St. Michael's in the news



June 20

A prescription for poverty
‌Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch

It’s a predicament familiar to any doctor with patients who are living in poverty: you can treat a patient’s medical condition but the underlying reasons why the patient has poor health—low paid work, poor housing, low literacy—are beyond the scope of the prescription pad.

June 17

Women from the Caribbean and Africa at highest risk of ICU admission during childbirth
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Medical Xpress

Women born in the Caribbean or Africa are two times more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit at the time of their delivery than Canadian-born women, a new study has found.

June 16

St. Michael’s chosen by WHO as an example of integrated and people-centred health care
‌Interview with Drs. Deborah Kopansky-Giles and Karen Weyman

During an event at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO)recognized St. Michael's Hospital's (St. Michael's) Academic Family Health Team and its ongoing work enhancing primary care delivery in Toronto's inner-city community.

Angels in the auditorium
‌Interview with many of our Angel’s Den participants

TV has the Dragon's Den and Shark Tank, but St. Michael's Hospital (St. Michael's) has the Angel's Den and zebrafish tanks. What does any of this have to do with health care?

June 15

Fostering hope for stroke patients
‌Interviews with Judy Kelly and Donna Cheung
Health Canal

On Tuesdays, Ron LaCombe comes to St. Michael’s Hospital and goes to the Stroke Unit on 14 Cardinal Carter. He checks in with Mary Van Impe, an occupational therapist, and Judy Kelly, a discharge planner, about his first visit of the day.

June 13

Summer tourism could spread Zika in parts of Europe
‌Research by Dr. Kamran Khan

Regular summer travel to and from Zika-affected areas will place some parts of Europe at risk of local spread of the virus in the coming months, a new study suggests.

June 9

Is barley key to better heart health? Grain 'significantly lowers bad cholesterol, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke'
‌Research by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan
The Daily Mail (U.K.)

Barley is the latest in a long line of foods to be hailed a 'superfood'. The grain could hold the key to improving heart health, experts believe. They found eating barley or foods containing the grain significantly reduced levels of so-called 'bad' cholesterol.

June 8

Barley lowers not one but two types of 'bad cholesterol', review suggests
‌Research by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan
Medical Xpress

Eating barley or foods containing barley significantly reduced levels of two types of "bad cholesterol" associated with cardiovascular risk, a St. Michael's Hospital research paper has found.

May 26

Using MRIs to predict kidney failure
‌Research by Drs. Darren Yuen, Anish Kirpalani and General Leung
Hospital News

One in every two patients diagnosed with #kidney failure will not be alive in three years.

May 25

Neurosurgeon Dr. Sunit Das explains Gord Downie cancer diagnosis
‌Interview with Dr. Sunit Das
Global National News & Yahoo! News

Dr. Sunit Das, a neurosurgeon at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, discusses the type of brain cancer The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with and the prognosis.

Unemployment in recession tied to hundreds of thousands of excess cancer deaths
‌Interview with Dr. Andrew Pinto
CBC News

Cancer death rates increased in many countries as unemployment rose during the global economic crisis but universal health coverage provided a buffer, according to a large international study that includes Canadian data.

Study says Toronto leads way for ‘walkability’ in southern Ontario
‌Research by Dr. Gillian Booth
Global News

A new study says Toronto leads the way for walkability among southern Ontario communities, with its accessibility for walking, cycling and taking transit accompanied by lower rates of obesity and diabetes than the more car-focused suburbs.

May 24

Walkable neighborhoods cut obesity and diabetes rates
‌Research by Dr. Gillian Booth
The New York Times

Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of being overweight or obese and having diabetes by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes.

What is Glioblastoma? An explanation of Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis
‌Interview with Dr. Sunit Das
CBC News

Earlier today, it was revealed that Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band posted a brief message to fans on their website that said Downie had "been fighting hard," and that the band will go on tour this summer, "for Gord, and for all of us."

May 19

Refugee children's academic outcomes similar to non-refugee peers despite learning challenges
‌Research by Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
Medical Xpress

Refugee children had similar academic success as other children if adequately supported, despite having more behavioural and emotional problems overall, a comprehensive review has found.

Helping COPD patients breathe easier
‌Interview with Carolene Garcia and Jacqueline Chen

The Sumac Creek Health Centre will soon roll out a half-day health promotion program to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to breathe easier.

May 17

More bars, more ambulance calls
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
The Chicago Tribune

Areas with more bars have about eight times more ambulance calls than places where booze flows less freely, according to a new study.

May 16

Tough road ahead for murdered mom's preemie: Expert
‌Interview with Dr. Howard Berger
The Toronto Sun

If the baby delivered prematurely from a pregnant murder victim survives, the infant likely faces a long road of medical problems, one specialist says.

Health care providers urge Ontario to end immigration detention
‌Interview with Dr. Michaela Beder
The Toronto Star

A group of 130 doctors, nurses and social workers is asking Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister to end the province’s deal with Ottawa that allows the jailing of immigration detainees.


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