St. Michael's in the news



Aug. 18

How to cut through confusion when pregnant women are 'bombarded' with health advice
‌Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News

Pregnancy can be a bewildering time when conflicting advice on doing what's best for her baby can put a woman on guard, but there are some strategies to cut through the confusion.

Aug. 15

Battling Zika virus with genetically modified mosquitoes
‌Interview with Dr. Jim Lavery
CTV News Channel

Research scientist Dr. Jim Lavery speaks about the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to slow down the spread of Zika virus in the Florida Keys.

Having primary care physician may not be enough to reduce ED visits by vulnerable groups
‌Research by Dr. Aisha Lofters
Medical Xpress

Having a regular family physician may not be enough to reduce Emergency Department visits among patients with disabilities, a small study published online today in the journal Canadian Family Physician suggests.

Aug. 8

Giant pouched rats sniff out tuberculosis in Africa
‌Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

At a time when tuberculosis-related death rates worldwide surpass those from AIDS, two African countries are trying a TB test that is faster, cheaper and unorthodox: giant pouched rats.

Aug. 4

Ontario increases funding for hospital repairs and upgrades
‌Government of Ontario
Ontario is providing $175 million in 2016-17 to hospitals across the province -- an increase of $50 million over last year's funding -- to keep them in a state of good repair so patients can continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.

Aug. 2

Few palliative care patients at risk under Ontario’s new opioid policy: study
‌Research by Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Only a small number of palliative-care patients in Ontario will be affected by the province’s plan to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug programs, a new study shows.

New ‘virtual’ clinic for rare blood disease a hybrid of patient care and research
‌Interview with Dr. Katerina Pavenski
The Hospital News

A new “virtual” clinic at St. Michael’s combines treatment and research for patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP, an extremely rare blood disorder.

July 29

Lasting brain changes seen in college athletes after concussion
‌Research by Dr. Nathan Churchill

The brain may show signs of concussion for months or years after the injury occurred, according to a Canadian study of college athletes.

July 28

Driving and dementia: A delicate balance
‌Research by Megan Hird
CBC News

Mary Beth Wighton of Southampton, Ont., remembers the day four years ago when her doctor delivered her a devastating one-two combination of bad news. "She said, 'I am sorry to tell you but you have probable frontotemporal dementia.' She explained what it was and then she said, 'and there is another thing that I need to do immediately, which is to revoke your driver's licence ... effective immediately.'"

July 26

2 in 10 Alzheimer’s cases may be misdiagnosed
‌Research by Dr. David Munoz
Health Day

Alzheimer's disease is often misdiagnosed, possibly causing undue stress for those who don't have the disease but are told they do, and delays in treatment for others, two new studies reveal.

Malachy’s Soiree: A fundraiser for St. Mike’s
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Sgro
Breakfast Television

An upcoming fundraiser is looking to help the smallest little lives that are born at St. Michael's Hospital. Little Malachy joined the studio, along with his mother Kerry.

July 25

Palliative-care doctors decry Ontario’s new opioid policy
‌Interview with Tara Gomes
The Globe and Mail

Palliative-care doctors are calling on the Ontario government not to cut off access to high-dose opioid medications for their patients, saying those nearing the end of life or suffering from cancer pain “deserve better.”

July 21

Concussions show effects on brain years after injury, study finds
‌Research by Nathan Churchill and Dr. Tom Schweizer
The Canadian Press, via CTV News

Looking back now, volleyball player Julia Hamer admits she feels like an "idiot" for not recognizing signs of a concussion. This was back when she was playing for the junior national team at age 19, and was smacked in the head by a volleyball.

July 18

Canadian babies continue to suffer irreversible brain damage due to untreated jaundice
‌Interview with Dr. Michael Sgro
National Post

It’s known in the medical world as kernicterus, meaning, literally, yellow staining of the brain caused by severe jaundice that goes untreated.

Research shows once-a-month welfare payments trigger more than 15 preventable deaths a year in B.C.
‌Interview with Dr. Joel Ray
National Post

Researchers in British Columbia are urging authorities to explore new ways to dispense welfare cheques, after concluding the current, once-a-month payments trigger more than 15 preventable drug-overdose deaths a year – in just one province.

July 14

Opioids prescribed for COPD may harm patients: study
‌Research by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris
The Globe and Mail

Many adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are prescribed opioids to treat pain, breathlessness, insomnia and other complaints. But new research shows those drugs may be further endangering the health of people with the common lung disease.

July 12

Driving ability of people with cognitive impairment difficult to assess, research review finds
‌Research by Megan Hird and Dr. Tom Schweizer
Medical Xpress

No single assessment tool is able to consistently determine driving ability in people with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, a St. Michael’s Hospital research review has found.

July 11

A smart way to cut overdose deaths: Editorial
‌Research by Dr. Nav Persaud
The Toronto Star

Medical experts across Canada and the United States have been sounding loud warnings for the past few years about the explosion of deaths related to overdosing on opioid-related drugs. One U.S. authority compares the epidemic to the rapid spread of AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Opioid antidote now free at Ontario pharmacies
‌Interview with Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Hamilton Spectator

For the first time in Ontario, family and friends of opioid users will be able to pick up naloxone kits for free from pharmacies.

July 7

Epiglottis nearly killed Sarah Silverman. So what is it?
‌Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anderson
CTV News Toronto

Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman said she's insanely lucky to be alive after suffering a life-threatening health scare.

July 6

1 in 10 newly released inmates in Ontario die from drug overdose
‌Research by Dr. Nav Persaud and Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Canadian Press and CTV News

Inmates of Ontario correctional facilities are 12 times more doubtless than most people to die of a drug overdose within the primary year following their liberate from incarceration, say researchers, who believe concrete interventions are needed to reduce these preventable deaths.

July 5

Douching is dangerous — and more common than you think
‌Comment by Dr. Mark Yudin

Despite well-known risks, douching products raked in $1.2 million last year. Why won’t this unnecessary practice just go away?

Helping the tiniest of lives
‌Mentions Malachy's Soiree
The Huffington Post

When Kerry O’Reilly Wilks was 33 weeks pregnant with her second child, she went to St. Michael’s Hospital with back pain one evening, looking for advice on pain relief. Instead she was told that she would have to deliver the baby that night or both of them would die. Luckily for Kerry, her son Malachy was in the hands of the skilled and caring doctors and nurses of St. Michael’s Neo­natal Intensive Care Unit; both of them went home healthy.

July 4

Testing new ways to screen for loss of sensation in diabetic patients
‌Interviews with Ann-Marie McLaren and Suzanne Lu
Hospital News

A team of clinicians at St. Michael’s Hospital is testing a new way to assess patients for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the feet that can result in an inability to feel pain.


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