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2012-01-17 13:12:58

A research team led by St. Michael's Hospital's Dr. Kamran Khan is teaming up with British authorities to anticipate and track the risk for an infectious disease outbreak at the London Olympics this summer. For the first time, experts from around the world are working together to integrate technologies and disease surveillance at both local and global levels. "Systems that track infectious diseases at the global level are poorly connected to those at the local level," said Dr. Khan,...

2011-05-31 15:36:16

Research shows wait times for private clinics may be shorter than the public system but quality of patient care may be suffering Private health clinics across Canada providing weight-loss surgeries are offering much shorter wait times but at a hefty cost and at the expense of quality patient care, according to a new study led by St. Michael's Hospital physician Dr. Chaim Bell. "The private clinics in Canada offer adjustable gastric banding surgery "“ a weight-loss procedure that...

2011-05-11 00:25:09

Disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) are injected medications used to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), and have been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of relapses. But according to a new study led by St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), adherence to all DMDs is low, with less than half of patients, or 44 per cent, continually adherent after two years. "There are a number of reasons why adherence to therapies of proven value might...

2011-04-09 04:22:56

Increased levels of a protein that helps regulate the body's blood pressure may also predict a major cardiovascular event in high-risk patients, according to a study led by St. Michael's Hospital's cardiovascular surgeon Subodh Verma. Measuring the amount of the protein, known as plasma renin activity (PRA), in the blood stream may give doctors another tool to assess a patient's risk and help prevent a heart attack or stroke. "Conventional factors like genetics and environment do not always...

2011-03-15 20:18:26

Lowering the age of bodychecking associated with 10 times greater likelihood of brain injury among Atom players Minor league hockey players in the Atom division are more than 10 times likely to suffer a brain injury since bodychecking was first allowed among the 9 and 10-year-olds, says a study led by St. Michael's Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano. The findings, published online in the journal Open Medicine, add to the growing evidence that bodychecking holds greater risk than...

2011-03-14 16:50:53

Research links frequent prescribing to opioid-related deaths Some physicians are prescribing opioids such as OxyContin 55 times as often as others, according to a new study led by St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). The study found most opioid-related deaths occur among patients treated by physicians who frequently prescribe opioids, suggesting doctors who prescribe a lot of opioids may not be doing so safely. "We found that the 20 per cent of...

2011-03-03 16:41:56

Study finds variation in drinking patterns between men and women depending on neighborhood type Men living in low-income neighbourhoods consume more than three times as many alcoholic drinks each week compared to women in these neighbourhoods, according to a study led by St. Michael's researcher Flora Matheson. The findings, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggest neighbourhood affluence affects men and women differently when it comes to alcohol consumption....

2011-02-16 16:57:02

Years after provincial inquiry, more work is needed to improve prevention and treatment measures for people with tuberculosis One in five homeless people with tuberculosis die within a year of their diagnosis, according to a study led by St. Michael's Hospital's Dr. Kamran Khan. And that number remains unchanged over the last decade despite recommendations calling for greater improvements in prevention and control of tuberculosis in homeless shelters. A provincial coroner's inquest into the...

2011-02-02 15:37:57

Study led by St. Michael's Hospital finds older, poorer women from South Asia have lowest screening rates Immigrant women in Ontario are not screened for cervical cancer as often as native-born Canadians, with the lowest rates being among older, poorer South Asians, new research shows. Only one in five "“ 21.9 per cent "“ of South Asian immigrants over the age of 50 living in low-income neighborhoods had had a recent Pap test, according to a study led by doctors at St. Michael's...

2010-11-06 02:42:14

Common practice of linking health to how old a person looks not an accurate indicator Even though most adults want to avoid looking older than their actual age, research led by St. Michael's Hospital shows that looking older does not necessarily point to poor health. The study found that a person needed to look at least 10 years older than their actual age before assumptions about their health could be made. "Few people are aware that when physicians describe their patients to other...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.