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Jan. 13

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.

Jan. 4

Study raises questions about efficacy of morning sickness pill endorsed by Kim Kardashian
‌Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
The Washington Post

A Canadian doctor is raising more questions about the efficacy of a commonly prescribed drug to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnant women, after finding “many flaws” in a 40-year-old study that helped support the use of the medication in Canada and the United States.

Quick action by passersby saves man’s life after he drove off road in Clarington
‌Interview with Dr. Subodh Verma
The Toronto Star

Doctor credits CPR for saving Mike Conlin after he suffered a massive heart attack two months ago. On Wednesday, Conlin got a chance to thank the people who saved his life.

Jan. 3

Inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women will strain health resources: authors
‌Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
The Globe and Mail

The public-health community must be prepared to deal with the “emotional burdens” of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, which will likely increase mental-health issues such as depression, suicide and addiction among those who participate in the process, says a new editorial in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Jan. 2

Tracking all homeless deaths is long overdue: Editorial
‌Mentions Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Star

Starting Jan. 1, Toronto Public Health will track the deaths of homeless people across Toronto, not just those who die in city shelters. It’s a key step toward acknowledging the effects of homelessness.



Dec. 30

How a little-known patent sparked Canada’s opioid crisis
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

The untold story of how a single pill sparked Canada’s opioid crisis, and ignited one of the biggest pharmaceutical battles in Canadian history.

Did Debbie Reynolds die of broken-heart syndrome?
‌Interview with Dr. Beth Abramson
CBC News

Dying of a broken heart is real. When Debbie Reynolds passed away this week, her son said the stress of his sister Carrie Fisher's death the day before was too much for his mother to take.

Dec. 26

A ‘miracle’ Syrian survived journey before surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital
‌Interview with Dr. Bobby Yanagawa
The Toronto Star

Muhammed Harrat had a ticking bomb in his body and a heart surgeon at St. Mike's Hospital has given him a new lease of life after a five-hour operation.

Dec. 22

'Silent strokes' up risk for full-blown stroke
‌Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik
The Canadian Press, via CTV News

Silent strokes are common as people age. About seven per cent of people in their 50s have silent strokes. That figure rises to about 15 per cent for those in their 70s. And among people aged 80-plus, about one-quarter have unknowingly been affected. Researchers estimate that for every symptomatic stroke, there are up to 10 silent strokes within the population.

Dec. 20

How many people fall on snowy and icy sidewalks in Toronto? A lot.
‌Interview with Dr. David MacKinnon

Toronto Public Health released some numbers showing how many people went to the emergency room after falling on sidewalks in the winter.

History of TBI linked to poor outcomes for those who are homeless, have mental illness
‌Research by Dr. Stephen Hwang
Medical Xpress

Among homeless adults with mental illness, having a history of head injuries is associated with a greater risk of adverse health conditions, new research indicates.

Dec. 18

Most dangerous spots in Toronto for cyclists
‌Interview with Amanda McFarlan
The Toronto Star

Cyclist Amanda McFarlan takes the Star to some of the spots in the city she finds most dangerous and explains why.

Dec. 17

Death on the tracks: How bad is Toronto transit’s suicide problem?
‌Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
The Globe and Mail

Suicide by transit is a human tragedy and a pernicious public-health challenge – and Toronto has costly decisions to make about how to prevent it. Oliver Moore takes an in-depth look at the data and what could be done to save lives

Dec. 14

Opioid prescriptions drop, but overdose cases keep rising
‌Research by Tara Gomes
The Canadian Press, via Maclean's

Medically sanctioned opioid use has dropped by almost 14 per cent since national guidelines for prescribing the drugs were introduced in 2010, yet the rate of overdose-related hospital visits continued to rise, an Ontario study has found.

Review finds high attrition rate among residents in general surgery programs
‌Research by Dr. Mohammed Al-Omran
Health Medicine Network

Almost one in five residents in general surgery programs leave before finishing and the most common reasons given are uncontrollable lifestyle and deciding to switch specialties, a study published today has found.

Healthcare workers call trauma from road collisions a ‘preventable disease’
‌Interview with Amanda McFarlan
The Toronto Star

Health workers, researchers and Toronto city staff are now recognizing road safety as a public health problem.

Years later, Toronto woman haunted by collision
‌Interview with Dr. David MacKinnon
The Toronto Star

What does a collision look like? There are many combinations of pedestrian-vehicle collisions, and the injuries that stem from such incidents are just as variable, health workers say.

Dec. 8

People with traumatic brain injuries more likely to go to prison
‌Research by Dr. Flora Matheson

Men and women who suffered traumatic brain injuries had more than twice the risk of winding up in a federal prison in Canada as their uninjured peers, a new study shows.

Dec. 5

Move over knees and hips, ankle replacements are about to become the next big thing
‌Interview with Dr. Timothy Daniels
Science Borealis

The ability to replace worn out joints sometimes feels like the new normal in today’s world. Over 100,000 Canadians underwent surgery to replace deteriorating knees and hips in 2013–2014 and that number climbed to over 1 million in the United States.


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