St. Michael's in the news
Toronto hospital fires 31 employees after audit finds $200,000 in irregular health benefits claims
The National Post
St. Michael’s Hospital confirmed to the National Post a routine audit uncovered “irregularities” in health benefits claims totalling approximately $200,000. Thirty-one employees have been fired. It is not known how many other employees are under investigation.
Well Living House seeks to understand healthcare gaps among Toronto’s Indigenous communities
Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
A new three-year community-driven research project will explore the social determinants of health that affect Indigenous communities in Toronto, including children and youth, homelessness, poverty, women's issues and culture and identity.
Issues with genetic testing
Panel discussion featuring Dr. Yvonne Bombard
TVO's The Agenda
Simple genetic tests are becoming ubiquitous. It's never been so easy to find out so much about DNA. Yet Canada is the only G7 country without legislation to protect citizens from genetic discrimination. The Agenda discusses the value and consequences of genetic testing.
Laundry detergent pods linked to more burns of kids' eyes
Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Laundry detergent pods are increasingly contributing to eye injuries among preschoolers, indicates a U.S. study that also gives injury prevention recommendations.
80 family physicians to participate in study of DI ordering patterns
Interview with Dr. Bruce Gray and Kate MacGregor
Canadian Healthcare Technology
St. Michael’s Hospital plans to install a clinical decision support system in the hospital’s family practice clinics to study how to improve the appropriateness of imaging tests ordered by physicians.
Medical journal no longer recommends popular morning sickness pill
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
A prominent Canadian medical journal now agrees there’s no clear scientific evidence behind the recommendation to use the drug Diclectin as a “first line” of treatment for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.
New research project tackles poverty, identity of Indigenous community
Mentions Dr. Janet Smylie
A new three-year community-driven research project will address the social determinants of Toronto’s Indigenous communities, including children and youth, homelessness, poverty reduction, women’s and men’s issues, culture and identity.
The high cost of pharmaceuticals: Canada’s drug problem
Documentary featuring Dr. Nav Persaud (at 8:10 minute mark)
CBC's The Fifth Estate
Canada's health system is a source of pride for many Canadians. But we pay more for prescription drugs than almost every other country in the world -- and rising drug costs are taking their toll on people across the country.
Seniors with cognitive, memory impairments struggle with driving tasks: Canadian study
Interview with Dr. Tom Schweizer
Reuters, via Global News
Seniors with memory problems and related attention and decision-making issues may struggle with driving tasks, according to a Canadian study.
Coming soon: Safe injection sites
Interview with Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Last July, Toronto approved the establishment of three safe injection sites and now, in an effort to battle opioid overdose deaths, the province has agreed to fund those sites and one in Ottawa. Toronto Councillor Joe Cressy has been a strong advocate for the public health benefits of such facilities. He joins The Agenda with Ahmed Bayoumi, the co-author of a 2012 report on the harm reduction potential of safe injection sites in Ottawa and Toronto.