St. Michael's in the news



Dec. 11

Dates, apricots better than starchy foods in lowering diabetes
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper

Eating dried fruits such as dates, apricots, raisins and sultanas may not spike blood sugar compared to starchy foods such as white bread, suggests a study.

Dec. 7

Doctors under observation: How coaching is changing medical education in Canada
Interview with Dr. Winny Li
The Globe and Mail

At teaching hospitals across the country, senior physicians are no longer leaving their junior colleagues to fend for themselves, upending decades of policy on how medicine is taught.

Dec. 6

Canada has a new team of doctors, researchers dedicated to better understanding MS
Interview with Dr. Jiwon Oh
CBC News & Metro Morning

Over the next five years, a team of doctors and experts in varying disciplines will be putting their heads together and comparing notes in hopes of gaining a better understanding of how Multiple Sclerosis progresses in patients.
- Additional coverage on: CBC Radio's Here and Now Toronto

He’s been called a ‘lethal force’ who’s not afraid to take on medical authorities. And it all started with pain week
Profile of Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

Dr. Nav Persaud has distinguished himself as an advocate for patient safety, social justice, transparency and pharmacare — not to mention a brilliant researcher and practitioner. He’s one of 12 Canadians the Star is profiling who are making our lives better.

Dec. 3

The use of artificial intelligence in radiology
Interviews with Dr. Joe Barfett and Hojjat Salehinejad
Hospital News

Radiologists in the Medical Imaging Department might get a new assistant in the coming years that never sleeps or leaves the hospital. Embracing AI could help radiologists improve quality and reduce errors, notes Dr. Joe Barfett. While medical mistakes are not frequent, they happen. Cancers occasionally get missed.

St. Joseph's Health Centre opens renovated infusion clinic
St. Joseph’s Health Centre has a newly revamped infusion clinic that the hospital says will allow it to treat more patients needing blood transfusions.

Nov. 30

A lack of scientific data behind medical implants could seriously hurt Canadians
Interview with Dr. Vladimir Iakovlev
CBC Radio Quirks & Quarks

When medical devices malfunction or cause complications in patients, it can lead to tragic stories. But another tragedy is how we're not learning from these stories.

Who will care for the family caregiver?
Interview with Erin Leneeuw and Elizabeth Davison
The Catholic Register

The title of family caregiver implies the act of giving care to loved ones with acute or chronic health issues. What it fails to convey is the importance of caregivers receiving care themselves — and that’s a problem, according to a new study.

Nov. 26

New chief of St. Michael's Hospital ER plans to get to know the neighbourhood
Interview with Dr. Carolyn Snider
CBC Radio's Metro Morning, via CBC News

A doctor slated to be the new chief of emergency medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in January plans to venture out into the community when she starts next year to get to know the population she will serve.

The implant files: Flaws in medical device oversight
Interview with Dr. Vladimir Iakovlev
CBC News Network

Dr. Vladimir Iakovlev is a Pathologist at St. Michael's Hospital. He speaks with CBC News Network about 'The Implant Files' - a joint investigation between CBC NEWS, Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Minimally invasive retinal detachment has better outcomes, clinical trial findings
Research by Dr. Rajeev Muni
Medical Xpress

“The most commonly offered treatment for a retinal detachment in North America is an operating room surgery called a vitrectomy. The results of this study clearly demonstrate that many retinal detachments will have better results for patients with an alternative minimally invasive office procedure,” said co-principal investigator Dr. Rajeev H. Muni, a vitreoretinal surgeon at St. Michael’s and researcher at the hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

Nov. 25

New doctor at St. Michael’s Hospital hopes to bring youth-violence lessons from Winnipeg
Interview with Dr. Carolyn Snider
The Globe and Mail

Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital has hired a Winnipeg doctor as the new head of its busy emergency department. But Carolyn Snider is not new to the city or to this busy downtown hospital, where she cut her teeth as a medical resident.

Study finds alternative to antipsychotic medication for seniors also has drawbacks
Research by Dr. Jennifer Watt
The Globe and Mail

Doctors are prescribing the antidepressant trazodone more frequently to seniors with dementia in long-term care homes as a result of mounting concerns over antipsychotics.

Nov. 22

New research says sweetened drinks may be more harmful than sugary foods
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
CTV News

New research has found that sugar in sweetened drinks could be more harmful for health than sugar found naturally in foods such as whole fruit, possibly increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Nov. 15

Winter safety tips for seniors from Providence Healthcare
Interview with Christian Leyco

Ice, snow, cold weather and weather-induced isolation can make life challenging for anyone — especially older adults. The following tips from Providence Healthcare can help you stay safe this season.

Nov. 14

Canada's first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here's how it happened
Interviews with Drs. John K. Wilson and Robert Chisholm
CBC News

In mid-November 1968, a team of cardiologists at St. Michael's Hospital received a call they had been waiting on for months. An 18-year-old man had been badly injured in an accident, they learned. He was ruled brain dead, but his heart was still beating.
- Watch more coverage on CBC News (segment begins at 41:52)

Two Toronto doctors recognized with awards from the Ontario College of Family Physicians
Award for Dr. Tomislav Svoboda
The Toronto Star

Dr. Tomislav Svoboda was selected as the Regional Family Physician of the Year. The annual awards honour doctors who exemplify the vital work family doctors do to help keep Ontarians healthy. The announcement was made during Family Doctor Week which runs from Nov. 12-17 in Canada.

Nov. 13

Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer
Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
CBC Radio's The Current

At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a lawsuit alleging they were sterilized against their will, as recently as last year. Is there an issue of systemic racism within Canada's healthcare system?

Can diabetes medication improve heart structure?
Research by Drs. Subodh Verma, Kim Connelly and David Mazer
The Siaset Daily

According to a recent study, diabetes medication empagliflozin can improve cardiac structure in diabetics who also have heart disease. Led by St. Michael’s Hospital researchers, the study was presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.

Nov. 12

Phone calls more effective than mail at encouraging cancer screenings
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran

The most effective way for doctors to motivate patients to get overdue cancer screenings is to call them, not send them letters, according to a new study.

Nov. 9

New study points to strategies to reduce maternal death
Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Medical Xpress

The number of severe maternal morbidities (SMM) a pregnant woman has is highly linked to her risk of maternal death, according to a new study by researchers at ICES and St. Michael's Hospital.

Nov. 7

Familiar music from past may give Alzheimer’s patients a cognitive boost, according to study
Interview with Dr. Corinne Fischer
The Canadian Press, via the Toronto Star

By exposing the brain repeatedly to familiar music, people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment saw improved cognitive ability, as well as evidence that their brain was changing, said Dr. Corinne Fischer, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at St. Michael’s. While Alzheimer’s is irreversible at this point, Dr. Fischer hopes her study’s findings offer the basis for a targeted form of music therapy that could potentially slow the progression of the disease.

New shingles vaccine better than last
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Halifax Chronicle Herald

Until recently, only one vaccine – Zostavax – has been available to Canadians for the prevention of shingles, a viral infection which affects nerves and leads to a painful skin rash. Zostavax is about 50 per cent effective, but a recent study by St. Michael’s scientist Dr. Andrea Tricco found that the new vaccine – Shingrix – is 85 per cent more effective than the older vaccine.

St. Joseph's Health Centre makes mammograms easier to book for high-risk group
Column by Andrea Miller

St. Joseph's Health Centre is making it easier than ever before for women between the ages of 50 and 74 to book a mammogram, said radiologist Dr. Andrea Miller. Even if they have no history of cancer, all they have to do is call the hospital to make an appointment. Because the hospital was recently designated as a site for the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), no physician referral or any prepared paperwork is required. Appointments are scheduled within seven business days. This column was written in partnership with corporate communications and Dr. Andrea Miller.

Nov. 1

Naloxone available at EDs to help combat opioid overdoses
Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera and Paula Podolski

Naloxone, a drug that helps reverse an opioid overdose, is now available for free to individuals using opioids and seeking care in the emergency department (ED) at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto. Naloxone will also be available this fall at the St. Michael's Hospital ED.


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