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 ...
Rian Michelsen is a rising star. Fifteen years ago, he was the toddler who burst out from behind the curtains singing Elvis’ Viva […]Read more →
For 19-year-old Cassandra Arthur, now an outpatient at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), feeling part of a community has played […]Read more →
HealthCareCAN, the national voice of healthcare organizations in Canada, marked International Clinical Trials Day on May 20, 2015, with the release of a […]Read more →
We have designed that system for the convenience of practitioners, not patients A version of this speech was delivered May 14, 2015 to […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Home to one of the richest pools of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise in the world, Canada’s research talent is reflected in the […]Read more →
A six-month study out of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital revealed that children with autism who consumed omega-3 fatty acids did not improve […]Read more →
It is a tribute to the extensive education efforts of the past 20 years that the general public has a good understanding about […]Read more →
A commitment to collaborating with patients and community partners to achieve the best outcomes possible In the spring of 2014, Alanis*, a 60-year-old […]Read more →
Ground-breaking Research led by Southlake Doctor proves that a simple heart procedure is more effective than other options that require additional intervention Imagine […]Read more →
Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies
If you listen closely in the hallways of McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH), you might just catch the strumming of an acoustic guitar and […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Imagine having to drive across a province for hours to reach an appointment with a top specialist for a complex new medical condition […]Read more →
One minute Mark Thompson was watching a soccer match on television and the next he was lying on his living room floor fighting […]Read more →
For patients, the Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada (Guidelines) provide an opportunity […]Read more →
It only takes a few minutes of conversation with any member of Hôpital Montfort’s Diabetes Clinic to grasp the amount of success stories […]Read more →
Northwestern Ontario has higher than average rates of cardiac disease. Now, those in need of treatment for complex heart disease, including heart attacks, […]Read more →
In 2006, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to remove age 65 as the upper limit of prohibited discrimination based on age. […]Read more →
Hearing you need open heart surgery can be frightening. Often, it comes as a surprise – a visit to the Emergency Department with […]Read more →
The advance directive movement officially began in 1990 following the landmark case of Nancy Cruzan in the United States. The lengthy court battle […]Read more →
The number of Canadians with diabetes is rapidly increasing. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than 20 Canadians are diagnosed with the […]Read more →
St. Michael’s Hospital, cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Subodh Verma was troubled by the lack of data to guide decision making and treatment choices for […]Read more →