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Calcium and vitamin D supplements may not prevent bone loss in breast cancer patients, study finds

Aug. 27, 2013 Many breast cancer treatments are linked to bone loss and increased risk for osteoporosis. To help maintain bone mineral density (BMD), many breast cancer patients are advised to take calcium and vitamin D supplements. However, new research that looked at data from earlier studies...

Supportive program may reduce number of skipped colposcopies, study finds

Aug. 16, 2013 After introducing a new type of service for women referred for colposcopy, a downtown Toronto clinic saw a significant decrease in the number of women who skipped the recommended procedure, according to new research from Women’s College Research Institute. Women whose Pap tests...

Cosmetic surgery shaves off three years, but doesn’t make people more attractive, study finds

Aug. 8, 2013 Facial plastic surgery makes people look about three years younger, but they aren’t any more attractive, according to the results of a new study. Most people who have cosmetic plastic surgery are hoping to look younger and more attractive. A team of researchers who were based at...

Chain restaurant meals high in calories, fat and sodium, study finds

July 23, 2013 Canadians sitting down to a meal at a chain restaurant may get more than they bargained for: more calories, more sodium and more fats. While the high caloric, sodium and fat content of fast food has been widely reported, people may be less aware of the nutritional content of meals...

Poor adherence to blood pressure drugs substantially increases stroke risk, study finds

July 17, 2013 For people with high blood pressure, not taking their prescribed blood pressure medication regularly may dramatically increase their risk of stroke, according to new study results. In people who took their hypertension (high blood pressure) medication less than 80 per cent of the...

Study finds two blood pressure drugs may be linked to lower heart disease risk in older diabetes patients

July 8, 2013 New research shows that compared to other medications in the same class, two blood pressure drugs may be associated with lower risk of heart disease and stroke in older people with diabetes. Medications called angiotensin-receptor blockers are often used to help control blood...

Some adult male victims of sex assault seek out medical services: study

July 2013 While only a small percentage of adult males who are victims of sex assault report the crime, a new study by Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) and the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres (ONSA/DVTCs) shows of those who do, an overwhelming...

Metformin does not significantly improve breast cancer survival in older women with diabetes

The drug’s ability to improve breast cancer survival not shown in older patients

Folate taken in pregnancy may boost breast cancer risk: Grant will fund research

July 2013 Pregnant women are typically counselled to take supplemental folate. But according to research being conducted at Women’s College Research Institute, high folate levels may increase breast cancer risk in women with a genetic predisposition due to a BRCA genetic mutation. With the help...

Minister of Health announces Women's College Hospital: Women's Exchange

July 2013 On May 16, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews announced the creation of Women’s Exchange, a new centre based at Women’s College Hospital that will support a more equitable and sustainable health-care system for all Ontarians. “Our government is continuously looking...

Longer prescriptions for cardiac patients leaving hospital may be linked to better drug adherence

June 28, 2013 Longer initial prescriptions may help older cardiac patients stick to their medications. A new study found that coronary artery disease patients who were given prescriptions for more than 60 days of medication when discharged from hospital were more likely to continue taking those...

Study finds it’s total weekly physical activity that counts, not how often you exercise

June 21, 2013 It’s the total amount of exercise you do each week that matters for health benefits, not how often you exercise, according to new Canadian research. Current guidelines from the World Health Organization recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical...

Research finds high-risk older adults may adopt behaviour changes to reduce risk of bone fractures

June 17, 2013 Results of a new study suggest that older adults at high risk for bone fractures are willing to make behaviour changes to avoid future fractures. The small, qualitative study probed behavioural approaches to bone health and fracture risk. A team led by researchers at St. Michael’s...

Study finds 1 in 4 heart attack patients had not been screened for diabetes or high cholesterol

June 7, 2013 In a new study, more than one-quarter of Ontario patients experiencing their first heart attack had not been screened for diabetes or high cholesterol. Diabetes and high cholesterol are strong risk factors for cardiovascular disease. By screening for these risk factors, we can...

Study links some statins with increased risk of developing diabetes

May 24, 2013 New research suggests that some statins – drugs used to lower cholesterol – may increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. While patients’ absolute risk of developing diabetes remained small, those taking atorvastatin (sold under the brand name Lipitor), simvastatin...

Women's Health Research

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has a long history of supporting women’s health research. Recently, women’s health research has been “mainstreamed” in Ontario – a sex and gender lens is integrated into all the policy-relevant research that the ministry funds.
 

New study finds mid-life hysterectomy may not increase heart risks

May 15, 2013 Results of a new study may be reassuring to mid-life women considering a hysterectomy: the results suggest that risks for cardiovascular disease are no higher in women who had a mid-life hysterectomy than in those who did not. Previous studies found increased heart risks in women who...

Study finds no link between diabetes drug and improved breast cancer survival

May 10, 2013 A new study of older women with diabetes and breast cancer found that the popular diabetes drug metformin did not improve survival rates. Previous research had linked metformin to a reduced risk of breast cancer and possibly improved cancer mortality. The new study from Women’s...

Study shows lower cancer screening rates in Ontario women with intellectual and developmental disabilities

May 2, 1013 New research shows that women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Ontario may be significantly less likely to get breast or cervical cancer screening, compared to women without IDD. Among women with IDD such as Down syndrome and autism, cervical cancer screening...

Research finds adoption of healthy lifestyles low among heart disease and stroke survivors

April 26, 2013 A new study shows that many survivors of heart disease and stroke do not adopt healthy habits, despite the fact that research has shown a healthy lifestyle lowers the chance of recurrence. Overall, only 4.3 per cent of heart disease and stroke survivors had adopted all three key...

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