St. Michael's in the news



June 11

Better outcomes for patients using single-pill combination for blood pressure
Research by Dr. Amol Verma
Medical Xpress

People who are prescribed a combination pill to manage their high blood pressure are more likely to take their medicine as instructed and have better health outcomes than those who take the same medications prescribed as separate pills, according to a new study published today.

Coronary angioplasty now closer to home
Interview with Dr. Christopher Buller
Soo Today

Over the last year, Sault Area Hospital has been working collaboratively with St. Michael’s Hospital who has been providing cardiac services, educational opportunities and support for SAH’s staff and physicians.

June 9

'Left behind': The struggle people can face after a loved one dies by suicide
Interview with Dr. Sakina Rizvi
CBC News

It's been almost 30 years since Corinne McDermott's mother took her own life, but she still carries a copy of the suicide note inside her Kate Spade wallet. When she learned on Tuesday that Kate Spade herself had died by suicide, McDermott said she felt like she'd been taken right back to the moment she learned her mother was dead. In a move she says is uncharacteristic of herself, she found herself sharing her feelings in a Facebook post.

June 7

Opioid epidemic is deadlier than the Vietnam War in ’68, study says
Research by Dr. Tara Gomes
The Washington Post

Slightly less than 1 percent of all Americans who died in 1968 lost their lives while serving in the Vietnam War. Yet even the toll of that conflict’s bloodiest year was less significant than that being caused by the opioid epidemic. According to new research, 1.5 percent of all American deaths in 2016 were attributable to opioids.

Scarborough's Providence Healthcare is helping seniors thrive at home

Providence Healthcare plays a vital role in the Scarborough community by empowering people to age in good health and with confidence. One of the most flexible ways we can help seniors stay in their own homes is through our Assess and Restore outpatient services.

June 5

St. Joe's hospital to open palliative care centre following $11M gift
Donation by Hans Koehle, with comments from Dr. Graham Berlyne and Maria Dyck

Hans Koehle’s first introduction to St. Joseph’s came after an accident in the waters of the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club some 60 years ago. Nearly 60 years later, Koehle is repaying his “debt” with a multi-million dollar donation to pay for a new palliative care centre for the hospital.

June 1

One in every five young adults' deaths in the US is an opioid overdose, study suggests
Research by Dr. Tara Gomes
Daily Mail (England)

Opioids are involved in one in every five deaths of young adults in the US, a new study reveals. In 2016, about 64,000 people died from opioid overdoses, making it the leading cause of death in those under 50.

‘Be An Angel’ project offers a little taste of humanity for most vulnerable patients
Interviews with Dr. Stephen Hwang and Emily Carreiro
The Catholic Register

Socks, toothpaste, tampons, tissues and a handwritten note from a teenager aren’t likely to rewrite a life story that includes sleeping in shelters, seeking comfort in opioids and waking up in the emergency room at St. Michael’s Hospital. But they still matter. They matter to the homeless patients who receive the items, and to the hospital they rely on.

May 29

More Ontario newborns showing signs of opioid addiction
Interview with Dr. Brian Chisamore

There’s a new crisis hitting Ontario’s hospitals, and it’s affecting the youngest of patients. Ontario’s opioid epidemic has produced more newborns with addictions and who need care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) — and that is putting stress on hospital resources.

May 28

Vitamins won’t prevent a heart attack or make you live longer: study
Research by Dr. David Jenkins
Global News

A new study found that multivitamins showed no health benefits while folic acid and B-vitamins may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

On top of other challenges, homeless have higher heart disease risk
Research by Dr. Stephen Hwang

Among homeless individuals cardiovascular disease remains one of the major causes of death due to challenges in predicting initial risk, limited access to health care and difficulties in long-term management, according to a review published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

May 27

New hip-replacement technique at St. Michael’s Hospital allows for speedier recovery
Patient feature, with comments from Dr. Amir Khoshbin and Ellen Newbold
The Toronto Star

Unlike more traditional hip replacements, with incisions to reach the joint through either a patient’s side or back, Dr. Amir Khoshbin is performing the operation through the front and using a special surgical table to aid that approach. The benefit is that patients begin recovering more quickly and are able to go home the same day as the surgery, instead of needing to be admitted for at least a day or two, as is usually the case.

May 26

How music helps rehab patients learn how to move again
Features research by Drs. Corinne Fischer and Tom Schweizer
CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art

Research on patients who've suffered some injury to the brain that affects movement — like stroke or Parkinson's disease — have suggested that using music with the right tempo "can improve their walking ability."

May 23

Toronto doctor resigns from committee, accuses pharmaceutical company of deliberately creating shortage of drug
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

A prominent Toronto doctor has resigned from the Ontario committee that evaluates requests for public funding of prescription medications over what he alleges is a pharmaceutical company’s attempt to effectively double the price of a drug taken by people with schizophrenia.

May 22

Governor General’s Innovation Awards: How six Canadian breakthroughs are making a difference worldwide
Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
The Globe and Mail

Established in 2016, the Governor General’s Innovation Awards aim to inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and emulate entrepreneurial risk-takers whose creations have a meaningful impact on our quality of life.

What are your odds of getting pregnant each month?
Interview with Dr. Yolanda Kirkham
Today's Parent

Get the real numbers on how likely you are to get pregnant at each month, at every age, and how to increase those odds.

Procedure plus medication is better than standard treatment for heart disease patients
Research by Dr. Peter Juni
Medical Xpress

A non-surgical procedure, called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), along with prescribed medication, is better than medication alone as initial treatment for people who have the most common form of heart disease, suggests an analysis of an international clinical trial co-led by St. Michael's Hospital.

May 18

'13 Reasons Why' prompts mental health conversation with 2nd season release
Interview with Drs. Tom Ungar and Jose Silveira

It’s a popular show amongst teenagers that covers some heavy topics, everything from suicide to sexual assault. The second season of “13 Reasons Why” launched on Netflix on Friday, bringing mental health back into the spotlight.

Toronto asks Ottawa, province for help with influx of refugees
Interview with Dr. Anna Banerji

The mayor of Toronto says the city will need to open an emergency reception centre over the next seven days to deal with an influx of refugees.

May 16

Nearly a quarter of Ontario opioid prescriptions exceeded guidelines: study
Research by Dr. Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Nearly a quarter of first-time opioid prescriptions in Ontario from April 2015 to March 2016 exceeded recommended dose limits introduced in 2017. Researchers say 23.9 per cent of initial opioid prescriptions in Ontario during that time had a daily dose of more than 50 milligram morphine equivalents.
Also: Hear an interview with Dr. Gomes on CBC Radio's Metro Morning

The importance of the genetic non-discrimination act
Interview with Dr. Yvonne Bombard
Radio Canada International

In 2017 Canada passed the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, to protect people from being discriminated against over revelations of their genetic information from lab testing and any possible anomalies or mutations.

May 14

Door will open to genetic discrimination if act protecting Canadians is overturned, genomics expert says
Research by Dr. Yvonne Bombard
CBC News

If Canada's Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA) is overturned by a challenge from the Province of Quebec, it will open the doors to genetic discrimination, argue authors in a commentary in CMAJ.

May 10

How to be a medtech entrepreneur before leaving your teens
Interviews with Dr. Linda Maxwell and André Bertram
The Financial Post

André Bertram doesn’t think about barriers to innovation. That’s because he was just 17 when he co-founded HelpWear with his classmate Frank Nguyen. Since then, their wearable heart-monitoring idea has been gaining attention from clinicians, hospitals and all six members of the Dragons’ Den.

May 2

Heavy marijuana use can lead to often-misdiagnosed syndrome: experts
Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera

As the Canadian government prepares to legalize pot this summer, concerns are growing about a condition that often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed — cannabanoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS).

World's largest cities at risk of yellow fever outbreak
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan and Shannon Brent
The Telegraph (London)

Millions of people in major world cities are at risk of a potential yellow fever outbreak despite living hundreds – and in many cases thousands – of miles from areas where the disease is present.

May 1

Mosquito season could get longer and more hazardous to your health — especially in Miami
Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
Miami Herald

Researchers believe the climate shifts will also raise the risks that other mosquito-borne diseases considered largely eliminated as public health threats in the mainland United States could return. Yellow fever tops that list.


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