St. Michael's in the news



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.


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