Research team has isolated the COVID-19 virus

A team of researchers from Sunnybrook, McMaster University and the University of Toronto has isolated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the agent responsible for the ongoing...

Smartphones, social media use and youth mental health

A new article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) reviews evidence that suggests an association between excessive smartphone and social media use and mental...

Lower levels of lymphocyte blood cells may indicate increased risk of death

Lower levels of lymphocyte blood cells — could be an early warning for future illness, as low counts were associated with a 60 % increase in death.

First unplanned hospital admission associated with 5-fold increased risk of death in older adults

Unexpected admission to hospital could be an early warning indicator of death within 5 years for seniors. New research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association...

ICU national research network: First of its kind in Canada

By Steven Gallagher A Niagara Health physician is leading the launch of a national network to support the growth of research in Intensive Care Units...

Cannabis and alcohol responsible for majority of hospitalizations for substance use among youth

Last year, over 23,500 youth (age 10 to 24) were hospitalized for harm caused by substance use — the equivalent of 65 hospitalizations each...

Commonly used drug for Alzheimer disease doubles risk of hospitalization

A drug commonly used to manage symptoms of Alzheimer disease and other dementias — donepezil — is associated with a two-fold higher risk of hospital admission...

Hospital harms total $1 billion for health care system in Ontario

Experiencing harm in hospital significantly increases the length of stay, length of recovery after discharge and health system costs, which amounted to more than...

Surgery before pregnancy linked to increased risk of opioid withdrawal in babies

Babies whose mothers underwent surgery before pregnancy had an increased risk of opioid withdrawal symptoms at birth, found a new study in CMAJ (Canadian...

Physical and mental illnesses combined increase emergency department visits

People with both physical illnesses and mental disorders visit the emergency department more frequently than people with multiple physical illnesses or mental illness alone,...

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