St. Michael's in the news
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Laundry detergent pods linked to more burns of kids' eyes
Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Laundry detergent pods are increasingly contributing to eye injuries among preschoolers, indicates a U.S. study that also gives injury prevention recommendations.
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.
Medical journal no longer recommends popular morning sickness pill
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
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.
New research project tackles poverty, identity of Indigenous community
Mentions Dr. Janet Smylie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.