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January 27, 2015

How are concussions and Alzheimer's disease linked?

Findings reveal that head injuries trigger a type of chronic swelling in the brain that could be at play in Alzheimer’s.

Prof. Lili-Naz Hazrati - featured
Toronto Star

January 1, 2015

Toronto doctor who fought SARS working to stop Ebola virus in Liberia

Mount Sinai Hospital’s Director of Infection Control Dr. Allison McGeer joined the World Health Organization in October to help battle the virus, which has killed 3,400 people in Liberia since May.

Prof. Allison McGeer - featured
Toronto Star

December 28, 2014

A sleuth in the world of neurological disease

Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati is a neuropathologist trying to untangle the mysteries of brain deterioration.

Prof. Lili-Naz Hazrati - featured
Toronto Star

August 11, 2014

Ebola precautions: hospital isolations 'will happen again'

A Toronto doctor says last weekend's case in which a man was treated in isolation at a Brampton, Ont., hospital as a precaution against possible Ebola infection is an example of how control procedures should work.

Prof. Allison McGeer - featured
CBC News

June 27, 2014

Toronto “ally blood donor” clinic lets gay men “give” blood

University of Toronto AIDS researcher opens “ally” blood bank to skirt Canadian Blood Services’ five-year ban on gay and bisexual men.

Stephen McCarthy - featured
Toronto Star

April 19, 2014

MERS virus outbreak raising SARS-like concern

Confirmed cases hit 290, according to World Health Organization

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
CBC News

April 6, 2014

New study sheds light on genetic drivers of fatal pediatric cancer

Prof. Cynthia Hawkins - featured
CTV News

March 11, 2014

Understanding ALS

Prof. Janice Robertson - featured

ALS seems to be striking people who are younger and younger and doctors don’t know why.

January 28, 2014

It's not too late to get your flu shot

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
Toronto Star

Flu season is near its peak this year, but it’s not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t already, a specialist says.

December 8, 2013

Drug derived from snake venom could prevent blood clots, researchers say

Prof. Ni - featured
Globe and Mail
It’s one of the world’s most poisonous snakes, and researchers hope the venom of the viper dubbed the “hundred pacer” can provide a medication to help prevent one of the world’s leading killers.

A team of researchers has purified a protein from the snake’s venom to develop an experimental drug aimed at preventing blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke.

October 31, 2013

Michael Pollanen: Fixing the Worst Criminal Injustice

Prof. Pollanen - featured
TVO - The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Five years ago this month, Ontarians came to discover how corrupt the province's investigations into some criminally suspicious child deaths truly were. Mr. Justice Stephen Goudge released a report showing a shocking number of adults were wrongly convicted of crimes, as a result of the testimony of former pathologist Charles Smith. Ontario's current chief forensic pathologist Michael Pollanen tells Steve Paikin about the long journey back to credibility.

October 28, 2013

Ontario's forensic pathologists better equipped in 'search for truth'

Prof. Pollanen - featured
Toronto Star
Five years after Goudge inquiry into Charles Smith, Ontario boasts a well-trained, accountable death investigation system.

August 11, 2013

New study redefines how plaque grows in heart disease

Prof. Clint Robbins - featured
Science Codex
The growth of deadly plaque inside the walls of arteries may not happen as scientists believed, research from the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital has found.

August 1, 2013

Hematologic diagnostics go with the flow

Prof. Anna Porwit - quoted
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
Those diagnosing hematopathological disorders have been reaping the benefits of improved flow cytometry methodologies, though standardization of some techniques is still in the works

July 29, 2013

C. diff rates falling but still a concern

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
Ten years after an outbreak of Clostridium difficile killed as many as 2000 people in Quebec, the diarrhea-causing bacterium is infecting fewer people in Canadian hospitals, though it remains a major public health concern.

July 4, 2013

Scientists Identify Molecular Switch that Kick-Starts Formation of Arteries

Prof. Jason Fish - quoted
Health Canal
Scientists' findings reveal underlying events that distinguish arteries from veins.

July 1, 2013

Solving a Viral Mystery
Experts Scramble to Trace the Emergence of MERS

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
The New York Times
The search for bats is part of an investigation into the MERS coronavirus, a deadly new viral disease that has drawn scientists from around the world to Saudi Arabia.

June 14, 2013

Testing Tuberculosis: Lab testing drug resistance of TB

Prof. Frances Jamieson - featured
CTV News
For many Canadians, Tuberculosis is a disease of the past, but thousands of cases still appear every year. Pauline Chan explains.

June 12, 2013

Tracking drug-resistant tuberculosis in real-time

Prof. Frances Jamieson - featured
Health Canal
New Canadian surveillance system monitors tuberculosis and could be used for SARS-like outbreaks.

June 12, 2013

Search for MERS virus source needs global teamwork

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
CBC News
International collaboration will be needed to find the source of the elusive MERS virus, says a Canadian SARS expert who has been involved in efforts to investigate and contain an outbreak of the new coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.

June 11, 2013

Surgical masks for Ramadan? New virus has pandemic potential

Prof. Donald Low - quoted
World health experts worry pilgrimage will spark global health crisis if Saudi Arabia stays mum about MERS virus.

June 6, 2013

Hospital sterilization: How problems slip through

Prof. Mary Vearncombe - quoted
CBC News
The discovery that a Quebec hospital failed to properly sterilize an endoscope for eight years points to a need for tracking and reporting whether hospitals are following stringent cleaning practices, a medical expert says.

June 5, 2013

WHO expert team, including Canadian, in Saudi Arabia investigating MERS outbreak

Prof. Allison McGeer - mentioned
Global News
A World Health Organization-led group of experts is in Saudi Arabia trying to get to the bottom of what is happening there with the new MERS coronavirus.

June 4, 2013

Why the world is running out of antibiotics

Prof. Tony Mazzulli - featured
U of T News
Writer Jenny Hall spoke to Dr. Tony Mazzulli, a professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and a microbiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network, to help explain the threat of antibiotic resistance.

June 3, 2013

Toronto oncologists present groundbreaking paper on future of cancer treatment

Prof. Suzanne Kamel-Reid - quoted
Toronto Star
The study, known as IMPACT, details a personalized, genetics-based approach to cancer diagnosis, prognosis and care.

May 31, 2013

Saudi officials investigating possible second outbreak of MERS virus

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
Global News
Authorities in Saudi Arabia are investigating whether there is a new cluster of MERS coronavirus cases linked to a hospital in the eastern part of the country.

May 28, 2013

Saudi coronavirus work stymied at Canadian lab

Prof. Allison McGeer - mentioned
CBC News
The lives of many around the world are at stake, but a strict contract hinders scientists from collaborating on deadly virus.

May 13, 2013

Study finds that 1 in 12 Canadian adults in hospital have MRSA or another superbug

Prof. Andrew Simor - featured
On any given day, about one in 12 adults in hospitals across Canada are either colonized or infected with a superbug, the first national survey to determine the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant organisms has found.

May 12, 2013

Vaccines: New Surveillance Tool Detects Public Concerns

Prof. Natasha Crowcroft - quoted
Medscape Today
A new global media surveillance tool detects and monitors public concerns about vaccines in real time, according to a study published online May 13 in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. By allowing public health officials to respond faster and more effectively to a loss of public confidence in vaccines, the new tool could help reduce vaccination refusals and disease outbreaks.

May 10, 2013

Legacy Girls breast cancer study following 900 girls in North America

Prof. Irene Andrulis - quoted
Toronto Star
Stephanie Demerjian is a 14-year-old budding scientist who is determined to do all she can to further breast cancer research. That’s why she’s participating in the Legacy Girls Study, a long-term breast cancer study involving about 900 girls from across North America, half of whom come from families with a history of the disease.

May 8, 2013

Toronto SARS expert heads to Saudi Arabia to probe deadly coronavirus outbreak

Prof. Allison McGeer - featured
Toronto Star

Authorities in Saudi Arabia are seeking outside expertise to help with an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the eastern Saudi city of al Hofuf. And a source has revealed that Toronto SARS expert Dr. Allison McGeer is among the scientists who are travelling to Saudi Arabia at the request of the kingdom's government.

May 3, 2013

Saudi Arabia reveals 7 new SARS-like coronavirus cases

Prof. Don Low - quoted
Global News

The World Health Organization would like more and quicker information about new coronavirus cases, the organization’s head of infectious diseases said Thursday after Saudi Arabia revealed it had found seven additional infections.

April 30, 2013

Drug-resistant gonorrhea prompts new treatment approach in Ontario

Prof. Vanessa Allen - quoted
Toronto Star

Faced with evidence that drug-resistant gonorrhea is spreading in the province, Ontario is recommending a different treatment approach for the sexually transmitted infection.

April 29, 2013

Doctors promote springtime tetanus shot for gardeners

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
The Chronicle Herald
You do not want to get infected with tetanus. The disease, which used to kill about 40 to 50 Canadians a year in the 1920s and ’30s, is now only rarely reported. In recent years, Canada has seen, on average, only a couple of cases a year. But doctors who have seen what tetanus does do not forgot it.

April 25, 2013

World watching as troubling new type of avian influenza surfaces in China

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted

A subtype of avian influenza that has never before infected humans — H7N9 — continues to cause a steady stream of cases in China as international experts converged on Shanghai and Beijing this past week.

April 23, 2013

Are Canadian kids undervaccinated? Or is it that we just don't know?

Prof. Natasha Crowcroft - quoted
Windsor Star

On the face of it, it looks pretty embarrassing. A recent UNICEF report on the well-being of children in affluent countries suggested Canada's childhood immunization rate was stunningly low — near the bottom of a list of more than 30 countries.

April 22, 2013

Antibiotic progress on superbugs called 'alarmingly slow'

Prof. Andrew Simor - quoted
CBC News

New antibiotics for superbugs are critically needed to save lives, Canadian and U.S. infectious disease experts warn. When the Infectious Diseases Society of America reviewed progress on development of new drugs this week, it found only two new antibiotics had been approved since 2009.

April 9, 2013

Why you don't want to get tetanus

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
Globe and Mail

You do not want to get infected with tetanus. The disease, which used to kill about 40 to 50 Canadians a year in the 1920s and 30s, is now only rarely reported. In recent years, Canada has seen, on average, only a couple of cases a year.

April 5, 2013

Experts split on adequacy of surveillance since SARS

Prof. Donald Low - quoted
Prof. Andrew Simor - quoted
A decade ago, after the SARS epidemic killed 44 people, the ensuing federal expert panel identified scores of "systemic deficiencies" in Canadian health care and made 118 recommendations. Foremost among them was the call to establish a national public health agency capable of dramatically expanding emerging infectious disease surveillance.
Has that been achieved?

April 4, 2013

It's all in the genes

Prof. Ming-Sound Tsao - research and commentary
Toronto Star
Dr. Ming-Sound Tsao can’t remember exactly when he wanted to become a doctor, but he’ll never forget why: “I was curious. I’ve always been interested in discovering something new.” More than two decades later and the respected cancer researcher is still as inquisitive as ever.

March 26, 2013

10 years later, SARS-style pandemic still a possibility

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted

Ten years after Ontario declared a provincial emergency over the SARS outbreak, which infected 8,000 people around the world, killing nearly 800, including 44 in Canada, health experts say there is a still possibility a similar pandemic could occur. An oft-cited phrase in pandemic disease planning is that it's not a question of "if," but "when."

March 25, 2013

Superspreaders could make coronavirus the next SARS: experts

Prof. Donald Low - quoted
Leader Post

People who think the new coronavirus couldn't take off and cause a SARS-like crisis may have forgotten a phenomenon that was a game-changer during SARS — patients called superspreaders. At present, this new coronavirus doesn't seem to spread easily from person to person, a fact which some people use to argue it will not become the next SARS. Some limited human transmission has occurred, but confirmed cases are few and sporadically seen.

March 8, 2013

Is the world better prepared for next SARS?

Prof. Allison McGeer - quoted
The Telegram

An unknown bat virus that found a way into human lungs in 2003 served as a global wake-up call to the threat of new infectious diseases. But a decade after SARS crippled health-care systems in affected cities and knocked billions out of the global economy, is the world better prepared to handle similar threats? Is Canada?

March 2, 2013

SARS, 10 years later: One family's remarkable story

Prof. Donald Low - quoted
Toronto Star

Nurse Susan Sorrenti caught SARS in the line of duty. A decade on, her family’s story is a reminder of what went wrong and the lessons learned.

February 22, 2013

B.C. doctors leading a campaign to reconsider the origins of ovarian cancer

Prof. Patricia Shaw - research and commentary
The Vancouver Sun

B.C. is believed to be the first jurisdiction in the world with a prevention campaign based on a controversial change in surgical paradigm involving Fallopian tube removal.

January 8, 2013

Drug-resistant gonorrhea has reached North America for the first time: Ontario MDs

Prof. Vanessa Allen - research and commentary
Globe and Mail

Gonorrhea infections are on the rise but treatments for the common sexually transmitted infection are quickly running out.

January 8, 2013

'Poop' substitute may help C. difficile infections

Prof. Susan Poutanen - quoted
CBC News

A substitute stool mix helped to treat two people with C. difficile infections that failed to respond to antibiotics, an early stage Canadian study suggests.

December 5, 2012

Researchers identify proteins that indicate which kidney tumours are most likely to spread

Prof. George Yousef - research and commentary
Health Canal

Researchers at St. Michael’s hospital have identified 29 proteins that are likely to be involved in the spread of kidney cancer. The discovery will help physicians recognize which tumours are going to behave more aggressively and provide those patients with more intensive treatment and closer follow up.

October 10, 2012

E. coli infection can have long-term effects

Prof. Donald Low - quoted
CTV News

Canadians sickened by tainted beef from XL Foods should be tested annually over the next few years for lingering health problems that can be caused by E. coli, says a researcher who studied the long-term effects of infection in residents of Walkerton, Ont.

October 9, 2012

Flu shot should be mandatory for Ontario health workers, health agency says

Prof. Mary Vearncombe - quoted
Toronto Star

Ontario’s public health agency is calling for the flu shot to be mandatory for all health-care workers in the province, urging it to be a condition of employment in hospitals, nursing homes, home care or in any kind of community setting.

October 1, 2012

Hormone involved in normal digestion may be heart-protective in Type 2 diabetes, SickKids research shows

Prof. Khosrow Adeli - research and commentary
Health Canal

A natural hormone that moderates blood glucose levels may also reduce the blood fats that are known to contribute to heart attack and stroke in people with Type 2 diabetes, according to research that is published today in the journal Diabetes.

October 1, 2012

New Virus Named, SARS Lessons Learned

Prof. Donald Low - quoted
MedPage Today

The new coronavirus -- the subject of countless, often-panicky, news reports -- now has a name. Researchers in England are calling it London1_novel CoV2012.