St. Michael's in the news



May 27

ED doctors stress need for good communications with police
Research by Drs. Alun Ackery and Brodie Nolan

A good working relationship with police is essential for the smooth operation of a busy Emergency Department. Police are in and out of EDs regularly, supporting EMS, transporting patients and helping to provide a safe environment for hospital staff.

May 25

St. Michael’s Hospital health team offers prescription for poverty
Interviews with Drs. Gary Bloch and Philip Berger
The Toronto Star

Recognizing that poverty increases the risk of illness, a pioneering program at St. Mike’s is offering its patients access to social workers, legal aid — and, most important, money.

May 11

Common medicine mistakes parents make with their kids
Interview with Dr. Joelene Huber
City TV's Breakfast Television

May 8

Poverty linked to future high health-care costs
Interview with Dr. Gary Bloch
CBC News

People living in poverty are more likely to place a high burden on the health-care system but addressing the inequity could prevent both medical complications and health expenditures, Canadian doctors and public health experts say.

Dr. Elizabeth Tullis appointed to Cystic Fibrosis Canada Chair in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research
Dr. Elizabeth Tullis, a respirologist and clinical researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, has been appointed to the first Cystic Fibrosis Canada Chair in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research. This chair, the first in adult CF research in Canada, will support research and innovation in care to adults with CF.

Nightingale Awards: Street Health manager’s daily nursing anything but typical
Interview with Joyce Rankin
The Toronto Star

Joyce Rankin always knew she’d be a nurse. But what she didn’t know was that she’d be as much a public advocate for her clients as a caregiver.

May 6

Traumatic brain injury linked to increased road rage
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
Medical Xpress

Ontario adult drivers who say they have experienced at least one traumatic brain injury in their lifetime also report significantly higher incidents of serious road-related driving aggression, said a new study published Monday in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

May 5

Meet a woman who fights for every breath
CBC Radio
When Christine MacLeod was growing up, she met every obstacle head-on. "It's as easy as breathing," she would say. Now, breathing is Christine's biggest challenge.

April 30

Seeking NHL medical records going back 45 years
Interview with Dr. Michael Cusimano (segment begins at 13:27)
CTV News

A judge has been asked to order the NHL's 23 American-based clubs to turn over medical information about every player who has suited up for them since January 1967.

New inmates denied medicine due to drug-plan flaw: prison ombudsman
Interview with Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian
The Globe and Mail

Newly admitted federal inmates can be denied prescription medication for 30 days or more while they wait for an assessment from time-strapped prison doctors, a dangerous practice with potentially far-reaching health consequences, especially for prisoners dealing with mental-health issues.

St. Michael’s breaks ground on construction project
Comments by Dr. Bob Howard

Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins was on hand when St. Michael's Hospital broke ground for a redevelopment project that will include a new 17-storey patient care tower to care for critically ill patients and renovations that will nearly double the size of the Emergency Department.

April 29

Health care and the online world
Interview with Dr. Mike Evans
CBC News

What happens to your health care in a digital world? Our Check Up panel tackles that tricky question.

April 23

Drug companies using doctors, discount cards to skirt generic substitutions
Interview with Dr. Nav Persaud
CBC News

Pssst! Want brand-name prescription drugs at generic prices? It's a sales promotion that's happening right in the doctor's office. Increasingly, physicians are handing out drug company "payment assistance" cards along with the prescriptions they write.

Papers identify effective and cost-effective treatments for complex wounds
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Medical Xpress

Deciding how to treat a complex wound is a bit like shopping at a supermarket: there's a lot to choose from.

Doctors’ Notes: Reading program puts books in hands of young Toronto patients
By Dr. Laurie Green, references Dr. Katie Dorman
The Toronto Star

When you visit the family doctor at a St. Michael’s Hospital clinic with a young child these days, don’t be surprised if you walk away with a new children’s book.

Mental prep for trauma care may mitigate ER errors
Research by Dr. Chris Hicks
Pharmacy Times

By mentally rehearsing resuscitation procedures, trauma care team members can reduce clinical errors and improve patient safety.

April 22

#48in48: Raising Canada's organ donor rates
Interview with Dr. Jeff Zaltman
Global News

Starting Monday, April 20, Global News wants to help sign up 48,000 people across Canada to become organ donors.

Got Milked?
Interview with Dr. Jonathon Maguire
CBC Radio

"Milk helps build strong bones" has always been the conventional wisdom through the ages, but the auther of a new book suggests it's not so wise and she's urging you to put down the milk for the sake of you health... and even your bones.

Reducing global tobacco use
Research by Dr. Prabhat Jha
Medical Xpress

Although global efforts to cut tobacco use have had some success, more can be done to reduce the number of deaths from smoking, according to a commentary published in CMAJ.

April 21

Ontario investing $316 million in new patient care tower at St. Michael's Hospital
Health News Network
Ontario is supporting the expansion of St. Michael's Hospital to provide patients with improved access to critical care services.

Coaching surgeons with video replay would help them get better faster, trial suggests
Research by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
The National Post

Imagine, says Teodor Grantcharov, a golfer joining the professional tour, then playing his or her entire career without any individual instruction — learning only from embarrassing results.

Breast cancer in South Asian women often diagnosed at later stage: study
Research by Dr. Aisha Lofters
CTV News

Women of South Asian descent are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in its later stages compared to the general population, while women of Chinese ethnicity tend to be diagnosed when the disease is at an early stage, an Ontario study has found.

April 17

Common heartburn drugs linked to kidney failure in the elderly
Research by Dr. Tony Antoniou

Older patients taking drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, a common remedy for heartburn and acid reflux, are two times more likely to be hospitalized with kidney failure than peers who don't take the pills, a study finds.

April 16

Rita Wilson reveals cancer diagnosis
Interview with Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley
ET Canada

Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, shared very difficult news, revealing that she has breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

April 15

Immigrant parents might be at greater risk of stillborn births, Ontario study suggests
Research by Dr. Joel Ray
The Toronto Star

A new study by Ontario researchers suggests that some parents who are immigrants might be at greater risk of having a stillborn birth.

Does home care serve men and women equally?
Research by Dr. Arlene Bierman
Medical Xpress

As the population ages, there is increasing demand for publicly funded home care services to help older people preserve their independence, improve their quality of life, and delay or avoid going into a long-term care facility.

Mental rehearsal helps ER clinicians best prepare for trauma patients
Research by Dr. Chris Hicks

n the same way athletes mentally visualize races long before lacing up, doctors and other members of trauma resuscitation teams should map out mental blueprints, and then communicate their strategy to all team members involved in caring for patients, a new study suggests.

April 6

Multiple Sclerosis: Canadians at risk
Interview with Dr. Paul O'Connor
Canadian Living

Canada has one of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It's three times more common in women than men. Are you at risk?

'What's a life worth?'
Interview with Dr. Naheed Dosani
CBC Radio

A house-call for the homeless may sound like a contradiction in terms - but it's a living mission for an Ismaili Muslim doctor in Toronto. Dr. Naheed Dosani is a young physician who makes house-calls on people who don't have houses.

April 1

Research on pain relief for shoulder surgery
Research by Dr. Faraj Abdallah

Around 10,000 patients undergo shoulder surgery in Ontario every year and most go home the same day. Since it’s quite a painful procedure, a lot of effort goes into making sure patients can manage their pain while at home recovering.

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