventionist Shara Junaid is at her desk when the phone rings. It’s the hospital lab; a patient in the Emergency Department has tested positive for Influenza A.

Oct. 23

St. Michael's sets new Angel Ball record, raising $4 million to wrap up fundraising campaign and finish ED renovations
Yahoo! News
St. Michael's Hospital Foundation raised a record $4 million net at its Angel Ball Saturday, completing its most successful fundraising campaign ever. Proceeds from the ball will go specifically to completing the renovation of the Slaight Family Emergency Department, which treats some of the most critically ill and injured patients in the city and the region.

Sweating blood: bizarre disorder baffles doctors
Interview with Dr. Michelle Sholzberg
CBC News

It was probably one of the most bizarre medical cases a team of Italian doctors had ever seen. A 21-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with a condition that caused her to sweat blood from her face and from the palms of her hands. This despite any sign of skin lesions.

Oct. 22

Time to start using our heads on contact sports
Editorial in the Globe and Mail
Recently, a high-school football game in New Brunswick was called off after one of the teams, Moncton's École l'Odysée Olympiens, saw nine players leave the field with head injuries. The problem is not the way the game is played so much as it is the nature of the sport itself.

Oct. 20

Battling breast cancer with the power of awareness
Interview with Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley
CTV News Toronto

"It's about MBC time," is a new campaign aimed to raise awareness between early stage and metastatic breast cancer.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome: Small victims in a big opioid crisis
Interview with Dr. Maya Nader
CBC News

Hundreds of Canadian infants were hospitalized last year with neonatal abstinence syndrome. They are the small, innocent victims of an opioid crisis, which policymakers and health-care officials are struggling to contain.

Oct. 19

Doctor quotes Descartes in case on whether to keep Brampton woman on life support
Interview with Dr. Andrew Baker
Toronto Star

In the legal battle over whether to revoke a death certificate for a Brampton woman on life support, on Thursday, Dr. Andrew Baker, chief of critical care at St. Michael’s Hospital, quoted the famous French philosopher Rene Descartes, “I think, therefore I am,” to explain how consciousness helps determine whether someone is alive.

Oct. 18

All five major banks supporting St. Michael's Hospital fundraising gala
Yahoo! News
To support a downtown Toronto neighbour's goal of becoming the premier critical care hospital in Canada, all five major banks have joined together as lead sponsors for St. Michael's Hospital's Angel Ball on Saturday, Oct. 21. BMO Financial Group, CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank and the TD Bank Group have each donated equally as presenting sponsors with a total commitment of $1.25 million, in recognition of the hospital's 125th birthday.

Oct. 17

St. Michael's Hospital Angel Ball gala: one of Toronto's most inspiring parties
Yahoo! News
St. Michael's Hospital Foundation will hold its Angel Ball gala this Saturday, Oct. 21. Proceeds from the Angel Ball will go toward completing the new Slaight Family Emergency Department, part of a larger project to transform St. Michael's into Canada's premier critical care hospital, which includes construction of a 17-storey patient care tower and renovations to much of the rest of the hospital.

Oct. 15

When it comes to brain injuries, how dangerous is youth hockey?
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Globe and Mail

Data from the Institute show the number of hockey-related brain injuries that required emergency-department visits in Ontario and Alberta edged up slightly to 3,008 in 2015-16, from 2,929 in the previous year. The greatest number of those injuries occurred among children ages 10 to 14.

Oct. 11

Book from emergency room doc
Interview with Dr. James Maskalyk
CBC News' Metro Morning

Matt Galloway talks to James Maskalyk, author of "Life On The Ground Floor", an emergency doctor's view of life and death. It's one of five books nominated for the Toronto Book Awards.

Oct. 2

Supercharge your hand-hygiene education: Are you a Tough Scrubber?
Features Laura Shapiro and Rebecca Bunston
Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Fun, fast, challenging, hilarious. Is this how your staff would describe their hand-hygiene education? Try Tough Scrubber and they just might.

Sept. 30

As lawsuits mount, doctors insist surgical mesh is an important tool
Interview with Dr. Vladimir Iakovlev
CTV News' W5

Dr. Vladimir Iakovlev, director of Cytopatholagy at St. Michael's Hospital, explains how the tissue around the implant changes over time.

This cognition-enhancing drug may be most effective for Alzheimer's
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Yahoo! News

A team of researchers has recently suggested that a drug - donepezil - is most likely to enhance concentration, memory, alertness and moods in patients with Alzheimer's dementia.

Sept. 26

You’ve got questions? We’ve got evidence
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco

A St. Michael's Hospital scientist will lead a Canada-wide alliance that seeks to answer health-care research questions submitted by policy makers, doctors and other clinicians, as well as patients.

Sept. 22

Researchers examine whether religion influences rates of cervical cancer screening
Research by Dr. Aisha Lofters
Health Canal

Immigrant and refugee women are consistently less likely to have had a recent screening for cervical cancer than women born in Canada.

Sept. 21

Dairy farmers vs. vegans: Health Canada prepares to rewrite the food guide
Interview with Dr. David Jenkins
National Post

The food guide is undergoing its first major overhaul in a decade with every sign it’s going to emerge leaning more vegan than omnivore.

Sept. 20

India prevented 1 million child deaths since 2005: Lancet
Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
Yahoo! News

India has averted nearly one million deaths of children under five years of age since 2005, owing to a significant decrease in deaths from preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, tetanus and measles, according to a study, led by a researcher of Indian-origin.

Sept. 18

Study suggests neighbourhood design may help prevent the risk of poor blood sugar control among immigrant populations
Research by Dr. Gillian Booth

Neighbourhood designs that promote walking may reduce the risk of prediabetes in immigrant populations, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal (11-15 September).

Sept. 15

BMO donates $21 million to be shared by seven Toronto hospitals
The Toronto Star
Affiliated with the University of Toronto, the hospitals will receive the donation over the next 10 years. “This is the biggest philanthropic commitment in our company’s 200-year history,” said a BMO spokesperson.

St. Michael’s Hospital doctors cycle to raise funds for trauma patients
Interviews with Dr. Alun Ackery, Dr. Joel Lockwood, Amanda McFarlan and Margaret Harvey
The Toronto Star

Four doctors from Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital are tackling some of the toughest climbs in the Pyrenees mountain range in France and hoping to raise money for survivors of traumatic injury.

People who most need prescribed heart disease prevention drugs least likely to get them
Research by Drs. Fahad Razak and Amol Verma
CBC News

Socioeconomic inequities may be preventing millions of people in the U.S. from getting standard medications to prevent heart attacks and strokes, according to Canadian doctors who see it as a warning signal for this country.

Sept. 14

Ontario bans Big Pharma
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
Zoomer Radio

A Big Pharma marketing scheme that uses electronic medical records has been banned by the governing Liberals. Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins says in a statement “Ontario patients must have confidence that prescribing decisions are not influenced by marketing programs or electronic vouchers. Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital shares his experience with big pharma marketing.

Selena Gomez gets kidney transplant
Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Perl
ET Canada

Pop star Selena Gomez, who has lupus, is recovering after receiving a kidney transplant donated by her best friend, Francia Raisa. Nephrologist Dr. Jeffrey Perl said Gomez will have ups and downs as her body adjusts to the new kidney, but that her life should return to normal so long as she takes care of herself by leading a healthy lifestyle and taking her medications.

Von Willebrand disease: common, treatable and often missed
Interview with Dr. Michelle Sholzberg
Personal Health News

Von Willebrand Disease affects men and women equally but women are more likely to be diagnosed because of problems with menstruation. Still, hematologist Dr. Michelle Sholzberg from St. Michael’s Hospital said many people aren’t even aware they have the disease and suffer silently with excessive bleeding and resultant iron deficiency anemia.

Vaginitis: Are you suffering from this common condition?
‌Interview with Dr. Mark Yudin
Reader's Digest: Best Health

Do all of your symptoms point to vaginitis? If so, here's how you can cope with this condition to get your vagina back on track.

Sept. 13

Hospital overcrowding
Interview with Dr. Doug Sinclair
CBC Radio's Metro Morning

This isn't a time of year when people usually get sick. So why are hospital emergency rooms across Ontario seeing far more people than usual coming in this summer? Matt Galloway speaks to the Chief Medical Officer of St. Michael's Hospital.

Sept. 12

Suicide awareness project aims to offer hope through storytelling
Interview with Dr. Sakini Rizvi
CTV News, via the Canadian Press

Suicide. It's a word rife with stigma, an act spoken about in hush-hush tones or not acknowledged at all -- and one that leaves family and friends not only bereft but reeling at the desperation that drove a loved one to take their own life.

Sept. 9

Cash may be the best medicine: doctor
Interview with Dr. Andrew Pinto
The Catholic Register

Patients who visit Dr. Andrew Pinto for help managing their health often receive prescription for money. Pinto isn’t the average family doctor. He’s a scientist in The Upstream Lab, part of the Centre for Urban Health Solutions in Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. A lot of his patients are poor, so Pinto sends them down the hall to talk to a full-time “income security health promoter” who works in his clinic.

Sept. 8

New hospital program aims to turn babies in bookworms
Comments from Cathy O'Neill and Dr. Douglas Campbell

The Books for Babies program was founded by Cathy O’Neill, daughter of Maryrose O’Neill. Her mother was a volunteer preemie cuddler at the hospital before her death. Literacy was her baby. Her family hopes this program will become her legacy.

Sept. 7

CEO of Toronto builder donates $10 million to St. Joseph’s hospital
Interview with Maria Dyck‌, president and CEO of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation
The Toronto Star

Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, a residential homebuilding company, provided St. Joseph’s Health Centre with $10 million.

Potentially lifesaving implantable cardioverter defibrillators underutilized in eligible patients
Research by Dr. Paul Dorian‌
Science Codex

Canadian and international guidelines strongly recommended that many people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator to prevent a future arrest, which can cause death within minutes. Yet a study led by our Dr. Paul Dorian and published today in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found that only 57 per cent of qualified patients receive the potentially lifesaving implant.

Sept. 6

Older adults who are frail more likely to have negative outcomes after trauma
Research by Dr. Camilla Wong‌
Medical Xpress

Frailty is associated with negative outcomes among older patients who suffered trauma, a new study has found.

Sept. 5

Spike in suspected overdose calls over the summer
Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera‌

New numbers show just how busy a summer it was for our city’s emergency room doctors and paramedics dealing with the spike in suspected overdose calls. Amanda Ferguson with whether or not it is having an effect on wait times for patients.

Sept. 1

Health Canada reviewing fix to protect pacemakers from hackers
Interview with Dr. Chi-Ming Chow‌
CBC News's The National

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved programming fix for pacemakers that are currently vulnerable to hacking is now being reviewed by Health Canada.

10 health stories that mattered this week
Includes research by Tara Gomes‌

Alcohol was involved in one in five opioid-related deaths in Ontario between 1993 and 2013, according to a study by Tara Gomes. Recent spikes in opioid deaths from dealers cutting fentanyl into street drugs have overshadowed the lesser known risks of mixing opioids with alcohol, researchers warned.

Aug. 31

1 in 5 opioid-related deaths in Ontario involve alcohol, study suggests
Interview with Tara Gomes‌
CBC News

A new study out today shows that alcohol may be a factor in one in five opioid-related deaths in Ontario. The paper looks at a 20-year period between 1993 and 2013. During that time, the number of opioid-related deaths that involved alcohol in Ontario increased from 48 in 1993 to 137 in 2013.

Aug. 30

Researchers discover MRI can measure kidney scarring and predict future kidney function
Research by Drs. Anish Kirpalani and Darren Yuen‌
Medical Xpress

Researchers from St. Michael's Hospital have made what are believed to be two world first discoveries: an MRI can measure kidney damage and can predict future kidney function within one year while avoiding needle biopsies.

Aug. 29

Ontario earmarks $222 million more over three years to fight opioid crisis
Article about Health Minister Eric Hoskins' announcement at St. Michael's‌
The Toronto Star

The funding increase over three years will provide for more naloxone kits for overdoses, more supervised injection sites and more “rapid-access” clinics, like the one at St. Michael's Hospital.

Aug. 28

Hamilton’s opioid deaths more likely from illicit use
Research by Tara Gomes‌
The Hamilton Spectator

An Ontario report warns Hamilton shows signs of having among the highest illicit opioid use in the province. It also flags a potential lack of addiction treatment services here compared to the high death rates found by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network.

Aug. 24

The more we know about sports-related concussions, the less we can justify them
Research by Drs. Nathan Churchill and Tom Schweizer‌
Editorial in The Globe and Mail

The story may sound familiar: Eminent medical researchers from a famous Boston university examine a bunch of football players and publish headline-grabbing papers on the dire consequences of head injuries. A spirited debate ensues, and influential voices call for the sport to be reformed or banned. Did we mention the year was 1906?

University athletes with concussions still show changes in the brain after medical clearance to play
Research by Drs. Nathan Churchill and Tom Schweizer‌
Global News

University athletes who are given medical clearance to return to play after a recent concussion still have changes in their brain structure and function, a new Canadian study has found.

Aug. 23

Toronto seemingly showed foresight during solar eclipse
The Toronto Sun
The vast majority of Torontonians appeared to have heeded advice to not look directly at Monday’s eclipse. But St. Michael’s Hospital reports that four people arrived at its downtown Toronto emergency department with presumed eclipse-related eye symptoms.

Aug. 22

Brain scans reveal impact of contact sports even on young, healthy athletes: study
Research by Drs. Nathan Churchill and Tom Schweizer‌
The Globe and Mail

Young healthy athletes who play sports where body contact is an integral, or even a possible, part of the game have differences in their brains typically associated with concussion or mild brain injury, a new study has found. Plus, see video coverage from CTV News Toronto.

Ontario opioid prescriptions are smaller in dosage, but given out to more people: study
Research by Tara Gomes‌
The Globe and Mail

Pharmacies in Ontario are filling a growing number of prescriptions for opioids, but a new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network suggests this may actually reflect safer prescribing practices. Plus, see video coverage from CTV News Toronto.

Aug. 18

Health team exploring how to prescribe income security
Research by Dr. Andrew Pinto‌
Medical Xpress

Members of the Family Health Team at St. Michael’s Hospital are studying how full-time income support workers hired by health-care clinics can help vulnerable patients or those living in poverty improve their finances and their health.

Aug. 14

Will smoking marijuana during pregnancy harm the child?
Interview with Dr. Maya Nader‌
The Globe and Mail

"There is a lot of messaging on the Internet saying that marijuana is safe to use during pregnancy, while it is actually not," says Dr. Maya Nader, a family physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Aug. 12

Second opinion: What happens when people get free prescription drugs?
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud‌
CBC News

A 2012 study found one in 10 Canadians can't afford the drugs their doctors prescribe. But so far there is limited research about what happens if those same people have improved access to the drugs they need. That's what this new trial is designed to find out.

Aug. 11

What do opioids do to your brain?
Interview with Dr. Thomas Ungar ‌(starts at 23:23)
CBC Toronto News

The opioid crisis is spreading, particularly where we don't expect it, said Dr. Thomas Ungar. It's not just a downtown problem, it's in the suburbs and rural areas too. Learn why he said it is so hard to stop using, and why the harm reduction method is better than just quitting outright.

Aug. 10

Could this explain why some women miscarry? Breakthrough on why the mother's immune system destroys the foetus - paving the way for preventative treatment
Research by Dr. Heyu Ni‌
The (U.K.) Daily Mail

One cause of early pregnancy loss can be a condition called FNAIT, which is when a mother's immune system attacks fetus' cells as if they're foreign invaders. Canadian scientists now understand how this happens following a study on mice: Natural killer cells are triggered, causing deformed placentas and the blocking of nutrients. Even if the baby is delivered, death or disability can occur from a brain bleed. Miscarriage is considered unpreventable - but we may see new treatment for FNAIT.

Is ‘watchful waiting’ safe with breast cancer?
Interview with Dr. Ralph George‌
The Globe and Mail

I have been diagnosed with a breast condition called ductal carcinoma in situ. My doctor says it could turn into breast cancer and should be removed. I did a search online and learned that researchers are doing studies where they don't immediately operate on this condition. Instead, they take a wait-and-see approach. Only if it progresses will they then cut it out. Is it safe to wait?

Aug. 9

Is there life after opioids?
Interview with Dr. Thomas Ungar‌
CBC Radio's Ontario Today

Opioids hijack your brain and change your ability to feel pleasure. So, is there life after an opioid addiction? The hosts talk with a former teen addict and psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Ungar.

Aug. 3

Hoskins will ‘express concerns’ about patient record software being used to sell drugs
Interview with Dr. Doug Sinclair‌
The Toronto Star

Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital encouraging its doctors to opt out of controversial feature of prescription program.

Aug. 2

Limiting residency hours may not be beneficial for aspiring surgeons
Research by Dr. Najma Ahmed‌
Science Media Centre of Canada

In the past 15 years, there’s been a move to reduce the number of hours doctors spend on shift in the residency phase of their training, with the intention to improve patient safety and the doctors’ work-life balance. However, a recent review study suggests that such measures aren’t beneficial across the different specialties – in particular, for surgical residents.

Aug. 1

Merger of three Toronto hospitals approved by ministry
Comments from Tom Woods and Dr. Bob Howard‌
Inside Toronto

The voluntary merger of three Toronto hospitals is now official. As of Aug. 1, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has approved the plan which officially unites Providence Healthcare in Scarborough, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital, both downtown, under one corporate entity.

July 31

Canada's Purdue Pharma settlement falls short
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud‌
CBC News Network's On The Money

The rising toll from Canada's opioid crisis, and why governments and doctors are falling behind in the battle to stem this scourge: Opioids have cost thousands of lives and millions of dollars, and now the company that makes the pill that triggered the crisis has reportedly agreed to pay a meagre $20 million to settle a long-standing class action lawsuit.

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis can be taken as needed
Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan‌

Men can safely take a pill that protects against the virus that causes AIDS when they need it, instead of every day, suggests a new study.

July 30

Study finds CTE in 110 Of 111 donated brains of former NFLers
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano‌
Zoomer Radio's Naz and Wally Sports Hour

Dr. Michael Cusimano said that findings from the new study are not surprising because they're an extension of previous research with a much larger sample group. He said rules for contact sports such as football and hockey need to be changed to protect players.

July 29

Doctors use this software during patient visits. Now Big Pharma is tapping it to sell their drugs
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud‌
The Toronto Star

Electronic patient records in doctors’ offices across the country are being used by brand name drug companies looking to muscle market share away from generic competitors, a Star investigation has found.

July 27

Gaps remain in colorectal cancer screening rates between poorer, immigrant Canadians and wealthier, long-term residents
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran‌
Medical Xpress

A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.

July 19

Small pool of doctors treat majority of Ont. residents with opioid addiction: study
Research by Tara Gomes‌
CTV News, via The Canadian Press

A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.

The problem with reaching your family goal
Interview with Ashley King
The Toronto Star

New parents may face the decision of staying at home with the kids or returning to work.

July 18

High-dose vitamin D no better than standard dose for preventing kids' colds: study
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire‌
The National Post, via The Canadian Press

A new study has found that giving children high-dose vitamin D doesn’t appear to reduce the number of times they come down with the wintertime sniffles compared to the standard recommended dose.

This woman wanted to show what mental illness is really like, so she created a videogame
Interview with Dr. Thomas Ungar‌

You don't normally think of mental illness as the stuff of games, but Alana Zablocki believes bringing the two together can be a powerful force for greater understanding.

July 17

Cladding installation nears completion at St. Michael's Hospital
‌Urban Toronto
Work on the new Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower is nearing completion in Downtown Toronto, bringing a substantial addition to the St. Micheal's Hospital.

July 11

Canadian babies are heavier and taller than global standards. Here’s why
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Global News

Canadian babies are bigger in weight and height than the world’s average standards, a new study suggests. But parents shouldn’t be worried – healthy Canadian babies may just be larger in size.

July 9

Why Dr. Andrew Boozary has been diagnosed as a superstar
‌Profile of Dr. Andrew Boozary
The Toronto Star

Dr. Andrew Boozary is taking on Big Pharma secrecy and trying to influence Canadian health policy, while seeing patients at St. Mike’s. At 31 he’s already been labelled a ‘superstar.’

July 6

Opioids a threat to seniors With COPD
‌Research by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris

Seniors with COPD -- a progressive lung disease that causes breathing problems -- may increase their odds for heart-related death if they use opioid painkillers, a new study finds.

July 5

'Black box' founders use AI, collaboration to improve surgical safety
‌Interview with Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
Canadian Healthcare Technology

The team behind the operating room black box is working to incorporate artificial intelligence into its reporting on surgical safety. Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a surgeon-scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto who specializes in advanced minimally invasive procedures, such as gastric bypasses, is the leader of the OR black box research project.

June 30

Alzheimer's disease patients with psychosis more likely to be misdiagnosed, study suggests
‌Research by Dr. Corinne Fischer and Winnie Qian
Medical Xpress

People with Alzheimer's disease who experience psychosis—including delusions and hallucinations—are five times more likely to be misdiagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies compared to patients who do not, new research suggests.

June 29

New opioid use in older adults with COPD associated with increased risk of cardiac death
‌Research by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who recently started using opioids have an increased risk of coronary artery disease-related death compared to non-opioid users, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have found.

June 28

5 insights about sourcing and developing strategic partnerships
‌Interview with Peter Longo
Contact Center World

To explore how sourcing professionals approach the challenge of securing long-term partnerships with service suppliers like outsourced contact centers, we recently sat down with Peter Longo, director of Strategic Sourcing and Logistics at St. Michael’s Hospital.

June 27

Few players screened for concussions in last soccer World Cup
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano

After more than four out of every five head collisions during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, soccer players didn’t get recommended concussion checks on the sidelines, an analysis of game videos suggests.

Sisters of St. Joseph's mission continues at St. Michael's 125 years later
Interview with Dr. Bob Howard
‌The Catholic Register

It has been 27 years since the Sisters of St. Joseph relinquished control of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, but the mission they began in 1892 hasn’t wavered.

How a national drug plan can save Canada
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
‌Evidence Network

Dr. Nav Persaud, a physician and associate scientist at St. Michael's Hospital, said a national drug plan would save lives, same money and encourage better perscribing habits. So what are we waiting for?

June 22

B.C. couple dealt devastating blow while husband waits for life-saving surgery in Toronto
‌Global News
Cystic fibrosis patient Kory Bradshaw and his wife lost their B.C. home to fire while living in Toronto as they await his double lung transplant. Their neighbours in Kelowna started a GoFundMe page to assist the couple with living expenses.

June 21

Talent Talks with Alayne Metrick
‌Interview with Alayne Metrick
Women's Executive Network

St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation president, Alayne Metrick, sees passion as a driver in professional success. A strong advocate for mentorship and celebrating team success, Alayne has been at the helm of hospital foundations for over three decades, leading successful campaigns through inspirational engagement.

June 18

Why overtreatment and overdiagnosis can be bad for your health
‌Interview with Dr. Lisa Hicks
CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition

According to a recent study, doctors order more than a million medical tests and treatments every year that are not only unnecessary, but are potentially harmful.

June 15

Facing the man in the mirror
‌Interview with Dr. Thomas Ungar
TVO's The Agenda

Men and women both contend with mental health challenges, but there's still a difference between how the genders experience and cope with those issues. Dr. Thomas Ungar discusses whether men wait too long to get the help they need.

10 reasons why you're feeling more tired than usual
‌Interview with Doug Cook
Best Health Magazine

Still feeling sluggish after your third cup of coffee? Your lifestyle may be the culprit. Here are 10 reasons you feel so tired and how to boost your energy.

June 7

Does drinking cow's milk help children grow taller?
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
CBC TV's The National

Children who drink dairy alternatives like soy, almond or rice milks are slightly shorter than their peers who drink cow's milk, according to a new study.

May 30

When sunshine and milk aren’t enough
‌Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire

The summer sun is almost upon us, which means kids will be getting no vitamin D whatsoever, because we're going to slather sunscreen on them like cream cheese on bagels.

May 29

St. Michael's Hospital opens new Emergency Department
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
CTV News Toronto

St. Michael's Hospital opened Phase 1 of its new, expanded Emergency Department space. One of two trauma centres in Toronto, the new ED features patient rooms that are bigger and have increased privacy, including Smart Glass. Work on Phase 2 is underway and will include turning part of the old ED space into a new mental health area, as well as creating a new trauma bay.

Doctors should have to publicly disclose ties to drug industry: experts
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

The controversy swirling around new national standards for prescribing opioids could have been avoided if Canada had laws requiring doctors to publicly disclose their financial ties to the drug industry, experts say.

May 25

Indigenous maternal health program aims to address inequality of health care
‌Research by Dr. Janet Smylie
CBC News

Researchers in Toronto have received a $2.6 million grant to bolster Indigenous maternal and child health programs in an effort to close the gaps in health care that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families.

St. Michael’s Improvement Program – A collaborative approach to sustainable cost savings
‌Report by Anne Trafford and Danielle Jane

By conducting Operational Reviews in focused areas, the hospital achieved $7.4 million of in-year savings in the first year, found standardizations, process efficiencies and direct cost savings that positioned itself for success in future funding models.
NOTE: To view the full report, click the link above and then click your browser's Reload/Refresh button.

Summer pregnancy may raise gestational diabetes risk
‌Research by Drs. ‎Gillian Booth and Joel Ray

Researchers have identified a new possible risk factor for gestational diabetes: Being exposed to hot outdoor temperatures in the month before giving birth.

May 19

Canadian cardiologist publishes world first mitral regurgitation procedure
‌Interview with Dr. Neil Fam
Medical Xpress

A Canadian cardiologist has published a report in the journal Eurointervention describing how he used a Canadian-invented device for the first time in the world to successfully insert a MitraClip through a patient's jugular vein rather than the femoral vein.

Will Ottawa’s new plan lower Canada's high drug prices?
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

Dr. Philpott this week unveiled plans for the first overhaul in 30 years of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, a little-known regulator that has already conceded it is struggling under its mouldy rules to keep prices in check.

Does BMI really mean anything?
‌Interview with Dr. Joel Ray

France is using the number as part of an evaluation to see if a model is healthy enough to walk the runway.

May 18

Health Minister orders review of opioid guidelines after conflict-of-interest revelations
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has ordered an independent review into whether new national standards for prescribing opioids are “tainted,” and fresh revelations show that one third of the individuals who crafted the measures have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

As a doctor, I helped women trying to conceive. Then I became a patient
‌Column by Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe
The Globe and Mail

"Three and a half years of fertility struggles later, I feel more like an expert than I ever expected to be."

May 17

Opioid prescriptions increasing in Ontario, despite crisis
‌Interview with Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Despite widespread attention paid to the opioid crisis, the number of prescriptions filled for the powerful painkillers and the number of people taking them have continued to rise in Ontario, a new report says.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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