St. Michael's in the news
Study looks at how newly discovered gene helps grow blood vessels
Research by Drs. Philip Marsden and Jeffrey Man
A new study published today found that a newly discovered gene helps grow blood vessels when it senses inadequate blood flow to tissues. The findings are important because they could help scientists better understand cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and strokes, which result from inadequate blood flow.
Would you give away your genetic data for science?
Interview with Dr. Michael Szego (segment starts at 9:11)
CBC Radio's Spark
Companies now make it possible to sell your genetic information anonymously. But is that in the public interest?
Coming to a long-term care facility near you, Toronto’s Fabulous Invictones
Performance at Providence Healthcare
The Toronto Star
The men’s chorus has been performing in retirement homes, long-term care facilities, hotels and hospitals across the city for 60 years as of 2018.
Doctors use infamous 'Game of Thrones' murder to explore treatments for poisoning
Report by Will Wu and Drs. Emily Austin and Steve Lin
The National Post, via The Canadian Press
“Game of Thrones” fans may have shed few tears over the poisoning death of King Joffrey I Baratheon, a nasty character if ever there was one. But could real-world medicine have saved the young monarch?
'You need heart and you need compassion': Surgical patients teach medical students bedside manner
Interview with Dr. Jory Simpson
Three years after getting a diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer, Jennifer Schultz is getting her life back on track. She's been told she's cancer free. Now, she's sharing her patient experiences with future surgeons as part of a pilot program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto that gets patients recounting the best and worst about their doctors and treatment.
Planning makes perfect in stairwell demolition project
Interviews with Michael Keen and Catherine Hogan
The Hospital News (on page 5)
More than one year ago, planning started for the demolition of the Cardinal Carter South stairwell. The 17-storey structure stood in the way of linking the new Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower to the existing hospital. After seven months of demolition that dismantled 410 stairs and 2,317 cubic metres of concrete, the project is complete.
Supercharge your hand-hygiene education: Are you a Tough Scrubber?
Interviews with Laura Shapiro and Rebecca Bunston
The Hospital News
Fun, fast, challenging, hilarious. Is this how your staff would describe their hand-hygiene education? Try Tough Scrubber and they just might.
'The fog is gone': How ketamine could help lift hard-to-treat depression
Interview with Dr. Sidney Kennedy
CTV National News
Though probably best known as the party drug “Special K,” ketamine has been used as an anesthetic and painkiller for decades. But in recent years, it’s been explored as a treatment for depression.
Accessing diagnostic images is easier for patients using PocketHealth
Interviews with Jennifer Meher and Cristhian Moran
Canadian Healthcare Technology
St. Michael’s Hospital’s new image-sharing platform, PocketHealth, puts patients first by making it easier to obtain and share medical images.
What's robbing Adele, Céline Dion and more singers of their voices
Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Dr. Jennifer Anderson is one of a handful of doctors in Canada that specialize in relieving vocal cord strain, which is increasingly becoming an issue for singers. From opera singers to Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, performers like Milman come to the vocal clinic at the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto looking for solutions.
Old age not necessarily a risk factor for surgical complications
Research by Dr. Jennifer Watt
Older adults may not necessarily be at risk for surgery complications just because of their age, but their risk for serious complications may be at least doubled if they’re frail or suffering from dementia, a research review suggests.
Ontario sees drop in opioid prescriptions: report
Interview with Dr. Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail
Ontario doctors are starting fewer new patients on opioids, according to the first major report to examine how physicians in one part of Canada prescribe the potentially addictive painkillers to people who do not already take opioids regularly.
Census vastly undercounts Indigenous population in Toronto, study says
Research by Dr. Janet Smylie
Column in the Toronto Star
Study by researchers from York University and St. Michael’s Hospital, in collaboration with Indigenous agencies, estimates numbers at least double that of census findings. This finding has major implications, particularly in funding for health care and community services.
Popular morning sickness drug is not effective, new analysis finds
Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star
Toronto doctor’s new report on Diclectin is based on clinical trial records kept secret by the drug’s manufacturer and Health Canada.