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2014 archive

Dec. 24

Research on cheque-cashing places and risk of premature death
Research by Drs. Flora Matheson and Joel Ray

Research finds greater risk of premature deaths in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of cheque-cashing places and alcohol outlets.

Dec. 22

The man behind the bouquet
Features Adam Bulman and quotes Cynthia Geurtsen
The Toronto Star

If you’ve received flowers in a Toronto hospital chances are they’ve come from Adam Bulman. His family’s been selling to hospital gift shops for 35 years.

Dec. 16

U.S. Ebola panic vanishes just as money is about to flow
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan

Two months after the first U.S. Ebola patient died in Dallas, thousands of people have been screened at airports and tracked by health workers, and millions of dollars have been spent readying hospitals.

Ontario’s piecemeal palliative care gets a roadmap to recovery
Comments by Dr. Irfan Dhalla
The Globe and Mail

Every patient nearing end-of-life should have access to quality palliative care in the location of their choice, according to an expert Ontario panel.

Dec. 15

Doctors at St. Mike's launch project to address root causes of poor health
Research by Dr. Gary Bloch, Dr. Andrew Pinto and Karen Tomlinson
The Toronto Star

Any patient hopes a doctor’s appointment will help them get back to feeling like a million bucks. Few expect to leave with real money in the bank.

Dec. 12

Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky receives prestigious CIHR Health Researcher of the Year award
Dr. Arthur Slutsky featured

Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky, Vice-President of Research at the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, has received the 2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Researcher of the Year award for his outstanding efforts to advance pulmonary medicine and improve critical care practices.

Surprising new statistics on brain injuries among adults
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
CTV Toronto

Watch this CTV News video titled: "Lifetime: New study on concussions."

Dec. 5

Why snot? How your body uses this gooey gunk
Interview with Dr. John Lee
The Canadian Press

It's icky and messy and sometimes it clogs your airwaves, making you feel like you can't breathe. Heck, even its name is repugnant. We're talking about snot here.

Dec. 4

Social benefit startup BlueDot launched with funds from Horizons Ventures
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
Reuters peHUB

BlueDot, a social benefit enterprise spun out of the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, has received Series A funding.

Dec. 3

Keeping up with the pathogens: Dr. Kamran Khan launches company to track diseases
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan

The goal of most researchers is to distribute knowledge by publishing their work in a respected scientific journal, a process that can takes months if not years. But viruses and infectious diseases such as SARS or Ebola won’t wait that long before spreading, threatening not just people’s health but also international security and economic prosperity.

Dec. 2

VIDEO: Doctors split on mandatory flu vaccines for health-care workers
Interview with Dr. Douglas Sinclair
CTV News

Monday is the deadline for many health-care workers to choose between the needle and the mask.

VIDEO: New PrEP study to follow users in Toronto
Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan
Daily Xtra

Researchers will follow 50 men who have sex with men who are considered high risk for HIV infection. The year-long study will look at what happens when this group takes a daily dose of Truvada, a drug being used as an HIV prevention tool.

Nov. 28

Teens with brain injury are more likely to abuse drugs
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Toronto Star

Study of Ontario high school students shows those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are at least twice as likely to drink and use drugs.

Nervous system may play bigger role in infections than previously known
Research by Dr. Benjamin Steinberg

The nervous system may play a bigger role in infections and autoimmune diseases than previously known. If researchers can learn more about that role, it could provide insight into diagnosing and treating everything from the stomach flu to rheumatoid arthritis.

Nov. 27

Concussion-drug use toxic mix for teens: study
Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Canadian Press

Teenagers who have suffered a concussion or other traumatic brain injury are more likely to report using alcohol and drugs compared to peers with no history of such an injury, researchers have found.

Nov. 26

Treating Aboriginal rights
Video interview with Janet Smylie
TVO's The Agenda

When a Six Nations family opted to terminate their 11 year-old daughter's chemotherapy treatments, preferring to treat her leukemia with traditional medicine, McMaster Children's Hospital applied to have Children's Aid intervene to take over medical decision-making in the case.

Holding doctors accountable
Video interview with Jeremy Petch
TVO's The Agenda

The province's doctors govern themselves via The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The College is there to protect the public, to inspect medical practices, to investigate patient complaints against doctors and decide on disciplinary actions, but can any profession effectively police itself?

Nov. 24

Providing safe haven for mental health emergencies
Comments by Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
The Globe and Mail

To hear staff tell it, the emergency department of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health was a dark and dingy place before renovation work began in April, 2013.

Nov. 21

VIDEO - Syphilis: An STI on the rise
Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan
Daily Xtra

Syphilis cases are increasing significantly in many industrialized countries, and men who have sex with men are the most at-risk.

Nov. 19

Ontario crackdown is curbing prescription opioid abuse, study says
Research by Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

New research shows efforts to fight opioid painkiller misuse in Ontario are putting a small but important dent in the number of prescriptions provided to doctor-shoppers and others who abuse the system.

Nov. 14

Canadians with cystic fibrosis living longer than a generation ago
Research by Dr. Anne Stephenson
The Globe and Mail

Canadians with cystic fibrosis are living dramatically longer than a generation ago, to the point where CF is now considered a chronic condition, not strictly a pediatric illness.

Nov. 13

Canadians with cystic fibrosis living years longer, but many still die young
Research by Dr. Anne Stephenson
CTV's Canada AM

Canadians with cystic fibrosis are living almost 20 years longer than they did two decades ago, according to new Canadian research. But while survival is improving, the disease remains incurable and half of all patients will die young.

Nov. 12

Birth weight charts may misclassify babies of immigrants
Research by Dr. Marcelo Urquia
Fox News

The charts that doctors use when assessing a baby's birth weight should take into account the mother's ethnicity, to better predict health problems after birth, a new study from Canada suggests.

Nov. 5

The cholesterol question
Features Dr. Beth Abramson at the 14:42 mark
CBC's The Nature of Things

Cholesterol. For almost 50 years, the word has evoked fear. When people started dropping dead in alarming numbers after WWII, a massive investigation was launched, and it wasn’t long before this essential bodily substance was targeted as a primary suspect.

Nov. 4

Canada contributes more money, but no medical workers in Ebola fight
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Globe and Mail

Canada is spending another $30.5-million to fight Ebola, but Ottawa is still not answering pleas from international aid organizations for medical personnel to care for the ill in West Africa.

Nov. 3

White coat, sleepy docs
Interview with Dr. Najma Ahmed
CBC Radio

Highlights from a lively panel with the provocative title "Is a tired doctor a safe doctor" recorded live as part of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon' International Conference on Residency Education held in Toronto.

Oct. 29

Stroke patients miss cholesterol-lowering targets
Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik

More than half of patients with a recurrent stroke or other cerebrovascular attack failed to meet recommended targets for so-called bad cholesterol levels, a new study showed.

Gary Bloch: Vancouver-raised doctor has prescription for healthy economy
Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
Business Vancouver

What puts you most at risk of developing a serious health condition? If you guessed smoking, not eating right, genetics or being exposed to pollution, you’d be wrong.

Oct. 28

Is it worth screening for Ebola at airports?
Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
BBC News

Passengers arriving at a growing number of international airports are being screened for Ebola. But how effective are the tests and will they really help to stop the virus spreading?

Oct. 27

Experts warn Ebola quarantine measures are heavy-handed
Interview with Dr. Matthew Muller
CTV's Canada AM

Doctors are warning that forcing health care workers returning from Ebola-affected countries into 21 days of quarantine is not only unnecessary, it will discourage other health workers from volunteering to help.

Sobering facts about health of the homeless
Research by Dr. Stephen Hwang

Most Americans probably already assume that the homeless do not experience the same overall good health enjoyed by most of the rest of society, but they probably don’t know just how bad it really is. Time for a reality check. It’s worse than you think and getting worse.

Oct. 24

Breaking down barriers to a good night’s sleep
Interview with Dr. Richard Leung

We’re constantly being reminded of the importance of getting enough sleep each night. And yet for many of us, such an ostensibly simple goal can sometimes seem impossible.

Oct. 23

Milk choice may affect vitamin D levels
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
The New York Times

Many children drink rice, almond or soy milk instead of cow’s milk for various reasons — lactose intolerance, allergies, taste preference. But now Canadian researchers have found that children who do not drink cow’s milk may have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Oct. 22

Study shows exit screening vital to halting global Ebola spread
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan

Three Ebola-infected travelers a month would be expected to get on international flights from the West African countries suffering epidemics of the deadly virus if there were no effective exit screening, scientists said on Tuesday.

Milk substitutes might not give kids enough vitamin D
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire

Young children who drank non-dairy replacement milks instead of cow’s milk were more like to have low levels of vitamin D in their blood, a new study found.

Oct. 21

Ebola study projects spread of virus on overseas flights
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan

Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules.

Kids who drink milk alternatives 2X as likely to have low vitamin D: study
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire

Children who drink non-dairy milk products such as rice, almond or soy milk may have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, a study suggests.

Oct. 16

‘An exceptional case’
Comments by Dr. Howard Ginsberg
The Independent Free Press

It was a beautiful sunny fall day Oct. 19, 2009 when Taylor Shappert’s life changed in an instant.

Oct. 15

Why doctors say more asthma patients should use an action plan
Interview with Dr. Samir Gupta
Global News

Asthma action plans are meant to allow patients take control of their own health care. But only 17 per cent of asthmatic patients have talked to their doctor about one.

Thunder Bay overdose death rate related to opiate use rate
Comments by Tara Gomes
CBC News

A scientist with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network is urging people in Thunder Bay to become more aware of the dangers around high-dose prescription painkillers.

Oct. 9

Majority of chronic eye disease is preventable: specialist
Research by Dr. Neeru Gupta
CTV News

An eye specialist says four million Canadians are suffering from one of three major chronic eye diseases.

Million Death Study documents how people are dying in the developing world
Interview with Dr. Prabhat Jha
University Affairs

The Canadian-led study has upended many assumptions about the causes of death, which are often poorly tracked in developing countries.

DRX-Revolution powers up at St. Michael’s
Comments by Terry Tang Poy
Canadian Healthcare Technology

In January, St. Michael’s Hospital – downtown Toronto’s key trauma centre – began using the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System, a digital radiography mobile unit intended as a replacement for its CR portables in the emergency department.

Oct. 8

Canada urged to do more for eye health as chronic eye disease is on the rise
Research by Dr. Neeru Gupta
Health Canal

Canada may be a high-income country with universal health care, but many Canadians have unmet eye care needs that will grow with the aging population, according to an editorial published today in The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

Oct. 6

Saving Cyla: Why this Ontario woman remained awake as surgeons burrowed into her brain
Comments by Dr. Sunit Das
The Globe and Mail

Cyla Daniels remembers her first seizure well. It was March, 2011 and she was 19. She and a friend were lying on a bed watching a movie, when a sudden stabbing pain pierced her below the right armpit. The pain faded to a tingle; her face felt numb and droopy.

Solving the painkiller crisis: It’s in the hands of doctors
Comments by Tara Gomes, Dr. Nav Persaud, Dr. Philip Berger
The Globe and Mail

Somewhere in Canada this year, a car accident claimed the life of someone who was taking eight different kinds of potent painkillers. We don’t know the person’s name, age, gender or even where the crash took place – just that he or she is one of the nearly 2,500 such death reports sent to Health Canada’s “adverse drug reaction” database.

Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare
Comments by Dr. Anne Rhodes
Hospital News

An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive treatment.

Oct. 3

St. Michael’s Hospital gets record $15M corporate donation toward new 17-storey critical care tower
Comments by Dr. Doug Sinclair
The National Post

St. Michael’s Hospital’s new emergency department is taking a $15-million step forward thanks to the largest donation from a corporation in the facility’s history.

Long-acting insulin might win out for Type 1 diabetes
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Fox News

For many people with type 1 diabetes, daily treatment and management of the condition is a big part of their life. But is one form of treatment better than others?

Oct. 2

4 new things we're learning about Ebola
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

With the first case of Ebola now diagnosed in Texas, scientists and physicians in North America are trying to put the threat in perspective for people who suddenly have a lethal West African virus on their doorstep.

Teens with concussion history face higher risk of drugs, binge drinking
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
Global News

There are the issues with learning and memory following a concussion, but new Canadian research suggests that teens who suffer from a traumatic brain injury are also at a higher risk of harmful behaviour.

Research on a virtual ward in Toronto
Research by Dr. Irfan Dhalla

A virtual ward, a new model of care that provides support to high-risk and complex patients in the community for a few weeks after discharge from hospital, did not prevent hospital readmissions as hoped in a clinical trial in Toronto.

Oct. 1

Brain injuries increase risk of harmful behaviour among teens, study finds
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
The Canadian Press

Teenagers who have had a concussion or other traumatic brain injury report higher rates of such harmful behaviours as contemplating suicide, smoking pot and binge drinking, compared with their uninjured peers – and the finding is particularly striking among girls, a study has found.

The cost of not controlling Ebola in Africa? Cases elsewhere, experts warn
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Canadian Press

The revelation that a man with Ebola was diagnosed in a Texas hospital could be seen as the first case of the dreaded disease discovered in North America.

Long-acting insulin 'safer'
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Press Association

Long-acting insulin is safer and more effective than intermediate-acting insulin for patients with type 1 diabetes, according to research.

Sept. 26

Organ donors come from overseas to save lives
Comments from Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman
The Toronto Star

Saeeda Hafiz is winding down a four-month visit from Pakistan. But she hasn’t been here simply to see her sister and family. She came to give a kidney to her nephew, Ahmed Khan.

Sept. 25

Ebola outbreak update
Panel discussion includes Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC's The National

CBC's CheckUp health panel looks at the Ebola outbreak that has turned into a global crisis.

Sept. 24

Interview with Peter Gilgan
CBC's Metro Morning

It is the largest single donation ever received by St. Michael's Hospital, 30 million dollars for a new emergency care tower. Matt Galloway spoke with Peter Gilgan, he is the CEO and founder of Mattamy Homes.

Sept. 22

$30M gift will help St. Michael's Hospital build new tower
Comments by Peter Gilgan and Dr. Robert Howard
CBC News

St. Michael's Hospital is set to become the premier critical care facility in the country, as a result a landmark donation announced Friday morning, officials say.

Sept. 19

Peter Gilgan donating $30 million to St. Michael's Hospital
Comments by Peter Gilgan and Dr. Robert Howard
The Toronto Star

Billionaire housing tycoon Peter Gilgan giving St. Michael’s $30 million for new patient care tower – the single largest gift received by the hospital.

Sept. 17

High-dose opioids dispensed in Saskatchewan climbs substantially
Research by Tara Gomes
Global News

According to a study released last Friday, Saskatchewan has one of the fastest growing rates for high-dose opioids in the country.

Sept. 15

Prescriptions for high-dose opioids on rise, study finds
Research by Tara Gomes
The Canadian Press

Researchers found the rates of high-dose opioid dispensing across Canada increased from 781 units per 1,000 people in 2006 to 961 units in 2011.

Cost of dental care in Canada keeps patients away
Comments by Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Globe and Mail

Canadians spend almost $12-billion annually on dental services, but glaring inequalities in access to oral health care remain, especially for the poor.

Sept. 12

30 minutes a day to a healthier you
Research by Dr. Mike Evans
Reader's Digest

Mike Evans wants you to break your bad habits. One of the most entertaining stars on YouTube, he’s created a series of health-themed viral videos to show you how.

Sept. 9

Toronto homeless feel discriminated against by healthcare workers
Research by Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulous
Global News

There is a high level of perceived discrimination among homeless adults when it comes to healthcare.

Sept. 8

Lessons from the dead: Why 'verbal autopsies' are changing public health
Interview with Dr. Prabhat Jha

Relatives of the recently deceased are helping to pin down the causes of deaths in India and boost public health, says Prabhat Jha, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Sept. 5

Toronto’s 'surgeon brothers' on top of medical world
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Toronto Star

In the heart of Toronto, two of medicine’s greatest minds have humanity’s most vital organs in the palms of their hands. Sibling rivalry doesn’t get much more high stakes than this.

Sept. 2

St. Michael’s nurse celebrates 50 years with hospital
Interview with Sharon Baker
The Toronto Star

Sharon Baker can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a nurse. As a young girl growing up in Toronto, Baker pretended her dolls were patients.

Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health
Research by Dr. David Jenkins

A low-carbohydrate diet is better for losing weight and may also be better for lowering the risk of heart disease than a low-fat diet, according to a new study.

An opioid crisis?
Comments by Dr. Tara Gomes
Hospital News

The misuse and abuse of opioids — strong painkillers such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone – is an issue that has grown considerably across North America over the past two decades.

Surgery room ‘black box’ poised to change medical culture
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
The Toronto Star

A Toronto surgeon who is working to adapt black box aviation technology to track surgeries and improve patient outcomes says preliminary results are promising.

Aug. 29

Women with multiple chronic conditions are screened less often for breast cancer
Research by Dr. Sara Guilcher
The Huffington Post

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

Aug. 28

A prescription for better stroke care
Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik

Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged – according to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Tricorder X prize Is interesting, but surgical 'black box' could save lives right away
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Groups from all over the world are competing to develop a consumer-centric medical diagnostic device akin to the fictional tricorder scanner from the original “Star Trek” series.

Aug. 25

Inside the Ebola quarantine in Liberia
Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC Radio

The quarantine in the slum of West Point is driving street prices sky high, making an already bad situation worse. But the government says its necessary in its attempts to get ahead of the Ebola outbreak.

Surgical 'black box' could reduce errors
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Inside the operating room, video cameras track every movement. Outside, a small computer-like device analyzes the recordings, identifying when mistakes are made and providing instant feedback to surgeons as they operate.

Aug. 19

Ebola outbreak: Africans understandably wary about promised cures
Column by Dr. Jim Lavery
CBC News

New concerns that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than reported are adding to the global pressure to find a solution – even if that means testing unproven drugs on desperate Africans.

Not satisfied after a meal? Here’s something that could help
Column by Dr. John Sievenpiper
The Globe and Mail

Not satisfied after a meal? Add beans. If you feel like you need to eat a snack after finishing a meal, consider adding beans (or lentils) to your main course next time.

Aug. 15

Adrenaline shots may not help people survive cardiac arrest
Column by Dr. Steve Lin
Popular Science

An upcoming study in the U.K. will inject dying patients with placebo instead, which raises some obvious ethical concerns.

Aug. 13

Ebola drugs and ethics: When need dictates action
Column by Dr. Jim Lavery
The Globe and Mail

When it came to light that Mapp Biopharmaceuticals Inc. of San Diego had a product in development that was designed to hold the Ebola virus in check and limit its destructive activity, it upset the consistent storyline for dozens of Ebola outbreaks since its discovery in the 1970s: Up to 90 per cent of those infected die, there are no treatments or vaccines, and little cause for hope.

Palliative care for the homeless
Interview with Dr. Naheed Dosani
Global Morning Show

The Toronto doctor talks about palliative care for the homeless.

The success of the 2014 Urban Angel Golf Classic
Comments by Dr. Robert Howard
Global News

Highlights from the big event at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario.

The ethics of using untested Ebola drugs in Africa
Comments by Dr. Jim Lavery
The Huffington Post

Out of sight, out of mind. That about sums up Canadians' attitudes towards the Ebola virus.

Aug. 12

Remember SARS lessons during Ebola scare: Doc
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Toronto Sun

A Toronto doctor says that while the chances of an Ebola outbreak in Canada are low, the painful lessons learned from the 2003 SARS epidemic shouldn’t be forgotten.

Eating one serving of 'pulses' every day could lead to better weight loss
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
The Huffington Post

Eating about one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study from a University of Toronto expert has found.

Aug. 11

Ebola outbreak deemed a global health emergency by WHO
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an international public health emergency that demands an extraordinary response, the World Health Organization declared Friday.

Aug. 8

Palliative care doctors working to aid homeless
Comments by Dr. Naheed Dosani
Radio Canada International

The homeless–like death–are a fact of life in Canada. These are the people who slipped through the cracks. Sometimes it was their fault. Sometimes not.

Aug. 7

WHO asks: Is use of experimental Ebola drugs ethical?
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
CTV News

The World Health Organization will convene a panel of medical ethicists to debate the use of experimental drugs in the midst of a deadly Ebola outbreak.

Aug. 5

Palliative care program helps homeless in their final days
Comments by Dr. Naheed Dosani
The Toronto Star

They’re too often the forgotten people — or the ones many of us turn a blind eye to as we pass a street corner where they might implore us for extra change: the homeless living rough outside through all kinds of weather or those precariously housed in a cot-for-the-night shelter or a decaying rooming house.

Aug. 1

What you need to know about prescription painkillers
Research by Tara Gomes
Global News

The number of people dying from prescription painkillers has increased dramatically in the past two decades.

Tree nuts cut diabetes risk
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper

We already know that nuts are a healthy addition to a diet: They contain protein, fiber, a variety of vitamins and minerals, and cholesterol lowering properties. But new research shows they may also pack some other serious benefits when it comes to diabetes.

July 31

How nuts might help diabetics
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Yahoo News

This is good news for anyone with Type 2 diabetes. Eating two servings of tree nuts a day appears to lower and stabilise blood sugar levels in people with the disease.

Why 'tree nuts' are good for your health revealed
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Yahoo News

A new study has revealed that eating tree nuts can help in reducing two of the five markers for metabolic syndrome that could lead to life threatening problems such as strokes and heart diseases.

July 30

Go nuts: Eating more is good for you
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
The Huffington Post

I used to regularly visit a nut shop downtown run by a lively old lady whose claim to health and longevity was that she snacked on the nuts she sold all day long.

July 23

Study traces risk factor for heart disease in women
Comments by Dr. Beth Abranson
CTV News

Canadian researchers say they’ve shed new light on a “genetic basis” for higher blood pressure in women -- something that could help identify which women are at greater risk for heart disease later in life.

July 22

If you have tattoos, piercings or a pacemaker, speak up before an MRI
Comments by Dr. Anish Kirpalani
CTV News

We humans are made of flesh and bone, of cartilage, sinews, muscles and tendons. But a surprising number of us carry around embedded metal as well.

July 18

Screening rates stagnant
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran
CTV News

A program designed to incentivize doctors for promoting cancer screenings doesn't seem to be making a difference.

Testosterone: the latest recreational drug?
Research by Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Here we go again. Another cure-all drug, this time testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), is shown to have potentially life-threatening side effects, including heart attack or stroke, according to a recent report by Health Canada.

July 15

Testosterone replacement therapy use in Ontario soars over 15 years
Research by Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Testosterone replacement therapy use has increased by 310 per cent in Ontario over 15 years, despite the fact only 6.3 per cent of men newly starting the treatment were actually diagnosed with a condition that would require TRT, a new report concludes.

Good news, bad news
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto confirmed what had been suspected for years: a program which gave doctors bonuses for raising rates of cancer screening accomplished nothing.

PTSD could explain some post-concussion symptoms
Research by Dr. Jane Topolovec-Vranic
CBC News

Some concussion symptoms that last three months after a head injury may be related to post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study suggests.

July 15

Bonus program didn't boost cancer screening rate in Ontario
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran
CBC News

An incentive program that pays Ontario doctors extra for persuading patients to get screened for certain cancers shelled out $110 million over three years — but it did not result in significant increases in the number of people going for the tests, a new study reveals.

Black box watches surgeons
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
CBC News

Technology used to track airplanes placed in an operating room.

July 11

Aboriginal health study a call to action
Research by Dr. Michelle Firestone
The Hamilton Spectator

A new study that shines a harsh spotlight on the health of Hamilton's urban native community has something in common with The Spectator's Code Red research.

Push on to get dentists to stop routinely prescribing potentially deadly opioids
Research by Tara Gomes
Ottawa Citizen

At a time when death rates from opioids are raising alarms, dentists are being told to stop routinely prescribing painkillers such as OxyContin to patients who have had their wisdom teeth removed or other dental surgery.

July 10

Poverty and chronic disease plaguing Hamilton’s aboriginal population
Research by Dr. Michelle Firestone
The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton's urban aboriginal population faces striking poverty, a disproportionately high rate of chronic diseases and more frequent visits to hospitals' emergency departments, a new study says.

Police say city’s abuse of prescription drugs mirrors province’s
Research by Tara Gomes
The Whig Standard

A recent Toronto-based study shows that one in eight deaths in young adults in Ontario is caused by overdoses of prescription medication such as Oxycontin. In Kingston, police say it’s no different.

More walkable neighbourhoods can reduce risk of diabetes: study
Research by Dr. Gillian Booth
Global News

Walkable neighbourhoods motivate people to move – and it lowers their risk of diabetes, according to new research.

Hospital pilot testing OR box
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
CTV News - Canada AM

Dr. Grantcharov, one of the doctors spearheading the development on where the idea came from and what impact it might have on medical care.

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