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Study links pre-conception healthy lifestyle to increased odds of problem-free pregnancy

Nov. 22, 2013 New research links good health and a healthy lifestyle before becoming pregnant with greater likelihood of having an uncomplicated pregnancy. The study found that certain health factors, habits and behaviours were linked to increased odds of a problem-free pregnancy. These included...

WCRI scientists and trainees honoured with recent awards

November 2013 Dr. Andrea Gruneir received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award to study emergency department visits among long-term care residents in Ontario. Dr. Joanne Kotsopoulos received the new Canadian Cancer Society Career Development Award in Prevention,...

Cardiac patients better off with longer prescriptions

November 2013 New research led by Dr. Noah Ivers, research fellow at Women’s College Research Institute and family physician at Women’s College Hospital, suggests that elderly cardiac patients given longer prescriptions when they leave hospital are more likely to continue taking their...

Enhancing supports and services for new moms with depression

November 2013 Untreated postpartum depression can have serious consequences for mothers and their families. That’s why researchers at Women’s College Research Institute are working on how to improve mental health support and care for new moms. A new Canadian study led by Dr. Simone Vigod,...

Improving outcomes for women with breast cancer

November 2013 Dr. Steven Narod, a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer and Director of Familial Breast Cancer Research at Women’s College Research Institute, recently investigated the 10-year survival rate for women below the age of 50 with early-onset breast cancer, with and without a...

Flu vaccine may reduce cardiovascular risk

November 2013 The flu vaccine may not only ward off serious complications from influenza, but it may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to new research led by Dr. Jacob Udell, a research fellow at Women’s College Research Institute and a cardiologist at Women’s College...

Inspiring communities to advance women’s health

November 2013 Women’s Xchange is a knowledge translation and exchange centre based at Women’s College Hospital. It was designed to promote the development of women’s health research across the province. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Women’s Xchange has...

Campaign to improve clinical trials a success

November 2013 Women’s College Phelan Scientist Dr. An-Wen Chan is making scientists rethink research. He chairs the SPIRIT (Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional Trials) group, an international panel of experts that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical...

New Chair in Family Medicine Research

November 2013
Dr. Jim Ruderman, chief, department of family and community medicine at Women’s College Hospital, with Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya. At an evening celebration on October 7, 2013, Women’s College Hospital honoured the inaugural Frigon Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research, Dr....

Delegation visit from Vietnam

November 2013 For a week in late October, Women’s College Research Institute welcomed a delegation of seven physicians from the National Cancer Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam. The visitors, specialists in the treatment of breast and gynecologic cancer, participated in clinical tours and...

Women’s College Hospital on the United Nations stage

November 2013 On October 10, 2013, Dr. Catharine Classen was invited to speak at an event organized by the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Mental Health. The event was held in commemoration of World Mental Health Day, and experts and representatives from around the world...

Research links being bilingual with delay in dementia onset

Nov. 8, 2013 Good news for people who speak more than one language: new research links being bilingual with a delay in the onset of dementia. Earlier studies had linked bilingualism to delayed onset of dementia from Alzheimer’s disease, but a new study shows delayed onset of other types of...

Study links joint replacement surgery to lower cardiovascular risks in osteoarthritis patients

Oct. 31, 2013 Osteoarthritis patients who have joint replacement surgery may have lower risks of heart attack and stroke. Results of a new study led by Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) scientists show that those who had hip or knee replacement surgery had lower rates of serious...

Women’s College a top 40 research hospital in Canada

For the second year in a row, Women’s College Hospital ranks as one of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals, according to a new report released by Research Infosource Inc. The Top 40 Research Hospitals List, published annually, examines research hospitals across the country and ranks them on...

Study links flu vaccine to reduced risk of heart attack, stroke in people at risk

Oct. 23, 2013 A flu shot may do more than protect you from a bout of flu. It may also help protect your heart, especially if you’ve recently had a heart attack or angina. New research links flu vaccine to lower risk of major cardiovascular events (such as stroke, heart failure or being...

WCRI welcomes delegation of physicians from Vietnam

WCRI is delighted to welcome a delegation of seven physicians from the National Cancer Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam, from Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25. Drs. Nguyen Van Dinh, Ta Van To, Le Than Duc, To Anh Dung, Le Hong Quang, Do Thi Kim Anh, and Ngo Thanh Tung specialize in the treatment of...

Depression, suicidal thoughts more common in people with migraine, study finds

Oct. 18, 2013 Results of a new Canadian study show that depression is about twice as common among people with migraine, compared to the rest of the population. Those with migraine are also about 70 per cent more likely to have thoughts of suicide. The University of Toronto (U of T) study also...

Health screening in Ontario is lowest in low-income, high-immigration neighbourhoods, research shows

Sept. 30, 2013 A new study shows that people who live in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Ontario are least likely to have screening tests for chronic conditions and cancer, even though these tests are covered by OHIP. Researchers found gaps in screening for diabetes, high cholesterol, breast...

Knee osteoarthritis responds best to program of diet plus exercise, research shows

Sept. 25, 2013 A combination of intensive diet and exercise was more effective in treating knee osteoarthritis in overweight and obese adults than either diet or exercise alone. A research study comparing the three programs found that the combination program resulted in the most improvements in...

Every minute of brisk exercise has weight control benefits, study finds

Sept. 13, 2013 Every minute of brisk exercise counts: that’s the message that researchers are taking from their recent study results. Their research showed that even very short bursts of moderate to vigorous exercise are beneficial for body mass index (BMI). In fact, they are just as beneficial...

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