St. Michael's in the news
A Nora a day, keeps the snoring away
Interview with Dr. Christopher Li
The Toronto Sun
Besides unsightly stretchmarks, weird food cravings and just feeling big overall, gaining weight during pregnancy has another adverse effect — sawing logs in slumber.
Get ready for Toronto flu season with flu shot
Interview with Sean Chai-Chong
Flu season is almost here. It peaks in the late fall and winter, with about five to 10 per cent of Canadian adults affected each year. Many of us know the symptoms all too well — fever, cough, muscle aches, loss of appetite and fatigue. Some people, especially children, also experience nausea and vomiting.
Physician wellness work gaining ground; more than 500 gather at International Conference on Physician Health co-hosted by the CMA
Canadian Medical Association
International Conference on Physician Health 2018 made huge leaps in showcasing the growing body of work on physician wellness. This year’s conference, co-hosted by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), was a sold-out event, with 82 oral presentations and workshops, nearly 100 poster presentations and participants from as far away as New Zealand.
CEO kicks off fundraising challenge with $2M donation for hospital's anti-poverty initiative
Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
The National Post
At St. Michael’s Hospital's C-UHS, doctors and researchers take a science-based approach to reducing poverty, and work with those experiencing homelessness, addiction, and physical and mental illnesses.
Opening up about the loss of a baby
Patient feature, and interview with Dr. Douglas Campbell
CTV News Toronto
When Jennifer Crozier was admitted to St. Michael’s Hospital knowing that her delivery of Gabriel would be a stillbirth. Through this painful experience, and through hearing similar experiences from other mothers coping with the aftermath of stillbirths or neonatal loss, Crozier came up with the idea of creating a box of items to help mourning parents gather memories of their babies in the short time they get to spend with them.
Canada falls short in palliative care access
Interview with Maggie Bruneau
The Catholic Register
A grim picture of Canadians dying amid the noise and bustle of hospital acute care wards, unable to access quality palliative care, emerges from the first-ever comprehensive, national assessment of palliative care by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Even though three-quarters of Canadians say they want to die at home, most of us don’t, according to the report released last month. Only 15 per cent of those who died in 2016-17 received publicly-funded palliative care at home.
Should health care dollars be used to house the homeless?
Comments from the Louis L. Odette Lecture by Drs. Stephen Hwang and Mitchell Katz
Shifting funds from health care budgets to housing programs can save money and improve health outcomes, according to Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. But Toronto-based experts caution that improving health outcomes among homeless people is not that simple.
A chilling effect of #MeToo in academic medicine
Interview with Dr. Sharon Straus
A commentary published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the #MeToo hashtag is creating a "culture of fear" in academic medicine, scaring off men from mentoring women.
A new St. Michael’s-Providence initiative is tackling painful wait times
Feature about patient Trevor Kampen, and interview with Dr. James Mahoney
Thirty-year-old Trevor Kampen had been dealing with a painful pressure wound off and on for almost a decade. After a string of unsuccessful treatments, he's confident he's finally on the right track.
Toronto should build housing to fight homelessness, says U.S health expert
Interviews with Drs. Mitchell Katz and Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Star
Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, was the keynote speaker at the event Tackling Toronto’s Homelessness Crisis hosted at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on Tuesday evening. Dr. Katz promoted the event - the annual Louis L. Odette Lecture sponsored by The Urban Angel Fund for Homeless People - on CBC’s Metro Morning, CP24 and the Toronto Star.
Malachy’s Soiree raising money for St. Michael's NICU
Interview with Dr. Doug Campbell and Kerry O'Reilly-Wilks
St. Michael's Hospital operates a 20-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that cares for over 500 infants each year. Malachy's Soiree is a fundraiser to raise money and awareness about the work being done in the NICU. Kerry O'Reilly-Wilks, Malachy's mom and founder of Malachy's Soiree joins Roger in studio to talk more about this event.
Dear Silo Buster: We hear a lot about artificial intelligence
The University of Toronto
Interview with Dr. Muhammad Mamdani
There’s a whole lot of hype going on around AI and healthcare, particularly in the U.S. Here at home, there are some promising machine-learning projects percolating at university-affiliated hospitals in the GTA. To get a handle on who’s doing what, Muhammad Mamdani at St. Michael’s Hospital is organizing Toronto’s first summit – Data Analytics for Sustaining Hospitals on Dec. 3 – to share on-the-ground information between data leaders such as CIOs and decision support teams across hospitals.
Bing! Your heart is fibrillating: How Apple Watch's new ECG app could create headaches for doctors
Interview with Dr. Samuel Vaillancourt
The National Post
When Apple unveiled its latest Apple Watch, one feature in particular was hailed as a “game-changer” — an app that allows people to take their own ECG, or electrocardiogram, in 30 seconds flat, anytime, anywhere — “right from the wrist.”
Feeling left out by Canada's census, local Indigenous groups did their own
Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
Feeling that the national census carried out by Statistics Canada has failed to fully capture key information about their community, a group of Indigenous researchers have set upon finding what they say is a better way to gather the data that shapes government decisions and services.
Synthetic cartilage may help arthritis sufferers
Interview with Dr. Tim Daniels
St. Michael's is the only Toronto hospital use a synthetic cartilage called Cartiva for arthritis or injury to the big toe. And new data shows excellent long-term results, said our Dr. Tim Daniels.
Support early in life key to Indigenous well-being, MMIWG inquiry hears in Iqaluit
Testimony by Dr. Janet Smylie
The importance of health and well-being in early life for Indigenous people — and their ties to colonial violence — were highlighted Tuesday afternoon at the federal inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as four days of hearings in Iqaluit reached their halfway point.
How a simulation dramatically improved blood delivery times for trauma patients
Interview with Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak
When a critically injured and bleeding patient is rushed into a trauma bay, every second counts – the faster they can receive blood, the higher their odds are of survival. So when St. Michael’s trauma team discovered unnecessary delays in getting blood from the blood bank to the trauma bay, they eliminated them. As a result, blood is being delivered on average 2.5 minutes faster – improving patients’ survival odds by 12.5 per cent.
Patient navigation specialists are helping Indigenous cancer patients navigate their care
Interview with Leonard Benoit and Dr. Janet Smylie
The Globe and Mail
Leonard Benoit’s job as an Aboriginal patient navigator with the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program – which the seasoned nurse began more than six months ago – was created to help address disproportionately high rates of cancer among Indigenous patients.
Interventions to help unemployed patients find jobs
Research by Dr. Andrew Pinto
Market Business News
Unemployed patients could benefit significantly if health care organizations helped them find a job, a new study found. Researchers at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions of St. Michael’s Hospital carried out a study on unemployed patients. They focused specifically on how health care organizations could help them get back into work.
How unsaturated fats can help fight heart disease
Research by Dr. Heyu Ni
Foods high in unsaturated fats may protect against cardiovascular disease and inflammation, and new research published today in Nature Communications has uncovered why.
Providence Healthcare’s support groups and education programs help community
Interviews with Erin Leneeuw and Karina Rakhimova
At Providence Healthcare, our focus is on helping people flourish both within our hospital and in the community.
Enabling primary care planning with data
Research by Dr. Rick Glazier
Researchers from the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) have found considerable variations in primary health care needs and delivery across Ontario — and the areas with the highest needs, including northern Ontario and large cities like Toronto, tend to receive the lowest level of care.