St. Michael's in the news


Oct. 21

Ebola study projects spread of virus on overseas flights
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Wall Stret Journal

Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules.

Kids who drink milk alternatives 2X as likely to have low vitamin D: study
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
The Canadian Press

Children who drink non-dairy milk products such as rice, almond or soy milk may have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, a study suggests.

Oct. 16

‘An exceptional case’
Comments by Dr. Howard Ginsberg
The Independent Free Press

It was a beautiful sunny fall day Oct. 19, 2009 when Taylor Shappert’s life changed in an instant.

Oct. 15

Why doctors say more asthma patients should use an action plan
Interview with Dr. Samir Gupta
Global News

Asthma action plans are meant to allow patients take control of their own health care. But only 17 per cent of asthmatic patients have talked to their doctor about one.

Thunder Bay overdose death rate related to opiate use rate
Comments by Tara Gomes
CBC News

A scientist with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network is urging people in Thunder Bay to become more aware of the dangers around high-dose prescription painkillers.

Oct. 9

Majority of chronic eye disease is preventable: specialist
Research by Dr. Neeru Gupta
CTV News

An eye specialist says four million Canadians are suffering from one of three major chronic eye diseases.

Million Death Study documents how people are dying in the developing world
Interview with Dr. Prabhat Jha
University Affairs

The Canadian-led study has upended many assumptions about the causes of death, which are often poorly tracked in developing countries.

DRX-Revolution powers up at St. Michael’s
Comments by Terry Tang Poy
Canadian Healthcare Technology

In January, St. Michael’s Hospital – downtown Toronto’s key trauma centre – began using the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System, a digital radiography mobile unit intended as a replacement for its CR portables in the emergency department.

Oct. 8

Canada urged to do more for eye health as chronic eye disease is on the rise
Research by Dr. Neeru Gupta
Health Canal

Canada may be a high-income country with universal health care, but many Canadians have unmet eye care needs that will grow with the aging population, according to an editorial published today in The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

Oct. 6

Saving Cyla: Why this Ontario woman remained awake as surgeons burrowed into her brain
Comments by Dr. Sunit Das
The Globe and Mail

Cyla Daniels remembers her first seizure well. It was March, 2011 and she was 19. She and a friend were lying on a bed watching a movie, when a sudden stabbing pain pierced her below the right armpit. The pain faded to a tingle; her face felt numb and droopy.

Solving the painkiller crisis: It’s in the hands of doctors
Comments by Tara Gomes, Dr. Nav Persaud, Dr. Philip Berger
The Globe and Mail

Somewhere in Canada this year, a car accident claimed the life of someone who was taking eight different kinds of potent painkillers. We don’t know the person’s name, age, gender or even where the crash took place – just that he or she is one of the nearly 2,500 such death reports sent to Health Canada’s “adverse drug reaction” database.

Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare
Comments by Dr. Anne Rhodes
Hospital News

An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive treatment.

Oct. 3

St. Michael’s Hospital gets record $15M corporate donation toward new 17-storey critical care tower
Comments by Dr. Doug Sinclair
The National Post

St. Michael’s Hospital’s new emergency department is taking a $15-million step forward thanks to the largest donation from a corporation in the facility’s history.

Long-acting insulin might win out for Type 1 diabetes
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Fox News

For many people with type 1 diabetes, daily treatment and management of the condition is a big part of their life. But is one form of treatment better than others?

Oct. 2

4 new things we're learning about Ebola
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

With the first case of Ebola now diagnosed in Texas, scientists and physicians in North America are trying to put the threat in perspective for people who suddenly have a lethal West African virus on their doorstep.

Teens with concussion history face higher risk of drugs, binge drinking
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
Global News

There are the issues with learning and memory following a concussion, but new Canadian research suggests that teens who suffer from a traumatic brain injury are also at a higher risk of harmful behaviour.

Research on a virtual ward in Toronto
Research by Dr. Irfan Dhalla

A virtual ward, a new model of care that provides support to high-risk and complex patients in the community for a few weeks after discharge from hospital, did not prevent hospital readmissions as hoped in a clinical trial in Toronto.

Oct. 1

Brain injuries increase risk of harmful behaviour among teens, study finds
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
The Canadian Press

Teenagers who have had a concussion or other traumatic brain injury report higher rates of such harmful behaviours as contemplating suicide, smoking pot and binge drinking, compared with their uninjured peers – and the finding is particularly striking among girls, a study has found.

The cost of not controlling Ebola in Africa? Cases elsewhere, experts warn
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Canadian Press

The revelation that a man with Ebola was diagnosed in a Texas hospital could be seen as the first case of the dreaded disease discovered in North America.

Long-acting insulin 'safer'
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Press Association

Long-acting insulin is safer and more effective than intermediate-acting insulin for patients with type 1 diabetes, according to research.

Sept. 26

Organ donors come from overseas to save lives
Comments from Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman
The Toronto Star

Saeeda Hafiz is winding down a four-month visit from Pakistan. But she hasn’t been here simply to see her sister and family. She came to give a kidney to her nephew, Ahmed Khan.

Sept. 25

Ebola outbreak update
Panel discussion includes Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC's The National

CBC's CheckUp health panel looks at the Ebola outbreak that has turned into a global crisis.

Sept. 24

Interview with Peter Gilgan
CBC's Metro Morning

It is the largest single donation ever received by St. Michael's Hospital, 30 million dollars for a new emergency care tower. Matt Galloway spoke with Peter Gilgan, he is the CEO and founder of Mattamy Homes.

Sept. 22

$30M gift will help St. Michael's Hospital build new tower
Comments by Peter Gilgan and Dr. Robert Howard
CBC News

St. Michael's Hospital is set to become the premier critical care facility in the country, as a result a landmark donation announced Friday morning, officials say.

Sept. 19

Peter Gilgan donating $30 million to St. Michael's Hospital
Comments by Peter Gilgan and Dr. Robert Howard
The Toronto Star

Billionaire housing tycoon Peter Gilgan giving St. Michael’s $30 million for new patient care tower – the single largest gift received by the hospital.

Sept. 17

High-dose opioids dispensed in Saskatchewan climbs substantially
Research by Tara Gomes
Global News

According to a study released last Friday, Saskatchewan has one of the fastest growing rates for high-dose opioids in the country.

Sept. 15

Prescriptions for high-dose opioids on rise, study finds
Research by Tara Gomes
The Canadian Press

Researchers found the rates of high-dose opioid dispensing across Canada increased from 781 units per 1,000 people in 2006 to 961 units in 2011.

Cost of dental care in Canada keeps patients away
Comments by Dr. Stephen Hwang
The Globe and Mail

Canadians spend almost $12-billion annually on dental services, but glaring inequalities in access to oral health care remain, especially for the poor.

Sept. 12

30 minutes a day to a healthier you
Research by Dr. Mike Evans
Reader's Digest

Mike Evans wants you to break your bad habits. One of the most entertaining stars on YouTube, he’s created a series of health-themed viral videos to show you how.

Sept. 9

Toronto homeless feel discriminated against by healthcare workers
Research by Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulous
Global News

There is a high level of perceived discrimination among homeless adults when it comes to healthcare.

Sept. 8

Lessons from the dead: Why 'verbal autopsies' are changing public health
Interview with Dr. Prabhat Jha

Relatives of the recently deceased are helping to pin down the causes of deaths in India and boost public health, says Prabhat Jha, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Sept. 5

Toronto’s 'surgeon brothers' on top of medical world
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano
The Toronto Star

In the heart of Toronto, two of medicine’s greatest minds have humanity’s most vital organs in the palms of their hands. Sibling rivalry doesn’t get much more high stakes than this.

Sept. 2

St. Michael’s nurse celebrates 50 years with hospital
Interview with Sharon Baker
The Toronto Star

Sharon Baker can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a nurse. As a young girl growing up in Toronto, Baker pretended her dolls were patients.

Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health
Research by Dr. David Jenkins

A low-carbohydrate diet is better for losing weight and may also be better for lowering the risk of heart disease than a low-fat diet, according to a new study.

An opioid crisis?
Comments by Dr. Tara Gomes
Hospital News

The misuse and abuse of opioids — strong painkillers such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone – is an issue that has grown considerably across North America over the past two decades.

Surgery room ‘black box’ poised to change medical culture
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
The Toronto Star

A Toronto surgeon who is working to adapt black box aviation technology to track surgeries and improve patient outcomes says preliminary results are promising.

Aug. 29

Women with multiple chronic conditions are screened less often for breast cancer
Research by Dr. Sara Guilcher
The Huffington Post

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

Aug. 28

A prescription for better stroke care
Research by Dr. Gustavo Saposnik

Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged – according to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Tricorder X prize Is interesting, but surgical 'black box' could save lives right away
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Groups from all over the world are competing to develop a consumer-centric medical diagnostic device akin to the fictional tricorder scanner from the original “Star Trek” series.

Aug. 25

Inside the Ebola quarantine in Liberia
Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC Radio

The quarantine in the slum of West Point is driving street prices sky high, making an already bad situation worse. But the government says its necessary in its attempts to get ahead of the Ebola outbreak.

Surgical 'black box' could reduce errors
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Inside the operating room, video cameras track every movement. Outside, a small computer-like device analyzes the recordings, identifying when mistakes are made and providing instant feedback to surgeons as they operate.

Aug. 19

Ebola outbreak: Africans understandably wary about promised cures
Column by Dr. Jim Lavery
CBC News

New concerns that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than reported are adding to the global pressure to find a solution – even if that means testing unproven drugs on desperate Africans.

Not satisfied after a meal? Here’s something that could help
Column by Dr. John Sievenpiper
The Globe and Mail

Not satisfied after a meal? Add beans. If you feel like you need to eat a snack after finishing a meal, consider adding beans (or lentils) to your main course next time.

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