St. Michael's in the news



April 16

St. Mike's improves accuracy of AI by teaching it with simulated images (Page 10)
Interviews with Dr. Joe Barfett and Hojjat Salehinejad
Canadian Healthcare Technology

A novel approach to obtaining big data has allowed the Machine Intelligence in Medicine Lab of St. Michael’s Hospital to improve the ability of artificial intelligence to interpret medical images.

April 14

Experts agree naloxone is central to fighting Canada’s opioid crisis — but they also say it’s not a ‘wonder drug’
Interview with Dr. Tara Gomes
The Toronto Star

The kit is not a cure, or foolproof, but experts agree that as it is pushed out to the public, it remains central to combating Canada’s opioid crisis.

April 12

B.C. mom who lost son to overdose backs MP’s call for criminal probe of opioid manufacturers
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

A federal investigation could lead to a government lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, sending a message to drug companies and the public, Helen Jennens said, whose son fatally overdosed.

April 11

Price of cigarettes should increase by 50% to help the poorest in society, new findings show
Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
The Sun (London)

Slapping an extra 50 per cent on to the price could lead to "unprecedented health gains and poverty reduction". And it's people on low incomes who have the most to gain - not just in terms of their health but their wallet too, new research shows.

Traumatic brain injuries increase your risk of dementia later in life: study
Interview with Dr. Tom Schweizer
Global News

A person who experiences traumatic brain injuries is more likely to develop dementia – even decades later, according to a new study.

April 9

Gender gap in academic medicine has negative impact, but there are simple solutions
Research by Drs. Sharon Straus and Reena Pattani
Medical Xpress

Existing gender gaps in academic medicine may have a negative impact on workplace culture and organizational effectiveness, but there are simple, systems-based solutions, suggests a new study.

The science of antidepressants
Interview with Dr. Sidney Kennedy
TVO's The Agenda

Canada has some of the highest rates of antidepressant use in the world. These drugs are ubiquitous, and are prescribed to adults as well as children. But how much do we know about how they work, and how effective they are? The Agenda discusses the science behind antidepressants.

April 5

Wellness Certificate Program helps hospital staff commit to self care
Interview with Shivalee Paliwal

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.

April 4

Expanding influence of engineers in health-care infrastructure
Interview with Mike Keen
Engineering Dimensions

Previous Enginering Dimensions treatments of the links between engineering and health care have focused primarily on such areas as digitalized medical records, biomedical engineering advances, fine-tuning and precision enhancements of surgical devices, and the process system applications to patient scheduling and wait-time decisions. Each of these themes in their own way emphasize the vital interplay between engineering and medicine and the importance of technology in helping medical practitioners better respond to patients' needs.

April 2

Study suggests pasta can be part of a healthy diet without packing on the pounds
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Medical Xpress

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press and blame for the obesity epidemic, but a new study suggests that this negative attention may not be deserved for pasta. Unlike most 'refined' carbohydrates, which are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, pasta has a low glycemic index, meaning it causes smaller increases in blood sugar levels than those caused by eating foods with a high glycemic index.

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.


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