Unity Health Toronto in the news



April 18

St. Joseph's Hospital has a new unit
Comments by Paula Podolski

The new at St. Joseph's is focused on providing a healing environment for adults suffering mental health crises, said Paula Podolski.

April 15

APOE gene impacts sleep depending on gender and severity of Alzheimer's
Research by Dr. David Munoz
News Medical

The gene most often associated with risk of Alzheimer's Disease impacts sleep depending on gender and the severity of Alzheimer's in a patient, suggests a study led by researchers at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS).

April 11

Canadian trauma surgeons called for gun control. They were told to stay in their lane
Interviews with Drs. Najma Ahmed and David Gomez
The Washington Post

Najma Ahmed figured she knew a thing or two about gunshot wounds. As trauma surgeon at a downtown Toronto hospital, she sees them up close, toiling elbow-deep on the front lines of torn human flesh. But when she spoke out in favor of tighter gun control in Canada, a chorus of voices told her to pipe down: She wasn’t qualified to comment — not on this.

April 9

From bionic arms to predicting patient surges in ER, AI is reshaping patient care
Interview with Dr. Muhammad Mamdani
The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail

The Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training (CHART) was created to design and implement innovative programs using AI/machine learning to streamline certain hospital systems and to improve care, from decreasing emergency department wait times to predicting which patients could take a turn for the worse – and when.

The dangers of a keto diet in pregnancy
Comments by Dr. Howard Berger
Today's Parent

When you’re trying to grow a baby, extreme low-carb is not the way to go. Here’s what you need to know, whether you are currently on the diet and recently pregnant or you’re currently pregnant and wondering if the keto diet is a good idea.

April 8

New dialysis centre opens at St. Joseph’s Health Centre
CTV News Toronto (segment starts at 8:20)
On April 7, 2019, St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation celebrated the opening of the new Bachir Yerex Family Dialysis Centre. The hospital is thankful to Salah Bachir and all of the donors who helped make this new space a reality.

Saturated fat, good or evil? How to decipher contradictory nutritional research
Research by Dr. David Jenkins
The Washington Post

Nutrition research is not well-funded, says Dr. David Jenkins. For that reason, nutrition research trials usually have only 70 to 120 subjects. Small studies don’t provide powerful results, so researchers repeat the same small study many times, then group similar studies together in what’s known as a meta-analysis.

Liquid meals show modest benefit in type 2 diabetes
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Reuters, via M.D./alert

Liquid meal replacements may help people with diabetes lose weight and could modestly improve some measures of metabolic health, according to a new systematic review.

April 6

Eating nuts for good health
Column featuring research by Dr. David Jenkins
The National Post

This isn’t the first time that nuts have been found to be helpful in preventing cardiovascular problems. So what’s the magical ingredient? Dr. David Jenkins believes it’s not just one substance, but that nuts contain dietary fibre, magnesium and a good amount of healthy unsaturated fats.

A drug to prevent 1 in 5 deaths? It's called 'food'
Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
CBC News

More than half of diet-related deaths and many diet-related disabilities were attributed to three factors: too much salt, too few whole grains and not enough fruits.

Could pasta actually be your weight loss friend?
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper

Is pasta as bad as all the fad diets say it is? Research suggests that it can help rather than sabotage our weight loss efforts.

April 1

Electronic tool has potential to improve asthma care
Research by Dr. Samir Gupta and Courtney Price
Hospital News

A first-of-its-kind computerized decision support tool has the potential to improve the quality of asthma care in primary care settings. With the Electronic Asthma Management System (eAMS), asthma control in a study by Dr. Samir Gupta increased from 14 per cent to 59 per cent of patients. The self-management tool lets patients know how to adjust their medications if their asthma flares up.

Incentive payments for family doctors may not have intended results
Research by Dr. Rick Glazier

An incentive payment called the “access bonus,” designed to encourage better access to family medicine and discourage patients from seeking care outside their family doctor’s office, may be inadvertently benefiting family doctors with lower levels of access in Ontario, according to a new study by researchers at ICES and St. Michael’s Hospital.

March 28

St. Mike's study using HIV-positive organ donors
Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman
CTV News

Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman, the director of the Kidney Transplant Program at St. Michael’s, said the hospital is studying the use of HIV-positive donors and that their organs would only be used for recipients who are HIV positive. He said he has no doubt Canada will eventually have HIV-positive donors, but added that the impact on waiting lists will be minimal due to the small pool of healthy potential donors and recipients.

Liquid meal replacements contributed to greater weight loss than low-calorie diets: review
Research by Dr. John Sievenpiper
Medical Xpress

Liquid meal replacements helped overweight diabetes patients lose an average of about five pounds more than others who tried a conventional low-calorie diet, according to a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

March 22

Hears the pitch: Ryerson-led research team invents a new mode of photoacoustic imaging
Research by Drs. Michael Kolios, Michael Moore and Xiao-Yan Wen
Science Codex

Did you know that music and diagnostic imaging have something in common? Sounds have a lower or higher pitch depending on the size of the object that creates them. Tubas and double basses are big and produce deep low-pitch sounds, while flutes and violins are small and produce high-pitched sounds. What's interesting is that the same effect occurs when biological structures like cells or tissues emit sound - the pitch varies with size.

March 21

Medical view of gun violence welcome
Editorial focused on efforts by Dr. Najma Ahmed
Winnipeg Free Press

New Zealand has acted promptly to reform its gun laws following recent shootings at two mosques in Christchurch that left 50 people dead and dozens injured. Canada should take note.

March 20

Review of osteoporosis clinical practice guidelines finds majority lack patient values
Research by Dr. Joanna Sale
Medical Xpress

Patients' voices are ignored all too often in osteoporosis clinical practice guidelines, say researchers, who reviewed 70 English-language guidelines around the world and found less than 40 percent included any mention of patients' beliefs, values or preferences (BVPs).

March 18

Low awareness of heart risks, heart health among young women
Research by Dr. Beth Abramson

Young women are largely unaware of the risks they face from cardiovascular disease, even though it remains the top cause of death for American women, researchers warn.

March 17

Scarborough's Providence Healthcare offering 3 free community sessions
Interview with Erin Leneeuw

At Providence Healthcare, the focus is on helping people flourish both within the hospital and in the community. Providence’s Scotiabank Learning Centre (SLC) — located in our hospital — helps patients, caregivers and people in our community cope with conditions such as stroke, dementia, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

March 14

African mothers 50 times more likely to die after c-section than moms in rich countries, study says
Commentary by Dr. Anna Dare

African mothers who give birth by cesarean section are 50 times more likely to die after the procedure than women living in high-income countries, the research says. The study, published Thursday in the journal Lancet Global Health, found that the maternal mortality rate in African countries was "substantially higher than expected."

March 13

Toronto surgeon, medical group call complaints to regulatory body about gun law advocacy ‘abuse’ of system
Interview with Dr. Najma Ahmed
Global News

An organization of doctors fighting for stricter gun legislation in Canada says Ontario’s medical regulator will not be pursuing numerous complaints launched against one of its founding members.

How granting dying wishes is helping people ease the pain of losing loved ones
Feature about the Three Wishes Project and interview with Orla Smith
CBC News

The Three Wishes Project, originally launched in an intensive care unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, grants dying patients and their loved ones wishes. The project's goals are to dignify the patient's death, to help family members celebrate their loved one's life, and to help clinicians improve their care.

March 12

Vegan pregnancy is safe if you do it right
Interview with Dr. Sari Kives
Today's Parent

Your vegan pregnancy diet should pay close attention to nutrients, supplements and meal plans. Here's what you need to know.

Majority of 200,000 deaths in children aged 5 to 14 in India, China, Brazil and Mexico are preventable, study suggests
Research by Drs. Shaza Fadel and Prabhat Jha
Medical Xpress

Most deaths of children aged five to 14 in India, China, Brazil and Mexico arise from preventable or treatable conditions, suggests a new study published today in The Lancet.

March 7

Toronto trauma surgeon target of complaints by gun-rights advocacy group
Interview with Dr. Najma Ahmed
The Globe and Mail

A Toronto surgeon who treated victims of last summer’s Danforth shooting is being challenged by a firearm lobby group, which has filed dozens of professional complaints against her as part of a wider campaign in opposition to a group of Canadian physicians pushing for stricter gun control.

Predictors ID'd for successful removal of mechanical ventilation
Research by Dr. Martin Dres
HealthDay, via Medical Xpress

Mechanically ventilated patients who pass a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) and are extubated reach a higher level of wakefulness, indicated by a higher odds ratio product (ORP), according to a study published online March 1 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

March 6

As 2nd person declared HIV-free, advocate says finding 'functional cure' is key
Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan
CBC Radio's The Current

After researchers declared a second person HIV-free, one advocate says we need to focus on finding "a functional cure" that allows patients to "coexist" with the virus — without taking drugs.

Therapy dogs bring some comforting four-legged medicine into the lives of hospital patients
Interview with Charissa Choi
The Catholic Register

When Harley travels the halls at Providence Healthcare, he gets the rock star treatment. Everyone wants a piece of the mixed-breed Bijon-Coton de Tulear dog. People stop in their tracks, both patients and staff, to share a friendly word with Harley. And he laps it up.

A new wound-care initiative is tackling painful wait times
Patient feature, plus interviews with Chiara Campitelli-Thompson, Dr. James Mahoney and Janeth Velandia
Hospital News (pages 28 and 30)

Trevor Kampen marvels at the number of people he's met during his journey from St. Michael's Hospital to Providence Healthcare to treat his debilitating pressure wound, a condition caused by his spina bifida.

March 5

Study shows success of measles vaccine campaigns in India
Research by Drs. Benjamin Wong and Prabhat Jha
Science Daily

A mass measles vaccination campaign saved tens of thousands of children's lives in India between 2010 and 2013, according to a new report.

March 3

Doctor debunks anti-vaccination arguments amidst a measles outbreak in B.C.
Interview with Dr. Anne Wormsbecker
CBC News Network

Pediatrician at Unity Health Toronto, Dr. Anne Wormsbecker, joins CBC News Network's Michael Serapio to discuss what people need to know about vaccinations as British Columbia battles a measles outbreak and Toronto tackles a vaccination misinformation campaign.

March 1

AI implemented for Emergency Department forecasting at St. Michael's
Interviews with Dr. Muhammad Mamdani and Ray Howald
Canadian Healthcare Technology (page 21)

When considering a solution for staff scheduling challenges in the bustling emergency department at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Mamdani suggested artificial intelligence.


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