St. Michael's in the news



March 3

Alcohol-abuse risks need more attention in Canada, researchers say
Research by Dr. Suzanne Turner
CBC News

Do you drink beer, wine, coolers or other alcoholic beverages? That's a question Canadians could hear more often as doctors try to get us to think about the risks of drinking.

Feb. 27

One-of-a-kind program set to ease bottleneck for dietetic students
Interviews with Dr. Patricia Houston and Helen Tomalik
The Toronto Star

As many as 50 per cent of dietitians in Ontario are planning to retire in the next eight years. That’s great news for students looking to get into the field, except for one thing: there has long been a shortage of the practical training positions, which all dietetic students must acquire before becoming registered dietitians.

Feb. 26

Reducing chronic pain after surgery
Research by Dr. Faraj Abdallah
CTV News

One in every three women undergoing a mastectomy could potentially be spared chronic post-operative pain if anesthesiologists used a regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care, according to a new study.

Improving the health of prisoners could improve the health of the general public
Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
Medical Daily

Just because someone earns their place in a state or federal penitentiary does not mean they should be cut off from basic human rights. Unfortunately, inmate health care tends to fall toward the bottom of the priority list at budget meetings.

Feb. 25

Mental illness, homelessness linked to heart disease in study
Research by Dr. Agnes Gozdzik
Fox News

Homeless people with mental illness are at high risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that they have a 24.5 percent risk of heart attack, fatal or nonfatal stroke, or sudden cardiac death over 30 years.

Filipino women who move to Canada face breast cancer risk at younger age
Research by Dr. Jory Simpson
Medical News

Filipinos who move to Canada are diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age than women from other parts of East Asia or Caucasians, new research has found.

Feb. 24

Homeless people with mental illness have higher 30-year risk of serious cardiovascular disease, research finds
Research by Dr. Agnes Gozdzik
Medical Xpress

Homeless people with mental disease have a greater than double risk of developing serious or fatal cardiovascular disease over 30 years than people of the same age and gender with no risk factors for the disease, new research has found.

Feb. 23

Targeted treatment for breast cancer
Interview with Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley
The Toronto Sun

When Betty Power faced breast cancer for the second time after two decades, she found there were targeted therapies for her case.

Feb. 20

Is health care too important to be left to health departments?
Research by Dr. Andrew Pinto
Medical Xpress

Some governments have decided that health care is too important to leave to their health departments and have made health care a priority for all departments. The concept, called Health in All Policies, or HiAP, has gained traction in some governments but little research has gone into measuring its effectiveness.

Feb. 18

Next-gen baby monitors
Interview with Dr. Joelene Hubert
CTV News

Dr, Joelene Hubert says what the new devices can and cannot do.

Feb. 17

Taking measure of growth charts
Interview with Dr. Marcelo L. Urquia
The Wall Stereet Journal

When it comes to measuring babies and young children, a growing body of research—controversial though it is—says one size fits all.

How a pacemaker proved accused killer's innocence
Interview with Dr. Iqwal Mangat
The Toronto Star

Frank Cara, accused of killing his father, is suing Durham police after time-of-death data lifted from a pacemaker supported an alibi.

New procedure a ‘major breakthrough’ in stroke treatment: Canadian study
Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, Dr. Aditya Bharatha and Dr. Walter Montanera
The Globe and Mail

A new stroke treatment has been shown to be so effective that Canadian researchers say they believe it will be used as part of standard stroke care.

Feb. 12

Stroke survivor, researchers encourage patients to discuss driving with their doctors
Research by Megan Hird and Kristin Vesely
Global News

More than two years ago, occupational therapist Sherry Mourant had a stroke that affected the left side of her body. Luckily, she responded well to surgery and has had a relatively quick recovery.

Opiate withdrawal in Ontario newborns jumps 15—fold
Research by Dr. Suzanne Turner
The Canadian Press

Study published in the journal CMAJ Open found a dramatic increase from 1992 to 2011, a sign more mothers are being prescribed pain killers.

Feb. 11

Put an end to racism in the ER
By Dr. Janet Smylie
Invited to write for The Globe and Mail

What actions could end the shocking disparity between the prosperity of Canada and the deprivation of First Nations? In our series Rich Country, Poor Nations, a range of contributors argue for one idea that could make a difference.

Feb. 6

New research finds 25 per cent of homeless people surveyed reported vision problems
Research by Drs. Myrna Lichter and Christopher Noel

Twenty-five per cent of homeless people surveyed in Toronto had vision problems up to and including blindness, four times higher than the rate of the overall population in North America, a new study by St. Michael’s Hospital has found.

Feb. 5

How closing the ‘word gap’ could give poorer kids an equal chance at success
Interview with Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
The Toronto Star

University of Toronto experts are refining research that found close links between family income, children’s vocabulary and academic performance, adding cultural factors to the mix.

Feb. 4

Racism linked to illness in Indigenous peoples in Canada
Research by Dr. Janet Smylie

Over six years after the historic apology by the federal government regarding residential schools, Canada’s Indigenous people still face racism and lack equal access to health care, according to a new report.

Feb. 3

Common antibiotic combined with heart drug raises risk of sudden cardiac death: study
Research by Dr. Tony Antoniou
The Canadian Press

A new study says older patients who take a commonly prescribed antibiotic with a diuretic widely used to treat heart failure can have an elevated risk of sudden cardiac death.

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