St. Michael's in the news



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.


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