St. Michael's in the news



Oct. 17

CEO kicks off fundraising challenge with $2M donation for hospital's anti-poverty initiative
Interview with Dr. Stephen Hwang
The National Post

At St. Michael’s Hospital's C-UHS, doctors and researchers take a science-based approach to reducing poverty, and work with those experiencing homelessness, addiction, and physical and mental illnesses.

Oct. 14

Opening up about the loss of a baby
Patient feature, and interview with Dr. Douglas Campbell
CTV News Toronto

When Jennifer Crozier was admitted to St. Michael’s Hospital knowing that her delivery of Gabriel would be a stillbirth. Through this painful experience, and through hearing similar experiences from other mothers coping with the aftermath of stillbirths or neonatal loss, Crozier came up with the idea of creating a box of items to help mourning parents gather memories of their babies in the short time they get to spend with them.

Oct. 12

Canada falls short in palliative care access
Interview with Maggie Bruneau
The Catholic Register

A grim picture of Canadians dying amid the noise and bustle of hospital acute care wards, unable to access quality palliative care, emerges from the first-ever comprehensive, national assessment of palliative care by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Even though three-quarters of Canadians say they want to die at home, most of us don’t, according to the report released last month. Only 15 per cent of those who died in 2016-17 received publicly-funded palliative care at home.

Oct. 10

Should health care dollars be used to house the homeless?
Comments from the Louis L. Odette Lecture by Drs. Stephen Hwang and Mitchell Katz

Shifting funds from health care budgets to housing programs can save money and improve health outcomes, according to Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. But Toronto-based experts caution that improving health outcomes among homeless people is not that simple.

Oct. 8

A chilling effect of #MeToo in academic medicine
Interview with Dr. Sharon Straus
CBC News

A commentary published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the #MeToo hashtag is creating a "culture of fear" in academic medicine, scaring off men from mentoring women.

Oct. 4

A new St. Michael’s-Providence initiative is tackling painful wait times
Feature about patient Trevor Kampen, and interview with Dr. James Mahoney

Thirty-year-old Trevor Kampen had been dealing with a painful pressure wound off and on for almost a decade. After a string of unsuccessful treatments, he's confident he's finally on the right track.

Oct. 2

Toronto should build housing to fight homelessness, says U.S health expert
Interviews with Drs. Mitchell Katz and Stephen Hwang
The Toronto Star

Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, was the keynote speaker at the event Tackling Toronto’s Homelessness Crisis hosted at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on Tuesday evening. Dr. Katz promoted the event - the annual Louis L. Odette Lecture sponsored by The Urban Angel Fund for Homeless People - on CBC’s Metro Morning, CP24 and the Toronto Star.

Sept. 26

Malachy’s Soiree raising money for St. Michael's NICU
Interview with Dr. Doug Campbell and Kerry O'Reilly-Wilks
Breakfast Television

St. Michael's Hospital operates a 20-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that cares for over 500 infants each year. Malachy's Soiree is a fundraiser to raise money and awareness about the work being done in the NICU. Kerry O'Reilly-Wilks, Malachy's mom and founder of Malachy's Soiree joins Roger in studio to talk more about this event.

Dear Silo Buster: We hear a lot about artificial intelligence
The University of Toronto
Interview with Dr. Muhammad Mamdani

There’s a whole lot of hype going on around AI and healthcare, particularly in the U.S. Here at home, there are some promising machine-learning projects percolating at university-affiliated hospitals in the GTA. To get a handle on who’s doing what, Muhammad Mamdani at St. Michael’s Hospital is organizing Toronto’s first summit – Data Analytics for Sustaining Hospitals on Dec. 3 – to share on-the-ground information between data leaders such as CIOs and decision support teams across hospitals.

Sept. 25

Bing! Your heart is fibrillating: How Apple Watch's new ECG app could create headaches for doctors
Interview with Dr. Samuel Vaillancourt
The National Post

When Apple unveiled its latest Apple Watch, one feature in particular was hailed as a “game-changer” — an app that allows people to take their own ECG, or electrocardiogram, in 30 seconds flat, anytime, anywhere — “right from the wrist.”

Sept. 24

Feeling left out by Canada's census, local Indigenous groups did their own
Interview with Dr. Janet Smylie
CBC News

Feeling that the national census carried out by Statistics Canada has failed to fully capture key information about their community, a group of Indigenous researchers have set upon finding what they say is a better way to gather the data that shapes government decisions and services.

Sept. 13

Synthetic cartilage may help arthritis sufferers
Interview with Dr. Tim Daniels
CTV News

St. Michael's is the only Toronto hospital use a synthetic cartilage called Cartiva for arthritis or injury to the big toe. And new data shows excellent long-term results, said our Dr. Tim Daniels.

Sept. 11

Support early in life key to Indigenous well-being, MMIWG inquiry hears in Iqaluit
Testimony by Dr. Janet Smylie
CBC News

The importance of health and well-being in early life for Indigenous people — and their ties to colonial violence — were highlighted Tuesday afternoon at the federal inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as four days of hearings in Iqaluit reached their halfway point.

How a simulation dramatically improved blood delivery times for trauma patients
Interview with Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak
Hospital News

When a critically injured and bleeding patient is rushed into a trauma bay, every second counts – the faster they can receive blood, the higher their odds are of survival. So when St. Michael’s trauma team discovered unnecessary delays in getting blood from the blood bank to the trauma bay, they eliminated them. As a result, blood is being delivered on average 2.5 minutes faster – improving patients’ survival odds by 12.5 per cent.

Sept. 10

Patient navigation specialists are helping Indigenous cancer patients navigate their care
Interview with Leonard Benoit and Dr. Janet Smylie
The Globe and Mail

Leonard Benoit’s job as an Aboriginal patient navigator with the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program – which the seasoned nurse began more than six months ago – was created to help address disproportionately high rates of cancer among Indigenous patients.

Interventions to help unemployed patients find jobs
Research by Dr. Andrew Pinto
Market Business News

Unemployed patients could benefit significantly if health care organizations helped them find a job, a new study found. Researchers at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions of St. Michael’s Hospital carried out a study on unemployed patients. They focused specifically on how health care organizations could help them get back into work.

Sept. 6

How unsaturated fats can help fight heart disease
Research by Dr. Heyu Ni
CTV News

Foods high in unsaturated fats may protect against cardiovascular disease and inflammation, and new research published today in Nature Communications has uncovered why.

Providence Healthcare’s support groups and education programs help community
Interviews with Erin Leneeuw and Karina Rakhimova

At Providence Healthcare, our focus is on helping people flourish both within our hospital and in the community.

Enabling primary care planning with data
Research by Dr. Rick Glazier

Researchers from the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) have found considerable variations in primary health care needs and delivery across Ontario — and the areas with the highest needs, including northern Ontario and large cities like Toronto, tend to receive the lowest level of care.

Aug. 29

Prescription opioids a factor in many overdose deaths, study shows
Research by Dr. Tara Gomes
The Toronto Star

One third of the people who died from opioid overdoses in Ontario in 2016 held active prescriptions for the powerful medications, according to a new study examining the role prescribed and illicit drugs had in thousands of deaths across the province.

Is it time to see a doc about your heavy period?
Interview with Dr. Yolanda Kirkham
Reader's Digest: Best Health

According to Heavy Period Talk, one in five women experience heavy blood loss, pain and exhaustion each month that disrupts daily life. But more than half of these women don’t realize that their heavy menstrual bleeding is actually a treatable medical condition called menorrhagia.

Diabetes medication increases cardiac energy in diabetes patients through glucose and fatty acid oxidation, study finds
Research by Dr. Subodh Verma

A medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes was found to have a positive impact on cardiac energy amongst diabetes patients, according to a study completed by Dr. Subodh Verma, cardiac surgeon-scientist and director of the CardioLink platform at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS) of St. Michael’s Hospital, and his research team.

Aug. 28

Why the medical world needs a #MeToo movement
Interview with Dr. Sharon Straus
CTV News' Your Morning

"For too long, we've had a culture of silence in academic medicine. We've tolerated bad behaviour in bright people. They'd get a pass because they're good at their jobs," said our Dr. Sharon Straus.

Aug. 26

New medications for diabetes management have additional heart benefits, study finds
Research by Dr. Subodh Verma
Medical Xpress

A drug used to manage diabetes may reduce heart disease and death in people with diabetes regardless of their cholesterol levels and whether they are on a statin therapy, suggests a new analysis of the LEADER trial.

World's largest transfusion study in cardiac surgery changes transfusion practices
Research by Dr. David Mazer
Medical Xpress

Lower thresholds for blood transfusions for cardiac surgery patients compared to traditional thresholds provide positive patient outcomes and safety at six months after surgery, according to the world's largest research study on this topic.

Ross procedure may provide longer survival and better quality of life, study suggests
Research by Dr. Jan Friedrich
Medical Xpress

The Ross procedure, a valve replacement surgery that is largely unused in practice, may provide long-term benefits including longer survival, less clotting and bleeding complications and better quality of life than other valve replacement surgery, finds a study led by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital.

Aug. 26

Restrictive transfusion deemed safe in cardiac surgery patients
Research by Dr. David Mazer
MedPage Today

A restrictive strategy for transfusion was safe longer-term in moderate-to-high risk cardiac surgery patients, the TRICS III trial showed.

Aug. 23

Here’s a breakdown of what alcohol does to your body
Interview with Melissa Murray
Global News

Having a few social drinks every weekend may not seem like much, but experts say excessive drinking over time can do all kinds of damage to our bodies.

Aug. 21

'It doesn't heal as quickly as the bones': trauma survivors group offers peer support
Profile of the MyBEST Trauma Survivors’ Network
The Canadian Press

Wednesday marks one month since a gunman went on a shooting rampage on a bustling street in Toronto’s Greektown, leaving two dead and 13 injured. Yet for these survivors, the trauma related to that night of violence may go far beyond their physical injuries.

Aug. 20

#MeToo and medicine
Interview with Dr. Nancy Baxter
CBC Radio Metro Morning

It's time for medicine to acknowledge it has a Me Too problem. That's according to an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal published Monday morning. Dr/ Nancy Baxter is surgeon and a professor at the University of Toronto

Aug. 18

Experiences at first sexual encounter impact risk of HIV and violence for women in Kenya
Research by Dr. Sharmistha Mishra
Medical Xpress

Adolescent girls and young women in Mombasa, Kenya are more likely to experience higher risks of HIV and gender-based violence when they are involved with sex work venues or have sexual experiences at a young age, suggests a study co-led by St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Aug. 11

New dads show signs of postpartum depression too, experts say
Interview with Dr. Andrew Howlett
CBC News' The National

Men can suffer from postpartum depression along with new mothers, according to the American Psychological Association. Psychologists are calling for screening of new dads the same way many women are screened — but experts say fathers will experience depression differently than mothers.

Aug. 7

Meet the doctor who’s changing our perception of problem gambling
Interview with Dr. Flora Matheson
Local Love

Dr. Flora Matheson uncovered a link between homelessness and gambling—and changed how one shelter helps its clients.

Beyoncé reveals she suffered from toxemia during her last pregnancy. What is it?
Interview with Dr. Deborah Robertson
Global News

In an as-told-to feature in Vogue’s September issue, Beyoncé reveals that she suffered serious complications while pregnant with her twins, Rumi and Sir, last year.

Aug. 4

PCs 'playing politics with people's lives' on injection sites, drug policy expert warns
Interview with Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi
CBC News

After question period on Thursday, Ontario's health minister was asked about the review her ministry is conducting into supervised injection sites. Elliott says she's heard concerns about supervised injection sites from people living in the areas where they operate, but she wants to look at the evidence on their effectiveness.


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