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2019 archive

Feb. 24

Doctors moonlighting as inventors face unique hurdles to commercialization
Interview with Dr. Joao Rezende-Neto
The Canadian Press, via the National Post

In Dr. Joao Rezende-Neto’s 25-year career as a trauma surgeon, he’s only twice dealt with patients who insisted on forking over big bucks to buy equipment for a procedure.

Feb. 22

Drs. Michael Cusimano and Kamran Khan among 2018 President's Impact Award winners
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
University of Toronto

From youth-level hockey to professional football, neurosurgeon Michael Cusimano’s research has influenced policy across the sporting world to reduce concussions and save players’ lives.

Feb. 19

Oral antifungal drug used to treat yeast infections linked to higher rates of miscarriage: study
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Globe and Mail

A drug commonly used to treat yeast infections is linked to an increased risk of miscarriage in pregnant women, according to new Canadian research.

Feb. 14

New eHealth tool shows potential to improve quality of asthma care
Research by Dr. Samir Gupta
News Medical

A new electronic decision support tool for managing asthma has the potential to improve the quality of asthma care in primary care settings, suggests a study led by St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Feb. 11

Doctors take stand against gun violence, call for stronger firearm laws
Interview with Drs. Najma Ahmed and David Gomez
CBC News

A group of doctors in Canada is taking a stand against gun violence and calling for stronger laws governing firearms to prevent shooting deaths and injuries.

Art exhibit showcases link between health, poverty
Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang, Dr. Pat O'Campo and Sara Wolfe
CTV News

An interactive display at Brookfield Place highlights Toronto's urban health challenges, such as homelessness.

Toronto's St. Mike's Hospital participating in trial in attempt to halt overdose deaths
Interview with Dr. Dan Werb

Drugs sold on the streets today are often cut with fentanyl, and are killing users right now. Awareness campaigns haven’t worked, political options take years of debate and legislating to arrive on the front lines, and meanwhile, people keep dying.

Managing young women at high risk of heart disease
Research by Dr. Beth Abramson
Science Codex

Deaths from heart disease have decreased in recent decades, but these decreases have not occurred in women younger than 50. A new review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides guidance for physicians to identify and manage premenopausal women at high risk of heart disease.

Inside an attempt to disrupt the opioid crisis
Interview with Dr. Dan Werb
The Big Story podcast

We’ve already seen the impact that having users inject in a safe space can have on overdoses, so what if we offered to test the drugs for them before they injected. A new program that’s part of a massive focus on urban health through Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital is going to make that offer and see where it leads.

Feb. 8

Opioid crisis
Interview with Dr. Tara Gomes
CBC Radio's Windsor Morning

Health advocates call it an opioid crisis, and they want the province to declare a state of emergency. But what that would actually do remains heavily debated. Peter Duck speaks with Dr. Tara Gomes - one of the province's top drug policy researchers.

Feb. 7

St. Mike's art exhibit focuses on poverty and health
Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Sun

A new exhibit at St. Michael’s Hospital uses art to show the effects of poverty on health. Research from the hospital’s MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions has been translated into five art installations which feature patients’ stories.

Providence Healthcare patients can practice outdoor mobility in an indoor setting
Interviews with Sarane Poon and Dellene Sakaguchi

Inside the walls of Providence Healthcare is a parked SUV, patches of artificial grass and gravel, concrete sidewalks, ramps and curbs. The Toyota Canada Motor Skills Clinic is a specially designed room where rehabilitation professionals can help their patients practice and regain their strength and mobility.

Feb. 5

What I've learned as a trauma surgeon
Dr. Najma Ahmed speaks at TEDxDownsviewWomen
TEDx Talks

What is it like being a trauma surgeon? What's it like being a woman AND a trauma surgeon? Dr. Najma Ahmed shares her experience of working in the operating room and challenges women to continue to show up and makes strides for the next generation to come. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Jan. 30

St. Michael’s Hospital’s trauma team shows why seconds count for Toronto’s victims of violence
Interviews with Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak, Sue Zelko and Dr. Najma Ahmed
Global News

In the basement of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto, members of the trauma team gather inside a state-of-the-art simulation lab for a full-scale exercise — one that is painfully too familiar to many in the room.

What is a Mobile Crisis Intervention Team?
Interview with Sivi Joachim

Two people on the forefront of the public response to those suffering from mental health crises speak about their experience.

Men get postpartum depression, so why aren't dads screened?
Interview with Dr. Andrew Howlett
The Huffington Post

Mark Williams is shocked Canada doesn't provide screening for perinatal mental illness for women or men.

Jan. 28

Health advocates urge Ontario to declare state of emergency over opioids
Interview with Dr. Alexander Caudarella
The Globe and Mail

The Ontario government should immediately declare a state of emergency to combat the worsening opioid crisis, according to health leaders and harm-reduction workers who say the province’s current approach risks making a bad situation worse.

Jan. 27

Is there a better way to measure how cannabis causes impairment?
Interview with Dr. Tom Schweizer
The Globe and Mail

Police who suspect people are driving under the influence of cannabis may ask them to perform a roadside sobriety test, or have them give blood or saliva samples. But even policy-makers recognize these methods, which work reasonably well for alcohol, are unreliable when applied to cannabis.

Jan. 24

Soluble fiber may improve diabetes control
Research by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan

People with diabetes who take soluble fiber supplements have slightly lower blood sugar than diabetics who don’t add this type of fiber to their diets, a research review finds.

Jan. 23

Transgender Canadians far less likely to be screened for cancer, raising risk
Research by Dr. Tara Kiran
CTV News

People who are transgender are significantly less likely to receive cancer screenings than the general population, raising their risk of developing the disease undetected in situations that could have been preventable.

Jan. 22

Food Guide recommendations to limit sugary drinks could influence school nutrition programs, expert says
Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
The Globe and Mail

Nutrition experts say recommendations on beverages in the new Canada’s Food Guide will be felt most by young Canadians, as they are among the largest consumers of sugary beverages and have daily exposure to school-based nutrition programs.

Cleaning fluid blocked from optic nerve in glaucoma patients, study finds
Research by Dr. Neeru Gupta

Canadian researches have discovered the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) – which flushes waste from the optic nerve – is disrupted in mice with glaucoma.

Jan. 21

People classified as trans by health-care providers may actually identify as male or female: study
Research by Dr. Andrew Pinto
Global News

According to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) about sexual orientation and gender identity data, some people prefer to identify themselves by their current gender identity and not as a trans male or trans female.

Puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones: Canada's family doctors get guidance on treating youth with 'gender dysphoria'
Research by Dr. Joseph Bonifacio
The National Post

Hormone suppression can delay puberty and give youth "more time to make decisions about transitioning," write the authors of a new review.

'If you don't ask, then you won't know': family doctors guided on care for transgender teens
Research by Dr. Joseph Bonifacio
CBC News

A growing number of young people identify as transgender, but many miss out on vital care from a family doctor. The authors of a new Canadian review aim to change that.

Jan. 17

Gun violence takes a heavy toll on families of victims, says trauma surgeon
Interview with Dr. Bernard Lawless
CBC Radio's The Current

For Dr. Bernard Lawless, helping families process that a loved one has been shot can be as difficult as treating the gunshot wounds themselves. "Most people don't get to rehearse their reaction to a catastrophic event," he says.

Travel precautions persist for Zika-hit areas
Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

The Zika virus should remain a concern for some Canadians planning winter vacations in sunny climes, doctors say. Public health officials are reminding travellers to protect themselves because even a single mosquito bite can transmit a host of illnesses, including Zika.

More Americans mixing opioids with sedatives
Research by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris

As if the opioid crisis wasn't already bad enough, new research shows a sharp rise in the number of Americans taking dangerous combinations of opioids and sedatives.

Jan. 15

Geriatric Psychiatric Clinic supports complex needs of older adults
The Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic is part of a multidisciplinary program, The Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, housed at Providence Healthcare since 1988. The role of the clinic’s geriatric psychiatrists is to assess, consult, and treat elderly patients who may have a mental health issue, dementia syndrome, behaviour disorder, or a psychosocial problem.

Jan. 14

Toronto adult day program for people with dementia gives caregivers respite
Patient story, featuring interview with Elizabeth Davison
Global News

The Adult Day Program at Providence Healthcare is more like a social club for individuals with moderate to severe dementia. The home-like environment supports caregivers who have a family member living with memory loss.
- More coverage on Global News Radio 640's The Exchange

Jan. 9

Early rehabilitation in critical care the focus of pilot project
Interviews with Dr. Andrew Baker and Deanna Feltracco

For patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, early mobility can be a key factor to a successful recovery. Now a pilot project underway at St. Michael's Hospital and St. Joseph's Health Centre will further study the impact of movement on recovery and provide a standardized toolkit of best practices to critical care units across the province.

Jan. 7

New Regent Park program provides holistic support for new Indigenous moms
Interview with Dr. Pat O'Campo
CBC News

Dr. Patricia O'Campo, interim VP of Research for St. Michael's, talks to CBC about the Baby Bundles Project, which aims to stop apprehension of Indigenous children.

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