St. Michael's in the news



April 24

Sex selection in Indian community persists despite years spent in Canada, researchers find
‌Research by Dr. Marcelo Urquia
CBC News

Contrary to what researchers expected, the length of time Indian immigrants have lived in Canada has no effect whatsoever on the practice of sex selection in favour of boys.

Pregnant women need to work out
‌Mentions Dr. Michael Geary
The Toronto Star

‘Misguided’ notions that expecting moms need to eat more and exercise less are contributing to obesity problem, doctors say.

April 23

Female surgeons at St. Michael's Hospital recreate New Yorker magazine cover
‌Interview with Drs. Nancy Baxter and Jennifer Anderson
CBC News

Female surgeons at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto have created their own version of a New Yorker magazine cover that illustrates a female surgical team in hues of blue.

How poor tobacco farmer Henrietta Lacks became a medical superstar after her death
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Szego
The Toronto Star

Henrietta Lacks died in 1951. But her "immortal" cells have sparked scientific breakthroughs, and have inspired an Oprah Winfrey movie.

April 20

The power of female surgeons unmasked around the world thanks to a magazine cover
‌Interview with Dr. Nancy Baxter and Molly Zirkle
The Toronto Star

The images are striking: Female surgeons, in surgical caps and masks, peering down from above, their eyes piercing and full of pride. What started as a magazine cover, has since turned into a rallying cry for women surgeons from around the world.

New report gives troubling new perspective on Ontario's opioid crisis
‌Research by Tara Gomes
Editorial in The Toronto Star

A new report on the latest trends in opioid deaths in Ontario says fatalities have skyrocketed at the same time opioid prescribing has increased dramatically.

2 people in Ontario die of opioid overdoses every day
‌Research by Tara Gomes
CBC News, via The Canadian Press

More than two people each day are dying of opioid overdoses in Ontario, a grim tally that underscores the soaring use and abuse of the potent narcotics, researchers say.

April 17

‘Lay rescuers’ who help those in cardiac arrest often suffer emotional trauma, but new network may help
‌Interview with Dr. Katie Dainty
The National Post

About 40,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in Canada. Early bystander CPR can increase the chance of survival three-fold. But despite an abundance of studies proving its indisputable worth, few have investigated what it’s actually like for “lay rescuers” to try to resuscitate someone who has essentially died in front of them.

April 13

Life on the Ground Floor, reviewed: Why emergency medicine is the great equalizer
‌Review of Dr. James Maskalyk's book
The Globe and Mail

The problem with memoirs, especially when they are written by Western doctors heading off to Africa for work, is they can be self-indulgent and messianic in tone. Dr. James Maskalyk deftly avoids that trap.
Read an excerpt from the book

Are creative solutions for homelessness effective or gimmicky?
‌Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
CTV's Your Morning

Dr. Stephen Hwang, from the Centre for Uban Health Solutions, on Canada's response to homelessness in comparison to other parts of the world.

April 11

Higher tobacco taxes can save 35-45 million lives in South Asia: Study
‌Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
The Times of India

Higher taxes on tobacco could reduce its consumption by at least one-third and save about 35 to 45 million lives in South Asia, including India, a study said today.

April 7

Drugs laced With fentanyl
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
CBC's Metro Morning

We know about the danger fentanyl poses to opioid users. But is it creeping into drugs like cocaine and MDMA? Matt Galloway spoke with Glen Bandiera, he is chief of emergency medicine at St. Michael's Hospital.

Biomedical Zone shows healthtech innovation happens when startups and clinicians collaborate
‌Interview with Dr. Linda Maxwell

On the 7th floor of Toronto’s St. Michael‘s Hospital is a small space with big, innovative ideas. It’s the office of the Biomedical Zone(BMZ), a startup incubator led by physicians in a clinical environment. There, startups work with clinicians one-on-one to develop tech within the settings in which they will be used.

April 4

Why this Toronto ER doctor is dead set against extending last call
‌Interview with Dr. Joel Ray

Dr. Joel Ray warns extending bar hours will lead to significantly more violence, particularly among young men, as bar patrons pour into the streets at later hours after spending more time drinking.

April 3

St. Michael’s working on test to diagnose Parkinson’s disease
‌Research by Dr. David Munoz
Health Canal

St. Michael’s Hospital is part of an international research project trying to determine which emerging medical test would most accurately diagnose Parkinson’s at an early stage.

April 2

Canada needs a list of 'essential medicines'
‌Opinion by Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC's The 180

Dr. Nav Persaud argues that if Canada would come up with an "essential medicines" list that would not only save our health-care system money, but also help one in five Canadians who report that they, or a member of their households, do not take medications as prescribed because of cost.

March 29

Health care could be behind Canada's longer life expectancy
‌Interview with Dr. Anne Stephenson
BBC News

Canadians are outliving Americans, in some cases, by as much as a decade. Is public healthcare the secret to longevity?

Province could save money if more patients stuck with cardiac rehab, study finds
‌Interview with Dr. Beth Abramson
The Toronto Star

New local research discovers that the majority of patients referred to cardiac rehab either drop out or don’t ever go.

TBI in emergency departments a substantial economic burden
‌Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Medical Xpress

A new study that looked at nearly 134,000 emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury, including concussion, during a one year period in Ontario estimated that those visits had a total cost of $945 million over the lifetimes of those patients.

March 26

The preventable epidemic: How harm reduction helps to prevent overdoses
‌Interview with Dr. Michelle Klaiman
The Torontoist

Dr. Klaiman said St. Michael’s Hospital is seeing more overdoses and projecting to use approximately 30 per cent more naloxone over the next year compared to last.

March 16

How Canadian research helped develop promising new cholesterol drugs
‌Interview with Dr. Larry Leiter
CTV National News

When the world’s leading cardiovascular experts gather in Washington, D.C. on Friday for a three-day conference, they will highlight a new class of cholesterol drugs developed thanks to an important Canadian discovery.

March 15

Canadians with cystic fibrosis live 10 years longer than Americans with the disease
‌Research by Dr. Anne Stephenson
The New York Times

Canadians with cystic fibrosis survive, on average, more than 10 years longer than Americans with the same disease, largely because of differences in the two countries’ health insurance systems, a new study suggests.
(Plus, read their column that explains why)

Clinical Notes: Health Canada plan could give you more information about prescription drugs
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC's Metro Morning

Health Canada has announced it may release information from clinical trials for prescription drugs and medical devices. Guest host Andrew Nichols spoke with Dr. Nav Persaud, a staff physician with St. Michael's Hospital.

March 14

Health Canada aims to release secret drug records
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

A proposed Health Canada policy would make public currently confidential information about drugs’ safety and efficacy.

March 13

Cystic fibrosis patients in Canada living longer than those in U.S.: study
‌Research by Dr. Anne Stephenson
CTV National News

Canadians with cystic fibrosis tend to survive longer than American patients – a lot longer, a new study has found. According to research published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian CF patients live more than 10 years longer on average than patients with the same disease in the U.S.

March 10

Health Canada talks of opening up 'black box of medicines' safety
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud

Canadians could be a step closer to being able to access sensitive information about the safety of drugs and medical devices.

March 7

Canadian foundation donates $12-million to support Indigenous people
‌Mentions major donation from Allan Slaight
Newscaf, via The Globe and Mail

The foundation formed nearly a decade ago by the family of former media executive Allan Slaight is donating more than $12-million to improve the lives of Indigenous people across Canada.

March 1

Portable screening tool for diabetic feet can prevent amputations
‌Interviews with Drs. Karen Cross and General Leung
Canadian Healthcare Technology

More than 3 million Canadians have diabetes, a number that has nearly doubled since 2002 and continues to grow. These patients have tools to manage their glucose levels, but no tools to help them manage foot wounds that often lead to infection and amputation. That’s where MIMOSA comes in.

History of incarceration linked to subsequent homelessness, study finds
‌Research by Dr. Dan Werb
Science Blog

People who have been incarcerated in Canada are more likely to subsequently experience unstable housing or homelessness compared with those who have not, new research suggests.


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