St. Michael's in the news



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.

May 13

Research finds more EMS calls in areas with lots of licensed alcohol establishments
‌Research by Dr. Joel Ray
Medical Xpress

Researchers found a 7.8 times higher risk of ambulance calls for patients with trauma in areas with the highest density of bars and restaurants licensed to serve alcohol, compared to a low density of such establishments.

May 12

A little cash goes a long way for babies
‌Interview with Dr. Tatiana Freire-Lizama
CBC: The National

When pregnant women were trusted with $81 a month in prenatal benefits, no strings attached, their babies' physical health did better, say Manitoba researchers, who would like similar income supplements to be offered across Canada.

May 11

Excess folic acid during pregnancy linked to autism in children: study
‌Interview with Dr. Young-In Kim
CTV News

A new study has found that excessively high levels of folic acid in pregnant women appears linked to an increased risk of autism in the women's children.

May 10

Migrant detention health
‌Interview with Dr. Michaela Beder
CBC Metro Morning

Dr. Michaela Beder, a psychiatrist at St Michael's Hospital, spoke with Matt Galloway about the health of migrants in immigration detention centres.

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.


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