Archive for June, 2011
Obstetrics team helps deliver first brother to
There are few things as miraculous as a newborn’s first gulp of oxygen, yet nothing more frightening for parents when that moment doesn’t come as quickly as it should. It was just one minute into a brand new day, December 10, ...
Clinical research at SickKids: Moving beyond what is
possible right now
At first glance, Liam MacGregor seems like any other 12-year-old, enjoying computer games, visiting amusement parks and playing the occasional hockey game. But for a long time, he watched his friends run around outside and while he wanted to join ...
The same in (almost) every way: Study shows identical
twins are not genetically identical
While identical twins are the same in many ways, a new study shows that their genes are a surprising exception to the rule. Using the gene chips, Dr. Richard O’Reilly, psychiatrist at Lawson Health Research Institute, and Dr. Shiva Singh, ...
Turning the tide on intellectual disability: A new
approach to diagnosis
BC Children’s Hospital is launching a new clinical research program that promises to change the medical paradigm for diagnosing and treating intellectual disability in children. The program, called “Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavour in B.C. (TIDE-BC)”, features a diagnostic protocol of specific ...
Innovative treatment options for women with locally
advanced breast cancer and more operable disease
Wendy Wilson, 56, had begun to make healthier lifestyle choices but in May 2010 she was told the lump in her right breast wasn’t one of the many benign cysts she had before. She heard those life-altering words: breast cancer. Soon ...
Video gaming system being used to see patient imaging
A team of engineers, University of Toronto residents and Sunnybrook cancer surgeons are doing much more than playing games with their Xbox Kinect™, they are using the technology during surgery to view critical patient imaging. One of the challenges during cancer ...
Interprofessional education and orientation in
Despite the advances occurring in medicine, being told that you have cancer would be devastating to anyone. One of the most important things that must be done is to ensure that cancer patients are well supported and that they receive ...
BC Children’s PICU learns quality improvement lesson
the hard way
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at BC Children’s Hospital has achieved a significant milestone. They haven’t had a short-term central line infection in any of their patients since October 2008. Central lines are inserted in acutely ill patients who ...
Mood and anxiety program for adolescents and young
adults provides timely access to care
Two years ago Hannah felt sad. She lost interest in activities she once enjoyed, became withdrawn and focused on bad thoughts. Hannah was 12 years old. The symptoms, once manageable, became worse and by the time she was 14, Hannah’s ...
New imaging technique helps detect brain tumours earlier
Brain tumours are often very difficult for doctors to find. Current imaging techniques that find other types of cancer without difficulty still often can’t easily find brain tumours. That means many patients are diagnosed with brain cancer too late for ...
In healthcare, there are many kinds of emergencies — but not all are medical in nature. The emergency may be the urgent need […]Read more →
One of the first things patients notice about Lisa McKay is the set of white, DJ-calibre headphones she sports around her neck or […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
When blood donors roll up their sleeves to give, they do so with trust in our commitment to put their donation to the […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose The misuse and abuse of opioids — strong painkillers such […]Read more →
Like many health care providers, Mackenzie Health offers volunteer greeters to welcome patients and families as they enter the hospital as well as […]Read more →
Variety is the spice of life. This phrase definitely applies to the recent fundraising efforts of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (TSHF). From hosting […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
The recent Ontario election meant that much legislation died on the table; but we can expect some bills to resurface. Bill 117, which […]Read more →
Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies
There’s a new way to deal with back pain, thanks to Trillium Health Partners’ interprofessional team-based model at the Kingsway Financial Spine Centre. […]Read more →
Mark is there for the birth of his daughter Amanda. He cuts the umbilical cord. Mark is also there when 23 too-short years […]Read more →
The first association of volunteers at Hôpital Montfort was created in the spring of 1955 when Ms. LeFort, wife of the hospital’s architect, […]Read more →
From high school and university students to young professionals and recent retirees, volunteers at Runnymede Healthcare Centre play an integral role in enhancing […]Read more →
We believe that our events should be educational tools that benefit our participants both physically and socially. This year, the University of Ottawa […]Read more →
Improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers is a constant endeavor for health care organizations. Since 2009, hospitals in Ontario have been required […]Read more →
Fate led me to the field of neurosurgery. As a young man, I was a keen cyclist and skier. Then, when I was in […]Read more →
Since its founding in 1992, volunteers have been one of the most valuable resources for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, playing a vital role […]Read more →
Craig Bemrose does much more than just serve coffee at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). He’s also helping to improve patient care […]Read more →
Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University have opened the first phase of a new outpatient clinic that will provide innovative care for adults […]Read more →
Two years ago, during the Summit for Sinai fundraising climb up Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the fundraisingteam encountered an unexpected life-saving task. While making […]Read more →
Facilities Management and Design
When the Just for Kids (JFK) Clinic opened 23 years ago at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, it had just an office and two […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
“I’ve been waiting for this day for a really long time.” Eighteen-year-old Chelsea Leger-Watt says these words just after her high school graduation. […]Read more →