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2018 archive

March 26

Study: More people rely on government catastrophic drug plans
Research by Dr. Mina Tadrous
Medical Xpress

Government spending for the catastrophic drug program in Ontario rose 700 per cent between 2000 and 2016, during which there was a three-fold increase in the use of this plan, a new study has found.

March 19

Despite access to healthcare and medications, people with HIV in Ontario still dying at higher rates than general population
Research by Dr. Sean Rourke

People who are living with HIV in Ontario have access to good health care and medications, yet they are still dying younger and at substantially higher rates than the rest of the population, according to a new study published today.

March 16

Prescription drugs: The Costco kickbacks
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud (segment starts at 28:30)
CBC's The Fifth Estate

Family physician Dr. Nav Persaud discusses his CLEAN Meds program, which aims to have free pharmacare for everyone in Canada. He said some of his patients opt to skip their prescriptions because they cannot afford to fill them.

March 13

High blood pressure is a ‘silent killer’ — but many still don’t know the risks
Interview with Dr. Peter Mitoff
Global News

We all know what high blood pressure is, but some experts say most still don’t know exactly what the risks of this “silent killer” looks like, said Dr. Peter Mitoff, a cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto.

March 11

Rowan's Law and concussion safety
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano (segment begins at 38:33)
Zoomer Radio

Dr. Michael Cusimano said the enactment of the new Rowan's Law -- Bill 193 -- is an important step toward changing the culture of aggression in sports and protecting youths from concussions. However, he said the law might have the unintended consequence of causing even more underreporting of concussions.

March 8

Study finds biomarker that predicts who responds best to common diabetic complication
Research by Dr. Rajeev Muni
Medical Xpress

Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have found a biomarker from fluid in the eye that predicts which patients will respond best to current treatments for diabetic macular edema, one of the most common complications of diabetes.

March 7

Waterloo woman celebrates motherhood after kidney transplant
Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman

A Waterloo woman has three special reasons to celebrate World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day Thursday after giving birth to three healthy children despite being diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease.

March 2

St. Michael’s Hospital cardiology team reports a world first
Details of procedure by Dr. Neil Fam
Medical Xpress

Interventional cardiologist Dr. Neil Fam of St. Michael’s Hospital has performed a world-first procedure, which he described in the Feb, 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Feb. 28

Report says Indigenous people in Toronto are far more likely to be homeless, unemployed and hungry
Research by Dr. Janet Smylie
Front page of the Toronto Star

According to a new study, an estimated 57 per cent of Indigenous residents have a high school diploma, 63 per cent are unemployed and 87 per cent can be categorized as low-income.

Feb. 26

Recommendations aim to help doctors provide in-flight medical aid
Research by Dr. Alun Ackery
The Toronto Star, via The Canadian Press

“Is there a doctor on board?” Not all doctors are trained in responding to emergencies on airplanes, and some are nervous about doing so.

Feb. 23

Frail elderly face increased risk of delirium after surgery
Research by Dr. Jennifer Watt

Older adults who have elective surgery are more likely to experience delirium afterwards when they’re frail, a research review suggests.

Feb. 19

Study looks at how newly discovered gene helps grow blood vessels
Research by Drs. Philip Marsden and Jeffrey Man
Medical Xpress

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.

Feb. 16

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.

Feb. 14

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?

Feb. 1

'You need heart and you need compassion': Surgical patients teach medical students bedside manner
Interview with Dr. Jory Simpson
CBC News

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.

Jan. 31

'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.

Jan. 27

What's robbing Adele, Céline Dion and more singers of their voices
Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anderson
CBC News

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.

Jan. 26

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.

Jan. 25

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.

Jan. 24

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.

Jan. 17

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.

Jan. 15

Why holding in a sneeze can be dangerous
Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Global News

Doctors are warning against holding in your sneezes after a man ruptured the back of his throat when he did so and was hospitalized, a new case study details in the BMJ.

Jan. 14

Merger creates largest Catholic healthcare network
Interview with Dr. Tim Rutledge
The Catholic Register

Toronto’s new, giant, still-unnamed Catholic health care network has its first boss lined up and with him a commitment to help engineer a better health system in Canada from the bottom up.

Jan. 12

Old age alone not to blame for surgical complications
Research by Dr. Jennifer Watt

Various factors can increase a senior's chances of experiencing complications after surgery, but age apparently isn't one of them.

Jan. 9

Hospital black box project aims to reduce OR errors
Interview with Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
CBC News

Three years ago, St. Michael's Hospital installed its first black box in an operating room. Now Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, the doctor behind that project, is bringing the devices to hospitals in Ottawa.

Jan. 7

Toronto opens Moss Park armoury to homeless ahead of schedule
Interview with Dr. Glen Bandiera
The Globe and Mail

A downtown armoury opened to Toronto's homeless on Saturday evening as the city faced a 13th day with an extreme cold-weather alert in effect.

Jan. 3

Dr. Tim Rutledge, North York General Hospital's president and CEO, to lead new health network
Inside Toronto
After eight years as president and CEO of North York General Hospital (NYGH), Tim Rutledge is taking on a new role with the newly formed health network comprised of Providence Health Care, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Jan. 1

Fireworks mark the arrival of Toronto’s first babies of 2018
The Toronto Star
When Shiloh Dlamini was born at the stroke of midnight, colourful fireworks exploded outside St. Michael’s Hospital at Nathan Phillips Square in celebration of a new year — and in her family’s case, a new life.

Wellness Certificate Program helps hospital staff commit to self-care
Interviews with Shivalee Paliwal and Orla Smith
Hospital News

A new, one-year certificate program at St. Michael’s Hospital offers clinical and administrative staff a different kind of professional development: how to support one’s own wellness.

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