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2018 archive

April 29

Homeless shelter in Toronto tackles gambling addiction with a first-of-its kind treatment program
Interview with Dr. Flora Matheson
The Toronto Star

When Jason Smith arrived at Good Shepherd Ministries, a homeless shelter in Toronto, one of the first questions staff asked was if he needed help with a gambling addiction.

April 27

Researchers map the potential spread of yellow fever virus to cities around the world
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
Medical Xpress

The deadly yellow fever virus has the potential to spread into cities around the world where it previously hasn't been seen, according to a new study led by St. Michael's Hospital.

April 26

Opioid-related deaths in Ontario have tripled over last 15 years, study finds
Research by Dr. Tara Gomes
CTV News

The rate of opioid-related deaths in Ontario has tripled over the last fifteen years with the drugs now blamed for one out of every six deaths of residents between the ages of 25 and 34, according to a new study by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

What organ donation means to an ICU doctor at St. Joseph's Health Centre
Interview with Dr. Rob Cirone

As an attending physician in the intensive care unit at St. Joe’s, I have provided end of life care for many patients. As we reflect this month on the significance of organ and tissue donation, I think about one patient whose story has stayed with me and epitomizes what organ donation means to me.

April 25

What do patients want?
Interview with Dr. Andreas Laupacis
Sudbury Star

What is critical to patients is often not even on the minds of health-care professionals and researchers, said Dr. Andreas Laupacis of St. Michael's Hospital.

April 24

‘Do you know if this is real?’: After countless drills, Sunnybrook Hospital was about to respond to one of the nation’s deadliest attacks
The Globe and Mail
Code Orange. Code Orange. When the overhead speaker at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre blared the code that means mass casualties are on the way, surgeon-in-chief Avery Nathens had to pick up the phone to make sure it wasn’t another drill.

April 23

Obtaining funding an age-old problem for young researchers with novel ideas
Interview with Dr. Warren Lee

With the infusion of billions into scientific research in the 2018 budget, the government is promising to support young researchers. But young scientists with novel ideas will likely still face challenges. It’s an age-old problem, as the University of Toronto’s Dr. Warren Lee can attest.

April 22

Doctors call on Ottawa to launch criminal investigation into opioid marketing in Canada
Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News

A group of Canadian doctors and opioid researchers sent a letter to the Attorney General of Canada and to Health Canada demanding a criminal investigation into the marketing of opioids to Canadian doctors.

April 16

St. Mike's improves accuracy of AI by teaching it with simulated images (Page 10)
Interviews with Dr. Joe Barfett and Hojjat Salehinejad
Canadian Healthcare Technology

A novel approach to obtaining big data has allowed the Machine Intelligence in Medicine Lab of St. Michael’s Hospital to improve the ability of artificial intelligence to interpret medical images.

April 14

Experts agree naloxone is central to fighting Canada’s opioid crisis — but they also say it’s not a ‘wonder drug’
Interview with Dr. Tara Gomes
The Toronto Star

The kit is not a cure, or foolproof, but experts agree that as it is pushed out to the public, it remains central to combating Canada’s opioid crisis.

April 12

B.C. mom who lost son to overdose backs MP’s call for criminal probe of opioid manufacturers
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

A federal investigation could lead to a government lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, sending a message to drug companies and the public, Helen Jennens said, whose son fatally overdosed.

April 11

Price of cigarettes should increase by 50% to help the poorest in society, new findings show
Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
The Sun (London)

Slapping an extra 50 per cent on to the price could lead to "unprecedented health gains and poverty reduction". And it's people on low incomes who have the most to gain - not just in terms of their health but their wallet too, new research shows.

Traumatic brain injuries increase your risk of dementia later in life: study
Interview with Dr. Tom Schweizer
Global News

A person who experiences traumatic brain injuries is more likely to develop dementia – even decades later, according to a new study.

April 9

Gender gap in academic medicine has negative impact, but there are simple solutions
Research by Drs. Sharon Straus and Reena Pattani
Medical Xpress

Existing gender gaps in academic medicine may have a negative impact on workplace culture and organizational effectiveness, but there are simple, systems-based solutions, suggests a new study.

The science of antidepressants
Interview with Dr. Sidney Kennedy
TVO's The Agenda

Canada has some of the highest rates of antidepressant use in the world. These drugs are ubiquitous, and are prescribed to adults as well as children. But how much do we know about how they work, and how effective they are? The Agenda discusses the science behind antidepressants.

April 5

Wellness Certificate Program helps hospital staff commit to self care
Interview with Shivalee Paliwal

A new, one-year certificate program at St. Michael's Hospital offers clinical and administrative staff a different kind of professional development: how to support one's own wellness.

April 4

Expanding influence of engineers in health-care infrastructure
Interview with Mike Keen
Engineering Dimensions

Previous Enginering Dimensions treatments of the links between engineering and health care have focused primarily on such areas as digitalized medical records, biomedical engineering advances, fine-tuning and precision enhancements of surgical devices, and the process system applications to patient scheduling and wait-time decisions. Each of these themes in their own way emphasize the vital interplay between engineering and medicine and the importance of technology in helping medical practitioners better respond to patients' needs.

April 2

Study suggests pasta can be part of a healthy diet without packing on the pounds
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Medical Xpress

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press and blame for the obesity epidemic, but a new study suggests that this negative attention may not be deserved for pasta. Unlike most 'refined' carbohydrates, which are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, pasta has a low glycemic index, meaning it causes smaller increases in blood sugar levels than those caused by eating foods with a high glycemic index.

March 26

Study: More people rely on government catastrophic drug plans
Research by Dr. Mina Tadrous
Medical Xpress

Government spending for the catastrophic drug program in Ontario rose 700 per cent between 2000 and 2016, during which there was a three-fold increase in the use of this plan, a new study has found.

March 19

Despite access to healthcare and medications, people with HIV in Ontario still dying at higher rates than general population
Research by Dr. Sean Rourke

People who are living with HIV in Ontario have access to good health care and medications, yet they are still dying younger and at substantially higher rates than the rest of the population, according to a new study published today.

March 16

Prescription drugs: The Costco kickbacks
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud (segment starts at 28:30)
CBC's The Fifth Estate

Family physician Dr. Nav Persaud discusses his CLEAN Meds program, which aims to have free pharmacare for everyone in Canada. He said some of his patients opt to skip their prescriptions because they cannot afford to fill them.

March 13

High blood pressure is a ‘silent killer’ — but many still don’t know the risks
Interview with Dr. Peter Mitoff
Global News

We all know what high blood pressure is, but some experts say most still don’t know exactly what the risks of this “silent killer” looks like, said Dr. Peter Mitoff, a cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto.

March 11

Rowan's Law and concussion safety
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano (segment begins at 38:33)
Zoomer Radio

Dr. Michael Cusimano said the enactment of the new Rowan's Law -- Bill 193 -- is an important step toward changing the culture of aggression in sports and protecting youths from concussions. However, he said the law might have the unintended consequence of causing even more underreporting of concussions.

March 8

Study finds biomarker that predicts who responds best to common diabetic complication
Research by Dr. Rajeev Muni
Medical Xpress

Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have found a biomarker from fluid in the eye that predicts which patients will respond best to current treatments for diabetic macular edema, one of the most common complications of diabetes.

March 7

Waterloo woman celebrates motherhood after kidney transplant
Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman

A Waterloo woman has three special reasons to celebrate World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day Thursday after giving birth to three healthy children despite being diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease.

March 2

St. Michael’s Hospital cardiology team reports a world first
Details of procedure by Dr. Neil Fam
Medical Xpress

Interventional cardiologist Dr. Neil Fam of St. Michael’s Hospital has performed a world-first procedure, which he described in the Feb, 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Feb. 28

Report says Indigenous people in Toronto are far more likely to be homeless, unemployed and hungry
Research by Dr. Janet Smylie
Front page of the Toronto Star

According to a new study, an estimated 57 per cent of Indigenous residents have a high school diploma, 63 per cent are unemployed and 87 per cent can be categorized as low-income.

Feb. 26

Recommendations aim to help doctors provide in-flight medical aid
Research by Dr. Alun Ackery
The Toronto Star, via The Canadian Press

“Is there a doctor on board?” Not all doctors are trained in responding to emergencies on airplanes, and some are nervous about doing so.

Feb. 23

Frail elderly face increased risk of delirium after surgery
Research by Dr. Jennifer Watt

Older adults who have elective surgery are more likely to experience delirium afterwards when they’re frail, a research review suggests.

Feb. 19

Study looks at how newly discovered gene helps grow blood vessels
Research by Drs. Philip Marsden and Jeffrey Man
Medical Xpress

A new study published today found that a newly discovered gene helps grow blood vessels when it senses inadequate blood flow to tissues. The findings are important because they could help scientists better understand cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and strokes, which result from inadequate blood flow.

Feb. 16

Would you give away your genetic data for science?
Interview with Dr. Michael Szego (segment starts at 9:11)
CBC Radio's Spark

Companies now make it possible to sell your genetic information anonymously. But is that in the public interest?

Coming to a long-term care facility near you, Toronto’s Fabulous Invictones
Performance at Providence Healthcare
The Toronto Star

The men’s chorus has been performing in retirement homes, long-term care facilities, hotels and hospitals across the city for 60 years as of 2018.

Feb. 14

Doctors use infamous 'Game of Thrones' murder to explore treatments for poisoning
Report by Will Wu and Drs. Emily Austin and Steve Lin
The National Post, via The Canadian Press

“Game of Thrones” fans may have shed few tears over the poisoning death of King Joffrey I Baratheon, a nasty character if ever there was one. But could real-world medicine have saved the young monarch?

Feb. 1

'You need heart and you need compassion': Surgical patients teach medical students bedside manner
Interview with Dr. Jory Simpson
CBC News

Three years after getting a diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer, Jennifer Schultz is getting her life back on track. She's been told she's cancer free. Now, she's sharing her patient experiences with future surgeons as part of a pilot program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto that gets patients recounting the best and worst about their doctors and treatment.

Planning makes perfect in stairwell demolition project
Interviews with Michael Keen and Catherine Hogan
The Hospital News (on page 5)

More than one year ago, planning started for the demolition of the Cardinal Carter South stairwell. The 17-storey structure stood in the way of linking the new Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower to the existing hospital. After seven months of demolition that dismantled 410 stairs and 2,317 cubic metres of concrete, the project is complete.

Supercharge your hand-hygiene education: Are you a Tough Scrubber?
Interviews with Laura Shapiro and Rebecca Bunston
The Hospital News

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

Jan. 31

'The fog is gone': How ketamine could help lift hard-to-treat depression
Interview with Dr. Sidney Kennedy
CTV National News

Though probably best known as the party drug “Special K,” ketamine has been used as an anesthetic and painkiller for decades. But in recent years, it’s been explored as a treatment for depression.

Accessing diagnostic images is easier for patients using PocketHealth
Interviews with Jennifer Meher and Cristhian Moran
Canadian Healthcare Technology

St. Michael’s Hospital’s new image-sharing platform, PocketHealth, puts patients first by making it easier to obtain and share medical images.

Jan. 27

What's robbing Adele, Céline Dion and more singers of their voices
Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anderson
CBC News

Dr. Jennifer Anderson is one of a handful of doctors in Canada that specialize in relieving vocal cord strain, which is increasingly becoming an issue for singers. From opera singers to Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, performers like Milman come to the vocal clinic at the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto looking for solutions.

Jan. 26

Old age not necessarily a risk factor for surgical complications
Research by Dr. Jennifer Watt

Older adults may not necessarily be at risk for surgery complications just because of their age, but their risk for serious complications may be at least doubled if they’re frail or suffering from dementia, a research review suggests.

Jan. 25

Ontario sees drop in opioid prescriptions: report
Interview with Dr. Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Ontario doctors are starting fewer new patients on opioids, according to the first major report to examine how physicians in one part of Canada prescribe the potentially addictive painkillers to people who do not already take opioids regularly.

Jan. 24

Census vastly undercounts Indigenous population in Toronto, study says
Research by Dr. Janet Smylie
Column in the Toronto Star

Study by researchers from York University and St. Michael’s Hospital, in collaboration with Indigenous agencies, estimates numbers at least double that of census findings. This finding has major implications, particularly in funding for health care and community services.

Jan. 17

Popular morning sickness drug is not effective, new analysis finds
Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

Toronto doctor’s new report on Diclectin is based on clinical trial records kept secret by the drug’s manufacturer and Health Canada.

Jan. 15

Why holding in a sneeze can be dangerous
Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Global News

Doctors are warning against holding in your sneezes after a man ruptured the back of his throat when he did so and was hospitalized, a new case study details in the BMJ.

Jan. 14

Merger creates largest Catholic healthcare network
Interview with Dr. Tim Rutledge
The Catholic Register

Toronto’s new, giant, still-unnamed Catholic health care network has its first boss lined up and with him a commitment to help engineer a better health system in Canada from the bottom up.

Jan. 12

Old age alone not to blame for surgical complications
Research by Dr. Jennifer Watt

Various factors can increase a senior's chances of experiencing complications after surgery, but age apparently isn't one of them.

Jan. 9

Hospital black box project aims to reduce OR errors
Interview with Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
CBC News

Three years ago, St. Michael's Hospital installed its first black box in an operating room. Now Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, the doctor behind that project, is bringing the devices to hospitals in Ottawa.

Jan. 7

Toronto opens Moss Park armoury to homeless ahead of schedule
Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
The Globe and Mail

A downtown armoury opened to Toronto's homeless on Saturday evening as the city faced a 13th day with an extreme cold-weather alert in effect.

Jan. 3

Dr. Tim Rutledge, North York General Hospital's president and CEO, to lead new health network
Inside Toronto
After eight years as president and CEO of North York General Hospital (NYGH), Tim Rutledge is taking on a new role with the newly formed health network comprised of Providence Health Care, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Jan. 1

Fireworks mark the arrival of Toronto’s first babies of 2018
The Toronto Star
When Shiloh Dlamini was born at the stroke of midnight, colourful fireworks exploded outside St. Michael’s Hospital at Nathan Phillips Square in celebration of a new year — and in her family’s case, a new life.

Wellness Certificate Program helps hospital staff commit to self-care
Interviews with Shivalee Paliwal and Orla Smith
Hospital News

A new, one-year certificate program at St. Michael’s Hospital offers clinical and administrative staff a different kind of professional development: how to support one’s own wellness.

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