Archive for June, 2011

Obstetrics team helps deliver first brother to seven sisters
Obstetrics team helps deliver first brother to
seven sisters

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
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 ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Pediatrics, Research|0 comments

The same in (almost) every way: Study shows identical twins are not genetically identical
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, ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Mental Health, Pediatrics, Research|0 comments

Turning the tide on intellectual disability: A new approach to diagnosis
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 ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Diagnostic, Pediatrics, Research|0 comments

Innovative treatment options  for women with locally advanced  breast cancer and more operable disease
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 ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Oncology, Research|1 comment

Video gaming system being used to see patient imaging during surgery
Video gaming system being used to see patient imaging
during surgery

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 ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Diagnostic, Oncology, Surgery|0 comments

Interprofessional education and  orientation in oncology clinic
Interprofessional education and orientation in
oncology clinic

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 ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Oncology, Patient Care|0 comments

BC Children’s PICU learns quality improvement lesson the hard way
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
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 ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Mental Health, Patient Care|0 comments

New imaging technique helps detect  brain tumours earlier
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 ...

Posted: June 1, 2011|Diagnostic, Neurology, Oncology|0 comments

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