St. Michael's in the news



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?


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