St. Michael's in the news



May 4

Why St. Michael's Hospital has doctors work on childhood literacy
‌Interview with Dr. Laurie Green
CBC Metro Morning

The "Reach Out and Read" program brings pairs doctors with librarians to improve childhood literacy. Matt Galloway spoke with physician Dr. Laurie Green.

April 29

Canadian first during transseptal heart surgery
‌Features Drs. Neil Fam, Chris Buller and Mark Peterson
Hospital News

St. Michael’s is the first hospital in Canada to have performed a novel catheter-based valve replacement technique that allows cardiac patients to go home the next day instead of staying in hospital for up to 10 days.

April 27

Ontario study shows former prisoners at higher risk of early death
‌Research by Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Globe and Mail

Women who spend time in an Ontario correctional facility can expect to live a full decade less than the Canadian average, just one of a slew of alarming figures contained in a new study of long-term mortality rates for provincial inmates.

April 25

Cough, cold medicines could increase health risk for kids
‌Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
New Telegraph (U.K.)

Common over-the-counter cough and cold medicines could endanger lives of children as well as increase health challenges the kids face. This was disclosed recently in a study which shows that as many as one in five kids treated with such drugs under age six can be harmed by them. The findings are published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

April 22

Cancer history may affect survival after organ transplant
‌Research by Drs. Nancy Baxter and Sergio Acuna
Health Day

Organ transplant patients who previously had cancer may be at increased risk for new cancer and early death compared to organ recipients with no cancer history, new research suggests.

April 21

Concussions and culture – how to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries in youth ice hockey
‌Research by Dr. Michael Cusimano
Health Canal

A cultural shift is needed to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries in youth ice hockey, said Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital.

April 19

Researchers improve identification of women at high risk of pre-eclampsia
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Medical Xpress

Researchers have developed a new tool that will improve how clinicians can identify women at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia, and who should take acetylsalicylic acid, also known as Aspirin, after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

April 16

Canadian ‘transplant tourists’ putting their lives at serious risk: study
‌Interview with Dr. Ramesh Prasad
The National Post

The steady stream of Canadians who continue to buy organs overseas are not only propping up a morally dubious trade, but putting their own lives at serious, long-term risk, suggests a new study.

April 14

Lipids may know you have diabetes before your blood sugar does
‌Research by Dr. Sagar Dugani
Health Canal

Lipids, the fat-like substances found in the blood, may be able to predict whether someone is at risk of developing diabetes before their blood glucose changes.

April 13

In Canada, every child is precious, girls and boys alike: Editorial
‌Research by Dr. Marcelo Urquia
The Toronto Star

A new Canadian study has found a “deficit” of baby girls compared to boys, among Indian-born parents. Yet every child is precious in our society.

April 11

Indo-Canadian women give birth to far more boys than women born in Canada
‌Research by Dr. Marcelo Urquia
The Toronto Star

A preference for boys among Indian-born parents may have contributed to a deficit of more than 4,400 girls over two decades in what researchers in a new study are calling Canada’s “missing girls.”

April 9

Just week in intensive care can cause lifelong muscle weakness, reveals study
‌Research by Dr. Jane Batt
The Herald Scotland

Just a week in intensive care can lead to lifelong muscle weakness that can hinder normal living, a new study warned.

April 8

Eating legumes may aid in weight loss
‌Research by Dr. Russell de Souza

Eating one serving of beans, peas, lentils or chickpeas every day may help dieters lose a little extra weight, according to a new analysis of existing research.

April 6

Women with unhealthy BMIs who smoke and drink at two-fold higher risk of asthma
‌Research by Dr. Jayadeep Patra
Medical Xpress

Underweight and obese women who also drank alcohol and smoked tobacco had a two-fold higher risk of being diagnosed with asthma than women with a healthy body mass index who did not drink or smoke, a St. Michael's Hospital study found.

April 5

Gamblers Anonymous associated with progress, could benefit from more combined approach
‌Research by Dr. Flora Matheson
Medical Xpress

People who attended Gamblers Anonymous gambled less often, showed increased readiness for change and enhanced coping skills, but appeared to fair better when Gamblers Anonymous was combined with other therapeutic approaches, a comprehensive review has found.

April 4

Wearable heart-monitoring device
‌Interview discusses new Biomedical Zone device
Global News

Two Grade 12 students from Danforth Tech have invented a watch that tracks vital signs and can summon help in an emergency.


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