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2014

Oct. 24

Breaking down barriers to a good night’s sleep
Interview with Dr. Richard Leung
Canada.com

We’re constantly being reminded of the importance of getting enough sleep each night. And yet for many of us, such an ostensibly simple goal can sometimes seem impossible.

Oct. 23

Milk choice may affect vitamin D levels
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
The New York Times

Many children drink rice, almond or soy milk instead of cow’s milk for various reasons — lactose intolerance, allergies, taste preference. But now Canadian researchers have found that children who do not drink cow’s milk may have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Oct. 22

Study shows exit screening vital to halting global Ebola spread
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
Reuters

Three Ebola-infected travelers a month would be expected to get on international flights from the West African countries suffering epidemics of the deadly virus if there were no effective exit screening, scientists said on Tuesday.

Milk substitutes might not give kids enough vitamin D
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Reuters

Young children who drank non-dairy replacement milks instead of cow’s milk were more like to have low levels of vitamin D in their blood, a new study found.

Oct. 21

Ebola study projects spread of virus on overseas flights
Research by Dr. Kamran Khan
Reuters

Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules.

Kids who drink milk alternatives 2X as likely to have low vitamin D: study
Research by Dr. Jonathon Maguire
Reuters

Children who drink non-dairy milk products such as rice, almond or soy milk may have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, a study suggests.

Oct. 16

‘An exceptional case’
Comments by Dr. Howard Ginsberg
The Independent Free Press

It was a beautiful sunny fall day Oct. 19, 2009 when Taylor Shappert’s life changed in an instant.

Oct. 15

Why doctors say more asthma patients should use an action plan
Interview with Dr. Samir Gupta
Global News

Asthma action plans are meant to allow patients take control of their own health care. But only 17 per cent of asthmatic patients have talked to their doctor about one.

Thunder Bay overdose death rate related to opiate use rate
Comments by Tara Gomes
CBC News

A scientist with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network is urging people in Thunder Bay to become more aware of the dangers around high-dose prescription painkillers.

Oct. 9

Majority of chronic eye disease is preventable: specialist
Research by Dr. Neeru Gupta
CTV News

An eye specialist says four million Canadians are suffering from one of three major chronic eye diseases.

Million Death Study documents how people are dying in the developing world
Interview with Dr. Prabhat Jha
University Affairs

The Canadian-led study has upended many assumptions about the causes of death, which are often poorly tracked in developing countries.

DRX-Revolution powers up at St. Michael’s
Comments by Terry Tang Poy
Canadian Healthcare Technology

In January, St. Michael’s Hospital – downtown Toronto’s key trauma centre – began using the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System, a digital radiography mobile unit intended as a replacement for its CR portables in the emergency department.

Oct. 8

Canada urged to do more for eye health as chronic eye disease is on the rise
Research by Dr. Neeru Gupta
Health Canal

Canada may be a high-income country with universal health care, but many Canadians have unmet eye care needs that will grow with the aging population, according to an editorial published today in The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

Oct. 6

Saving Cyla: Why this Ontario woman remained awake as surgeons burrowed into her brain
Comments by Dr. Sunit Das
The Globe and Mail

Cyla Daniels remembers her first seizure well. It was March, 2011 and she was 19. She and a friend were lying on a bed watching a movie, when a sudden stabbing pain pierced her below the right armpit. The pain faded to a tingle; her face felt numb and droopy.

Solving the painkiller crisis: It’s in the hands of doctors
Comments by Tara Gomes, Dr. Nav Persaud, Dr. Philip Berger
The Globe and Mail

Somewhere in Canada this year, a car accident claimed the life of someone who was taking eight different kinds of potent painkillers. We don’t know the person’s name, age, gender or even where the crash took place – just that he or she is one of the nearly 2,500 such death reports sent to Health Canada’s “adverse drug reaction” database.

Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare
Comments by Dr. Anne Rhodes
Hospital News

An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive treatment.

Oct. 3

St. Michael’s Hospital gets record $15M corporate donation toward new 17-storey critical care tower
Comments by Dr. Doug Sinclair
The National Post

St. Michael’s Hospital’s new emergency department is taking a $15-million step forward thanks to the largest donation from a corporation in the facility’s history.

Long-acting insulin might win out for Type 1 diabetes
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Fox News

For many people with type 1 diabetes, daily treatment and management of the condition is a big part of their life. But is one form of treatment better than others?

Oct. 2

4 new things we're learning about Ebola
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC News

With the first case of Ebola now diagnosed in Texas, scientists and physicians in North America are trying to put the threat in perspective for people who suddenly have a lethal West African virus on their doorstep.

Teens with concussion history face higher risk of drugs, binge drinking
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
Global News

There are the issues with learning and memory following a concussion, but new Canadian research suggests that teens who suffer from a traumatic brain injury are also at a higher risk of harmful behaviour.

Research on a virtual ward in Toronto
Research by Dr. Irfan Dhalla
Longwoods

A virtual ward, a new model of care that provides support to high-risk and complex patients in the community for a few weeks after discharge from hospital, did not prevent hospital readmissions as hoped in a clinical trial in Toronto.

Oct. 1

Brain injuries increase risk of harmful behaviour among teens, study finds
Research by Dr. Gabriela Ilie
The Canadian Press

Teenagers who have had a concussion or other traumatic brain injury report higher rates of such harmful behaviours as contemplating suicide, smoking pot and binge drinking, compared with their uninjured peers – and the finding is particularly striking among girls, a study has found.

The cost of not controlling Ebola in Africa? Cases elsewhere, experts warn
Comments by Dr. Kamran Khan
The Canadian Press

The revelation that a man with Ebola was diagnosed in a Texas hospital could be seen as the first case of the dreaded disease discovered in North America.

Long-acting insulin 'safer'
Research by Dr. Andrea Tricco
Press Association

Long-acting insulin is safer and more effective than intermediate-acting insulin for patients with type 1 diabetes, according to research.

Sept. 26

Organ donors come from overseas to save lives
Comments from Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman
The Toronto Star

Saeeda Hafiz is winding down a four-month visit from Pakistan. But she hasn’t been here simply to see her sister and family. She came to give a kidney to her nephew, Ahmed Khan.

Sept. 25

Ebola outbreak update
Panel discussion includes Dr. Kamran Khan
CBC's The National

CBC's CheckUp health panel looks at the Ebola outbreak that has turned into a global crisis.

Sept. 24

Philanthropy
Interview with Peter Gilgan
CBC's Metro Morning

It is the largest single donation ever received by St. Michael's Hospital, 30 million dollars for a new emergency care tower. Matt Galloway spoke with Peter Gilgan, he is the CEO and founder of Mattamy Homes.

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