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Women's College Hospital in the media
O Canada: What our neighbors to the north can teach us about health care reform – STAT News – Dr. Danielle Martin - The stunning implosion on Friday of the American Health Care Act, the Republican Party’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), may have been a defeat for President Trump and his party, but it certainly isn’t the end of the push to reform health care in the United States.
How mobile apps reduce follow-up visits after surgery – Forbes – Dr. John Semple - A mobile app reduced the need for “in-person” visits to a doctor following breast reconstructive surgery without “affecting complication rates or patient satisfaction,” new research in the journal JAMA Surgery shows.
You’re Being Judged For Having Migraines – Here’s Why – Best Health Magazine – Dr. Christine Lay - The gap between a migraine’s ubiquitous reputation of “worst pain ever” and a woman’s personal experience of the event is massive. The result? Many of us are suffering in silence.
Alberta, B.C. to usher in new prescription rules amid opioid crisis – The Globe and Mail – Dr. Meldon Kahan - The two Western provinces hardest hit by Canada’s overdose crisis are introducing new rules for prescribing opioids and other psychoactive drugs in efforts to curtail the use of legal medications behind an epidemic of painkiller abuse.
Embracing our body types – CTV National News – Dr. Valerie Taylor - The naked truth. Toronto trainer empowers online followers with raw photos.
What is implantation bleeding? – Today’s Parent – Dr. Amanda Selk - About a third of women experience implantation bleeding in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Here’s what it’s like—and whether you should worry.
15 Silent Signs You Have a UTI – BestHealthMag.ca – Dr. Erika Feuerstein - The symptoms of a urinary tract infection can range from subtle to very obvious.
Six Big Ideas To Improve Healthcare For All Canadians – News Talk 980 – Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin see the challenges in our health care system every day. As a family doctor and a hospital vice president, she observes how those deficiencies adversely affect patients. And as a health policy expert, she knows how to close those gaps.
Long-awaited abortion pill Mifegymiso makes Canadian debut – The Globe and Mail - The first shipments of Mifegymiso arrived earlier this week at two women’s health clinics in Vancouver and Calgary, marking the beginning of a potential sea change in how women in Canada choose to end their pregnancies.
Dr. Martin publishes book on health system improvement – Canadian Healthcare Technology – Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin, a family physician and VP of medical affairs at Women’s College Hospital, has published ‘Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Healthcare.’ The book outlines Dr. Martin’s recommendations for enhancing the medicare system in Canada.
How to improve healthcare for all Canadians – CTV The Social – Dr. Danielle Martin – When American Senator Bernie Sanders called our next guest, she answered. She travelled to Washington to speak about the Canadian healthcare system at a Senate hearing and what she had to say made major waves.
Dear Class of 2020 – Longwoods – Dr. Danielle Martin - When I finished my interview for medical school, I cried. I was sure that I might never be given a chance to be a doctor.
The high cost of pharmaceuticals: Canada’s drug problem – CBC Fifth Estate – Dr. Sheryl Spithoff - Canada's health system is a source of pride for many Canadians. But we pay more for prescription drugs than almost every other country in the world -- and rising drug costs are taking their toll on people across the country.
How to build a village – Today’s Parent – Greer Slyfield-Cook – They say it takes a village to raise a child. But what if you don’t have one?
Danielle Martin – Zoomer Radio – Dr Danielle Martin - Universal Health Care is one of the things that Canadians are most proud of, globally. But is there a way to make it even better?
Treating Canada’s health care system – TVO The Agenda – Dr. Danielle Martin - When Dr. Danielle Martin spoke before a U.S. Senate subcommittee a few years ago, she taught Americans a thing or two about universal health coverage. Her defence of Canada's health-care system made Canadians proud and dispelled some myths Americans may have believed about socialized medicine.
Six ideas to bolster Canada’s healthcare system – CTV Your Morning – Dr. Danielle Martin – Dr. Danielle Martin has been named one of Canada’s powerful doctors by the Medical Post and today she’s on a mission to fix the problems within the Canadian healthcare system.
The doctor on a mission to heal medicare – Toronto Star– Dr. Danielle Martin – For Danielle Martin, who made headlines during a congressional grilling in 2014, the fight for medicare is personal. And her new book lays out how to improve it.
How to break the cycle of postpartum anxiety – Today’s Parent – Dr. Simone Vigod – Fretting is practically part of a parent’s job description. But when those worries multiply, it can be completely debilitating. Here’s how to cope with postpartum anxiety.
Federal-Provincial health talks fail – Bloomberg North – Dr. Sacha Bhatia – Health care funding talks between the federal government and the provinces and territories have failed this week. What could or should happen next?
Federal-Provincial health talks fail – Bloomberg North – Dr. Sacha Bhatia – Health care funding talks between the federal government and the provinces and territories have failed this week. What could or should happen next?
Women's College ceremony remembers female victims of violence – Inside Toronto - Mayor John Tory, left, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of Women's College Hospital, light a candle at the annual Dec. 6 vigil for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Tuesday at Women's College Hospital.
The doctor speaks English. The patient doesn’t. Now what? – CBC White Coat, Black Art – Dr. Meb Rashid – Dr. Meb Rashid, Medical Director of the Crossroads Clinic in Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, consults with his Arabic-speaking patient, Abdullah, with the help of a phone interpreter.
6 things you can do for stronger, healthier bones – Best Health Magazine – Dr. Sandra Kim – As we age, it’s normal to be more concerned about your bone health. This is because at the early stages of bone loss, we often don’t notice any symptoms.
Rising rates of depression: Live Q & A – CBC News – Dr. Danielle Martin – CBC’s Health Reporters Christine Birak is with Dr. Danielle Martin and Dr. Rachel Mitchell taking your questions on rising rates of depression.
‘Cancer tsunami’ could be coming – CBC Metro Morning – Dr. Ophira Ginsberg – Dr. Ophira Ginsberg is sounding the alarm on an impending “cancer tsunami.” Matt Galloway spoke with her about why efforts to tackle women’s cancers in developing countries are woefully inadequate.
Adele’s postpartum depression – Newstalk610 - Dr. Simone Vigod – One of the things people are talking about today in this Vanity Fair article is Adele talking about and fairly openly about postpartum depression.
What it feels like to wean your child – Today’s Parent – Dr. Batya Grundland – Weaning your child can bring about another round of changes for moms. Here’s how it may affect you – physically and emotionally.
Adele’s postpartum depression – Newstalk610 - Dr. Simone Vigod – One of the things people are talking about today in this Vanity Fair article is Adele talking about and fairly openly about postpartum depression.
Dr. Bhatia: Data shows pay health care doesn’t work – Bloomberg TV – Dr. Sacha Bhatia - A constitutional challenge to Canada’s health care system, brought forward eight years ago, is finally in a B.C. Supreme Court. Over the next several months, Dr. Brian Day will make the case that patients should have access to private services, and doctors should be able to charge for it.
6 everyday headache triggers – Best Health Magazine – Dr. Christine Lay – Certain things we encounter every day can spark a pounding headache. Here are six surprising causes of headaches and tips on how to manage your triggers.
Talking to kids in cars – CBC News – Dr. Danielle Martin – The car might be the best place to talk to your kids, according to Dr. Danielle Martin.
Doctor takes on medicare – CTV News Channel – Dr. Sacha Bhatia – A B.C. doctor is making a Constitutional challenge to the province’s Medicare Protection Act, calling for a lift on the legislation’s ban on private health insurance. Dr. Brian Day’s case is garnering a lot of attention as the ruling has the potential to change the way health care service is delivered across the country.
Tips to remember for kids who forget – Parents Canada – Dr. Nirit Bernhard – Sure, we all forget things sometimes, but frequent school visits to drop off lunches or pick up homework and rummage for clothing in the lost and found will test the patience of most parents.
OTN & hospitals evaluate Big White Wall for mental health – Canadian Healthcare Technology – Dr. Trevor Jamieson - The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) is teaming up with the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), Lakeridge Health and Women’s College Hospital to test the benefit of an online support community for people feeling anxious or depressed, or having trouble coping with other mental health-related issues.
Everything you ever wanted to know about female hair loss – Fashion Magazine – Dr. Jeffrey Donovan - At 26, I can’t recall the last time I made it through a hair appointment without whining about my thinning strands. In fact, this dates back to my teens, when suddenly my thick, dark hair became limp.
At Least 10 People Say They’ve Been Drugged at Seattle Bars This Summer – The Stranger – Dr. Janice Du Mont - "If you think this happened to you," says Seattle Police Department spokesperson Sean Whitcomb, "report it, go to the hospital, get the test. We’ll take it from there, because we are very interested in identifying where it’s happening and who’s doing it.”
Psoriatic Arthritis Clinic is first of its kind in Canada – Hospital News – Dr. Lihi Eder - The Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) Clinic at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) is Canada’s first Rapid Access Clinic offering a self-referral system for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, a type of inflammatory arthritis.
Ontario to stop paying for high-dose opioids – The Globe and Mail – Dr. Meldon Kahan – Ontario will become the first province to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug plans, as part of a measure aimed at combatting the widespread abuse of prescription painkillers.
WCH hopes to close the “health gap” with brand new hospital – Viva Magazine - Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has officially opened its new facilities. Located in Toronto’s Discovery District, the building contains over 440,000 square feet of clinical space and is designed to integrate clinical care, research and education.
Online curriculum supports homecare workers caring for seniors – Hospital News - Women’s College Hospital’s (WCH) Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE) is thrilled to announce the launch of CACE #Homecare Curriculum – a first of its kind evidence-informed #online curriculum designed to support a variety of homecare workers in providing care to #seniors experiencing delirium, dementia, or depression.
Ontario Celebrates New Women's College Hospital – Government of Ontario - Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne helped mark the official reopening of Women's College Hospital in downtown Toronto. Ontario has invested nearly $1 billion in the new hospital, which replaces existing, outdated buildings and consolidates most services in a single location.
The Health Gap – CBC Metro Morning – Dr. Simone Vigod - Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression, but far less likely to get help. Matt Galloway spoke with Dr. Simone Vigod, she is a staff psychiatrist at Women's College Hospital. And with Nicole Brady, she is a nurse at Sick Kids.
Check-Up Panel: Doctor-Assisted Dying – CBC The National – Dr. Danielle Martin – The laws against medically-assisted death in Canada are null and void. So what are the options for patients and what are the dangers for doctors?
Medical imaging provides hotline to primary care – Hospital News – Dr. Heidi Schmidt - Community-based primary care providers often face challenges accessing and navigating hospital-based imaging for their patients. The #Medical Imaging Call Centre, a partnership between Women’s College Hospital (WCH) and the Joint Department of #Medical Imaging (JDMI), is a direct point of contact for primary care providers in the community to access medical imaging expertise.
The dismal odds of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest – Windsor Star – Dr. Jabob Udell - The shocking recent deaths of two prominent, apparently healthy men in their 40s underscores the “really, really poor” odds you’ll survive a sudden cardiac arrest — 10 per cent — when it happens outside a hospital.
Can family medicine meet the expectations of millennial doctors? – Healthy Debate – Milena Forte - As more and more baby boomer doctors reach retirement, the first of the “millennial” generation of family doctors are starting to practice or are looking for work. But this new generation has different expectations for their careers than those who are retiring.
Why making Amber Heard’s abuse about Johnny Depp is harming victims everywhere – The Feminism Project – Sheila MacDonald - Depp, who is not Jack Sparrow or Edward Scissorhands or any of the characters he pretends to be on screen — opted for force. Which is why when news broke that actress Amber Heard filed for a restraining order and came forward with claims that she was violently abused by Depp it was hard for folks to believe.
How medical research has failed women – Chatelaine – Dr. Danielle Martin - For decades, studies focused on male subjects. Today, differences in how women experience pain, metabolize drugs and suffer concussions are finally coming to light.
Healthcare technology – Newstalk 1010 Tech Talk – Dr. Sacha Bhatia – Dr. Bhatia talks about some of the latest healthcare apps and e-therapies that can help improve the patient experience.
Is it time to break up with sugar? – Chatelaine – Dr. Valerie Taylor - The World Health Organization recommends six teaspoons of added sugar a day. The average Canadian consumes 26. A look at our lives on the sweet stuff.
Lawsuits over baby powder raise questions about cancer risk – New York Times – Dr. Steven Narod – Ms. Berg was the first of thousands of women with ovarian cancer to file a lawsuit against the consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson, claiming that baby powder caused their disease and pointing to a long trail of studies linking talc to the cancer.
5 top researchers win ‘Canada’s Nobel’ Killam awards – CBC News – Dr. Steven Narod - Five top-of-their-game researchers receive $100,000 each and are celebrated for their innovative work that pushes boundaries, challenges assumptions and inspires new ways of thinking about the world.
How uterine fibroids can wreak havoc on your health – Today’s Parent – Dr. Erika Feuerstein – Uterine fibroids can cause painful periods and make sex unpleasant. They can also affect your chances of getting (and staying!) pregnant, as well as your method of delivery.
The surprising benefits of marriage – Toronto Sun – Dr. Aliza Israel - There’s something really special about having a lifelong teammate who loves and supports you even when you’re sick, grumpy and even, smelly (their words, not mine). But, as it turns out, having a spouse may actually save your life - literally.
Why it’s time to make Naltrexone more accessible in Ontario – TVO – Dr. Sheryl Spithoff - Last fall, Dr. Sheryl Spithoff and a group of like-minded addictions specialists got together to make a formal request to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a change that would significantly improve their addictions medicine practice: put two drugs long proven to effectively treat severe alcohol addiction on Ontario’s general Drug Benefit Program.
Bridging the gender health divide – Toronto Star – Drs. Paula Rochon and Lorraine Lipscome - From diagnoses to prescriptions and care, WCH is putting women’s needs first, breaking through the glass ceiling that exists in health care.
Research to empower breast cancer patients – Toronto Star – Drs. John Semple, Steven Narod and Mohammad Akbari - Providing women with the most up-to-date information to help them make potentially life-saving decisions.
Leading the way on the road to recovery – Toronto Star – Drs. Jennifer Hensel, Simone Vigod and Valerie Taylor - Stigma around mental health issues prevents women, particularly new moms, from seeking the help they need. WCH is working to close this barrier.
A safe haven and calm approach behind these doors – Toronto Star – Sheila MacDonald and Dr. Janice Du Month - One of the first of its kind in Canada, the WCH’s care centre for sexual and domestic abuse victims leads the way with compassionate care and inclusive treatment for all women.
Achievement with a fresh perspective – Toronto Star – Marilyn Emery and Heather McPherson - Marilyn Emery, Women College Hospital's CEO, says understanding women and the roles they play outside of their profession is rooted in the hospital's culture.
Using a wide lens to address women’s health care – Toronto Star – Drs. Danielle Martin and Sheila Wijayasinghe - Through pilot programs, the WCH strives to redesign the health-care system to better cope with the needs of women from all walks of life.
Weaving a better way to deliver health care – Toronto Star – Drs. Danielle Martin and Sacha Bhatia - New system, WIHV, uses technology, team work, and innovative care to seamlessly connect patients and their doctors.
Women’s College Hospital illuminates health gap – Strategy News - As conversations about the wage gap and what to do about it rage on, Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital is attempting to draw attention to another area where men receive more than women: health care.
Women's College Hospital draws attention to the 'health gap’ – Toronto Star – Dr. Danielle Martin - You can add the doctor’s office to the long list of spaces where gender gaps persist in Canadian society, according to a new awareness campaign that reveals how men and women are treated differently in clinical settings.
A safer smart house – Home Builder Magazine – Dr. Riina Bray - “As many as 3% of the population, one million Canadians, have electrohypersensitivity?(EHS) symptoms that are so severe they are unable to function in our modern world,” according to biologist Magda Havas, an electromagnetic fields (EMF) expert at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.
Summer Course Tackles Complexities of Forced Migration – New Canadian Media – Dr. Meb Rashid - Settlement workers seeking opportunities to upgrade their knowledge and exchange ideas about tackling the challenges faced by refugees, will be given the opportunity through a one-of-a-kind course offered at York University.
3 ways to soothe eczema – Best Health – Dr. Vince Bertucci - For most people, itchy skin is an annoying sensation that soon passes. But for eczema sufferers, it can be agony.
Guaranteed income makes healthier people – AM640 – Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin, VP of Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions Women's College Hospital, explains why a guaranteed income in Ontario would make for healthier, stress-free people.
What if no one believed you were sick? – Best Health – Dr. Lynn Marshall - What’s worse than feeling ill? Having no one believe that your condition exists. That’s the reality for many Canadian women living with a slew of diseases that the medical community is slow to recognize as legitimate.
Focused on helping move refugees forward – Canadian Nurse – Vanessa Wright & Roseanne Hickey - New guidelines and health-care professionals promote advocacy, empathy and support as critical components of caring for refugees.
Are fitness trackers worth it? – Chatelaine – Dr. Danielle Martin - Calorie counting apps and pedometers can be useful. But before you become obsessive over the numbers, try tracking how your jeans fit first.
The Truth About Gluten-Free – Best Health – Dr. Talia Zenlea - Going gluten-free has been getting a lot of hype for a while, but is it for everyone? Not necessarily, say nutrition experts.
New ways to increase female libido – Best Health – Dr. Stephen Holzapfel - Is your sex drive lower than you'd like it to be? Forget stealing his Viagra'instead, look to new scientific research (and sexual aids) aimed at increasing women's libido.
A yoga move that’s got your back – Toronto Star - In the first of a three-part series on yoga and women’s health, YuMee Chung focuses on shoulder strength and flexibility.
What’s new in birth control – Best Health – Dr. Dara Maker - If you’ve been using the same birth control for years, methods are now available for women that you may not even know about (of course, for men, there are basically still two choices: condoms and vasectomy).
Ontario broadens access to gender-confirming surgery – The Globe and Mail - Transgender people in Ontario who want gender-reassignment surgery, also known as gender-confirming surgery, can now get a referral from a wide variety of health professionals across the province, a move experts say will reduce a massive backlog.
Canada’s best medical care for women – Best Health – Eva-Marie Stern - More and more, researchers and medical practitioners here and abroad are recognizing the need for a ‘gender lens’ in delivering health care, because the way a medical condition affects women is often different from the way it affects men. But some Canadian institutions have been delivering female-focused care for years, and are setting a good example for our healthcare system nationwide.
New treatment for prostate cancer – CBC The National – Dr. Danielle Martin - More than 24,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. According to a new study, doctors are changing the way they treat the disease.
Talc safe, experts say despite suit – Winnipeg Free Press – Dr. Steven Narod - Just because a Missouri court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the family of an ovarian cancer victim $72 million doesn’t mean people should stop using baby powder, experts say.
Surgery can reduce ovarian cancer risk – Best Health – Dr. Steven Narod - Raising awareness about ovarian cancer is crucial; no effective screening test exists (many women believe the Pap test can detect this disease, but it can’t), and the symptoms are hard to detect.
Should men get the HPV vaccine – Best Health – Dr. Erika Feuerstein - An estimated 75 percent of sexually active Canadians will contract an HPV infection at some point in their lives. Here's what you should know about the HPV vaccine.
Can talcum powder cause ovarian cancer? – Global News – Dr. Steven Narod - For many women talcum powder is a part of their personal hygiene routine and has been for decades. After a jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox – some women are concerned about their own talcum powder use.
How to actually care for your vagina, talcum powder aside – FASHION Magazine – Dr. Angela Giacomantonio - There are all kinds of concerns right now about talcum powder in light of the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for not disclosing the risks associated with talc-based products (as of yet, the research is mixed as to whether the products do, indeed, cause ovarian cancer).
Lessons from Canada’s refugee-health saga: Goar – Toronto Star – Dr. Meb Rashid - If one action marked the nadir of Stephen Harper’s tenure, it was the Conservative government’s decision to deny life-saving medicine to refugee claimants.
Why is it so hard for some women to get their tubes tied? – Chatelaine – Dr. Yolanda Kirkham - If you’re under 35, childless and want to be sterilized, you could spend years navigating a labyrinth of refusals, obstruction and shame. Are doctors protecting women from regret or depriving them of a legitimate choice?
Binge eating difficult to recognize and treat: experts – CTV Toronto – Dr. Valerie Taylor – Binge eating affects more Canadians than anorexia and bulimia combined, but it has lagged behind the other more recognized eating disorders in part because it can be difficult to recognize and rather complex to treat.
National Checkup: Heart Health – CBC The National – Dr. Danielle Martin - February is heart month. A Canadian dies every seven minutes from heart disease or stroke. The National Checkup panel is here to prescribe some answers.
Meet a small team of doctors giving Syrian refugees care – Chatelaine – Dr. Meb Rashid - Dr. Meb Rashid and his family were winding down from a New Year’s Day spent at their local skating rink when an urgent email snapped him back to business. It was his contact at the immigrant-services organization COSTI, asking whether he could come to a hotel near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to give medical care to some of the 300 government-sponsored Syrian refugees temporarily housed there.
U.S. task force urges mental-health screening for pregnant women – Toronto Star – Dr. Simone Vigod - An influential health panel in the U.S. has recommended for the first time that pregnant women be screened for depression during and after pregnancy, in recognition of the high incidence of maternal mental illness and the importance of treating it.
Depression screening – CBC Metro Morning – Dr. Simone Vigod - An American health panel is calling for the screening of women for depression before and after giving birth. Matt Galloway talked to a Toronto psychiatrist and researcher in the field about the benefits of this approach.
The innovation game – Hospital News – Dr. Trevor Jamieson - As North America’s third-largest hub for biotech and the fourth largest biomedical research centre, Ontario has the capacity for more innovation.
Are sleeping pills safe? – Chatelaine – Dr. Danielle Martin - Understanding the underlying physical, mental and social causes of sleep deprivation is important before asking your doctor to reach for a prescription pad. A short-term solution isn’t going to help if the underlying problem isn’t being addressed.
Rethinking medical education – TVO The Agenda – Dr. Kymm Feldman - Two University of Toronto faculty members join The Agenda to discuss medical school curriculum renewal and what it will mean for patient-doctor relations.
Barriers to birth control access – CIUT 89.5 Beyond the Headlines – Dr. Erika Feuerstein - Effective contraception methods are underutilized in Canada, as women face barriers when accessing reproductive health care.
At 40, I’m reflecting on women’s health at every age – Chatelaine – Dr. Danielle Martin - Every birthday that ends in a zero is an opportunity to pause and reflect. So when I turned 40 in November, I started thinking — as a mother, a family doctor and a friend — about how every passing decade shapes our emotional and mental health.
Why you're tired all the time – Canadian Living – Dr. Catherine Kelly - Being low on energy can be a side-effect of several health and lifestyle problems. Our experts identify why you're tired and show you how to get an energy boost.
Canada’s Emergency Rooms – CBC The National – Dr. Danielle Martin – CBC’s health panel discusses the state of Canada’s hospital emergency rooms.
Canadian health care for Syrian refugees – Al Jazeera – Dr. Meb Rashid - As plane loads of Syrian refugees land in Canada, the country's healthcare system is bracing for impact. From coast to coast, medical centres and hospitals are rallying to ensure that they can accommodate the record numbers of refugees who may require care. With an estimated 5,000 refugees expected to resettle in the Greater Toronto Area, the newly launched Syrian Refugee Medical Clinic in Toronto is open for business.
First hospital-based refugee clinic in Toronto leads efforts to welcome newcomers – U of T News – Dr. Meb Rashid - When Dr. Meb Rashid lectures in front of University of Toronto students, he does so with passion and purpose – he’s teaching them to understand the satisfaction you can achieve helping newcomers to Canada. Rashid is director of the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College hospital, the first hospital-based refugee clinic in Toronto.
Medical experts face health care challenges treating Syrian refugees – CBC Radio, The Current – Dr. Meb Rashid - As 25,000 Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada. And of course, with so many having spent months, and years in refugee camps before their voyages here to Canada, clinics such as the Mosaic Refugee Health Centre in Calgary will be busy in the weeks and months ahead.
There’s a tap for that – Toronto Star - Dr. Yolanda Kirkham - In the tech world, women’s health is at the forefront — with hundreds of apps focusing on everything from getting pregnant to detecting breast cancer.
Canadian Doctors Gear Up To Provide Syrian Refugees With Health Care – Huffington Post – Dr. Meb Rashid - When Syrian refugees begin arriving in Canada in the coming weeks, one of the top priorities will be getting them basic health care - something most migrants will have gone without while living in makeshift camps far from home, sometimes for years.
Body over mind: A new way to treat depression – MSN.ca – Dr. Valerie Taylor - About eight percent of Canadian adults will experience major depression—a mood disorder linked to negative life events, genetics, complex biochemical imbalances and other medical problems.
Women for Women’s – Snapd – Dr. Danielle Martin, Dr. Paula Harvey - The fifth annual Women for Women's luncheon, hosted by Women’s College Hospital Foundation, saw nearly 1,000 prominent women engage in conversation about the urgent issue of women’s cardiac health, the leading cause of death for Canadian women today.
Processed meat can cause colon cancer – CBC The National – Dr. Danielle Martin - Eating processed meat such as sausage and bacon can cause cancer in humans, the World Health Organization's cancer agency says.
Extra calcium may not protect aging bones, twin studies suggest - CTV News – Dr. Sandra Kim - For decades, commonly held public health messages argued that calcium is good for your bones -- and the more of it people consume, the better protected they will be from fractures and osteoporosis. But two new studies published last week contend that this message is wrong.
Basic Income Is Just What the Doctor Ordered – Huffington Post Canada – Dr. Danielle Martin - What makes people sick? Infectious agents like bacteria and viruses and personal factors like smoking, eating poorly and living a sedentary lifestyle. But none of these compares to the way that poverty makes us sick. Prescribing medications and lifestyle changes for our patients who suffer from income deficiency isn't enough; we need to start prescribing healthy incomes.
The truth about adult acne – MSN.com – Dr. Adam Natsheh - Acne after puberty? It just doesn't seem fair. Yet more than 70 percent of adults will experience outbreaks of adult acne between ages 20 and 50, and it's more likely to strike women than men.
Bigger portions leading to obesity – CBC The National – Dr. Danielle Martin - A new health study says the obesity epidemic could be reversed easily by reducing serving sizes. Dr. Danielle Martin has seen the effects of those bigger servings.
WHO taps Canadian oncologist to help build cancer-control programs for women in developing countries – Toronto Star – Dr. Ophira Ginsburg - World Health Organization taps Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, a clinician and researcher at Women’s College Hospital, to work with a team to help build cancer-control programs for women who are at risk of dying from breast or cervical cancer. Story also appears in: Globe and Mail, 680 News, Metro Morning, CTV News, CBC News, Global News, 680 News, CP24, The Vancouver Sun, The Ottawa Citizen, MetroNews.ca, Huffington Post Canada, MacLean’s, Yahoo News Canada, Star Phoenix Online, Canada AM and The Canadian Press.
A new study calls into question the need for mastectomies for some women with pre-breast cancer – Global News – Dr. Steven Narod - A study lead by Toronto researchers has found little difference in death rates among women with the most common type of breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), who underwent a mastectomy versus less invasive treatments: either a lumpectomy, or lumpectomy with radiation. Story also appears in: Toronto Star, CNN Online, Globe and Mail, New York Times Online, CTV.ca, CBC News, Metro Morning, CBC Radio One, 680 News, CP24, Yahoo News Canada, MetroNews.ca, Huffington Post, Fox News Channel Online, Star Phoenix Online, Health Day and MSN News.
I’m pregnant and I have an eating disorder – The Globe and Mail – Dr. Simone Vigod - The latest statistics from researchers at Toronto’s University Health Network and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health indicate that up to 500,000 people in Canada struggle with an eating disorder.
Margarita burn and 3 other little-known summer hazards – CBC News – Dr. Kathleen Kerr - Thousands of cases of anaphylactic reactions to red meat caused by tick bites have been documented in the U.S., according to a 2012 study in the journal Current Allergy and Asthma Reports.
The Real Cost of Chronic Disease and What You Can Do About It – The Huffington Post – Dr. Danielle Martin – One in three Canadians live with chronic disease, three out of five hospitalizations are a result of chronic diseases, and two thirds of healthcare costs in Canada are a direct result of chronic diseases. The increasing prevalence of chronic disease puts an ever increasing burden on the healthcare system.
Experts urge cautious use of wireless devices as health effects reassessed – The Globe and Mail – Dr. Riina Bray – Wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets have certainly made staying in touch and plugging into the digital world easier and more convenient. But the increasingly ubiquitous nature of the technology is also raising concerns about possible adverse health effects from exposure to the electromagnetic radio-frequency waves that these devices emit.
Scientists identify new gene linked to breast cancer – CTV National – Dr. Mohammad Akbari – Researchers have identified one of the genes linked to hereditary breast cancer, in a Canadian-led study that could open the door to future gene therapies for women susceptible to the disease.
The top 5 headache myths debunked – Chatelaine – Dr. Christine Lay. From triggers to treatment, here are some of the biggest misconceptions about headaches, including why your tension headache may actually be a migraine.
Morgan & Martin: Pharmacare: It’s good for business – National Post – Dr. Danielle Martin - Repeatedly over the past 50 years, national commissions and inquiries have recommended that Canadian medicare include universal, public coverage of prescription drugs. So far, no government has acted on this, creating profound inequities and inefficiencies in our health-care system.
Diabetes drugs may trigger heart failure - Yahoo News – Dr. Jacob Udell. Medications for lowering glucose or sugar in diabetics may in fact increase heart failure risk inon these in these patients, new research has found.
Probiotics may hold key to improving mental health – CTV National News – Dr. Valerie Taylor. In the first study of its kind, Canadian researchers are investigating whether probiotics, the good stomach bacteria that aid digestion, regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, may in fact be a treatment for those with bipolar disorder.
Pneumonia raises risk of heart attack, stroke in older adults, study finds – Globe and Mail (Online) – Dr. Jacob Udell. Seniors who develop a bout of pneumonia severe enough to require hospitalization are at higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying of heart failure for years after the event, a new study suggests. Story also appears: CBC News Network Online, CTV.ca, Yahoo! Canada News, MetroNews.ca, 680 News and Inside Toronto.
Pizza days boost kids' calorie and fat intake – The National (CBC) – Dr. Danielle Martin. On any given day, a large proportion of kids and adolescents eat pizza — and on those days, they tend to eat more calories, saturated fat and sodium than they do on other days, according to data collected over the past decade in the U.S.
Flu Season Facts: Checkup Panel – The National (CBC) – Dr. Danielle Martin and Dr. Jacob Udell. Our health experts discuss what you need to know about this year's flu season.
Black women more likely to die of breast cancer, study says – Toronto Star (Online) – Dr. Steven Narod and Dr. Javaid Iqbal. Black women are at greater risk of dying from early-stage breast cancer when compared with women of other races and ethnicities, according to study. Story also appears in: Globe and Mail, CTV.ca, CBC Radio One, Yahoo! Canada News, CityTV, Global News, 680 News, CP24, CHCH-TV, MetroNews.ca, Huffington Post Canada, WedMD, Health Day and Fox News Channel Online WCH press release: http://po.st/F5glpK
Tool Predicts Psychiatric Patients' Readiness for Discharge – Medscape – Dr. Simone Vigod. A new clinical index accurately predicts psychiatric inpatients' risk for readmission to hospital within 30 days and may help inform treatment plans that better facilitate transition to community care, new research shows.
Stress and Your Body: What Headaches and Indigestion Really Mean – Steven and Chris – Dr. Danielle Martin - While stress is often considered a silent enemy in our daily lives, it can contribute to physical changes that impair the way our body functions. Dr. Danielle Martin breaks down some ways our bodies react negatively to stress.
3 Stress-Busting Exercises – Steven and Chris – Dr. Danielle Martin - Dealing with stress can be overwhelming and sometimes looking for ways to destress can be a task in itself. Dr. Danielle Martin shares three simple stress relief exercises that you can do at home. To view video: http://po.st/W6kqTc
7 ways to stay healthy this winter – Canadian Living – Dr. Batya Grundland – Dr. Batya Grundland, physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, shares tips for staying healthy this winter.
Wynn moves to raise awareness of sexual harassment and violence – Sun News Network – Sheila Macdonald - After touring a women's sexual assault care centre at Women's College Hospital in Toronto Thursday, Wynne said the province will undertake a number of measures to raise awareness of sexual harassment and violence, including a public education campaign.
Simple Test Detects Early Signs of Lung Disease – Reuters – Dr. Anna Day - With the release of new provincial health statistics showing another significant increase in the number of Ontarians with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the Ontario Lung Association urges people at risk of respiratory illness to take a simple test that detects lung disease in the early stages, when many may not even be aware they have a problem.
Date-rape drugs may not be as prevalent as you think – CBC.ca – Dr. Janice Du Mont. The discovery of a 16-year-old girl at a Halloween party in Quebec who was found naked with traces of the date-rape drug GHB in her bloodstream has renewed concerns about the prevalence of these incapacitating substances.
Refugee health cuts ideological - Winnipeg Free Press Online – Dr. Meb Rashid. CANADA’S immigration minister truculently announced Tuesday that the government will comply with a Federal Court ruling obliging it to provide health care to asylum-seekers, for now.
How to Stay Healthy on Vacation - Steven and Chris (CBC.ca) – Dr. Danielle Martin. Whether you're taking a long flight or a six-hour car ride to your destination, travelling healthy ensures you get to spend that long-awaited time off by the beach — and not in your hotel bed (or worse!).
How to improve your lung health – Canadian Living – Dr. Anna Day. Many people don't realize they have lung damage. Our experts reveal how you can test your lung function and improve your lung health.
How you can lower your risk of heart disease – Canadian Living – Dr. Jacob Udell. Our experts reveal how you can improve your heart health. Plus, they explain what food causes the most damage to your heart – and it's not bacon!
Global Health Summit: the grand convergence – UofT News – Dr. Ophira Ginsburg. The issue: In a widely read 2013 article, "Global Health 2013: The Grand Convergence," the Lancet revisited the case for investment in health and developed a new investment framework to achieve dramatic health gains by 2035.
Checkup Panel: Ebola – The National (CBC) – Dr. Danielle Martin. Our health panel answers your questions about Ebola.
Health care fixes focus of meeting – Chronicle Herald – Dr. Danielle Martin. Dr. Danielle Martin’s profile skyrocketed after an address to a United States senate committee hearing last March where she defended Canada’s health system.
Cardiac trials skewed by healthier-than-average test subjects, study finds – Toronto Star – Dr. Jacob Udell. Research led by a Toronto cardiologist concludes test subjects in clinical trials are the healthiest and youngest of heart attack patients – possibly calling some conclusions into question. Story also appears in: Yahoo News Canada, MSN News Canada, metronews.ca,Calgary Herald, Newstalk650.com, Ottawa Citizen, Star Phoenix, Vancouver Sun Online and Windsor Star Online. For WCH press release: http://po.st/I2oIJ9
Four signs you’re depressed and how you can overcome it - Chatelaine (Online) - Dr. Valerie Taylor. Robin Williams’ suicide is a tragic reminder that depression affects us all. Psychiatrist Valerie Taylor tells us what to watch out for and what to do when it becomes more than “just stress.”
Risk of Diabetes Doubles as Disease Rises Sharply in U.S. – Bloomberg News Online – Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe. Forty percent of Americans born from 2000 to 2011 will develop diabetes, double the risk of those born a decade earlier, signaling a sharp increase in the disease’s prevalence, researchers found.
New Tool Evaluates Doctor’s Bedside Manner – Medical News Today Online – Dr. Tim Dwyer. The best way to improve a doctor’s bedside manner may lie in a new tool that evaluates and helps medical residents improve their communication and other soft skills to become better doctors, according to a new study led by Women’s College Hospital’s Dr. Tim Dwyer. For WCH press release: http://po.st/8uboQg
BRCA2 Mutation Ups Prostate Cancer Death Risk – Renal and Urology News (Online) - Dr. Mohammad R. Akbari. Prostate cancer (PCa) patients with a BRCA2 mutation are more likely to die from the malignancy than those without the mutation, researchers reported online in the British Journal of Cancer.
Female Sexual Dysfunction – Motherforlife.com – Dr. Stephen Holzapfel. In the late 90's a landmark, large-scale survey of sexual dysfunction in women was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Brain Magic: The Power of Placebos – CBC The Nature of Things – Dr. Danielle Martin. New research is proving that everything from sugar pills, to saline injections, to sham surgery, can have real healing power.
Bonuses Ontario paid to MDs had little effect on 3 cancer screening rates - The Globe and Mail Online – Dr. Noah Ivers. More than $100-million in bonuses the Ontario government paid to doctors did little to increase screening rates for three kinds of cancer, according to a new study that undermines the popular notion that financial incentives can change how physicians care for their patients.
Breast Cancer Detection Method – CTV News - Dr. Steven Narod. Dr. Steven Narod discusses how researchers may soon use blood tests and DNA to determine women’s susceptibility to breast cancer.
Treating concussions in kids – CBC The National - Dr. Danielle Martin. Canadian researchers are working on teaching parents how to recognize symptoms of concussions in young children, and improving treatment
No lying still in Vancouver hospital's 'Upright Open' MRI machine – CTV News – Dr. Gillian Hawker. Lying still won't do it in this MRI machine, which allows people to sit, stand and squat so researchers can see their joints in action to possibly prevent hip osteoarthritis decades later. Story also appears in: Times Colonist Online, 680 News, Winnipeg Free Press Online, MSN News (Canada), Brandon Sun Online, Medicine Hat News, NewTalk 650, NewsTalk 91.9 Moncton, News Talk 1130, NewsTalk 650, 1310 News, NewsTalk 1290, 1057 EZRock, Winnipeg Virgin Radio
Sexual assault: the crowd factor – The Globe and Mail – Robin Mason. In stark contrast to established statistics that show the majority of sexual assaults occur in the victim’s home by a known perpetrator who did not employ drugs, new research from the University of Ottawa shows that, in mass gatherings such as Canada Day celebrations or university frosh weeks, sexual assault is more likely to be committed by a stranger and with the use of some kind of drug.
Genetic testing: Is it worth it? – Canadian Living – Aletta Poll. If you knew you were at risk of developing a disease, would you want to know about it? Discover how the world of genomics is changing modern medicine.
‘Weekend effect’ hospital risk – CBC The National – Dr. Danielle Martin. Risk of death in hospital slightly higher on weekends, but not a reason to delay seeking care.
New centre helps struggling mothers go beyond stigma of mental health – Globe and Mail – Marsha Gallinger and Dr. Aliza Israel - Getting parenting support is tough at the best of times, but especially challenging for women struggling with mental-health issues. Now a first-of-its-kind centre that dispenses with the need for formal referrals to a child psychiatrist, long wait times and fees is helping women be better moms.
HIV non-disclosure charges not science-based, doctors say – CBC.ca – Dr. Mona Loutfy - Miscarriages of justice could result from a poor appreciation of the latest evidence on how HIV transmits, say a group of Canadian HIV physicians and medical researchers who want to clear up any confusion.
CAMH and Women's College Hospital to collaborate to advance women's mental health care – Bloomberg Businessweek – Dr. Valerie Taylor - With women twice as likely to experience depression and more likely to experience other mood and anxiety disorders than men, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Women's College Hospital will explore opportunities to collaborate to improve care for women affected by mental illness.
Asthma is Not Just Kids' Stuff – Reuters Online – Dr. Anna Day - One in 10 Ontarians over the age of 40 has asthma. Many of them have lived with the illness since childhood. Sometimes, asthma that went away after childhood reappears later in life. But asthma can also occur in adults and seniors with no history of respiratory problems.
Birth control: The modern woman's guide – Canadian Living – Dr. Erika Feuerstein - The pill is no longer the only birth control women use. From IUDs to withdrawal, we have the latest info on your contraception options.
6 vaginal issues and how to treat them – Canadian Living – Dr. Amanda Selk - Is it a yeast infection? Do I have endometriosis? We have what you need to know about the most common gynaecological issues. Plus, what your treatment options are.
Having HIV and a healthy baby – The Gazette Online – Dr. Mona Loutfy - Thanks to medical advances, community support, HIV-positive mothers have every reason to be hopeful.
Sherpa Guides – CBC.ca – Dr. John Semple - Yesterday, dozens of Sherpa guides abandoned the base camp at Mount Everest after 16 of their colleagues were killed in an avalanche last week. Matt Galloway spoke with Dr. John Semple. He is chief of surgery at Women's College Hospital. He studies Everest, and in 2005, travelled to the North Col as team doctor for a group of British climbers.
Post-traumatic (childbirth) stress disorder – Today’s Parent – Maura O’Keefe – Among those who study postpartum afflictions, the profile of women exhibiting signs of PTSD - the same illness linked to soldiers in wartime - is on the rise.
We Need to Talk About Women's Health - Huffpost Living – Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe - "Why blog about women's health?" someone asked me. Maybe it's because I'm old enough to remember the days that women didn't talk about breast cancer or when many of us assumed that heart disease was considered something that only happened to men.
Measles in Canada: Why this infectious disease is spreading – The Globe and Mail – Dr. Danielle Martin - For Canadian health-care officials, it was never a matter of “Will we get a measles outbreak?” It was about knowing that one of the world’s most infectious diseases would find a way to spread into parts of Canada, especially in areas where immunization rates are dangerously low.
Why are you so tired? – Yahoo! News Canada – Dr. Batya Grundland - With one in seven Canadians suffering from insomnia and even more saying they can't seem to get a good night's rest, tiredness is now reaching epidemic proportions. Story also appeared in: Chatelaine Magazine
Tips on how to improve your heart health – Canadian Living - Dr. Danielle Martin - Heart disease is the biggest cause of death for women, but Dr. Danielle Martin from Toronto's Women's College Hospital says there are ways you can improve your heart health.
The future of Canadian health care – Canadian Living – Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin answers our most pressing questions about the Canadian health care system, including what surprising treatment she prescribes.
Doctors weigh in on 2013’s biggest medical breakthroughs - Toronto Star - Dr. Danielle Martin - More isn’t always better, especially in health care. Actually, more intervention, tests, and procedures can be harmful, says Dr. Danielle Martin, family physician and vice-president of medical affairs and health system solutions at Women’s College Hospital.
Canada closing door on North Korean refugees – Toronto Star – Vanessa Wright - A recent decision by the refugee appeal tribunal to side with Ottawa and overturn a North Korean woman’s refugee status has sent shockwaves among asylum seekers who fled the Communist regime.
Canada's hereditary-cancer clinics feel the ‘Angelina effect’ - Globe and Mail - Dr. Steven Narod - Five months after actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, hereditary-cancer clinics are reporting a sharp increase in doctor referrals and phone calls from women asking for genetic testing.
Debunking myths about aging - Canadian Living - Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin, M.D. rethinks silly notions about getting older.
Broadening the Reach of Healthcare – CBC - Dr. Paula Rochon - Women's College Hospital has always been at the forefront of finding new ways to provide healthcare. But now, they're looking for new ideas and partners from unlikely places. Dr. Paula Rochon, vice-president of research, spoke about the Women's Exchange.
One in 20 Canadians is a food addict, study finds - The Vancouver Sun - Dr. Valerie Taylor - One in 20 Canadians is a food addict, suggests new Canadian research believed to be the first attempt to measure the prevalence of “food addiction” in a general population.
Mina Mawani: “Change Facilitator” - South Asian Generation Next - Mina Mawani - WCH board member Mina Mawani was profiled on the cover of South Asian Generation Next.
Onsite colposcopy clinic improves cancer screening rates - Medical Xpress - Dr. Sheila Dunn - Women who had a colposcopy at a sexual health clinic that provided extra support and counselling were 34 per cent more likely to undergo the cancer screening procedure compared to women who were referred to a hospital or doctor's office, according to a new study by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Sheila Dunn.
Deaths of Winnipeg children put focus on postpartum depression - Globe and Mail - Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis - The deaths of a 32-year-old woman and her two children have prompted an outpouring of grief in Winnipeg and raised questions about how communities can better support mothers struggling with their mental health.
Scaling Up: Danielle Martin at TEDxStouffville - TEDxStouffville - Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin gave an inspiring talk at TEDx Stouffville on how the Canadian health care system can be strengthened by embracing failure in order to drive improvement.
Male Victims Of Sex Assault And The Services They Use – Medical News Today - Dr. Janice Du Mont, Sheila Macdonald - While only a small percentage of adult males who are victims of sex assault report the crime, a new study by Women's College Research Institute (WCRI) and the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres (ONSA/DVTCs) shows of those who do, an overwhelming majority - almost 90 per cent - use five or more services ranging from counselling to medical care and treatment.
Your thyroid may be the cause of your infertility - Chatelaine - Dr. Afshan Zahedi - Hypothyroidism (or underactive thyroid) occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. Low levels of thyroid hormone can interfere with ovulation and affect fertility.
Study: Metformin may not improve survival rates after breast cancer - The Medical News - Dr. Iliana Lega - Despite previous scientific studies that suggest diabetes drug metformin has anti-cancer properties, a new, first-of-its-kind study from Women's College Hospital has found the drug may not actually improve survival rates after breast cancer in certain patients.
Patient Safety - Lose You Tie Boston Globe - The Boston Globe - Dr. Michael Gardam - Dr. Michael Gardam co-wrote an opinion piece for The Boston Globe on how standard medical equipment and attire pose the risk of harbouring and transmitting a host of dangerous organisms to patients.
Healthy at any age: Tips from health experts - Glow - Dr. Jacob Udell, Dr. Valerie Taylor - Dr. Jacob Udell and Dr. Valerie Taylor are featured in Glow magazine, in a story about how to say healthy at any age. (Note: Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is also featured in the print edition of this article.)
Symptoms you need to tell your doctor about - Canadian Living - Dr. Kymm Feldman - Women often brush off unexplained body changes without letting their doctors know how they are feeling. Two doctors explain why you should always keep an open conversation with your physician and the dangers of ignoring what your body is telling you.
Groundbreaking programs target women’s health - Globe and Mail - Jennifer Price, Dr. Paula Harvey, Dr. Leonard Sternberg - Jennifer Price, Dr. Paula Harvey and Dr. Leonard Sternberg from the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative were featured in the Globe and Mail Heart Health supplement.
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: More or Less Medicine? - The Agenda - Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin in a program looking personalized health reviews vs. annual check-ups and at the modern realities of medicine.
What we know of breast cancer drugs may be spin & bias - The Current - Dr. An-Wen Chan - A senior scientist at a Toronto Cancer Centre who examined 164 drug trials for breast cancer treatment over a 16 year period says as many as two-thirds showed a bias in the way they reported adverse or negative effects and in how they tried to make the study look more positive than it was.
Dementia drugs may be riskier for men - CBC - Dr. Paula Rochon - Elderly people with dementia should be prescribed antipsychotics carefully, say Ontario doctors who found men are at higher risk of hospitalization and death than women when the treatment begins.
People to watch: Danielle Martin - Toronto Star - Dr. Danielle Martin - Dr. Danielle Martin has established herself as a leader in the debate over the future of Canada’s health-care system.
Marijuana is harmless? Are we blinded by a smoke screen? - Globe and Mail - Dr. Meldon Kahan - Marijuana’s public image has undergone a stunning transformation since the scare-mongering of Reefer Madness and the dope comedies of Cheech and Chong, but many doctors believe that weed’s rehabilitation as a virtual wonder drug may be distracting us from its real health dangers.
Breast cancer risks on the job a 'neglected area' - CBC - Dr. Steven Narod - Some women working in industries such as automotive plastics and food canning may face higher risk of breast cancer than those in other occupations, say Canadian researchers who are trying to fill gaps in what they call a neglected field.
Flu shots may also cut risk of heart attacks - Ottawa Citizen - Dr. Jacob Udell - New Canadian research suggests that the influenza vaccine significantly lowers the risk of heart attack, strokes and dying from heart disease.
Premenstrual mood symptoms questioned – CBC - Dr. Diane Meschino - Women who feel grouchy before getting their periods shouldn't blame it on their hormones directly, according to researchers at the University of Toronto.
Targeted HIV programs meet diverse needs – Hospital News -Dr. Mona Loutfy - From pregnancy planning for young couples to culturally sensitive research for Aboriginal people, the Women and HIV Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute is engaging underserved people and targeting their unique needs.
When your surgeon has an art-school diploma on the wall – Globe and Mail – Dr. John Semple - There are a few things we like to see on a doctor’s office wall. A medical degree is a good start. But what about an art school diploma? For physicians, especially those engaged in medical research, that might be a good idea.
Meetings with local reps bring democracy between elections – Town Crier – Carolyn Bennett - The provincial government through the Community Care Access Centre is already funding innovative programs like the The Virtual Ward, a new model of care located at Women’s College Hospital that is designed to work with family doctors to support patients for several weeks after hospital discharge.
Patients living with HIV are dying in denial – Toronto Star – Dr. Mona Loutfy and Shari Margolese - Despite readily available drugs and programs in Canada, fear and stigma continue to keep some HIV-positive people from seeking treatment.
Innovative breast cancer program exported to Bangladesh – InsideToronto.com – Dr. Ophira Ginsburg - Women's College Research Institute scientist Dr. Ophira Ginsburg is doing her part to ensure the health of women in an area where such important matters are often ignored and overlooked.
Improving breast care in Bangladesh – CBC Radio – Dr. Ophira Ginsburg appears on CBC Radio discussing the Grand Challenges grant she was awarded to improve breast cancer diagnosis and care in Bangladesh through the use of mobile phone technology. (click on the arrow to play the audio-file)
Picky eaters could join ranks of mentally ill – National Post – Dr. Valerie Taylor - “Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder,” or ARFID, is being recommended as a new eating disorder for the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, an influential book used daily by doctors worldwide.
Missing Medical Data Could Harm Patients – Scientific Amercian – Dr. An-Wen Chan - Even though scientific and medical journals are loaded with what might seem like endless reports from clinical trails each year, about half of clinical trial results go unpublished
Older women face chronic conditions, lack of care – CBC Radio – Dr. Paula Rochon appears on CBC Radio discussing her current study on older women. (click on the arrow to play the audio-file)
Breast cancer gene could also affect heart health – Globe and Mail – Dr. Steven Narod - Toronto researchers have discovered evidence that a genetic mutation linked to higher rates of breast cancer may also play a critical role in regulating proper heart function.
A better world for women and girls – British Medical Journal (BMJ) - Dr. Janice Du Mont - A British Medical Journal editorial calls for a moral and political movement to end violence and oppression against women and girls.
Get out of my head – Toronto Sun - Dr. Christine Lay - Living with disabling – and often misunderstood – migraine headaches.
22 years later, women are still a target – Toronto Star – WCH’s annual commemoration marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women appeared on CBC TV, CTV, City TV, CP24, CBC Metro Morning, 680 News, Sun TV and the Toronto Star.
Beat holiday shopping stress by treating yourself, too – CTV - Dr. Erin Carter - Every year the holidays sneak up on shoppers, leaving stressed-out millions rushing to malls to find gifts for loved ones. Such madness may seem unavoidable, especially in today's busy world.
IVF and cancer risk – Global TV - Dr. Cliff Librach - For women who have trouble conceiving, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) offers hope.
‘Drunkorexic’ students saving calories for alcohol – National Post - Dr. Valerie Taylor - More students on university and college campuses are cutting calories during the day so they can binge drink at night, leaving them open to long-term health problems.
Breast cancer researcher looks to Polish diet – CBC.ca - Dr. Steven Narod, Dr. Joanne Kotsopoulos - Polish women may be nearly half as likely to develop breast cancer than North American women, a study involving Toronto Women's College Hospital suggests.
Clinical trial results should be public: CMAJ – Globe and Mail – Dr. An-Wen Chan - Health Canada should publicly release results of clinical trials and allow greater access to safety and efficacy information about drugs and other health products to protect the public from harm, according to a new analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Not just another headache – Londoner – Dr. Christine Lay - Often perceived as a nuisance rather than a neurological disorder, for people who suffer from one or more of hundreds of serious types of headache, like migraines, help can feel far away.
Monitoring thyroid hormone therapy is necessary – Toronto Sun – Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe - thyroid hormone therapy has become the gold standard of treatment for hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), though the hormone, called levothyroxine, no longer comes from the minced up glands of animals.
Headache disorders – CBC Radio – Dr. Christine Lay - The World Health Organization has released its first ever global atlas on headache disorders and the results aren't good.
Avoiding frostbite on frigid winter days – Metro News - Dr. Jensen Yeung - Whether you are snowboarding, skiing, tobaganning, snowshoeing or simply waiting for the bus, watch out for frostbite if you’re exposed for long periods of time when it’s very cold and windy.